10-digit dialing coming soon to N.S., P.E.I.

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In preparation for the change to 10-digit dialing, to start Aug. 23 in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, a group of major telecommunications companies operating in the two provinces is launching a communications campaign.

The growing popularity of communications services is driving a huge increase in demand for phone numbers in the region, necessitating 10-digit dialing for all local calls. This method allows for the introduction of a new area code 782 that will double the available phone numbers in the region.

The communications campaign from the Telecommunications Alliance includes a website (www.dial10.ca) that provides information on how to prepare for the new dialing procedures, which will impact all residents and businesses.

“It is important that consumers and businesses start reprogramming their communications equipment prior to August 23, 2014, in order to avoid any inconveniences that may be caused by the changes.” Glen Brown, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator. “The goal of our communications efforts is to ensure that everyone is prepared ahead of time.”

The suggestion is to start using 10 digit dialing now. Communications companies in both provinces are now able to support 10-digit dialing.

Also, consumers and businesses can add the 902 area code to programmed numbers in their communications devices and equipment including wireline and wireless phones, auto dialers, computers, alarm systems and lifeline equipment.

Organizations: Telecommunications Alliance

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

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