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New dialing codes

Blog by | June 23rd, 2008

News... I thought I would pass this information on to you in case you didn't already know.
Introduction of 10-digit dialing in Alberta and British Columbia
Effective September 8, 2008, Alberta and British Columbia will be adopting 10-digit dialing (area code + phone number) for local calls. To minimize the disruption to business, people in the affected area codes need to review and update their equipment in advance of this change, as indicated below.

Alberta British Columbia      
403     250
New Area Codes
To meet the growing demand for telephone numbers, two new area codes will be added: 587 in Alberta, and 778 in British Columbia. Existing telephone numbers will remain unchanged.
What do I need to do?
People in the affected area codes should update personal speed dial and auto dial (including cell phones and BlackBerry), personal voice mail, personal phone lists, fax machines, call forward and other telephone features before September 8.
Area codes will not be required for operator assistance, 411 (information) or 911 (emergency) calls.
An automated message with a reminder to dial the area code and phone number for local calls will play when 10-digits are not used. The call will then be completed as dialed. This recording will play each time seven digits are dialed until September 8, when these calls will no longer be completed.
More information is also available at http://www.dial10.ca/