Detroit is preparing for a new area code

Detroit – 313 needs a backup.

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

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

The proposed area code 679 would overlap Detroit and the surrounding First Ring suburbs that have had area code 313 since 1947. This means that if you already have the number 313, you won’t lose it. Only new customers in the area will be assigned numbers with the 679 area code.

Area code 313 has become a symbol of Detroit’s pride. It is part of the vernacular and is printed on T-shirts, bags, and other merchandise.

313 hats are on display at Pure Detroit in the Fisher Building in the new Detroit Center.  A new phone area code is coming to Detroit and parts of Wayne County that will cover area code 313 with area code 679.

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

Entrepreneurs named their businesses after the area code. Campaigns focused on inclusion and increasing opportunities for Detroit adoption.

It’s a “no-brainer” at all, said Patrick Ayoub, owner of the Detroit Watch Co. in Birmingham One of his watches is inspired by the look of a rotary phone after area code 313. Its popularity has inspired a city collection with similar products with area codes for other major cities such as New York City and Toronto as well.

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