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It was established on November 14, 1993, as a split from area code 919. Its creation came with some fanfare, as it was North Carolina's first new area code in 39 years. Originally, it covered a fan-shaped region in the southeastern and east-central portions of the state. This was a somewhat unusual configuration, as the two parts were only connected by a tendril in the Sandhills. However, while southeastern North Carolina was not large enough at the time for its own area code, it was too large to stay in 919.
The 910 area code (along with area codes 510, 710, and 810) was used prior to 1981 by AT&T for their TWX, or TeletypeWriter eXchange network. (Canada's TWX was area code 610.) These US area codes were decommissioned for TWX usage in 1981 when Western Union, who had acquired the TWX network in 1969 from AT&T and renamed it Telex II, upgraded the network to "4-row" ASCII operation (it previously used both "3-row" Baudot and ASCII transmission).
|North Carolina area codes: 252, 336, 704, 828, 910, 919, 980|
|North: 252, 336, 919|
|West: 704/980||910||East: Atlantic Ocean|
|South Carolina area codes: 803, 843, 864|
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