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How many area codes does Alabama have?

Alabama is the 30th largest US State by area. To cover such a vast geography a single area code is not sufficient. Alabama has 5 area codes — each one assigned to a specific region. The first area code for Alabama (205) was created in 1947. It would be almost another five decades, in 1995, before Alabama would get another area code, that is 334. In less than a decade, 3 more area codes with an overlay was added to the area codes of Alabama. A sixth area code for Alabama (659) was proposed in 2001. It is expected to go live in November 2019. Want to know more about Alabama area codes and how to buy one? Explore further. 

List of all area codes in Alabama

Alabama’s area code map is divided into five regions. Central and west central regions, South Central and southeastern portions, Northern and east central regions and Southwestern regions. Birmingham, Montgomery, Dothan, Hunysville, are some of the noted cities in Alabama. The list of area codes in Alabama for each region and city is tabled below:

Area code Areas/Cities served Overlays
205 Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Northport, Jasper, Oneonta, Clanton, and Pell City.  -
334 Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika, Dothan, Valley, and Selma.  -
256 Huntsville-Decatur, Florence-Muscle Shoals, Gadsden, Anniston, Alexander City, and Sylacauga. 938
251 Mobile, Monroeville, Atmore, Gulf Shores, and Daphne. -

FAQs about Alabama area code

What is Alabama 205 / 659 area code overlay?

An area code overlay is the addition of an area to an already existing area code. Area code 659 is an overlay that is being added to Alabama’s area code 205. Overlays are added to increase the number of phone numbers available for supply. 

How will 205/659 area code overlay change dialling?

Once 659 overlay comes into existence, anyone who has a 205 area code page will have to enter the area code and the 7-digit phone number for calling. Without the area code, the call will fail to connect. Starting from November 12th 2019, any new phone numbers issued will have area code 659. Users will have to dial the area code and the 7-digit phone number to connect the call.

What is the area code for Birmingham, Aalabama?

Birmingham is one of the noted cities of Alabama. It is located in the Jefferson County forming part of the north central region of Alabama. Currently, Birmingham, Aalabama is served by one area code which is 205. 

What is the area code for Huntsville, Alabama?

Huntsville is located in Madison County forming part of Northern Alabama. It is served by two area codes — 256 and 938 and requires ten digit (area code + seven digit number) dialling. 

What is the area code Montgomery, Alabama?

Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama and holds great historical and economic importance. It has 143 telephone exchanges and uses one area code, which is 334 without any overlays for local phone service.

What is the area code for Mobile, Alabama?

Mobile is one of the cultural centers of the Gulf Coast and Alabama. It is located in the Mobile County and has 185 exchanges. Right now, it is serviced by area code 251. 

Alabama area code and other parts of a phone number

Now you know that Alabama has five area codes and what they are. But, what do these numbers really mean? Phone numbers in the United States typically consist of 11 digits — the 1-digit country code, a 3-digit area code and a 7-digit telephone number. The 7-digit telephone number is further comprised of a 3-digit central office or exchange code and a 4-digit subscriber number. The country code of USA is +1. It is unique for every country. The central office code denotes the telephone exchange to which the phone number is mapped. The last four digits, the subscriber number, is unique to each telephone line in the area served by the associated central exchange. 

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How a local number can help your business grow in Alabama

Birmingham is the Magic City. Huntsville is the Rocket City. Alabama is the Southern Silicon Valley.

Where does a local number come in this? For most customers, phone remains the preferred mode of contact to reach customer support or to initiate a sales inquiry. Customers expect every business to maintain a local presence. It gives them the feeling that your business is locally approachable for support. 

Moreover, if you want your business to be present in Alabama without a physical office, a virtual local number can help.

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How to buy business phone numbers with Alabama area code 

How to buy a business phone number in Alabama? Being a business that is operating in the cloud era, you would want a virtual number that works on landline, mobile, IP phones, laptops, or any other hybrid devices that you use. You can sign up for Freshdesk Contact Center and buy virtual phone numbers for any US area codes

On completing the purchase, you have to recharge your phone credits to make or receive calls as per the call rates. You can even port in your existing phone numbers and continue using them on Freshdesk Contact Center. 

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Why use Freshdesk Contact Center (Formerly Freshcaller) for your Alabama phone number

Mobile app (iOS & Android)

With Freshdesk Contact Center, you can make or take calls on a cell phone app or a browser. Ace through pressing conversations, on the go!


Automate replies to large bulk volume of calls with an IVR system that segments calls based on user queries collected through keypad presses.


Receive incoming calls on your SIP devices along with all the benefits of Freshdesk Contact Center’s real-time dashboard, call flows and analytics.

Number porting

Migrate your existing your phone numbers to Freshdesk Contact Center without the hassle of notifying customers of number change. 

Call recording

Keep a record of all customer conversations with automatic call recording. You can also pause or resume recording as per customer convenience.

Smart answer bot

Deliver quick and contextually correct replies to customers with a smart answer bot that works round-the-clock, does not need holidays and has maximum uptime. 

Frequently asked questions about Freshdesk Contact Center (Formerly Freshcaller)

How do I start making outbound calls using Freshdesk Contact Center?

Sign up for a Freshdesk Contact Center account. Buy phone number(s) and phone credits to start making and receiving calls. To start making outbound calls, use the phone widget that appears on the right hand side of the screen.

How many phone numbers can I buy?

You can buy as many as local, toll-free and vanity numbers on Freshdesk Contact Center. The cost for phone numbers ranges from $1 per month and will vary depending on the region. Refer to our country-wise and number-wise call rates for inbound and outbound calls..

How does Freshdesk Contact Center charge my usage?

Freshdesk Contact Center pricing has three components. First, you have to buy phone numbers by paying a nominal monthly subscription fees. You may also port-in phone numbers from your existing system. Second, you need to buy phone credits to be able to make calls. Inbound and outbound call charges will be debited to your phone credits. The final component is the license fee. Depending on the plan you choose after your free trial, the agent license fees will vary. 

If I have an existing business phone number, will my number change or can I port my numbers to Freshdesk Contact Center?

Not necessarily. You can always port-in the existing phone numbers to your Freshdesk Contact Center account. Additional charges may be incurred depending on the port-in process. Once the port-in process is completed, the numbers will continue to working like they used to in your previous phone system. Know more about our number porting service.

Does Freshdesk Contact Center have a mobile app?

Yes. As a cloud-based business phone service, Freshdesk Contact Center does have a mobile app that you can download from Android app from Play store and iOS app from iTunes.

Is Freshdesk Contact Center GDPR compliant?

Yes. Freshdesk Contact Center is a GDPR compliant business phone service. Specific features like call recording require you as a business to seek consent from the caller before initiating recording. Read our Freshworks GDPR policy.

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