Folk in Aberdeen, Bradford, Brighton, Middlesbrough and Milton Keynes will need to dial the area code first to make local landline calls from next October.
This will require customers to dial the full number, not just the usual six digits, when making a local call, in the same way that you would from a mobile phone.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom announced the change to ‘full number dialling’ to avoid these areas running out of new numbers. After the change, which will take place on October 1, 2014, phone service providers will be able to offer customers new six digit numbers beginning with a ‘0’ or a ‘1’.
For all local calls made in each area, whether you were calling a new number or an older number, you’ll have to dial the area codes – Aberdeen (01224), Bradford (01274), Brighton (01273), Middlesbrough (01642) and Milton Keynes (01908).
Ofcom has predicted that these areas would start to run out of free numbers in 2015, if full number dialling wasn’t enforced. Other areas across the UK are also in danger of number droughts and so full number dialling will take affect in other regions.
The next areas required to adopt full-number dialling are Blackpool, Dundee, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Plymouth, Southend-on-Sea, Swansea and Swindon, which will need to switch over by 2018.
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