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Old 05-02-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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No my point is nobody with a 512 number ever has to change their sign to specify that it's a 512 number. If no area code is given, 512 is implied.
That 'almost' worked in Atlanta.(Not the 'skipping' of the a/c for existing numbers, but the leaving off(signage) of the a/c for ''old'' numbers) Two things...A) Depends on HOW the new a/c is assigned. If, somehow, a certain geographical area had ONLY the old a/c, local businesses(as in way-inside the perimeter-Atlanta) could leave off the a/c and natives would know what the a/c was. Only works if folks know exactly where the boundaries are AND if anyone new to the area is apprised of the 'rules'. 2) All bets are off when cell-phones are involved. The 'boundaries' no longer exist and it's easier to dial all the numbers than it is to remember/figure out what 'area' someone's phone is headquartered.

This transition has been around since cell phones became so popular...one can no longer assume the a/c of a new contact is local...much like living near one of the 'original' a/c borders. I remember calling an account in North Carolina from across the highway and having to dial their a/c since it was different--and I could SEE the front of their building from where I was standing .(This was in 1984...well before the proliferation of cell phones; but the 'routine' was familiar to anyone living along a 'border' area. I reckon this is common-place to anyone in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, NEW YORK, etc.).

"Why, NO SIR, Austin ain't no Podunk! We got us TWO area codes, by golly"
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Hutto
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No my point is nobody with a 512 number ever has to change their sign to specify that it's a 512 number. If no area code is given, 512 is implied.

Dial 737-123-4567, get 737-123-4567
Dial 512-123-4567, get 512-123-4567
Dial 123-4567, get 512-123-4567


Although... that would probably get annoying soon for any 512-ers, because they'll always get wrong numbers from 737 people trying to dial other 737 numbers but forgetting the area code.
It's not like the old days where people really dial numbers anymore. Most of us save a number to our phone contacts and never really pay attention to it after all.

Lets face it the only numbers we memorize are the top 5 everything else is an afterthought.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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Saw Atlanta start with 404, then add 770, then add 678 and 'threatened' to add another in the early 'Zins. Some folks get really worked up when they don't have the 'proper' area code or prefix. Our tennis center was well outside the 'perimeter' but kept the 404 a/c while other had to change to 770. A few people actually were upset that our a/c didn't change.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Another ATL one WAS added-in 2010. 470.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:51 PM
 
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I was surprised that there was only ONE a/c when we moved here. I was used to dialing 10 digits for so long, and giving my phone number with a/c first, that it took a bit to get used to!
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Must be a slow news day :yawn:
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I don't understand why this is such an issue. Other areas all over the state have dealt with it for years and when I lived in Texarkana, we had to dial the area code because of half the city being in Arkansas. It really isn't that hard to transition, or to dial 10-digits.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Another ATL one WAS added-in 2010. 470.
Didn't know that...need to get back for a visit. Brilliant of them to use three digits already in use in the area . How about 2-3-5-9?
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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When's Ludacris going to rep our new area code?


Ludacris - Area Codes (feat. Nate Dogg) - YouTube
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Default Ladies and gentlemen!!! It has arrived...

It's almost time: don't forget to dial 10 | www.mystatesman.com
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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It's ridiculous to be forced to dial 512 from a 512 phone. The default area code should be the one from which the call is placed (the area code tied to the phone number, not roaming).

I can't wait for even more wrecks to happen because phone numbers are longer and people are confused.
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