Many people in New York must now change the way they use their phones

2021-11-12 10:16:49 By : Ms. Linda Chi

Major changes to many New York area codes, including 845 and 914, are now in effect. How many New Yorkers use their mobile phones will change forever.

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Beginning on Sunday, October 24, the FCC will require people who live and work in the 845 or 914 area codes to dial the area code when making local calls within these area codes.

"Check the contacts on your phone and make sure you set 845 for all local contacts," Clarkstown Police Department said.

On July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission passed an order to approve 988 as a three-digit abbreviated dialing code to call the national suicide prevention lifeline from July 16, 2022. The order requires all telecom operators, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers, and one-way VoIP provider to make any necessary network changes to ensure that users can dial 988 before July 16, 2022 to connect to existing The national suicide prevention lifeline.

The FCC has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number for dialing the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis lifeline nationwide. Therefore, the affected area code needs to be changed to 10-digit dialing; this change occurred in 35 State, because there are 82 area codes, including 845 and 914, use 988 as the prefix. Wireless customers across the country can now dial 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to contact Lifeline; before July 16, 2022, landline customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect to Lifeline .

In order for 988 to work in 82 area codes in 3 states, every customer who uses seven-digit local dialing in these area codes must be converted to 10-digit dialing.

Starting from October 24, local calls made with only 7 digits may not be completed, and the recording may notify residents that their calls cannot be completed by dialing. If residents receive this recording, they must hang up and dial again using the area code and seven-digit number.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to reprogram all services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed to complete calls to seven-digit local numbers to complete calls to 10-digit numbers including area codes. Examples of services or equipment that need to be updated include:

Residents and businesses are encouraged to update their websites, personal and business stationery, advertising materials, personal and business checks, contact information, personal or pet ID tags, and other such items to ensure that the area code is included.

“From October 24, 2021, all local calls to the 845 area code must use 10-digit dialing. Orange County 911 is ready for this change,” Orange County 911 wrote on Facebook, reminding residents Pay attention to this shift. "Are you ready?"

Orange County 911 shared the following photo, which contains more information about the dial switch.

Although the Hudson Valley has no place on the list, the area has recently received a lot of praise.