Area Code Test & Change
Telephone Sounds & Recordings

 

The following are examples of both Area Code test number announcement recordings, and mandatory Area Code change recordings.

Files are in MP3 format. Click on each link to listen.

Area Code Test Recordings

Examples of recordings that local telephone companies set up in order to confirm routings to a new area code. These are typically in place several months before the new area code takes affect (overlay or split). Click on the Area Code link to listen to recording.

Area Code State/Prov Company Date Notes

276

Virginia

Verizon

2001

 

325

Texas

SBC

2003

 

424

California

SBC

Dec. 2005

 

430

Texas

SBC

2003

 

432

Texas

SBC

2003

 

434

Virginia

Verizon

2003

 

450

Quebec

Bell Canada

1998

Both French and English

540

Virginia

Bell Atlantic

1995

Still in operation

575

New Mexico

Qwest

2007

 

620

Kansas

SBC

 

Includes SIT and TTY tones

647

Ontario

Bell Canada

2000

 

647

Ontario

AT&T Canada

2000

Source: Joel Rosenblum

671

Guam

Guam Telephone

1997

Two different recordings and two different reorder sounds

684

American Samoa

ASTCA

2003

Formerly dialed as Country Code +684, entered NANP in fall of 2004. The first part of the recording is a muted 2600 Hz tone for answer supervision.

762 Georgia BellSouth 2005  

 

Area Code Change Recordings - AT&T

Examples of various AT&T recordings use to inform callers that the area code for the number they have dialed has changed to a new number. These are set up after a new are code goes mandatory after an area code split. Early recordings gave the trailer codes for the area code the tandem was located in. Modern recordings give it in NSN (Network Switch Number) format.

Area Code Location Style Gender Language Year Notes
321 Florida Modern Female English/Spanish 1999  
325 Texas Modern Male English/Spanish 2003  
432 Texas Modern Male English/Spanish 2003  
386 Florida Modern Female English/Spanish 2001 Notice she says the area code (386) in English instead of Spanish.
434 Virginia Modern Male English 2001  
610 Pennsylvania Old Female English 1994 Old tandem trailer code style (215-4T)
724 Pennsylvania Modern Female English 1998  
763 & 952 Minnesota Modern Male English 2000 Split in to two possible area codes
928 Arizona Modern Male English/Spanish 2001  

 

Area Code Change Recordings - Other Long Distance Carriers

Examples of area code change recordings from MCI and Sprint.

Area Code Company Location Date Notes
434 MCI Virginia 2001  
434 Sprint Virginia 2001  
684 MCI American Samoa April 2005 Informing callers to dial as a domestic call and not as international
684 Sprint American Samoa April 2005 Notice how it "cranks back" to my local end office (Verizon) and plays an "all circuits busy" recording.
684 unknown American Samoa April 2005 This recording informs callers to dial American Samoa as Area Code 684. The company who made this recording is unknown, but has "114" as its trailer code.

Area Code Change Recordings - Local Telephone Companies

Recordings that local telephone companies set up in order to inform the caller that the area code for the number they have dialed has changed to a new number. These are set up after a new are code goes mandatory after an area code split.

Area Code Location Company Date Notes
325 Texas SBC October 2003 Recorded via Vartec long distance company.
830 & 956 Texas SBC 1997 Two recordings, both in English and Spanish.
724 Pennsylvania North Pittsburgh 1998 Local recording from the (now former) North Pittsburgh Telephone Co.
763 & 952 Minnesota Qwest Local 2001 This is for the 612 area code three-way split into area codes 763 and 952. (includes TTY tones).
951 California SBC November 2004 Listen to the ENTIRE recording - its three recordings in one! The call was made via the Vartech long distance company. The first appears to be a local SBC recordings informing of the new 951 area code. The next one appears to be from a Nortel DMS tandem (generic "your call cannot be completed"). Finally, an AT&T area code change recording in both English and Spanish from the San Bernadino 4ESS tandem (113-T).
951 California Verizon November 2004 Recorded via Vartec long distance company.
951 California Verizon November 2004 The call was made via the YAK Communications long distance company. This is FOUR recordings in one. The first two are from two Verizon tandems in the region, the third is probably from YAK, and the last one is from my local phone company, as the call kept "cranking back" to my local central office.

 

Area Code Warning Recordings - Local Telephone Companies

A rarely used system whereby callers calling the old area code during the permissive period of an area code split are reminded to dial the new area code the next time they call.

Area Code 450 - Quebec (Bell Canada 1998)
This is four recordings in one. The first set is a "warning" instructing the caller to dial this number next time as Area Code 450 instead of Area Code 514. The second set is the test number recording for Area Code 450. Both sets are French, then English.


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