Area code 208

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208 is the North American telephone area code for all of Idaho.

Because of its small population, Idaho is among a declining number of North American jurisdictions with only one area code. It is also one of the few whole-state area codes split between multiple LATAs—Southern Idaho (centered in Boise and spilling into Nevada, Wyoming and Malheur County, Oregon) and Coeur d'Alene (spilling into Montana and Washington). Additionally, the Spokane, Washington LATA spills into central Idaho.

In 2001, the Federal Communications Commission projected the 208 area code would be exhausted in 2003. Due to the multi-LATA structure of 208, several numbers in Montana's 406, Wyoming's 307, northern Nevada's 775, eastern Oregon's 541 and eastern Washington's 509 weren't available for use. However, in 2002 the Idaho Public Utilities Commission was able to successfully delay a split by implementing number pooling in Boise. In 2007 number pooling was implemented throughout Idaho to stave off projected exhaustion in 2010.[1]

There are currently no plans to split or overlay the 208 area code.

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Idaho area codes: 208
North: 250/778/236, 406
West: 541, 509208East: 307, 406
South: 435, 775
Montana area codes: 406
Wyoming area codes: 307
Utah area codes: 385, 435, 801
Nevada area codes: 702/725, 775
Oregon area codes: 458, 503, 541, 971
Washington area codes: 206, 253, 360, 425, 509
British Columbia area codes: 236, 250, 604, 778

Coordinates: 45°N 114°W / 45°N 114°W / 45; -114