The 902 code originally covered the three Maritime provinces, with Newfoundland added shortly after it joined Canada in 1949. New Brunswick, along with Newfoundland, moved to area code 506 in 1955. Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador) subsequently received its own area code, 709, in early 1962.
Area code 809 originally was shared by most Caribbean islands, with the exceptions of Cuba, Haiti, the Netherlands Antilles, and the French West Indies, but now serves only the Dominican Republic. Since then, 809 has been overlaid with 829 and 849.
Canada uses a very inefficient scheme for allocating numbers in which every competing carrier is allocated blocks of 10,000 numbers in every rate centre in which it offers new service and every local interconnect region in which it intends to port existing numbers. There is no number pooling and rate centres are typically not amalgamated when the corresponding municipalities disappear. It is not uncommon for a Yarmouth-sized town (6,761 people, as of 2011) to be allocated 150,000 numbers on various carriers. While there are only 1.06 million people in the 1-902 area code, and (theoretically) 7.8 million possible seven-digit telephone numbers, the area code was projected to be exhausted by 2015.
In October 2012, a relief area code was announced, 782, which will overlay the entire 902 area. Ten-digit dialing has been mandatory in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island since November 30, 2014. The decision to implement a bi-provincial overlay may have been unusual, but was made to spare residents in more rural areas of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island the burden of having to change their numbers.
As a result, a 782 area code was introduced on August 23, 2014. A recorded message reminding callers that 10-digit dialling would become mandatory on November 30 was activated on August 23. Exchanges in 782 were made available to telephone service providers on May 30, 2014, with numbers being assigned to customers once 10-digit dialing was activated.
Bell Aliant Inc. (formerly Aliant Telecom Inc.) is a Canadian communications company providing services in various areas throughout Canada.
Bell Canada, which had been the largest shareholder in the company and most of its predecessors throughout their respective histories, took full ownership of Bell Aliant in late 2014. In announcing these plans, Bell Canada indicated that the Bell Aliant brand name will continue to be used in Atlantic Canada.
The Island Telephone Company Limited (IslandTel) was a Canadian telephone service provider located in the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada. It operated from 1929-1999, when merged into Bell Aliant.
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