Get ready now for 10-digit dialing

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HALIFAX - Beginning Aug. 23, 10-digit local dialing — the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number — will be introduced in the province.

Special numbers like 9-1-1 will still be dialed using three digits — no area code will be required.

Between Aug. 23 and Nov. 16, there will be a three-month transition period during which communications using only seven digits will be connected, but only after a network announcement prompts callers to dial all 10 digits the next time.

To avoid any inconveniences that may be caused by this message, the Telecommunications Alliance, a group of major telecommunications companies operating in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, is inviting the population to get ready and adopt 10-digit dialing right away.

“If they have not already done so, residents and businesses are urged to add the 902 area code to programmed numbers in all of their communications devices and equipment including wireline and wireless phones, auto dialers, computers, alarm systems and lifeline equipment,” said Glen Brown, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator which is the organization responsible for the administration of Canada’s telephone numbers.

“They should also include their 10-digit phone numbers on stationary, cheques, advertising, and update their employee, client, supplier, and other databases before Aug. 23, 2014. The goal of our communications efforts is to ensure that everyone is prepared ahead of time”


Organizations: Telecommunications Alliance

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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  • noodle
    July 01, 2014 - 22:50

    Not sure why we're running out of numbers when not only is the population decreasing but also many people are giving up their landline service and opting to use cell phones only. This should've created an increase in available numbers not a decrease; however that aside, it's the old folks I feel sorry for. They often don't have the technological skills to program numbers and now they'll have to dial 10 numbers rather than seven. Doesn't sound like much unless you're crippled up with arthritis and have trouble remembering. Just one more thing to make it harder for them to remain independent and live in their own homes.

  • Darrell Cail
    June 30, 2014 - 12:41

    why this time in the 21 centry we should just need to Dial 7 upgrade your stuff

  • Realistic
    June 30, 2014 - 11:46

    This is dumb. If they can connect a 7 digit call in the transition period, they can connect it after. No good reason to have add the area code when dialing within the same area code. 10digitdialer, that same thing could happen now or in the past when dialing between NS & NB, and we haven't have had to add the area code when dialing within NS 902. Silly.

    • 10digitdialer
      June 30, 2014 - 13:37

      They can connect during the transition period because it is BEFORE 782 comes in to use. If you just dialed 667-5555 after Aug 23, it could go to either 902-667-5555 OR 782-667-5555. Systems can't guess who you are trying to call, you have to give it all the info in order to connect. At any rate, most other regions of Canada have been doing this for years...

    • Realistic
      July 02, 2014 - 06:54

      That's right - systems don't guess. They are programmed. Very simple programming exercise to make the system default to the dialers area code if the area code isn't entered.

  • Wanda Fairfax
    June 30, 2014 - 08:07

    What's the purpose of 10 digit dialing?

    • 10digitdialer
      June 30, 2014 - 09:15

      They are running out of available numbers for 902 area code, so a new code '782' is being introduced to cover the same land area. But now you could have a 902-667-XXXX as well as a 782-667-XXXX in use, so by dialing 10 digits the call gets directed to proper place.