The explosion in mobile and smart phones is one of the reasons why P.E.I. need a new area code.
Prince Edward Island is getting a new area code – 782.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced the addition of the new area code on Monday to remedy a shortage of telephone numbers in the provinces of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, which currently share the area code 902.
Starting on Nov. 30, 2014, customers requesting a new telephone number could be given a number starting with area code 782. Existing customers will keep area code 902 and their current telephone number.
The CRTC will also introduce 10-digit dialing in both provinces so that all local calls are routed to the correct area code.
The move to 10-digit dialing will begin in August 2014, and will be implemented gradually over the following weeks.
During the transition, customers who dial seven digits will hear a message reminding them to include the area code for future calls, after which their call will be completed as dialed.
Ten-digit dialing will be mandatory as of 16 Nov. 16, 2014.
… More to come