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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s booming population and the proliferation of cell phones mean people calling numbers in the Research Triangle region are going to have to get used to some new digits.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that 95 percent of phone numbers with the 919 area code are already taken. The state Utilities Commission has told phone companies they have a month to come up with a strategy to implement a new area code, which will be 984.

People in the region will have to dial 10 digits even when calling across the street. That’s already the practice in Charlotte and other parts of the country.

The utilities commission estimates the 336 area code, which includes Winston-Salem and Greensboro, will be exhausted by the end of 2014.

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