New area code 249 will be added on March 19
OTTAWA, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning January 15, 2011, residents of
the region served by the 705 area code in Ontario will be required to
dial 10 digits - the area code followed by the seven-digit phone
number- for all local calls.
"10-digit dialing affects all residents and businesses in the region
served by area code 705. It is important that everyone takes the time
to reprogram their systems and communications equipment prior to
January 15, 2011, in order to avoid any inconveniences that may be
caused by the changes," stated Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the
Canadian Numbering Administrator.
Special numbers like 9-1-1 will still be dialed using three digits.
Programming communications systems and devices
Consumers and businesses must add the 705 area code to all local numbers
stored in the memory of their communications systems and devices, for
example, telephones, wireless devices, computers, and fax machines.
They must also verify with their service provider that their alarm or
security system has been reprogrammed for 10-digit dialing. Useful
information can be found at www.dial10.ca
Starting January 15, 2011, local calls dialed with seven digits may be
interrupted by a network message. The message reminds callers that they
must dial 10 digits when making local calls. Calls will continue to go
through until March 5, 2011, after which time seven-digit local calls
will not be completed.
New area code
Starting in March 2011, a new area code, 249, will be added 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 retain 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.
January 15 - The transition to 10-digit local dialing will start. If the area code
is not dialed, an announcement will remind the caller, but the call
will be placed as dialed.
March 5 - 10-digit dialing will be mandatory. If the 10-digit number is not
dialed, the call will not be completed.
March 19 - New area code 249 will be introduced to the 705 area. New telephone
numbers may be assigned the 249 code.
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 on how to get prepared
for local 10-digit dialing at www.dial10.ca.
SOURCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
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