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512 Area Code. Location. Time Zone. Toll Free? Scam? Who's Calling?

Richard Bagnell
Richard Bagnell
State Texas
Timezone Central (CST)
Is Area Code 512 Toll Free? No
Major Cities Austin

When did area code 512 come to be?

Area code 512 services the Austin, Texas area along with its overlay 737. 512 was one of the original area codes established in 1947 by the North American Numbering Plan or the NANP and at the time it serviced the Gulf of Mexico to the Mexican Border along with San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Harlingen, and McAllen. In 1992, the western part which San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley were a part of became area code 210 and 512 was the last of the area codes to be split.
In 2013, 737 became the overlay of 512 for the Austin area to avoid exhaustion.

Where does area code 512 service?

Area code 510 services the Austin, Texas and the counties of Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Milam, and Williamson. 510 also services the municipalities of Austin, Bastop, Bee Cave, Bertram, Briggs, Buchanan Dam, Buda, Burnet, Cedar Creek, Cedar Park, Coupland, Dale, Del Valle, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Fentress, Georgetown, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Kempner, Kyle, Lakeway, Lamapasas, Leander, Liberty Hill, Lockheart, Lometa, Manchaca, Manor, Martindale, Maxwell, McDade, McNeil, Muldoon, Pflugerville, Prairie Lea, Rockdale, Round Rock, San Marcos, Smithville, Spicewood, Staples, Taylor, Thorndale,  Thrall, Walburg, Weir, and Wimberley
The most populated county in the 512 area is Travis, Texas that has a population of 1,024,266 which makes up 18% of the 512 population. Austin is the most populated city in the 512 area with a population of 790,390 making up 5% of 512’s population.

What time zone does area code 512 follow?

Being in the Texas area, area code 512 follows the Central Time Zone (CST). Central Time Zone is six hours behind Coordinated Universal Time and is advanced by an hour during daylight savings time in the summer. The places that adhere to this time zone are some parts of Canada, the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, some parts of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas except for El Paso and Hudspeth. The states of Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee are split between CST and EST. Most of Mexico and Central America also follow the Central Time Zone.

How do you call a 512 number?

In 2013 it was put into effect that all Central Texas numbers would have to follow the ten-digit dialing scheme for local calls. In ten digit dialing you will be required to key in the area code and the seven digit number.

Is the 512 area code toll free?

No, 512 is not a toll free number. Toll free numbers do not have a particular geographical location and 512 is for the Austin, Texas area.

Is 512 a scam?

Being able to customize your phone number is a convenience we can all get behind on. However like most conveniences in modern times it also comes with a downside that being scammers now have the ability to modify their phone numbers to make it seem local. There have been reports of 512 area code being used as a scam.

This year, a particular smartphone app called Hiya was able to detect a rise in the trend of scams related to the IRS wherein the perpetrator would pretend to be someone from the IRS claiming that the recipient of the call owes the IRS money threatening arrest or legal action if not carried out immediately.

The areas aside from 512 where IRS scams often originate are: 202 (Washington), 214/972 (Dallas), 305 (Miami), 210 (San Antonio), 410 (Baltimore), 312 (Chicago), 405 (Oklahoma), 212/917 (New York).

How do I avoid being scammed by 512 callers?

To avoid being victimized by a phone scam it is advisable to not answer calls from anyone you don’t know. People you know would leave a text message or voicemail if they happen to have called you using a new number.

If you happen to be at the receiving end of a scam call, hang up and block the number immediately.

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