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378 NewAreaCode - The Daily Universe Monday 7 New area code...

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Unformatted text preview: The Daily Universe, Monday. July 16, 2007 7 New area code in _ iuture for Utah Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — By next June, when new phone lines will exhaust the 801 area code, Utah’s heavily populated Wasatch Front will get a new area code. The 385 area code will be as- signed to new phone numbers inside the five-county region already covered by the 801 area code. People with 801 numbers will get to keep them. But giving the same region two area codes means that everybody, no matter where they are calling inside the Wasatch Front, will have to dial 10 instead of Seven digits for a local call — even to a neighbor across the street. It also means that phone direc- tories Will‘start listing all num- bers in a lO-digit format. People won’t have to dial ‘1’ to call from one area code to the other. In approving the plan Thurs- day, the Utah Public Service Commission reversed an earlier decision to split the region into different area codes. The “doughnut” option —— with Salt Lake keeping 801 and sur- rounding counties getting 385 — would have caused more dis- ruption and still required a fair amount of 10-digit dialing for calls to other counties, the com- mission said. Businesses said they would have lost some confused custom- ers. Denver, Phoenix and other metropolitan areas already use multiple area codes inside their regions, Qwest Communications spokesman Gary Younger said Friday. “This is not a unique situa— tion,” he said. “Overlays are bet- ' ter for consumers and businesses _ over splits, because split regions may need to be split again.” The Public Service Commis- sion said people are less depen—‘ dent on pushing numbers to place calls, using phones that can be programmed to dial themselves or automatically run 10 digits when users dial only seven. There are no changes for the . rest of Utah, which is covered by the 435 area code. ...
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