HARRISBURG, Pa. — It’s about to take a little longer for people in the 717 area code in central Pennsylvania to make phone calls.

The state Public Utility Commission said Tuesday that on Aug. 26, callers will have to start using the 10-digit number that includes the area code for all calls in the 16 county region served by 717.

It’s the next step toward the introduction of a new “overlay” area code, 223. It will start being used once all 717 numbers have been handed out. That can’t happen before Sept. 26.

Officials suggest people in the 717 area code update contacts on cellphones and other devices.

After Aug. 26, callers who don’t use the 717 area code will get a recording telling them to try again, using 10 digits.

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