518 Area Code Overlay to Start August 19

Albany, NY. - The New York State Public Service Commission wants to remind Upstate New Yorkers that you will need to dial the full 518 area code starting on August 19. 

According to a media release, the chance is due to the addition of a new area code 838 since the 518 are almost all used up. 

Officials say the new area code will be used as a overlay in the 518 coverage area of 17 New York counties; Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.

According to officials, with the new overlay you’ll have to dial the full ten digits when you make a call in the 518/838 area. 

Experts suggest changing the numbers now in your home and cellphones to have the full numbers in your contacts or speed dials. 

Officials offer the following tips  for the new overlay:

* Current telephone numbers, including current area code, will not change;
* Beginning August 19, 2017, all calls within and between 518/838 must be dialed with the area code plus the 7-digit local telephone number (“ten-digit dialing”);
* Consumers will continue to dial 1+ area code + telephone number for all calls to other area codes;  
* What is a local call now will continue to remain a local call;
* The price of a call, and the price of other telephone services, will not change due to the new overlay area code;
* Calls to reach 911 Emergency Service will remain three digits; and
* If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 services are currently available in the community, consumers will still dial these codes with just three digits.

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