Ten-digit dialing starts Saturday for 717 area code

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Aug 25, 2017 6:36 AM

(Harrisburg) -- This weekend marks the start of mandatory ten-digit dialing in the 717 area code.

Starting Saturday, people in the 717 area code must use the full ten digit phone number to make local calls, or else they will be directed to an automated message reminding them to dial the area code.

The state Public Utility Commission says it's a crucial step in implementing the new overlay area code in the region -- which will allow for the creation of new phone numbers.

PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen says people should check the contacts in their smartphone to make sure they all have 10 digits. There are also other considerations.

"Think about those systems that automatically place a call on your behalf," Hagen-Frederiksen said. "The two biggest things that jump to mind, and the two things that are probably most commonly used, are the medical alert systems that might place an emergency call when you push a button or a security system."

Numbers in the new 223 code will appear later this fall.

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