New Central Texas area code will require 10-digit dialing for local numbers beginning June 1st The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved a new area code for Central Texas to provide additional telephone numbers to meet increasing consumer demand.
A new 737 area code will be added to the same geographic region as the existing 512 area code. The new area code will be assigned to new numbers. Existing 512 numbers will remain the same.
Who does this impact?
This impacts anyone with a "512" area code. This will impact all phones (work, home. cell, etc... ) and devices that use phone lines (FAX machines, postage meters, alarm systems, and security systems). If a device is programmed to dial a seven digit number without the 512 area code, it will need to be reprogrammed to use all ten digits including the area code.
What does this mean to you?
Effective June 1, 2013, all local calls in the 512 area code will need to use all ten digits including the area code. If you had to dial 1+512 previously, you still need to.
What is not affected?
1+10-digit long distance calls. as well as three-digit special service numbers such as 911, 211, and 311 will remain unchanged. Your existing phone number will not change.
What do you need to do?
Check any devices or services you use that dial telephone numbers in the 512 area code. Add "512" in front of the number if necessary. You don't have to wait to make this change; you can do it now.
For Additional Information:
Refer to your telephone service provider or the information bulletin provided by the Public Utilities Commission. http://www.puc.texas.gov/industrv/maps/areacodes/512 overiayITX512 Final Notice.pdf
If you have questions or experience any issues, please follow your normal problem reporting procedures.