If you get calls from the 919 area code, here’s everything you need to know about where they’re calling from, how to tell if it’s a scammer or telemarketer, and who actually lives in the 919 area code of North Carolina (for real).
What is the 919 number and what location is it coming from?
The 919 area code is one of North Carolina’s primary area codes. Created in 1947, 919 is a non-toll local calling area code. Originally assigned to Durham and Goldsboro, it now covers all or part of 35 counties. According to the On Numbers directory lookup service data, there are more than two million 919 phone numbers with approximately ten thousand new numbers being added each month.
Is it a Toll-Free Number?
If you see a 919 area code and an 800 number on your caller ID, it does not mean you are being called toll-free. The actual owner of that number is paying for airtime minutes to be used when someone in your local calling area calls that 800 number. When that happens, they have to pay per minute to have someone from their company pick up or transfer their call. This means you may be paying $1 per minute just to talk to them!
Is it a Scammer?
When you receive a call from an area code you don’t recognize, it’s easy to assume that it must be a scammer or telemarketer. In most cases, though, these calls are actually legitimate – and not necessarily spam. This is especially true of area codes outside of North America; while they might seem strange and unfamiliar, international numbers can also connect you with businesses operating in your local region.
Where is area code 919?
Area code 919 serves most of North Carolina. It also includes a few counties in South Carolina (Greenville and part of Spartanburg) and two counties in Virginia (Culpeper and Fairfax). Otherwise, 919 covers central North Carolina from Winston-Salem to Greensboro. If you live or work in Chatham County, area code 919 is your area code. If you live or work elsewhere in central North Carolina, though—and most people do—it’s not. In those other areas, you have area codes 336 and 704.
How do I block unwanted calls from 919 numbers?
There are a few different ways to block calls from area code 919. Your mobile phone company may offer a way to block certain numbers from calling you—check with them first before trying anything else. You can also use third-party services such as Truecaller and Nomorobo to screen your incoming calls; these programs search for spammy or unwanted numbers and flag them for review.
If you have an iPhone, your best bet is to jailbreak your device so that third-party apps can be installed without Apple approval. Jailbreaking your phone voids its warranty and means you won’t get any iOS updates from Apple. Still, it lets you install apps like Easy Call Blocker that give granular control over which callers make it through to your voicemail box.
Truecaller has a subscription service available as well but blocks most unwanted callers out of the box. Also, if you subscribe to Google Voice, all 919 numbers will be blocked automatically. Many folks will tell you they never answer their phones when they don’t recognize a number on caller ID —and I think that should hold true here too: Don’t answer unfamiliar calls if you don’t know who they’re coming from.
What Time Zone is area code 919?
Geographically speaking, 919 is a Central time zone area code serving Raleigh and most of north-central North Carolina. It runs from an hour ahead of eastern standard time to an hour behind it. To our west are 828 (Asheville), 336 (Greensboro), and 980 (Winston Salem). To our east are 252 (Greenville) and 704 (Charlotte). So what happens in 910 stays in 910.
How to get the 919 Area Code?
You get a 919 area code if you live in North Carolina. The good news is that you can keep your old phone number when you move to NC and set up your service with another local provider (or stay with your current one). To receive a 919 area code, all you need to do is port your number from another state (if it’s not currently in use), or request it from an existing carrier.
As for cell phones, you will receive a 919 area code if you sign up for a new account with any of the major carriers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Corporation, or T-Mobile US). The same goes for your home phone. Landline providers like Verizon will assign customers in that region their new 488 area codes; they don’t have to cancel their landlines—you just add them on top of your existing service plan.
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