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Changing the way you place your calls....

To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the 442 area code has been added to the area served by 760.

Who is Affected?

All customers with a 760 number have to change the way they place a call. The new 442 area code serves customers in the same geographic region as the 760 area code, which extends from Bridgeport in the north, south to the Mexican border, Camp Pendleton on the west, and east to the state line. Back to Top

What is an Area Code Overlay?

An overlay is the addition of another area code (442) to the same geographic region as an existing area code (760). An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code or phone number. Back to Top

What is the New Calling Procedure?

To complete calls from a landline phone, the new procedure requires callers to enter 1 + area code + telephone number. This means that all calls in the 760 area code that currently use seven digits need to be placed using 1+ area code + telephone number. To complete calls from a cellular or mobile phone, callers may enter the area code + telephone number or 1 + area code + telephone number whenever placing a call to a phone number with the 760 or 442 area code. Back to Top

When did the Change Begin?

The change began May 2, 2009

As of October 24, 2009, you must use the new procedure for all calls. If you do not use the new procedure, your call will not be completed, and a recording will instruct you to hang up and call again.

Beginning November 21, 2009, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers with the 442 area code. Back to Top

What Do I Need to Do?

In addition to changing your calling procedure, all services, automatic calling equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed with a 7-digit telephone number need to be reprogrammed to use the new calling procedure. Some examples are life safety systems, fax machines, Internet phone numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed callers, mobile phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions. Be sure to check your business stationery, advertising materials, personal checks, and your personal or pet ID tags to ensure the area code is included. Back to Top

What Remains the Same?

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, does not change.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services does not change due to the overlay.
  • What is a local call now remains a local call regardless of the number of digits entered.
  • You can still enter just three digits to reach 911, as well as 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811

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Map does not include all communities in the 760/442 area codes.

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