If you live in the Salt Lake valley, you know that due to an increase in population and building, there has been a third area code added to the state. The entire state used to be 801. Around 15 years ago, 435 was added for all areas outside of the Wasatch Front. This new third one will also cover the Wasatch Front. What does that means for those who live there and currently have an 801 number? It means that they will get to keep it, but anyone getting a new number in the area will get the new area code. (I have no idea what it is.) That means that you could have an 801 number, but if someone new moves into the house across the street from you, their number will have the new area code. (Right? I could be wrong about that. I haven't really paid very close attention to all of this. It may only mean that numbers given to new construction will get the new area code. If anyone knows, tell me.) It will not be a long distance call to call them, but you will have to dial the 10 digit phone number whenever you do. Customers were informed of this change several months ago and told to start practicing using it. I think I practiced once and I had around 9 months to do it. Once implemented and the change took place, local calls would not go through unless the 10 digit number was dialed.
Well, the change has officially taken place and I would say that 9 times out of 10, I don't remember to dial the area code first. I've already done it wrong twice today. I get the "your call could not be completed as dialed" message almost every time I try to use the phone. I have to hang up and start all over again. Now, like I said, customers had around 9 months to prepare for this change and it happened about a month ago. So, in total, I've had 10 months to get ready. You would think I would have it down by now, but I don't. I'm 33 years old. I've lived in Utah my entire life. I was used to only one area code for 18 of my 33 years. It took ages for me to remember and get used to 435. I'm guessing that it's going to take at least 5 years for me to get used to this change. If I subtract the time I've already had, I suppose it could technically only take another 4 years and 2 months. I hope I get it soon. I'm getting really sick of dialing and then hanging up and having to redial every time I want to make a phone call.