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Dialing area codes required starting this Sunday (Oct. 24)

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Beginning Sunday (October 24), dialing an area code is longer optional in order to make a phone call.

This includes local and out-of-area numbers.

The change comes after recent adoption of a nationwide three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline.

Wireless customers can now reach the service by simply dialing “988” — which used to be an active telephone exchange, or the first three digits of a seven-digit number (i.e. 607-749-9942).

Landlines have the same convenience come July 2022.

Until then, all phones can still reach the Lifeline 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Friends and family might be saved in your personal contacts without area codes.

You should update them to avoid having issues completing or receiving calls.

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