The world’s gotten just a little bit bigger and in Manitoba you’ll have to punch in three extra digits to make a phone call, starting in October, 2012.
Manitoba has a new 431 telephone area code because the allocation of seven-digit phone numbers is soon to run out.
What’s the timeline for this change?
In July, 2012, ten-digit dialing (entering an area code with any call you make) will start to be phased in. When you dial just seven digits, you’ll first hear a recorded message with information about the pending change, then your call will go through.
After October 20, 2012, if you dial just seven digits, your call won’t go through. Instead you’ll hear a recorded message asking you to hang up and redial using the area code plus the telephone number.
How does this affect me in Winnipeg?
Even if you are just calling your next door neighbor, you’ll have to dial ten digits.
You’ll want to add the three-digit area code to any pre-programmed phone numbers. Your cell phone, your home phone, especially the numbers in your home security system that transmit information to the monitoring station.
But don’t worry. We can help.
Look for a letter from us (you may already have received it) about these residential alarm system changes. If you haven’t received your letter or still have questions, contact us.
Manitoba may be a little bigger, but we haven’t changed. You just have to press a few extra buttons to reach us.