In April 2020, ten-digit dialing went into effect in the 803 area code necessitating a minor but mandatory change to the way citizens of South Carolina make phone calls. Instead of dialing the seven-digit number, it is necessary to add the area code before you dial—for example, previously you could reach the Public Service Commission by dialing 896-5100. Now you’ll need to dial 803-896-5100.
Why is this happening? In May, a new area code will be introduced to the current 803 area; this new code will be 839 and will supplement the 803 area code. The counties affected are:
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