CHARLETON, S.C. (AP) -- Eastern South Carolina's new area code will be 854.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported (http://bit.ly/1bc1BVs) reported the new area code is expected to be used beginning in 2015.
Nanette Edwards with the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff said the agency learned the new number Monday from officials with the North American Numbering Plan.
The 854 area code will be South Carolina's first "overlay" code. The code will be used for new numbers in the 843 area code, which covers the Pee Dee and the Lowcountry.
People in those areas will have to start dialing all 10 digits of phone numbers for even local calls once the new area code is in effect.