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The reason for the 10 digit dialing is all the 812 numbers are just about used up, so a new area code has been adopted for southern Indiana. It is 930. The reason for the 10 digit dialing is all the 812 numbers are just about used up, so a new area code has been adopted for southern Indiana. It is 930.
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Soon dialing just seven digits on your phone won't get you far in southern Indiana. 

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission announced a new area code would be joining the 812, meaning you will always have to use an area code to make call even locally.

For decades in southern Indiana, just seven numbers were all that separated people who live in the community. Arni's Pizza Manager Jalen Porterfield will tell you most of his customers don't even have to look the restaurants number up to place an order.

"A lot of people have it memorized," said Porterfield. 

Soon you are going to have to dial the area code even if you are next door. 

"I've never had to and living in this area the whole time I've never had to dial it and it's pretty strange," said Porterfield. 

The reason for the 10 digit dialing is all the 812 numbers are just about used up, so a new area code has been adopted for southern Indiana. It is 930.

If you already have an 812 number, you get to keep it. The 930 area code will go to any new customers landline or cellular. The extra dialing doesn't have too many people excited. 

"Just more trouble, just more things you have to do, just more numbers you have to punch, more things you have to remember," said Kevin Popp, of southern Indiana.

Start thinking about it now because ready or not, it's on its way. "Just an inconvenience and more time, but I'm not going to complain a whole lot about it," said David Ehlers, of Lanesville.   
"There are more people in the area, so yes I did expect it someday," said Mary Jones, of Palmyra. 

Before the overlay goes into effect, there will be a 13-month grace period that will include six months of customer education and network preparation, followed by six months of permissive seven or 10-digit dialing, and then one month of mandatory 10-digit dialing. Permissive dialing allows customers to make telephone calls using seven or 10 digits during this transition period.

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