HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The days of seven-digit dialing are coming to an end in the 717 area code.
The Public Utility Commission says by the end of the month, people will have to press 10 digits for all calls — even when calling a 717 number from a 717 number.
Beginning Aug. 26, callers who try using a seven-digit number will get a recorded announcement instructing them to hang up and redial using the area code and the seven-digit number.
It’s the next step to a new “overlay” area code, 223, that will be put into service when all 717 numbers have been assigned.
The PUC says people should prepare now by checking speed dials and stored numbers on their phones to make sure they include the area code, including 717, and also check medical alert systems, security alarms, dial-up modems, and other devices that make automatic calls.