All Features Phone Numbers 512 area code

What is area code 512 and where is its location?

512 area code serves Austin, the capital of the U.S state of Texas, and its suburbs. It is one of the first area codes assigned along with the introduction of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) in 1947. Originally, it covered most of south-central Texas. After a couple of splits, it finally assumed its current size in 1999. A new area code, the 737, was introduced in 2013 as an overlay to 512 to generate more telephone numbers in Austin. Both the area codes together serve around 50 municipalities including Bastrop, Cedar Park, Liberty Hill, Staples, and Walburg. Area codes 512 and 737 can be attached to both landline and cell phone numbers, as well as virtual phone numbers.

What are the other Texas area codes?

210, 726 San Antonio
214, 469, 972 Dallas
254 Belton, Killeen, North Texas, Stephenville, Temple, Waco
281, 346, 713, 832 Houston
321 Abilene, San Angelo, Snyder, Sweetwater
361 Corpus Christi, George West, South Texas, Victoria
409 Beaumont, Galveston, Jasper, Port Arthur, Southeast Texas
430, 903 Northeast Texas
  432 Big Spring, Midland, Odessa
  512, 737 Austin (currently)
682, 817 Fort Worth, Arlington, Grandview, Weatherford, Rhome
806 Amarillo, Canadian, Dalhart, Lubbock, Perryton, Shamrock, Texas Panhandle
830 Eagle Pass, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Southwest Texas, Uvalde
903 Carthage, Jacksonville, Longview, Marshall, Northeast Texas, Sherman, Palestine, Texarkana, Tyler
915 El Paso County, Hudspeth County (partially)
936 Conroe, Center, Crockett, Huntsville, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Southeast Texas
940 Decatur, Denton, Gainesville, North Texas, Vernon, Wichita Falls
956 Brownsville, Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen, South Texas
972 Bryan, Bay City, College Station, Lake Jackson, La Grange, Southeast Texas, Wharton


Texas is the second biggest state in the United States. Originally, it was assigned four area codes when the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) was introduced in October, 1947. At present, it is served by 27 codes. The table above shows a complete list of Texas area codes and the territories they serve.

How to make calls to a phone number with 512 area code

There are 3 types of dialing under the NANP:

Seven-digit dialing (7-digit telephone number without area code)

Ten-digit dialing (3-digit area code + 7-digit telephone number)

Eleven-digit dialing or the national format (1-digit country code + 3-digit area code + 7-digit telephone number)

If you fall within the same area code, you can sometimes make a call by dialing only the seven-digit telephone number. However, ten digit dialing (512 + 7-digit telephone number) has been made mandatory for area code 512 since June 2013. To make long-distance calls within United States, you need to use the national format, also known as 11-digit dialing, by adding the trunk code 1 (1 + 512 + 7-digit telephone number).

What time zone does it follow?

The 512 area code falls under Central Time (CT) zone. In summer months, the territory follows CDT or Central Daylight Time (GMT-5) when daylight saving time is being observed. It follows CST or Central Standard Time (GMT-6) during the remaining part of the year. Don’t forget to keep the time zone in mind when you are making long distance calls to Austin. Working hours are usually set for businesses or helplines based on the local time zone.

Is Austin a great place for startups and small businesses?

In 2016, CNBC named Austin as the #1 place in America to start a business. Today, this Texan city has the reputation of being home to one of the fastest growing tech communities in the US. The low cost of living along with the ease of access to government institutions make it easier to establish new ventures in this state capital. There are also economic initiatives like the Emerging Technology Fund that help fund tech and product companies. “Ditch the Valley, run for the hills” is what they say about starting up in Austin. :)

Benefits of using an Austin virtual phone number

Be a virtual Texan

You can expand your business operations to Austin without scaling up your infrastructure or setting up an office in Texas.

Be a virtual Texan

You can expand your business operations to Austin without scaling up your infrastructure or setting up an office in Texas.

Advertise better

Get featured in local directories and business listings in Austin. Make your presence felt in the local communities.

Influence perceptions

Austin is home to tech giants like Dell as well as a host of promising startups. Be part of this thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Make it easy to reach you

Your customers don’t have to spend money, making long distance calls to talk to you. It is easier and cheaper on local phone numbers.

Mask your number

You can also mask your primary business number with a phone number with 512 area code, while making outgoing calls.

How do I get a phone number with 512 area code?

You can take your pick of available 512 numbers from Freshdesk Contact Center virtual phone system. Once you sign up, you can buy more than one virtual phone number from a single area code or multiple area codes of your choice. You can also purchase toll-free phone numbers and vanity phone numbers from Freshdesk Contact Center. On completing the purchase, you can recharge your phone credits to make or receive calls. You can even port in your existing phone numbers and continue using them on Freshdesk Contact Center.

Why use Freshdesk Contact Center for your 512 area code numbers

Multi-level IVR

Allow your callers to self-service their way to the right team or person who can solve their needs. Play customized pre-recorded messages to answer FAQ or share instructions.

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Smart Escalations

Configure call routing while setting up your call center and ensure that zero calls are missed owing to unavailability of your team. Reduce the number of missed calls, voicemails and hang ups.

Business hour-based routing

Help your supervisor manage a geographically distributed phone team by setting up time-based routing rules. Ensure that calls are handled round-the clock in your call center.

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Call Recorder

Enable automatic call recording to keep track of customer conversations as well as to analyze your communication effectiveness. Record both incoming and outgoing calls.

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Create custom greetings depending on the call queue or the agent that the caller is intending to talk to. Allow callers to leave you a voicemail in case your agents are busy or on a holiday.

Call Monitoring & Barging

Supervise all your phone calls real-time with our live dashboard, from anywhere in the world. Barge into a call, if necessary, to increase your First Call Resolution percentage.

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