RALEIGH, N.C.-- If you live in the Piedmont Triad, it's time to start dialing all 10 digits when you make a phone call. The change was announced in October 2015 and it starts Saturday, April 23.
In addition to 10 digit dialing, the NC Utilities Commission has added a 743 area code, which will be “overlaid” over the same geographical area as the current 336 area code. This means there are now two area codes, 743 and 336 for the Triad area which includes: Greensboro. The UtilitiesCommission has added a 743 area code, which will be “overlaid” over the same geographical area as the current 336 area code. This means there are now two area codes, 743 and 336 for the Triad area which includes: Greensboro, Winston‑Salem, High Point, Kernersville, Burlington, North Wilkesboro, Asheboro and Roxboro.
The 743 area code will be assigned to new customers and those who move to another area in the region, the NCUC says.
The change affects residential and business customers.
The changes are effective, Saturday, October 24 and will run through April 22, 2016. Customers will still be able to use the 7-digit local dialing until April 22, 2016.
Beginning May 23, 2016, customers in the 336 area code region requesting new service, adding an additional line, or in some cases moving their service, may be assigned new numbers using either 336 or the new 743 area code.
Facts About the New Area Code
- The most important facts that consumers and businesses need to know about the upcoming 743 area code overlay are:
- Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change, but may if you move your service.
- You will need to dial the area code + 7-digit local telephone number for all local calls.
- For billing purposes, what is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
- You will continue to dial 1+ area code + 7-digit local telephone number for all long distance calls.
- The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
- You can still dial just three digits to reach 911.
- If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 are currently available in your community, you will still dial these codes with just three digits.
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