Florida 813 Area Code Transition Important Changes You Need to Know

Mark Speer

The Florida region is undergoing significant changes in its phone numbering system with the introduction of a new area code, 656. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand how this overlay will impact your local dialing procedures and what steps you need to take to ensure a smooth transition.

New 656 Area Code Overlay

An area code overlay involves adding a new area code to the existing geographic region served by an established area code. In this instance, certain regions in Florida, including Hillsborough County, Oldsmar, and parts of Pasco County, will adopt the new 656 area code alongside the existing 813 area code.

Impacted Areas and Affected Residents

Residents and businesses within the 813 area code, covering Hillsborough County, Oldsmar, and select areas of Pasco County, will be affected by the introduction of the 656 area code. It’s essential to understand how these changes will impact your local dialing procedures.

Changes in Dialing Procedures

To complete local calls within the affected area, callers will need to adjust their dialing procedures. Instead of dialing seven digits for local calls, callers must now dial the full area code followed by the telephone number. This applies to both the existing 813 area code and the newly introduced 656 area code.

Key Dates for Transition

Mark these important dates on your calendar to ensure a smooth transition

– April 17, 2021: Begin using the new dialing procedures for calls from the 813 area code.
– January 22, 2022: Mandatory use of new dialing procedures for all calls from the 813 area code.
– February 22, 2022: New telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers from the 656 area code.

Actions to Take

In addition to adjusting your dialing procedures, ensure that all services and equipment programmed to dial seven-digit numbers are reprogrammed to accommodate the new dialing procedures. This includes life safety systems, PBXs, fax machines, and alarm/security systems.

What Remains Unchanged

– Your telephone number, including the current area code (813), will remain unchanged.
– Call rates, coverage areas, and other service details will remain unaffected by the overlay.
– Local calls will continue to be treated as local calls, irrespective of the number of digits dialed.

Stay informed about the upcoming changes to Florida’s area code system to ensure uninterrupted communication services. By adhering to the new dialing procedures and taking proactive steps to update your equipment, you can seamlessly adapt to the transition and continue to stay connected within the region.

Date posted: May 28, 2023

Topic: Inbound   Inbound Voice   Voice  

Tags: area code   florida   npa   nxx  

Mark Speer

As VP of Product Management & Carrier Relations, Mark ensures that thinQ’s products deliver maximum value and efficiency across a wide variety of implementations. When he’s not working with our carriers to make sure calls complete, he enjoys classic cars, traveling, artwork and exploring the desert southwest. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and family in Tucson, Arizona where they reside.

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