With 10-digit dialing to start, cell phone users must insert prefixes in their contact numbers
If you own a cell phone and had input contact phone numbers over the years without an area code, you have a bit of tedious work ahead of you.
It appears there's no cell phone app to insert 570 in front of all those 339, 797 and 644 exchanges. Your cellular provider won't help either. It's up to you to reprogram your contact phone numbers.
Beginning Saturday, all calls in the 570 area code must be made using the area code plus the seven-digit number. If only the seven-digit telephone number is dialed, customers will reach a permanent recorded announcement stating they must hang up and redial the number using the area code plus the seven-digit number.
"Ten-digit dialing is necessary as the area's telecommunication providers prepare for the Oct. 21 introduction of northeastern Pennsylvania's newest area code - 272," as stated on Verizon.com. "Known as an 'overlay,' the new code will serve the same geographic boundary as the current 570 area code and will eliminate the need to split the existing area code into smaller areas."
The change won't affect customer bills. It'll cost the same to dial 272 phone numbers as it does the 570 on customer's existing plans. However, it will force customers to reprogram all cell phones, electronic devices and any automatic dialing equipment like fax machines, alarms and security systems and life-safety systems.
Emergency service remains the same - 911.