Area code 617


Area code 617

Infobox Mass Area Code
area_code = 617



city_name = Boston
Cambridge
regions = Boston Metro Area
year_created = 1947
lata = 128
overlay_code = Area code 857
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
footnotes =

Area code 617 once covered the entire Greater Boston (Eastern Massachusetts) area, reaching beyond the I-495 loop. It now covers only the city of Boston and some immediate suburbs. When the demand for phone numbers in the Boston area skyrocketed due to rising use of fax machines, pagers, alarm systems and dial-up computer service providers, area code 508 split off in 1988, with the immediate vicinity of the city (roughly inside of Route 128) keeping the code 617. Area code 617 split again in 1997, with area code 781 assigned to areas more distant from Boston. Subsequently, area code 857 was added as an overlay to parts of area code 617. The original 617 area code (now 617/857+781/339+508/774+978/351) lines up with the Eastern Massachusetts LATA #128.

In an odd coincidence, the Boston Celtics, the local professional basketball team, won their 17th NBA title on 6/17/2008, playing in front of their home crowd within the 617 area code.cite web
last = Simmons
first = Bill
title = Notes from a good ol' fashioned Garden party
publisher = ESPN.com
date = 2008-06-18
url = http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/080618
accessdate = 2008-06-18
]

Exchanges

The following table lists all local exchanges for area code 617:

ources

* [http://www.areacodedownload.com/617/index.html AreaCodeDownload.com, 617 Area Code]

ee also

*List of area codes in Massachusetts

References

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/30930-boston-celtics-lucky-with-number-617

Area Code Box 0|State=MA
This=Area code 617/857
N=339/781
S=339/781
E=Atlantic Ocean
W=339/781


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