Deadline Jan. 30: New dialing requirements for 614 area code

Get your dialing fingers in shape. Starting January 30, 2016, you'll have to enter a 10-digit number (in some cases 11 digits when "1" is required) to make local calls in the 614 area code. Why the change? The 614 area code is running out of numbers, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio added (or "overlayed") a new area code, 380, to the same region.

If you're a customer in the 614 area code, this change means that when you're requesting new service, adding a line, or moving service, you may be assigned a number in the new 380 area code.

According to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, here's what else you need to know about the new dialing requirement:

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.

  • You will need to dial area code + telephone number for all local calls. 

  • You will continue to dial 1+ area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.

  • What is a local call now will remain a local call. 

  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.

  • You can still dial just three digits to reach 911.

  • If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 are currently available in your community, you will still dial these codes with just three digits

In addition to retraining your brain to dial more digits, PUCO reminds you to reprogram devices or services that dial numbers in the 614 area code, including:

  • Your cell phone

  • Dial-up Internet service

  • Life-safety systems

  • Fax machines

  • Printers with fax options

And, after January 30, 2016, be sure to dial 614-240-5999 or 1-614-240-5999 when you need to reach the technology experts at Integrated Building Systems.

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