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10-digit dialing, 984 area code coming soon to Triangle

Posted March 7, 2012
Updated March 8, 2012

— The next time you let your fingers do the walking, you might want to dial a few extra digits.

Cell phone use now standard in public 984 area code consumer information

It's optional now, but beginning March 31, callers in Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake and Wayne counties will be required to dial the area code of the phone number they are calling when they make local calls.

The state Utilities Commission says that the growing population in central North Carolina and the addition of devices that require a phone number, such as cellphones and fax machines, is exhausting the available pool of numbers within the 919 area code.

Beginning April 30, new phone numbers will bear the area code 984. Numbers issued before that date will retain their 919 area codes.

Because the two codes overlap, making a local call will require dialing the area code, for 10 digits total.

That means to avoid any confusion or becoming annoyed, you'll need to go into your cellphones and speed dials before the month ends and add 919 to your local numbers, otherwise they won't work when you go to make a call.

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Businesses might also need to consider making changes to any signs they have, as well as business cards, stationery and other promotional materials.

Jami-Laura Monaghan, with J. Edwin's Salon and Day Spa, said she has no immediate plans to add the additional digits to the phone number on the sign at her business.

"If it becomes an issue, then obviously we'll have to so it doesn't create a loss of business for us from the confusion of the phone number change," she said.

Monaghan recently moved back to Raleigh to join the family business after dealing with multiple area codes in Atlanta.

"It was kind of trial and error," she said. "You had the last seven digits. You just went through the area codes until you got the right one."

The area code change, called an overlay, is a deviation from how North Carolina has added numbers in the past. The 919 area code was split in March 1998 to accommodate a shortage of numbers, and the northeastern part of North Carolina was placed in a new 252 area code.

Three-digit dialing of emergency and information numbers, like 411 and 911, will remain the same. Long-distance calls will still require dialing 1 plus the area code and number.

Charlotte-area residents have used 10-digit dialing for the past decade, when the 980 area code joined the longtime 704 code.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 9, 2012

    Based on what some people are saying, the world is going to end on 3/31/12 when 10 digit dialing is implemented.

    To all of the chicken little's out there, 10 digit dialing has been in place in Atlanta, Houston, and other cities for years without the sky falling.

    Get over your fears of 10 digit dialing and move into this century.

  • wake1794 Mar 8, 2012

    I don't believe I'll wear any blisters on my fingers dialing
    the extra digits now required. It is just another sign of the
    times here in the Triangle, for better or worse things will
    continue to change with the influx of people who want to live
    here. I can accept the extra dialing, however, the roads are
    getting too crowded and most of the new homes being built in
    this area are so close together that you can reach in your neighbor's window if you put your window up. It would be wise to put up a moratorium on residential development until we have the infrastructure to handle the additional people who want to call this area home but as long as there is money to be made, the beat will go on. I'm a native and from speaking to my fellow natives (as few as they may be now) I can tell you they are starting to grow restless;)

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Mar 8, 2012

    Do I want to get a cell phone now and get 919 or wait until April 30th so I can be one of the first with 984?

  • 007KnightRider Mar 8, 2012

    I laugh in the face of 919. 336 is where it's at...

  • PHXNJNC Mar 8, 2012

    I'm Glad I get to keep the 919 :) That's what's up ...

  • moppie Mar 8, 2012

    Hahaha @ Death Row :) I'm only 36 and keep my Grandaddy's old office rotary phone on my desk. It's plugged in, working, and my kids (11 and 8) get a kick out of answering it. You can also hear it ring outside when the windows are shut and the door is closed. I'll keep using it until the technology to support it is gone!

  • storchheim Mar 8, 2012

    I just realized these are recycled comments from September!

  • storchheim Mar 8, 2012

    Dirty_Water, I used to have dialup at home because I used the library computer for big downloads and only checked my voicemail and a few blogs at home. It was something like $10/month with NetZero ISP.

    There's this concept called economizing. You may have heard of it? chirp....chirp....chirp....

  • storchheim Mar 8, 2012

    I used to have one of those huge heavy rotary phones dating from the 40's. Wish I could find another.

  • storchheim Mar 8, 2012

    To avoid becoming annoyed? Please. In Granville County, a/c 919, sometimes you have to dial 1 + number, sometimes 1 + 252 + number, sometimes just number even though it's a/c 252 (Henderson). I don't mind having to dial a/c, just make it consistent!