Residents, businesses encouraged to begin preparing early for new dialing rules
TRURO - Starting Aug. 23, 2014, residents of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island making local calls will be required to dial 10 digits ‚Äď the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number‚ÄĒthe same procedure used now for long distance calling.
The introduction of 10-digit dialing paves the way for the addition of a new area code, 782, in November 2014, as the 902 area code reaches capacity.
The Telecommunications Alliance, a group of major telecommunications companies operating in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, says higher popularity of new services and changes in the competitive environment is driving a huge increase in demand for phone numbers in the region. That is why 10-digit local dialing will be required for all wire line and wireless local calls. This dialing method allows for the introduction of a new area code that will create millions of new phone numbers.
‚ÄúMost regions in Canada have already successfully transitioned to local 10-digit dialing and we are confident these changes will be seamless for residents and businesses in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island,‚ÄĚ said Glenn Pilley, director of the Canadian Numbering Administrator.
‚ÄúIn order to ensure a successful transition, we recommend that people start reprogramming their equipment to comply with 10-digit local dialing now, as telecommunications companies operating in both provinces are already able to support 10-digit dialed calls. By adopting 10-digit dialing habits early, residents and businesses will be well-prepared by August, 2014.‚ÄĚ
To prepare for 10-digit dialing, residents will need to add the 902 area code to programmed numbers in such devices as auto dialers, fax machines, computers and lifeline equipment, and verify that their alarm systems are compatible with local 10-digit dialing.
Companies that use numerous telecommunications systems and devices should also take the necessary steps to update their equipment. All adjustments must be made before August 23, 2014. Residential and business customers can also find useful information on the Telecommunications Alliance website at www.dial10.ca
Customers with telephone numbers that include the 902 area code will retain their numbers. Numbers with the new 782 area code will only be assigned to customers when the existing inventory of 902 numbers is depleted.
Introducing a new area code does not affect local calling areas. Adding a new area code to a calling region requires changes in local dialing habits. Since the same phone number can now exist in both area codes, 10-digit local dialing becomes mandatory in order for local calls to be connected and reach their appropriate destinations.
---- TC Media