10/30/2013 04:50 EDT | Updated 12/30/2013 05:12 EST

New Area Code Coming For Alberta

human finger dial a telephone...
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EDMONTON - A growing population means some Albertans will be dialing a new area code in a few years.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says the 825 code may be assigned to new telephone numbers in the province starting in April 2016.

Existing customers will keep the area codes they have now.

The province's current codes are 403, 780 and 587.

But the CRTC says they are expected to run out of telephone numbers by July 2016.

Ten-digit local dialing became mandatory in Alberta four years ago.

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