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Area code 902 is the telephone area code in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The 902 area code was established in 1947 for all three Maritime provinces, with Newfoundland added shortly after it joined Canada; New Brunswick, along with Newfoundland, moved to area code 506 in 1955. Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador) subsequently received its own area code, 709, in early 1962.
In October 2012, a relief area code was announced, 782, which will overlay the entire 902 area. The 782 area code is scheduled to be activated on November 30, 2014.
902 is a rare North American area code shared by two provinces and/or states. Other such area codes:
The incumbent local exchange carrier in 902 is Bell Aliant (now part of the Bell Aliant income trust), which was produced from a merger that included Island Telecom (formerly Island Tel) and Maritime Telephone and Telegraph (MT&T).
In 2005, the 902 telephone market was the most competitive telephone area code in North America when EastLink became the first cable company to offer local telephone service over a fiber optic network in North America in 1999. The 902 area code is projected to be exhausted by 2015. As a result, a 782 area code will be introduced in 2014.
|Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island area codes: 902|
|North: Gulf of Saint Lawrence, 418/581, 709|
|West: 506||902, 782||East: Atlantic Ocean|
|South: Atlantic Ocean|
|New Brunswick area codes: 506|
|Newfoundland and Labrador area codes: 709|
|Quebec area codes: 418, 438, 450, 514, 579, 581, 819|