024 area code
The 024 area code is for Coventry and the surrounding area.
Locations using 024 numbers include:
- Chapel End
- Tile Hill
- Toll Bar
Most 024 numbers are for normal Coventry landlines but be aware that, as is the case for all UK area codes, such numbers may also be used for services without any physical link to the area. (More info)
024 area code information
|Ceremonial county:||West Midlands|
|Call costs:||Normal landline rate|
|Area code required for local calls:||No|
|Local number length:||8 digits|
|Number format:||024 xxxx xxxx or (024) xxxx xxxx|
|International number format:||+44 24 xxxx xxxx|
|Number shortages predicted:||No|
|Last code change:||April 2000 (previously 01203)|
All numbers starting 024 are part of the Coventry area code. This includes 02475 numbers, 02476 numbers, 02477 numbers and all other numbers that start with the digits 024, regardless of how the number is displayed or what the following digits are.
Area code history
The Coventry area code changed from 0203 to 01203 during April 1995, as part of a nationwide renumbering. In 2000, phone numbers were lengthened from six to eight digits and the new 024 area code replaced the 01203 area code:
|1995||Code becomes 01203, with local numbers unchanged.|
|2000||Code becomes 024, with local numbers lengthened to 8 digits by prefixing with '76'.|
For example, (01203) 833333 became (024) 7683 3333.
|2006||Local numbers beginning with 77 introduced.|
|2012||Local numbers beginning with 75 introduced.|
Any number between (024) 2000 0000 and (024) 9989 9999 is available for use in Coventry – but only local numbers beginning with 75, 76 and 77 are in use so far as of 2016.
The 024 area code has ten times the capacity of the codes allocated to bigger cities such as Birmingham (0121). This reflects the fact that when first introduced the 024 area code was planned to replace a large number of other area codes in the Midlands at a later date. This would have led to a single area code across a large area of the Midlands, with all landlines able to dial each other using just the eight-digit local number.