How many digits are you dialing with your cellphone?

As I speak about Area Codes I am referring to the telephone calling network.

One Area Code used to cover a geographical area (back in the all landline days). Now there are often more than one Area Code within the same geographical area. And adding to that confusion Cell towers never respect geographical boundaries.

Early on you could dial just seven digits (without Area Code) of the person you wanted to reach as long as you were calling from within that same Area Code, but now very often you are required to dial ten digits. You were always required to dial ten digits when calling outside your Area Code.

If your Cellphone’s Area Code is 607- and you are calling from within Area Code 843- and calling someone in 607- Area Code you will need to dial all ten digits 607-555-1212. Interestingly a person back in Area Code 607- can still reach you by dialing just seven digits (the network keeps track of your location). If you dial just seven digits you will really reach an 843- Cellular customer, if that number is working. If it is not working most Cellular companies route it to a voice mail system as though it were a working number telling you their number has not been set up to record calls yet.

In today’s environment I suggest you Always dial ten digits.

Note: The parentheses around an Area Code has the meaning of, if required (607) and should never be used for Toll Free codes because they are always required.

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