LAS VEGAS, NV – The first phase of implementing a second area code in Southern Nevada kicks off Aug. 3 with the start of a nine-month transition dialing period.
Last fall, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved a second area code in the same geographic region as the existing 702 exchange in Southern Nevada.
The additional area code is 725.
The change includes a nine-month permissive dialing period from Aug. 3 to May 3, 2014.
During that time, customers may dial either seven digits or start to dial 10 digits for all calls.
After 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory on May 3, 2014, callers who dial seven digits will receive a recorded message instructing them to dial 10 digits.
Although new area code numbers will not be assigned until June 3, 2014, the permissive dialing period allows Clark County residents an opportunity to become accustomed to the new dialing procedure before the 725 area code takes effect.
The transition period also allows customers to begin updating services such as life safety systems, PBXs, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, voicemail and other phone settings.
In addition, business customers also may want to check stationery or advertising materials during this period to ensure the area code is included.
When the new 725 area code becomes effective and numbers are assigned to new customers on June 3, 2014, calls to 911 or 411 will not change and there is no change to the cost of calls.
If a call is currently local, it will remain local and if it is long distance, it will remain long distance.
Existing customers will retain their current area code and telephone numbers.
The second area code is needed to meet increasing consumer demand.
The North American Numbering Plan Administrator, the organization that administers area code use, petitioned the PUCN on behalf of the Nevada telecommunications industry to implement an overlay of a second area code in the existing 702 exchange.
According to NANPA, available numbers in the 702 area code will be exhausted during the third quarter of 2014.
For questions about the second area code and dialing changes, consumers should contact their service providers.
Information about the second area code is available on the homepage of the PUCN’s website at puc.nv.gov or www.dial10digits.org.