Addition of area code 509 to calls begins Sunday
SPOKANE, Washington – If you live in eastern Washington, you will no longer be able to dial seven digits as of today.
Starting Sunday, October 24, you must add area code 509 to all calls. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said calls made without adding the area code may not go through.
TDS Telecom said the change is aimed at preventing people from accidentally calling a new emergency phone line coming next summer. By dialing 9-8-8, people will be connected to the National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health from July 16, 2022.
Here are a few other things to know about the change:
- Your phone number and area code will remain the same.
- The price of local and long distance calls will not change for TDS customers.
- Long distance calls will always be made by dialing 1 + area code + phone number.
- Make sure anything that uses or displays your phone number or other people’s phone numbers is updated to include the area code. This can include any of the following: business stationery and marketing materials, home security systems, contact lists, voicemail services, fax machines, and life safety systems.
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