Area Code 813 - Area Codes That Split From 813 - Area Code 727

Area Code 727

On February 1, 1999, most of Pinellas County (except Oldsmar) and western Pasco County split from the 813 area code to form Area code 727, leaving the present area. Oldsmar, being right on the Pinellas/Hillsborough line, stayed 813 despite being in Pinellas. Oldsmar's trunk was wired into the Tampa line and it would have cost too much to rewire it. Another reason was Oldsmar had most of the dialup internet access numbers and alarm system reporting numbers, since Oldsmar was the only local exchange that was a local call to both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. The cost of reprogramming thousands of alarm systems, when many older units were not capable of dialing 10 digits and would have to be replaced if the area code was changed was also a factor in allowing Oldsmar to remain 813.

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Area Code 727

Area code 727 covers Pinellas County, Florida (including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Pinellas Park, among many other municipalities, but excluding the majority of Oldsmar), and the western third of Pasco County (including Port Richey, New Port Richey, and Holiday). For 43 years, the 13 counties around Tampa Bay, including cities such as Sarasota, Ellenton, and Port Charlotte were in area code 813. In 1998, Pinellas County and the western part of Pasco County were split into area code 727.

727 was originally going to be introduced in an overlay plan, to overlay 813. At the time, overlays were a new concept and since overlays result in mixing area codes within the same area (issuing the new code to new numbers) requiring 10-digit dialing and were often met with public resistance at the time, Verizon--the dominant carrier in most of the Tampa Bay Area--switched the proposal to a split plan.

The split largely followed county lines, with the notable exception of Oldsmar, most of which stayed in 813. This was because Oldsmar's trunk is wired into the Tampa line, and it would have cost too much for Verizon to rewire it.

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