Adding your area code to calls is coming to the 509 soon
SPOKANE, Wash. — Things are changing in eastern Washington, and that includes changing the way you dial local phone numbers.
Starting on Oct. 24, there will be no more seven-digit dialing, you’ll have to add the 509 area code to all calls.
The reason for the change is to help keep people from accidentally calling a new emergency phone line coming next summer, TDS Telecom said. Dialing 9-8-8 will connect people to the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline starting July 16, 2022.
The FCC hopes that a shorter, easy-to-remember number will more efficiently provide people with help when they need it most. Until then, people who are in need of help should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK to reach the lifeline.
Here are a few other takeaways:
- Your phone number and area code will stay the same.
- The price for both local and long-distance calling will not change for TDS customers.
- Long-distance calls will still be made by dialing 1 + area code + phone number.
- Make sure anything that uses or displays your phone number, or the phone numbers of others is updated to include the area code. This could include any of the following: business stationery and marketing materials, home security systems, contact lists, voicemail services, fax machines, and life safety systems.
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