10-digit dialing required by October 2021

Filed under: Computing Tips - May 11 2021

If you’re used to calling your neighbor or doctor by just dialing their 7-digit phone number – things are about to change. Beginning October 24, 2021 you must dial 10-digits to reach any number in the 775 area code – and most area codes in the United States.

The change is so that callers may reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing the 3-digit number “988” – similar to dialing “911” for local emergencies.

Beginning October 24, 2021 if you dial only 7-digits you will be instructed to hang-up and re-dial using the 10-digit phone number.

Now is the time to start updating the phone numbers stored in your cell phone to the full 10-digit number.

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