Friday, September 22, 2000

'Dial the Code' calls begin Oct. 1

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Your phone number is about to change.

        In fact, everyone's phone number is about to change, as the Greater Cincinnati area — like metropolitan areas across the country — moves to 10-digit dialing on Oct. 1.

        Cincinnati Bell announced Thursday that the “Dial the Code” calling pattern — in which area codes must be used for non-toll calls across state lines — begins for residents in the 513, 859, and 812 area codes Oct. 1.

        A call from Cincinnati to Covington, for instance, would require the caller to dial 859, then the number.

        For out-of-state calls that are currently local calls, there will be no need to dial the “1,” but callers must dial all 10 digits. For in-state local calls, callers can still dial 7 digits, as was once possible for all numbers in Greater Cincinnati.

        Also on Oct. 1, the 859 area code will officially replace 606 for phones in Northern Kentucky and Greater Lexington, as the “permissive period” for the area expires and a recording informs callers that the area code has been changed.

        What 10-digit dialing means is that telephones, modems, fax machines and Internet dialups with memory dialing or programmed numbers will have to be changed.

        Businesses will have to adjust letterhead and advertising materials.

        Wireless calling will not be affected, because most customers must already dial 513, 606, or 812 when calling across state lines.


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