TDS Telecom is reminding residents and businesses in the 615 area code that ten-digit dialing will be mandatory starting Feb. 28. In order for calls placed in La Vergne, Mt. Juliet, Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, and other communities in north-central Tennessee to connect, callers will need to include the area code and telephone number. Then, beginning March 28, 2015, the new 629 area code will be "overlaid" or superimposed over the same geographical area as the 615 Area Code.
What residents and businesses need to know about the area code overlay:
- Existing phone numbers in the 615 area code will not change.
- The price for calls, local and long-distance calling areas, and other rates and services provided by TDS Telecom will not change due to the new Area Code Overlay. What's a local call now remains a local call, regardless of the number of digits dialed.
- The dialing procedure for long distance or operator assisted calls will not change.
- 911 remains a three-digit dial. If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811 are available currently, they will remain a three-digit dial.
Customers should identify their telephone number as a ten-digit number (area code + 7-digit telephone number), and include the area code when giving their number to friends, family, business associates and customers.
Residents and businesses should also check with security or alarm companies to make sure their systems are programmed to handle the new dialing pattern.
For more information, visit tn.gov/tra/615areacodeexhaust.shtml or contact TDS at 888-CALL-TDS (888-225-5837).