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Area code 208 spans the river-rich, mountainous, and farmland-filled state of Idaho. Approximately 1.9 million people use a phone number with the area code.

Whether you're in the market for a second phone number or looking to learn more about your personal number's new area code, you'll find everything you need to know. Get the 208 location, a detailed look at its coverage across the Idaho map, and the time zone it's linked to.

About the state of Idaho

You might know the state of Idaho for its potato production, but the state has quite a reputation for some other aspects too. The "Gem State" offers precious nearly every type of precious stone you could imagine.

Rugged landscapes, scenic mountains, 107,000 miles of rivers, protected wilderness, and views would bring the zen out in anyone. Popular attractions like Boise National Forest, the Craters of the Moon monument, Idaho Botanical Garden, and Shoshone Falls create a culture of learning with something new around each turn. Interestingly, Idaho also has a near-perfect ratio of women to men.

The 208 Area Code

The 208 area code is one of the 86 initially created in 1947. The only area code served Idaho until the 986 area code entered the picture as an overlay plan in 2017.

Area code 208 serves the following counties; Ada, Canyon, Bonneville, Bannock, Kootenai, Twin Falls, Nez Perce, Madison, Latah, Elmore, Bingham, Jerome, Cassia, Blaine, Bonner, Payette, Gem, Minidoka, Washington, Franklin, Power, Jefferson, Gooding, Idaho, Valley, Clearwater, Lemhi, Caribou, Owyhee, Boundary, Bear Lake, Shoshone, Teton, Lewis, Fremont, Custer, Butte, Adams, Boise, Clark, Lincoln, Camas, and Oneida.

Top Cities in Area Code 208

Other big cities include Boise City, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Washington, Nampa, Meridian, Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Grangeville, Bonneville, Nez Perce Mountain Home, Payette, Potlatch, Kootenai, Rigby, Lewiston, Sandpoint, and Stanley.

Cities That Share the 208 and 986 Area Codes

Areas like Garden Valley, Burley, Moscow, Grand View, Orofino, New Plymouth, Mccall, Aberdeen, Homedale, American Falls, Parma, Hailey, Soda Springs, Rupert, Weiser, Shelley, Rexburg, Rockland, Fruitland, Arco, Middleton, Emmett, Challis, and Clark Fork currently use two area codes; 208 and 986.

Zip Codes Served by the 208 Area Code

The top zip codes in the 208 area code come from Idaho's major cities:

  • Zip code 83646, population 71,501
  • Zip code 83301, population 60, 434
  • Zip code 83709, population 56,541

Area Code 208

The Local Time of Area Code 208

Area code 208 is in the Mountain time zone, also known as MT. Idaho is split between two time zones, with the very eastern parts, like the counties mentioned above, falling in MT and the rest falling in the Pacific time zone.

Celebrities and Businesses With a 208 Area Code

The 208 area code is home to many audiences for your business phone number or personal number use. You'll find the second-largest supermarket chain in North America, Albertsons Companies, Inc, there.

Celebrities Christina Hendricks and Jay Pickett have roots in the 208 area code.

Why Would You Change Your Area Code?

There are a few reasons someone would change an area code. First, it might be because you've moved to the Idaho area and want a local number. More likely, it's to make your business or personal phone number more relevant to those in that area. People recognize familiar Idaho area codes and are likelier to pick up the phone.

If people don't recognize your number and do a reverse lookup, it might benefit you to show up as a caller from a familiar location.

How to Get a 208 Area Code

A 208 area code isn't only for Idaho residents. You can create a new number or replace an existing number with a new area code in a few ways.

The Easiest Way to Get a Second Number

The easiest way to get a second number is with the SLYNUMBER app. Use the app to look up the 208 area code and use a second line for just $2.99/month. It's that simple.

The Easiest Way to Get a Second 280 Area Code Number

If you want to change your existing phone number to a 208 area code, start by contacting your mobile service provider to ask about a phone number change. You can also purchase a new phone within the 208 area code to secure a local sim card.

Experience the Benefits of a Second Phone Number

Protect Your Privacy

Feel the peace of mind anytime you require contact information, or you share your number. You choose when to share your personal number and when your second number is more appropriate.

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Stay Professional

Doing business from a second phone number adds a layer of professionalism that builds your reputation. If you're listing a phone number on social media accounts, websites, and other essential documents, you want it to be distinct from your number.

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