New area code (471) announced for north and central Mississippi


NEW ALBANY, MS (June 28, 2024) – The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved a new area code, 471, which will overlay the existing 662 area code.

It will not replace the 662- area code, but it will exist alongside it. This change is necessary because the numbering resources for the 662-area code are expected to be exhausted by the third quarter of 2026.

• Who is affected: Existing customers with the 662-area code will retain their current phone numbers. However, new customers or those requesting additional lines may be assigned the new 471 area code once it becomes active.

• Dialing requirements: All customers will continue to use 10-digit dialing (area code + seven-digit phone number) for local calls.

• Coverage area: The 471-area code will cover the same geographic region currently served by the 662-area codem which includes all of the Public Service Commission Northern District counties:

Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Marshall, Montgomery, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Webster, Winston and Yalobusha counties.

In addition, the 471 area code will serve a large area of the Public Service Commission Central District including Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, parts of Kemper, Noxubee, Sharkey, Sunflower, Washington and Yazoo counties

• Implementation timeline: The new area code is expected to be implemented in late 2025 or early 2026. Customers do not need to make any changes currently.

Further updates will be provided as the implementation process progresses

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