PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia and its surroundings will be getting a new area code, but not right away.

Officials say that beginning in March, 445 will be added to the same region served by the current 215 and 267 area codes. That includes parts of Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Montgomery counties.

The code will be assigned to new numbers. Current phone numbers and the price of calls in the coverage area will remain the same. Calls considered local will remain local calls.

The Public Utilities Commission says, however, the change won’t begin until March. Spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen says the earliest date any 445 number could go into service is March 3.

This story has been corrected to note that new 445 numbers won’t go into service before March 3.

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