Fingers will soon need to do more walking

Get ready to play the numbers game. Effective July 12, the 541 Oregon area code will share the territory with a new code, namely 458. It is called an overlay. And this means that every phone call, even to your next door neighbor, will require dialing the area code.
    

 
There will be a weaning period. While the change is optional, a
training period if you will, reality will strike on Jan. 10 when you
must dial 10 digits. Beginning Feb. 10, 2010, new telephone lines or
services may be assigned the 458 area code.
   
Between July
and January will be time to discover what items need to be
reprogrammed. Some of those items will depend upon the kind of service
you have. Equipment such as a PBX, electronic telephone sets, auto-dial
systems, multi-line key systems will need to be reprogrammed or
updated.
   
Some auto dial calls may also require
reprogramming. These include: life safety systems, fax machines,
Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, speed dial, call
forwarding, voice mail and other similar functions.
   
Embarq,
AT&T and others remind you also to check your Web sites, business
stationary, advertising materials, personal checks, and any contact
information.
   
Three digit numbers, such as 911 will remain
the same. The price of a call, local and long-distance calling areas,
and other rates and service will not change. Only the number of digits
needed will change.
   

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