OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County residents are reminded that they must dial the area code when placing both local and long distance calls beginning Feb. 11.
The regional overlay of a new area code will begin in March.
Any new telephone numbers issued in Central New York will be assigned the ‘680’ area code.
It will not replace the ‘315’ area code in any phone numbers currently in existence.
Calling rates will not change and residents will still be able to dial ‘911’ in the event of an emergency.
Other services such as ‘211,’ ‘411,’ ‘511,’ and ‘811’ will all continue to work normally as well.
With the new requirement in place, any telephone calls made with only the traditional seven digits will not go through and callers will hear a recording directing them to hang up and try again.
Most mobile and digital landline telephones will connect the call with the new 10-digit requirement; however, some traditional analog landlines may also require the caller to dial a ‘1’ before the 10-digit number.
Placing calls outside the ‘315’ and ‘680’ area codes will also require you to dial a ‘1.’
It is recommended that residents update their contacts as well as any automatic dialing features they use, such as speed dial on their landline phone, dial-up internet service with their modem, or the call center for their alarm systems.