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Area codes 508 and 774 are North American Numbering Plan (NANP) telephone area codes for the U.S. state of Massachusetts. This service area currently includes south-central and most of southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands (LATA code 128). It includes Worcester and the MetroWest region, as well as Fall River, New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Area code 508 was created on July 16, 1988, as a split from area code 617. Prior to this split, 617 served the entire eastern half of Massachusetts from Worcester through Boston to Cape Cod, while area code 413 (then as now) served all points west of Worcester. Permissive dialing of 617 and 508 continued until January 1, 1989.
On September 1, 1997, area code 508 was split again, with area code 978 taking over the northern "half" of that service area. Area code 774 is an overlay area code that was added to share the 508 service area, beginning on May 2, 2001 and continuing to the present day. Since then, 10 digit local dialing is mandatory.
Area codes 508 and 774 include the following regions
Area codes 508 and 774 include the following major cities
|Massachusetts area codes: 339, 351, 413, 508, 617, 774, 781, 857, 978|
|West: 413||area code 508/774||East: 781/339, Atlantic Ocean|
|South: 860, 401|
|Connecticut area codes: 203, 475, 860|
|Rhode Island area codes: 401|
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