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San Francisco Bay region 415 area code nearly full

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco region's 415 telephone area code is nearly full because of the cellphone surge and a 628 area code overlay is coming in 2015.

The 415 area code has covered the entire San Francisco Bay area for more than a half century.

The California Public Utilities Commission says there aren't enough number combinations left and a new three-digit area code is necessary.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/12cy1OF ) says the 626 area code will be given to residents and businesses that get a new number sometime in 2015.

People who already have a 415 number probably won't have to change.

Public hearings on the plan begin next year.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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