To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) has approved the addition of the new 531 Area Code to the geographic region served by the 402 Area Code. This is called an Area Code Overlay.
How Will This Affect Me?
Because of the addition of the 531 Area Code, all customers within the 402/531 region will need to dial the correct Area Code followed by the 7-digit telephone number, when dialing any local call. Please see the map below for an outline of the 402/531 Area Code region.
What is the Dialing Change?
To complete local calls, the new dialing procedure requires callers to dial the full 10-digit telephone number. This means that all calls in the 402 area code that are currently dialed with 7-digits will need to be dialed using the Area Code + 7-digit telephone number. However, long distance calls will remain the same. Callers need to dial 1 + Area Code + 7-digit telephone number whenever placing a long distance call from the 402/531 Area Codes. Additionally, local calls from some Nebraska communities that border the states of South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas will need to be dialed using 10-digits including the appropriate Area Code for those states.
When Will These Changes go Into Effect?
Effective June 26, 2010, a permissive dialing period will begin and you should use the new dialing procedure whenever you place local calls from the 402 Area Code. If you forget and use the old dialing procedure of dialing just 7-digits, your call will still be completed. If you are not able to dial using 10-digits after the permissive dialing period begins, contact your local service provider.
Beginning February 26, 2011, the mandatory dialing period begins and you must use the new dialing procedure for all local calls. After this date, if you do not use the new dialing procedure, your call will not be completed, and a recording will provide instructions on how to redial your call.
Beginning March 26, 2011, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers with the 531 Area Code if no further 402 numbering resources are available in your service area.
What Will Change?
What Will Remain the Same?
If you have any questions regarding information provided in this notice, please call 1-800-274-2538 or contact the following website for more information www.mycricket.com/omaha or www.mycricket.com/lincoln or contact the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) at 1-800-526-0017 or visit their website at www.psc.nebraska.gov for more information.
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