Maine, Say it ain’t so!

Currently in the United States, there are just 12 U.S. States that have only one area code, and as you would imagine, they are smaller ones: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, are on the list, but The Pine Tree State may not be on it forever. The folks at the Maine Public Utilities Commission claim that in the next few years, we could be fresh outta 7-digit phone numbers. Think of all the times you get a call asking about “your cars extended warranty” with a 207 area code on it. If you get a call from a unknown number like that, you'll notice that if you call it back, it usually disconnected after a certain amount of time.

The area code 207 was created as one of the original area codes in 1947. The state has done a great job of branding the numbers. You can see them on all sorts of merchandise, and News Center Maine even has a show called 207, that devotes it’s program to all the things that make our state so unique.

When I heard about all of this, the first thing I thought of was the 1998 episode of "Seinfeld", because let’s face it, everything relates back to that show, somehow. This is the one where Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character ,Elaine is rejected by a guy after she gives him a phone number with the 646 area code. She then plotted to get a more desirable 212 exchange.