By now you’ve probably heard the announcement that “The 518” is getting a new area code this year – 838. Indeed, that’s old news because in just a few days it will be time to get familiar with the area’s new dialing procedure.
Although it will take awhile to get used to a second area code in “The 518,” the popularity of mobile devices has caused us to be almost out of new 518 numbers.
To address this, “The 518” will receive an 838 overlay area code. What this means is all numbers will require 10 digit dialing, or “area code + the 7 digit local number.”
If someone has a 518 area code already, you just have to remember to dial 518. If someone receives the new 838 area code, you have to dial 838 before their 7 digit number. Your current area code will not change.
For residents in “The 518,” you should mark your calendar for March 18th, 2017 because that is when the preliminary 10 digit dialing period will begin. Your call will still be completed if you dial 7 digits, but 10 digit dialing will be allowed for users to try.
In addition, it’s recommended to adjust your stored telephone numbers. Check your phone books, fax machines, speed dialers, voicemail, and similar services and update them to include the 518 area code starting March 18th.
Beginning August 19th, 2017, the new 10 digit dialing procedure will be required for all calls. If you do not dial the area code, your call will not be completed, and a message will tell you to try again.
Then, on September 19th, 2017, new telephone lines or services may be assigned the 838 overlay area code.
Are you prepared for 10 digit dialing in the Capital Region?
The 838 overlay area code isn’t the only major change to the Capital Region. Did you hear about the revolutionary movie theater in Troy?
- T-Mobile – Area Code Overlay Approved for the New York 518 Area Code