501 Area Code – (Location, Timezone) Read All Details Here!

Area Code 501

The Area Code 501 is a telephone area code that covers Central Arkansas, including Little Rock, Hot Springs, Benton, Cabot and Bryant.

Location of 501 Area Code

It is located in Central Arkansas and serves most of the cities. The large cities that are carrying this area code include Benton, Bryant, Cabot, Conway, Heber Springs, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Malvern, Maumelle, Morrilton, North Little Rock, Searcy, Sherwood and More cities.

Time zone of Area Code 501

The time zone for the 479 area code is the Central time zone.

Background

It is one of the 86 originally assigned area codes in United States. It was officially assigned to state of Arkansas in January 1947. Due to low population density of Arkansas, 501 remained the only area code for the state of Arkansas until 1995. In 1997 it was split to form area code 870 to serve north-central, northeast, eastern and southern Arkansas. Later on, In 2002 area code 501 was split to form area code 479.

What is a geographic split?

When an area code is divided into two or more areas geographically. Each part is assigned a three-digit area code. Each area code serves its assigned area. Area code 501 was split twice, first in 1997 and second in 2002.

How to make a call in Geographic split areas?

  • As a result of geographic split, there is no change is making local calls.
  • Local calls are still made by dialing seven digits.
  • This rule applies to both the areas A and B, the area A that retains the existing area code and the area B that receives the new area code.
  • All local rates remain the same.

Seven-digit Dialing

It is a telephone dialing procedure to make local calls. It is also known as Local Format. In seven-digit dialing, callers dial only the three digits central office code and the four-digit station number of the telephone subscriber to reach in the same numbering plan area. For example, a person at a station with the telephone number 212-555-7890 calls the number 212-555-3456 by dialing only 555-3456.

More Info About 501

Area code 501 has telephone numbers assigned for the central office code 988 by FCC (Federal Communication Commission). The 988 is a new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, set up by FCC which will require callers to dial all 10 digits when making a local phone call in the 501-area code. This decision will be effective from 24 October 2021. So, People in Central Arkansas should soon start dialing all 10 digits for local calls.

Ten-digit Dialing

It is a telephone dialing procedure to make local calls from one area code to another. In ten-digit dialing, callers dial the three digits central office code and the four-digit station number of the telephone subscriber along with area code.

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