the way you place your calls....
To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the 442 area
code has been added to the area served by 760.
Who is Affected?
All customers with a 760 number have to change the way they
place a call. The new 442 area code serves customers in the same
geographic region as the 760 area code, which extends from
Bridgeport in the north, south to the Mexican border, Camp Pendleton
on the west, and east to the state line.
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What is an Area Code Overlay?
An overlay is the addition of another area code (442) to the same
geographic region as an existing area code (760). An overlay does
not require customers to change their existing area code or phone
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What is the New
To complete calls from a landline phone, the new procedure
requires callers to enter 1 + area code + telephone number. This
means that all calls in the 760 area code that currently use seven
digits need to be placed using 1+ area code + telephone number.
To complete calls from a cellular or mobile phone, callers may enter
the area code + telephone number or 1 + area code + telephone number
whenever placing a call to a phone number with the 760 or 442 area
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When did the Change Begin?
The change began May 2, 2009
As of October 24, 2009, you must use the new procedure
for all calls. If you do not use the new procedure, your call will
not be completed, and a recording will instruct you to hang up and
Beginning November 21, 2009, new telephone lines or
services may be assigned numbers with the 442 area code.
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What Do I Need to Do?
In addition to changing your calling procedure, all services,
automatic calling equipment, or other types of equipment that are
programmed with a 7-digit telephone number need to be
reprogrammed to use the new calling procedure. Some examples are
life safety systems, fax machines, Internet phone numbers, alarm and
security systems, gates, speed callers, mobile phone contact lists,
call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions.
Be sure to check your business stationery, advertising materials,
personal checks, and your personal or pet ID tags to ensure the area
code is included. Back to Top
What Remains the Same?
- Your telephone number, including current area code,
- The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and
services does not change due to the overlay.
- What is a local call now remains a local call regardless
of the number of digits entered.
- You can still enter just three digits to reach 911, as well
as 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811