NORTH CAROLINA TRIAD AREA NEW AREA CODE
What is the new dialing procedure
336 / 743
To complete local calls, the new dialing procedure requires callers to dial area code + telephone number. This means that all calls in the 336 area code that are currently dialed with seven digits will need to be dialed using ten digits, that is, the area code + telephone number. The same dialing procedure will apply to telephone numbers assigned to the new 743 area code.
When will the change become mandatory?
Beginning APRIL 23, 2016, you must use the new dialing procedure for all local calls. If you do not use the new dialing procedure, your call will not be completed, and a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again using the area code + telephone number. However, all customers should begin using the new dialing procedure before April 23, 2016.
Who will be affected?
The 336 area code generally covers the Piedmont area and includes the cities of Mount Airy, Dobson, Elkin, Pilot Mountain, (all areas of Surry and Stokes Counties) High Point, North Wilkesboro, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, Burlington, Roxboro, and Asheboro. The new 743 area code will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 336 area code.
Why is the change necessary?
To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the 743 area code is being added to the area served by the 336 area code. Since two area codes will now serve the same geographic region, the area code must be used when dialing any telephone number – including calls with the same area code.
Beginning May 23, 2016, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 743 area code. Existing numbers will not be changed.
What will you need to do?
REMEMBER: In addition to changing your dialing procedures, all services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed with a 7-digit number will need to be reprogrammed to use the new dialing procedures. Some examples are life safety systems, PBXs, mobile phone contact lists, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, etc. You may also want to check your business stationery, website, or advertising materials, and your pet’s or your personal ID tags to ensure the area code is included.
What will remain the same?
Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
A local call, what is local now will remain local regardless of the number of digits dialed.
911, you can still dial just three digits to reach 911.
211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811, if these numbers are currently available in your community, you will still dial them using just three digits.
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