Area code 500


Area code 500

Area code 500 is a non-geographic area code reserved for Personal Communications Services. It was authorized by the United States Federal Communications Commission and introduced into the North American Numbering Plan in 1995.

In 1995 AT&T introduced a "follow-me" service under the brand name of "AT&T True Connections" using the 500 area code. It was designed to replace the "AT&T EasyReach 700" service. Other Local exchange carriers and Interexchange carriers introduced similar competitive services. AT&T True Connections was discontinued by AT&T in 2000, following the Federal Communications Commission approval of its tariff to cease providing the service.

Though AT&T dropped their service based on area code 500, the code is in active use and will be supplemented by 533. [cite web|url=http://www.nanpa.com/pdf/PL_372.pdf|title=Planning Letter 372: Assignment of NPA 533 for Personal Communications Services (PCS)|date=2008-01-03|publisher=North American Numbering Plan Administration|accessdate=2008-08-28] [cite web|url=http://www.nanpa.com/pdf/PL_379.pdf|title=Planning Letter 379: Assignment of NPA 533 for Personal Communications Services (PCS)|date=2008-05-23|publisher=North American Numbering Plan Administration|accessdate=2008-08-28]

References

ee also

*List of NANP area codes
*Area code 700

External links

* [http://www.nanpa.com/pdf/old_pl/IL-94-05-005.pdf Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies) assignment of Service Access Code 500]
* [ftp://www.fcc.gov/pub/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/2000/da000771.txt FCC Order Permitting AT&T to discontinue 500 number service]
* [http://www.nanpa.com/number_resource_info/500_codes.html NANPA Numbering Resources - PCS 5YY-NXX Assignments]


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