Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-10-22 21:47:04 –
Colorado Springs — Starting Sunday, October 24th, customers who do not dial a total of 10 digits for the area code and phone number will not be able to make calls.
This is because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set the dial code to 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which will begin in July 2022.
For the 988 to work, many area code customers across the country that use 7-digit local dials must be migrated to 10-digit local dials. This includes Colorado’s 719 and 970 area codes.
This change officially started in April, but the months that followed were part of the “allowable dialing period”, so if the caller forgets to dial all 10 digits, the call is complete. To do.
According to the FCC, this change affects 82 area codes in 35 states.
The FCC warns that changes may require reprogramming of other services and equipment.
The services that may need to be reprogrammed are:
- Life safety system or medical monitoring device
- Private branch exchange (PBX)
- Fax machine
- Internet dial-up number
- Fire or theft alert and security system or gate
- Speed dialer
- Contact list for mobile phones or other wireless phones
- Call transfer settings
- Voicemail service and other similar features
This change does not affect your current phone number, call charges, coverage area, etc.
Customers can also dial only three digits to reach a three digit code such as 911 or 711.
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