612 Area Code:

612 Area Code:

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Area code 612 is a telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NAP) in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The numbering plan area comprises the city of Minneapolis and a few surrounding municipalities such as Fort Snelling, St. Anthony, and Rich field. Geographically, it is the smallest area code in the state of Minnesota. The area code is one of the two original area codes in the 1947 nationwide numbering plan for the state, when it was assigned to a much larger area, including the entire Twin Cities region and a wide area surrounding it.

When the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) created the first nationwide telephone numbering plan in 1947, Minnesota was divided into two numbering plan areas (Pas), which were identified with area codes 612 and 218. According to historical maps, 612 comprised roughly the southeastern third of Minnesota. The rest of the state received area code 218, which formed an r-shaped region around the 612 NPA. The separating line extended westward from Duluth to the center of the state, then south through the center.

In 1954, the state's area code boundaries were redrawn and the state was divided into three numbering plan areas. Part of the southern portion of the original 612 territory, including Rochester and Mankato, was combined with the southwestern portion of 218 to form the new area code 507. Most of central Minnesota received 612, stretching from border to border from Wisconsin through the Twin Cities to South Dakota. In the process, it absorbed some of 218's southern portion, including St. Cloud and Alexandria. The 218 region was reshaped to be more square, absorbing much of the old 612's northeastern portion, and now consisted of roughly the northern half of the state. This configuration remained in place for 42 years.

612 Area Cod

As the Twin Cities are home to most of the state's landlines, pagers, and cell phones, the demand did not diminish, requiring further relief within less than a year of the 651 split. As a result, the 612 NPA was reduced in size in a three-way split that took effect in 2000. Minneapolis and a few suburbs to the north and south kept 612. The northwest suburbs (Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove) became area code 763 while the southwest suburbs (Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka. St. Louis Park) got area code 952. (Source: en.Wikipedia.org)

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The carriers providing phone numbers in this area code are: 360networks (USA) Inc., 365 Wireless, AT&T Local, Ad beep, Aerial Communications, American Messaging (am), Bandwidth.com Alec, Big River Telephone Company - MO, Broadvox-clec, Broadwing Communications, Brooks Fiber Communications, Cbeyond Communications, Cello Partnership DBA Verizon Wireless, Centurylink Communications LLC, Charter Fiberlink Cco, Comcast Phone Of Minnesota, Crystal Communications, Inc DBA Events, Events Telecom, Eschelon Telecom Of Minnesota, Global Crossing Local Services-mn, Integral Telecom Of Minnesota, Level 3 Communications, Metro Access Transmission Services LLC, Mosaic Network, Mpf DBA Future Comm, Neutral Tandem-minnesota, New Singular Wireless PCS - IL, Nextera Communications, Onvoy, Ovation Communications Of Minnesota, Peerless Network Of Minnesota, Popp Communications-mn, Qwest Corporation, Rclec, Sprint Spectrum L.p., Tekstar Communications, Teleport Communications America, Tw Telecom Of Minnesota LLC, U.s. Link, Usa Mobility Wireless, Velocity Telephone, Incorporated, Xo Minnesota.


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