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New Area Code Will Affect How Hoosiers Communicate

The additional area code will be added using an "overlay" method which will require everyone in the 812 area to start dialing 10 digit phone numbers.

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Phone customers in the 812 are will have to start dialing all 10 digits for local phone calls by September 6.

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.

Jimmy Jenkins

Jimmy Jenkins is a multimedia journalist for WFIU and WTIU news. A native of Terre Haute, he is a masters student at the Indiana University School of Journalism and is proud to be a part of the public broadcasting stations he listened to and watched since he was a child. Follow him on Twitter @newsjunkyjimmy.

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  • CSJ

    The article states that the new area code will be 930, but the audio (and what I heard on WFIU this morning) said the new area code will be 903. Which is it?

  • James Jenkins

    930! Thank you. I have made the change and corrected the audio.

  • AH

    My phone number is in the 812 area code, but some 812 numbers I dial are still long distance. Currently, if I dial an 812 number as seven digits only, I get a recording telling me if I need to add the 812. This allows me to make an informed decision about if and how I want to place this call. I like to put my long distance calls on my cell phone. Once we start dialing ten digits for all 812 numbers, how will we know which are long distance? Is there a plan in place to address this? Thanks.

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