7 digit dialing is a thing of the past, 10 digit dialing now required

0
10-digit dialing, ocala news, ocala post
10-digit dialing

As of October 24, callers in 82 area codes across 35 states and one U.S. territory are required to use their three-digit area code before punching in the seven-digit phone number when calling a local number.

The new rules are being implemented by the Federal Communications Commission.

If you have one of these area codes, you should dial 10-digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls.

The FCC, said, “Some providers, such as T-mobile and Verizon have already implemented 10-digit dialing and some are phasing in 10-digit dialing between now and July 15, 2022. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only 7 digits may not be completed, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. You must hang up and dial again using the area code and the 7-digit number.”

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW

Current phone numbers won’t change, however, calls dialed without the area code after the October deadline will not be completed.

In some areas, you may be required to dial the number “1” before the area code and seven-digit phone number for local calls.

What Changes Will Businesses Need to Make?

If your company uses a PBX or VoIP phone system, you may need to update or reprogram it for ten-digit dialing. Seven-digit dialing is being phased starting on October 24, 2021, and the transition to 10-digit dialing must be completed by July 15, 2022.

These states and area codes are part of the FCC changes that began on October 24:

  • Alaska: 907
  • Alabama: 251
  • Arkansas: 501
  • Arizona: 480, 520, 928
  • California: 209, 530, 562, 626, 650, 707, 925, 949, 951
  • Colorado: 719, 970
  • Delaware: 302
  • Florida: 321 (Brevard County only), 352, 561, 941
  • Georgia: 478, 912
  • Guam: 671
  • Hawaii: 808
  • Illinois: 309, 618, 708
  • Indiana: 219, 574
  • Iowa: 319, 515
  • Kansas: 620, 785
  • Kentucky: 859
  • Louisiana: 337, 504
  • Michigan: 616, 810, 906, 989
  • Minnesota: 218, 952
  • Mississippi: 662
  • Missouri: 314, 417, 660, 816
  • Montana: 406
  • Nevada: 775
  • New Hampshire: 603
  • New Jersey: 856, 908
  • New Mexico: 505, 575
  • New York: 516, 607, 716, 845, 914
  • North Carolina: 910
  • Ohio: 440, 513
  • South Dakota: 605
  • Tennessee: 731, 865
  • Texas: 254, 361, 409, 806, 830, 915, 940
  • Vermont: 802
  • Virginia: 276, 804
  • Washington: 509
  • Wisconsin: 262, 414, 608, 920