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Halfway To Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing In S. Indiana

Posted On June 11, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

(Undated) – Mandatory 10-digit dialing for all phone calls is not far off in southern Indiana.

The 812 area code will see the overlay of new area code 930 starting September 6. After receiving public input, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission opted last year to go with an overlay for creating a new bank of badly-needed phone numbers in the region.

With the coming overlay, southern Indiana residents and businesses won’t be asked to change their current phone number. Had the IURC gone with a split area code, half of southern Indiana would have had to change all of its phone numbers to the new area code while the other half would have maintained the status quo.

Optional 10-digit dialing began in February, meaning callers can dial, for example, either 812-555-555 or 555-5555 and complete the call. This week marks the halfway point of the grace period for what will eventually become mandatory 10-digit dialing, even for local calls.

Main points to remember for those in the 812 area code, from the IURC:

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
  • You will need to dial area code + telephone number for all local calls.
  • You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.
  • What is a local call now will remain a local call.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
  • You can still dial just three digits to reach 211, 411, 811, or 911. The same applies to 311 service where applicable.

Starting September 6, users making a local call without dialing 10 digits will hear a recording instructing them to hang up and dial again.

At the current pace, available 812 numbers are expected to be exhausted sometime in 2015. The new 930 area code numbers will begin being assigned on October 6, 2014.

The IURC says residents and businesses should get used to identifying their telephone numbers using all ten digits, are code included, when exchanging their numbers with others, on marketing materials, and other uses.

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