Southern Nevadans Prepare for 10-Digit Local Calls

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Southern Nevadans will be digging for owner manuals to reprogram speed-dialing, fax machines, voice mail settings - anything that uses a telephone number - to get ready for 10-digit local dialing.

Beginning in May 2014, all local calls within the 702 area code that encompasses Las Vegas and all of Clark County will need to be made dialing the area code. That's when a new 725 area code is introduced that will co-exist as an "overlay" throughout the region beginning next June.

The Nevada Public Service Commission approved the new area code last fall. To get used to the new dialing protocol, a nine-month transition period begins Aug. 3.

People are urged to begin dialing those three extra digits to make a local call.