740 calls will require dialing 10 digits Saturday

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Starting Saturday, people with the 740 area code must dial all 10 digits to be connected when making local calls. Everyone in the 740 area code, which covers all of southeastern Ohio from Marion in central Ohio to Lawrence County, must dial the area code and seven-digit phone number to connect local calls, according to a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio news release. The price of local calls will not change.

The change occurred because southeastern Ohio ran out of phone numbers and is getting another area code: 220. Starting April 22, the new area code will be assigned to individuals requesting new service, adding another line, or in some cases, moving their service.

Those who already have phone number in the 740 area code will keep their existing numbers.

What else do I need to know?

 You will continue to dial 1 + area code + seven-digit phone number for long-distance calls. You do not need to dial the initial 1 when making local calls in the 740 area.

 You do not need to dial additional numbers when calling 911 for an emergency.

 Help lines, such as 211, can be reached by dialing three digits. No additional area code is necessary.

 When giving out your phone number, be sure to include the area code. 

 Double check that the full 10 digits are listed on contact information, such as advertising materials, personal identification and pet tags.

Story via Newark Advocate