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Detroit is ready to get a new area code

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Detroit “The 313 needs backup.

Introducing the 679.

Detroit, Downriver, Grosse Pointes, and other nearby Wayne County suburbs may soon need a new telephone area code. All 313 phone numbers are expected to be in use by the third quarter of 2025, the Michigan Public Service Commission announced Thursday.

The state’s utilities regulator scheduled a public hearing in March to discuss adding an overlay 679 area code to Detroit, its enclaves – Hamtramck and Highland Park – and the suburbs of Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Grosse Pointes, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Redford Township, River Rouge and Taylor.

The proposed 679 area code would overlap with Detroit and the surrounding first ring suburbs that have had the 313 area code since 1947. This means that if you already had a 313 number, you wouldn’t lose it. Only new customers in the area would receive numbers with the 679 area code.

Area code 313 has become a symbol of pride for Detroit. It is part of the vernacular and is printed on T-shirts, bags and other merchandise.

313 hats are displayed at Pure Detroit in the Fisher Building in Detroit's New Center.  A new telephone area code is coming to Detroit and parts of Wayne County that will override area code 313 with area code 679.

March 13th is marked as a celebration of Detroit and its impact on food, music, movies and more.

Entrepreneurs named their businesses for the area code. Campaigns focused on inclusion and increased opportunity for Detroiters embraced it.

Patrick Ayoub, the owner of Detroit Watch Co. in Birmingham with his wife, Amy, said it was “a no-brainer” to name one of his watches after the appearance of a rotary phone after the 313 area code. cities such as New York and Toronto.