Residents in the 812 area code will have a little more time to adjust to a new requirement to include the area code when making local calls.
The changeover to requiring all 10 digits on local calls was to begin Sept. 6. Instead, the Indiana Utility Regulator Commission is extending the changeover time period indefinitely which allows callers to continue using seven-digit numbers without the area code on local calls.
During the changeover period, callers may continue to use the seven-digit number on local calls, or may include the area code and the seven-digit number to connect to a local number.
The changes are planned because a new 930 area code will be assigned to new telephone numbers in Columbus, Seymour and other cities currently covered by the 812 area code beginning Oct. 6, according to the commission.
When the change, called an all-services distributed overlay, goes into effect, those dialing a number in the 812 or 930 area codes will be required to dial all 10 digits for local calls, to differentiate between the two area codes.
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