Get those fingers ready 0
Add three digits to the number you're calling.
Beginning this past Sunday, we have to use 10 digits - the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number - for all local calls.
Local calls made with only seven digits will be interrupted by a recorded network announcement before being connected.
"If they have not already done so, residents and businesses are urged to add the area code 204 to programmed numbers in all of their telecommunications devices (e.g., phones, fax machines, computers). They must also include their 10-digit phone numbers on cheques, advertising and stationery and update their employee, client, supplier, and other databases," says Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator which is the organization responsible for the administration of Canada's telephone numbers.
Special numbers like 9-1-1 can still be made using three digits - no area code is required.
Starting July 29, local calls made with just seven digits were interrupted by a network message. The message reminds callers that they must use 10 digits when making local calls. Calls will continue to be connected until October 20 after which time seven-digit local calls will not be completed.
Starting November 3, a new area code, 431, will be added in Manitoba.
The new code will join the current 204 area code, with no impact on existing telephone numbers. The new area code will be assigned only when the existing inventory of 204 numbers is used up. Introducing a new area code does not affect local calling areas.
Key dates in 2012
- July 29 - The transition to 10-digit local dialing will start. If the area code is not dialed, the caller will generally hear a reminder message before the call is completed.
- October 20 - 10-digit dialing will be mandatory. If the 10-digit number is not dialed, the call will not be completed.
- November 3 - New area code 431 will be gradually introduced.