Alberta Goes 10-Digit Dialing – Are You Ready?

by Jennifer on June 24, 2008

Yesterday Albertans were reminded that the switch to 10-digit dialing is fast approaching. It was back in 2004 when the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) brought to our attention that we were running out of available phone numbers under the 403 and 780 area codes, and as a result of Alberta’s rapid population growth in the last few years the province is having to implement a third area code (587).

Any new numbers in Alberta will now be given the 587 area code, regardless of where in Alberta you reside.

Starting yesterday, Albertans were receiving a prerecorded reminder when making local calls that said:

The local number you’ve dialed, must be preceded by its area code. Your call will now proceed. For future calls to this number, please dial the area code.

This recording is simply a message to remind us that we should be taking the necessary steps, now, to reprogram our cell phones and phone systems, prior to the mandatory 10-digital dialing taking effect on September 8, 2008. It’s going to take some getting use to, this 10- digit dialing system, so I will be reprogramming my phones now to save any hassles come September.

Alberta isn’t the only province having to switch to 10-digital dialing. British Columbia has also added another area code (778) and will be forced to 10-digital dialing on September 8th.

On a final note, I thought it important to also mention that all three digit dialing (211, 311, 411, 611, 811 and 911) in Alberta and British Columbia will remain the same.

Don’t wait until September to have your phones reprogrammed. Start now and prepare yourself for the switchover.

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  • Ricardo Bueno

    I can see where this might be a bit of a nuisance but the fact that you’re posting a reminder here is a good thing and the pre-recorded reminders are awesome too!

    When one of our neighborhoods out here underwent an area code change due to similar circumstances, there was no such thing as a courtesy reminder!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    You’re right Ricardo, this pre-recorded reminder is a good thing. As much as we all complained about it at first, I think most of us have already adopted the 10 digit dialing. There is a method to their madness. ;-)

    Nice to see you.

  • Joey Lindstrom

    The third area code has officially arrived: I got a new phone number today, and it’s 587-580-xxxx.

    The only trouble is: hardly anybody can actually reach me at that number! Most carriers are still unable to route the call, which seriously pisses me off. They’ve had a lot of time to prepare for this…

  • Jennifer Wilson

    Thanks for the update and the heads up Joey. You’re right, they’ve had more than enough time to get ready for this. I’m afraid that we’re going to be in for a few more road blocks before all the kinks are smoothed out.

    I hope your issue is resolved soon. Pop back by and let us know how things are going with that.

    Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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