SAN ANTONIO -- A lot of people in San Antonio could soon be getting a new area code.
Whether you like it or not, KENS 5 has learned, it is a done deal.
The 210 area code has become an identity for the Alamo City.
"Everybody knows it as 210, 'two-ten.' Yeah, it's going to be hard to break that stigma," Chris Izzett said.
However, San Antonio is growing fast; too fast to for just one area code. Bottom line, San Antonio is running out of phone numbers.
"Projections indicate... as early as late 2018. So we have started the process for a second area code," Public Utility Commission of Texas spokesperson Terry Hadley said.
"I hope we get to keep the 210 at least because I have a lot of friends who have that tattooed on their stomachs, arms, everywhere,” David Gonzalez said.
Don't worry, many will be able to keep the 210 with this overlay proposal.
“That means all existing 210 phone customers will be able to keep their current number, and as the need arises new numbers... could be assigned numbers with the new area code," Hadley said.
We still don't know what the new area code will be. And this isn't the first time the city's seen the change.
San Antonio outgrew the 512 area code in the 90's. That's when the 210 was adopted but stuck as more of an identity.
"It's going to change the whole thing,” Mariella Gonzalez said.
Two area codes also mean you will now have to dial all ten digits to make a local call, like in Houston or Dallas.
"I think it will be annoying for sure,” Izzett said.
“I am pretty shocked, yeah. I mean I figured it was coming because there are a lot of people in this city,” David Gonzalez said.
There will be a public meeting held for anyone with questions or concerns regarding the new area code.
That meeting will take place May 12 from 2-5 p.m. at the AACOG Al J. Notzon III Board Room.
AACOG Al J. Notzon III Board Room
8700 Tesoro Drive
San Antonio, TX 78217