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Dial "F" For Frustrating: New 760 Area Code Rule

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New area codes come to the North County, but it will mean big changes for people already using 760. With the new 442 area code coming to the North County, existing 760 users will soon have to dial extra digits.

Beginning May 2 callers in the 760 area code will have to dial 1-760, plus the number to reach people who may just live down the street.

In mid-October of last year, the State Public Utilities Commission voted to create a so-called area code overlay, making a second area code, 442, available throughout the 760 geographic region.

So, starting in early May, North County phone users will really get their fingers busy.

The new 442 area code will serve customers in the same region as the current 760 area code, which extends from Bridgeport in the north, south to the Mexican border, Camp Pendleton on the west and east to the state line.

Permissive dialing starts on May 2 and continues until October 24 when mandatory 10 digit dialing is required. The new 442 area code is in play on November 21.

With the change inevitable, what really remains the same?

Your phone number, including current area code will not change. Local calls remain local calls regardless of digits dialed. The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change because of the overlay.

Additionally, you can still dial three digits to reach 911, as well as 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811.

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