Detroit poised to get a new area code

Detroit — The 313 needs backup.

Introducing the 679.

Detroit, Downriver, the Grosse Pointes and other surrounding Wayne County suburbs could soon be in need of a new telephone area code. All of the 313 phone numbers are expected to be in use by the third quarter of 2025, the Michigan Public Service Commission announced Thursday.

The state’s utilities regulator has scheduled a public hearing in March to discuss adding a 679 overlay area code to Detroit, its enclaves — Hamtramck and Highland Park — and the suburbs of Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, the Grosse Pointes, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Redford Township, River Rouge and Taylor.

The proposed 679 area code would overlay Detroit and those surrounding first-ring suburbs that have had the 313 area code since 1947. This means if you already had a 313 number, you wouldn’t lose it. Only new customers in the area would be assigned numbers with a 679 area code.

The 313 area code has become a symbol of pride for Detroit. It’s a part of the vernacular and is printed on T-shirts, bags and other merchandise.

March 13 is marked as a celebration of Detroit and its impact on food, music, movies and more.

Entrepreneurs have named their businesses for the area code. Campaigns focused on inclusion and increasing opportunities for Detroiters have embraced it.

Patrick Ayoub, the owner of the Detroit Watch Co. in Birmingham, said it was a “no-brainer” to name one of his watches inspired by the look of a rotary phone after the 313 area code. Its popularity inspired a city collection with similar products with area codes for other major cities like New York City and Toronto as well.

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