New area code approved for Indianapolis area

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2015) — Central Indiana residents are going to have to press an additional three numbers to make telephone calls a year from now.

The Indiana Office of Consumer Counselor says the Utility Regulatory Commission has approved a 463 area code that will overlay the existing 317 area code in the Indianapolis area. The 463 area code spells “IND” on a telephone keypad. The new area code is needed as the 317 area code is running out of available phone numbers.

Starting on Sept. 17, 2016, all local calls made within the 317 area will have to be placed using all 10 digits. A six-month grace period will start on March 19. During that period, local calls can be made with either 7 or 10 digits. Beginning Oct. 17, 2016, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 463 area code.

Current phone numbers won’t change.

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