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Utah Dialers May Have to Start Using Area Code for Local Calls



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new area code for Utah will mean some changes for telephone numbers. The state is trying to figure out just what they're going to be.

Telecommunications representatives presented the Utah Public Service Commission with some options at a meeting this week.

The state's booming population and need for more numbers to cover wireless devices along with the traditional telephones have led to the need for the new area code -- 385.

The companies suggest adding the new area code as an "overlay" instead of splitting up the current area code 801. The overlay would put the new numbers under the new area code and allow the existing 801 numbers to remain the same. That would mean all calls will require the 10 digits instead of the current seven. That system has been in use in bigger cities around the country for several years.

Under a split, Salt Lake County would retain 801 while numbers in neighboring counties would get the new code.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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