Dial it up to 10 digits in 715 area codeDialing a seven-digit phone number into the 715 area code is about to become a thing of the past.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Dialing a seven-digit phone number into the 715 area code is about to become a thing of the past.
Starting next weekend, anyone calling into the state’s largest geographical calling area will have to include the area code with the seven-digit phone number for the call to connect, even on local calls.
Effective July 17, 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory to accommodate an area code overlay.
An overlay does not require existing customers to change their area code or telephone number, according to CenturyLink. However, when two area codes serve the same region, callers are required to change the way they dial local calls.
To make a local call, dial the area code and the phone number. There is no need to dial one or zero before the 10-digit number unless making a long-distance or operator-assisted call.
The change is a result of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission ordering an overlay of a 534 area code to ensure on ongoing supply of telephone numbers throughout the northern region of the state served by the 715 area code.
Phone numbers with the 534 area code could be assigned starting Aug. 14.
According to CenturyLink, the most important facts that consumers and businesses need to know about the overlay are:
l The dialing procedure for long distance or operator assisted calls will not change.
l All customers with a 715 area code telephone number today will keep the 715 area code for that number.
l The price of a call, local and long-distance calling areas and other rates and services of your provider will not change as a result of the area code overlay.
l You will still dial three digits to reach 911. If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811 are available in your community, or from your provider, you will still dial just three digits.
In addition to changing local dialing procedure, customers in the 715 area code will need to reprogram automatic dialing equipment or other equipment programmed to dial seven digits for 10-digit dialing.
Examples of programmed equipment and features include PBX systems, life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, call-forward settings, voice mail and similar services.
For more information, call CenturyLink at (608) 201-4099 or visit http://psc.wi.gov/utilityinfo/tele/areaCodes/home-AreaCodeRelief.htm.