828 area code - Get a Asheville, North Carolina local phone number

You can start using your new 828 area code business telephone number in just a few minutes with OpenPhone. OpenPhone lets you call from a device you already use, so you won’t need to carry a new phone, go to a store, or sign a new contract. With a simple app, you make and receive calls and texts wherever you are, on your cell phone, tablet, or computer. Once you activate your phone number, you can customize your business settings and keep all your business calls in one place.

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A local phone number can help a business grow its credibility with customers on their own turf. It helps you stay accessible to customers who are more likely to answer your calls, and who feel confident they’re reaching a trusted partner — and not an anonymous national corporation. A local number can be the key to loyal customers in area code 828.

If you’re targeting local customers, developing your presence in an area code is the start of your business journey. Are you just getting to know the lay of the land? Here are some important facts about area code 828:

This area code covers cities including: Asheville, Franklin, Hickory, Murphy, Waynesville, and parts of western North Carolina. Its major city is Asheville, which has a population of 94,589 people.

The 828 area code touches 22 other counties: Buncombe, Catawba, Henderson, Burke, Caldwell, Rutherford, Haywood, Watauga, McDowell, and Jackson.

You’ll find other area codes nearby including area codes 336/743 (Greensboro, NC), 423 (Chattanooga, TN), 704/980 (Charlotte, NC), 706/762 (Augusta, GA), 803 (Columbia, SC), 864 (Greenville, SC), and 865 (Knoxville, TN).

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Use local numbers to help your business succeed.

With a local 828 phone number, you can effectively get in front of the right people and establish a foothold in the Asheville, NC area.

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What’s the startup climate like for new businesses in area code 828? Here are some statistics on population, employment, and core regional businesses:

The largest county in area code 828, Buncombe County, lies entirely within Eastern Standard Time. Population in the area is shrinking slightly. There was a -0.12% population change from 2019 to 2020.

Overall unemployment rates are significant for businesses looking to source talent and grow their presence in a new area. Between 2019 and 2020, the city of Asheville’s unemployment rate was 8.3%.

But none of these demographics tell the whole story of new business opportunities in the area. In fact, in area code 828, new enterprises are slightly dropping. Business applications were up 10.00% from 2019 to 2020. And many of these endeavors are thriving with a startup survival of rate 78.20% within North Carolina.

Startups join an infrastructure of existing titans. In area code 828, newcomers can grow along with Asheville, NC’s top ten employers: Mission Health, Buncombe County Schools, Ingles Markets, Inc., University of North Carolina At Asheville, Henderson County Public Schools, Mission Hospital, Buncombe County Schools, Western Carolina University, Haywood County Schools, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

New businesses can also benefit from working closely with large existing industries. North Carolina's top three industries are:
  • Educational services, and health care and social assistance
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services

Try out calling and texting with an area code tied to this flourishing region and confirm OpenPhone is a great fit for your business by starting a free seven-day trial of OpenPhone.

Try out calling and texting with an area code tied to this flourishing region and confirm OpenPhone is a great fit for your business by starting a free seven-day trial of OpenPhone.

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Whether you're looking for a local Asheville or North American toll-free number,
getting started is simple.

See which specific 828 phone numbers are available and claim your own Asheville, NC number by signing up for a free trial. Here’s how it works: using our service, you can easily set up your local phone number without the need to install any additional hardware. Easily download and install our app, and find the right numbers for your business.

How to get a 828 phone number


Enter your email address or sign in with your Google account.


Then search by city (Asheville, NC) or area code (828) to select a specific local number.


Verify your account via credit card (you won’t be charged until your trial ends, cancel anytime.)


Use the OpenPhone browser app or download the desktop apps or mobile apps.

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Why do businesses sign up for a virtual 828 number with OpenPhone
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Flexible calls from anywhere

OpenPhone lets you get a new business phone number in area code 828. You can even port over your existing number with no service interruptions. Use your number on any cell phone, tablet, or computer using OpenPhone, the #1 rated business phone platform on G2. There’s an app for all your favorite devices so your conversations — and contacts — always stay in one place.

Make and receive calls from across the state or around the world. An OpenPhone business number travels with you wherever you have an internet connection. Best of all, you can use your phone number from anywhere to call anyone in the US or Canada without any long-distance charges. Calls to other countries are just a fraction of what you’d pay with a traditional carrier.

You can also have different numbers for departments, teammates, and locations. If you need a new number, it takes just seconds to activate and assign unique numbers to someone on your team. There are no waiting periods, no trips to the store, and no contracts to sign.

Streamline all your phone communication

OpenPhone’s modern business phone platform comes packed with features that make looking professional effortless. Start by easily adding a phone menu, caller ID, and away voicemail greeting.

Respond to customers easier when you save go-to message templates as snippets. Stop typing the same responses over and over again, and give your customers reliable answers faster.
You can even automatically send out a text message to missed or after-hours calls. There are so many creative ways to use automatic messaging. Harness your newfound powers to nurture leads or promote sales when you can’t answer business calls.
While you’re at it, get your team aligned, too. You can start by working together off a shared number where your team can split responsibility for incoming calls and messages to your business number. That way, no important calls go unanswered and your team stays on the same page.

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Decide which numbers to share with team members. Share the main business number with your entire team or share it with your assistant so after-hours calls get answered. Create departments for small groups. Then everyone can collaborate on any external communication through internal threads. You can even offer direct lines for your employees, too.

Most importantly, your team can quickly catch up on any conversation. Anyone with access to your a shared number inbox can see all voicemails, call history, and text messaging in a single view for every contact.

With your OpenPhone number, you have complete control over your business calls. Know which calls are business and which are personal. Your private number stays private — and when you’re off the clock, you can mute notifications for business calls.

OpenPhone’s flexible suite of features means you’re open for business from any device, anywhere.

Frequently asked questions about local numbers

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Just a piece of advice. I used my personal cell number as the company number and I still regret it a decade later (I get so many stupid calls). Don’t do what I did. I wish I had a service like this 10 years ago!

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