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REMINDER: 10-digit dialing for 850 area code begins Saturday

Beginning June 22, new phone numbers will be issued the 448 area code
If you are trying to call a phone number with an 850 area code, you’ll need to dial all 10...
If you are trying to call a phone number with an 850 area code, you’ll need to dial all 10 digits for your call to go through starting next month.(WCTV)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 9:59 AM CDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - If you are trying to call a phone number with an 850 area code, you’ll need to dial all 10 digits for your call to go through starting Saturday, May 22.

The Big Bend will soon have an “area code overlay,” with the addition of the 448 area code coming to the Florida Panhandle.

“If you’ve already entered your numbers in as 850 with the other seven digits, then it’s pretty easy. You just continue to use your calling as you do now. If you have a landline, if you have a phone where you can program it, you’ll have to manually go in and re-program it.” Greg Fogleman, the Public Utilities Supervisor with the Florida Public Services Commission, explained.

Beginning Saturday, anyone trying to reach a number with an 850 area code will be required to dial the area code on all calls, including calls within the area code. This includes any numbers that may be pre-saved into your phone or other services that currently only use seven digits.

The change, due to too many devices from smartphones to smartwatches using the 850 area code and the need for another area code to manage numbers in the Florida panhandle.

“We split off from 904 back in 97, and so 850 has been around for 23 years, and there’s been a lot of people using the number. Numbers are now assigned to more than just phones. You can have multiple phones in a household.” Fogleman stated.

Starting June 22 of this year, new telephone numbers in the area will be issued the 448 area code, which was announced in late 2019.

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