The state is encouraging phone customers to start changing their dialing habits.
Starting next month, the Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor is recommending everyone in the 812 area code start dialing the full 10 digit number – to get ready for a change coming this fall.
Southern Indiana is running out of phone numbers.
To compensate for this problem, Indiana Regulatory Commission spokesperson Natalie Derrickson says – a new 930 area code is being added to the 812 area through an overlay method.
“An overlay system for an area code exhaustion simply means that a new area code will be servicing the same area as the area code which will be exhausting,” Derrickson says.
She says calling within the area code will still be a local call, but new numbers will be assigned the new 930 prefix.
For the overlay to work – all customers in the 812 area code will have to dial the full 10 digit number.
And starting September 6th – dialing only seven digits for a local number won’t connect you anymore.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered the overlay last year and new numbers could be assigned starting in October.