Get Ready Now!
Beginning next May, 2021, a new area code, 582, will be issued in the geographic area that is now covered by the 814 area code in Western Pennsylvania. This “area code overlay” is being implemented because carriers are running out of 814 numbers. Moving forward, 814 and 582 area codes will both reside in this Western PA area.
Here is what you need to know:
- If you already have an 814 number, it will NOT change.
- Everyone in this area will have to start dialing their area code, whether it is 814 or 582.
- Starting October 3, 2020, if you have an 814 area code, you should start dialing it. At this point, the call will still go through if you do not dial the area code, but it’s good to get into the habit.
- Starting April 3, 2021, everyone in the 814 geographic area will be required to dial the full 10-digit number. Example: 814-123-4567. If you do not dial the area code the call will not go through.
- Beginning May 1, 2021, new customers/numbers in the 814 geographic area may be issued a 582 area code. All 582 and 814 phone number will require the area code to connect.
- Beginning on October 3, 2020, you should change your business’s dial procedures and reprogram all affected phones and devices to dial the full 10-digit numbers. 10-digit numbers will go through then. You should NOT wait until April 3, 2021 to do so.
- Customers who currently have 814 area code numbers, and need to add additional new phone numbers after this change, could have both 814 and 582 numbers, depending on availability.
- This will not affect the existing rates of calls within the 814 and 582 area codes.
- SPECIAL NOTE FOR CELL PHONE USERS Remind your mobile/cell phone end users to update any contacts/speed dials to reflect this change if they currently have only 7 digits stored for a contact.
- In addition to your phone and other devices, remember to reprogram to 10-digit dialing for other equipment, such as life safety systems and medical devices, fire and burglar alarm and security systems, gates, PBX, fax machines, Internet dialing, speed dials, call forwarding settings, voicemail and other items. Also make sure that all your printed and digital communications, including pet tags and personal IDs, have the full 10-digit numbers listed, including the area code.
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