New area code 249 will be added on March 19
OTTAWA, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting March 5, 2011, 10-digit local
dialing will become mandatory in the 705 region. The transition period
began on January 15, however, local calls will no longer be
automatically completed if they are dialed without the 705 area code.
The Telecommunications Alliance (www.dial10.ca) is advising everyone to start dialing 10-digits for all local calls
now. It is also essential that all businesses and consumers reprogram
their phone systems and communication devices by March 5 in order to
complete their calls.
Local telecom companies indicate that 10-digit dialing is now being used
by a majority of callers when making local calls in the 705 area. Any
exceptions are due in part to numbers that have been stored in the
memory of various communication systems and automatic dialing devices.
"We are pleased with the participation rates among residents in the 705
area. However, we must highlight the need for callers to ensure that
all numbers stored in communication systems and devices, particularly
in alarm systems, Internet connections and call forwarding devices,
have been programmed for 10-digit dialing. This will help avoid any
disruptions after the cut-off date for 7 digit dialing of March 5,
2011," stated Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering
New area code
Starting March 19, 2011, a new area code, 249, will be gradually
introduced to the 705 region using the overlay method. This new area
code will coexist with the current 705 area code and will cover the
same geographic area. Customers with area code 705 numbers will keep
their numbers. Numbers with the new 249 area code will only be assigned
to customers for additional services on an as-needed basis. Introducing
a new area code does not affect local calling areas.
The Telecommunications Alliance
The Telecommunications Alliance, whose members include Bell, Rogers and
TELUS, was formed to spearhead this public awareness initiative.
Interested parties can find detailed information at www.dial10.ca.
SOURCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
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Source: The Telecommunications Alliance
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