10-digit dialing official arrives Saturday

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Beginning this Saturday, residents of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will be required to dial 10 digits – the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number – for all local calls. 

Local calls dialled with only seven digits will be interrupted by a recorded network announcement before being connected.

"Ten-digit dialing affects all residents and businesses served by area code 902. It is important that everyone takes the time to reprogram their systems and communications equipment prior to August 23, in order to avoid any inconveniences that may be caused by this change," stated Glen Brown, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator which is the organization responsible for the administration of Canada's telephone numbers.

If they have not already done so, residents and businesses are urged to add the 902 area code to programmed numbers in all of their communications devices and equipment including wireline and wireless phones, auto diallers, computers, alarm systems and lifeline equipment. They should also include their 10-digit phone numbers on stationary, cheques, advertising, and update their employee, client, supplier, and other databases.

More information can be found at www.dial10.ca/checklist

Starting Aug. 23, local calls dialed with seven digits may be interrupted by a network message. The message reminds callers that they must dial 10 digits when making local calls. Calls will continue to go through until Nov. 16, after which time seven-digit local calls will not be completed.

Starting Nov. 30, the new 782 area code will be available in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island using the overlay method. This means the 782 area code will coexist with the current 902 area code and will cover the same geographic area. Customers with telephone numbers that include the 902 area code will retain their numbers. Numbers with the new 782 area code will only be assigned to customers when the existing inventory of 902 numbers is depleted. Introducing a new area code does not affect local calling areas in any way.


Key dates

August 23 – The transition to 10-digit local dialling starts. If the area code is not dialled, the caller will generally hear a reminder message before the call is completed.

November 16 – 10-digit dialling will be mandatory. If the 10-digit number is not dialled, the call will not be completed.

November 30 – The new area code 782 will be gradually introduced in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

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  • D Carruthers
    August 22, 2014 - 10:31

    Wouldn't it have been far less inconvenient to simply give PEI the new area code and leave NS with 902? In my lifetime I've gone from making local calls within our local country exchange with 2 or 3 digit numbers to 7 digits. For a time some towns could dial local calls with 5 digits. Then we went to 7 digits. Now 10 numbers are required to call in a community with less than 4000 land lines. I can understand New York City having overlaid area codes. But Nova Scotia? Hardly. Not if we separated from PEI. Dropping the island from 902 should free up tens of thousands, perhaps over 100,000 numbers for NS use. That should meet our needs for decades. If only they could think before acting... I think this approach is unnecessarily inconvenient. I object. By the way, why didn't PEI have it's own area code from the start?