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Phone makes me dial area code first

JoeTheRipper

Jun 4, 2004, 10:11 PM
Whenever i'm trying to dial a number even my house number i'm having to put in the area code in order to get my phone to dial it...This makes no sense as to why I would have to do this...Anyone have any ideas please respond Thanks.
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RUFF1415

Jun 11, 2004, 11:38 PM
All cell phones, or regular land phones for that matter, require the three digit area code to be dialed first. This was not so a few years back, but this has gradually taken affect over the past couple of years. So, from now on, remember to take the time to dial the area code first. Smile
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curiousgeorge202

Jun 19, 2004, 5:02 PM
Totally wrong.

Neither my Sprint cellpone, nor my Verizon landline here in 202 area code require the three digit area code. With both lines, if I omit the area code, the system assumes I am trying to reach a 202 number.
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RUFF1415

Jun 28, 2004, 11:27 PM
curiousgeorge202 said:
Totally wrong.blockquote>

I'm not sure if that was meant to sound rude or not. Either way, I would not say that I was "totally wrong". Yes, I may have said 'all' as a simple exaggeration, BUT most areas of the nation ARE simply required to dial the area code before all calls because of the growing population of phone numbers. Landlines and wireless. It may be that you, Curious George, live in a less populated area of the country. I have had Sprint, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, and Cingular in my area and all of these carriers required the area code to be dialed before a number for the call to be completed. Otherwise it simply could not perform any call because of the amount of different area cod
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RUFF1415

Jun 28, 2004, 11:28 PM
I'm not sure if that was meant to sound rude or not. Either way, I would not say that I was "totally wrong". Yes, I may have said 'all' as a simple exaggeration, BUT most areas of the nation ARE simply required to dial the area code before all calls because of the growing population of phone numbers. Landlines and wireless. It may be that you, Curious George, live in a less populated area of the country. I have had Sprint, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, and Cingular in my area and all of these carriers required the area code to be dialed before a number for the call to be completed. Otherwise it simply could not perform any call because of the amount of different area codes in the surrounding area. Does it not make sense that you may very well buy ...
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inchhigh

Aug 3, 2004, 4:24 PM
here in suburban NYC (a heavily populated area) we do not need to dial an area code if the number we are calling is in the same area code. So the I would agree the above poster is wrong (or at least partially to fairly wrong for you detail oriented out there).
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temp

Sep 8, 2004, 1:53 PM
having to dial the area code indicates 1 of 2 things to me, you are either roaming (since cingular and ATT have a roaming agreement if you have an ATT phone and are on the Cingular network it will require you to enter the area code, and vice versa) OR your phone number is in the wrong service area, so when this happens let me know what provider is displayed on the top of your phone
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dakota

Sep 19, 2004, 6:39 PM
Or it possibly could be you have to dial the area code now because of Local Number Portability as it is new to your area
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temp

Sep 20, 2004, 10:24 AM
LNP would not have anything to do with that, i think you mean an area code split
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sarahjae

Dec 4, 2004, 4:05 PM
The only reason why one would have to dial an area code is to correctly route a call. The first responder was correct, With the large amount of phone numbers out there now, espcially with LNP, in certain areas one must dial an area code to route the call. An example is the New York Market, where one street may have a different area code from the next and it is required. Not only does each number have an area code to help route calls correctly, in many markets they also have wha'ts called a routing number which is an additional 10 digit number that is attached to the dialable number. Don't sweat the small stuff, as previous posters have said it is ony 3 more numbers and you do have the abilit yot add the area code to saved number in your phon...
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