Idaho is about to join most other states in the nation with more than one area code.  The new area code joining the venerable 208 will be 986. 

It's not big surprise given Idaho's continued growth in population and the corresponding growth of mobile phones.  This will mean that our region will begin to need ten-digit dialing for local calls.  It will be phased in over a matter of months.

The 986 area code will be added in early 2017.