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only_because_I_can t1_j4ozq5a wrote

In my area, 988 is a longstanding prefix to many numbers. I tried dialing my doctor's office, which has a 988-xxxx number. Same area code as me, so I shouldn't need to enter the area code. Just dial 988-xxxx. I immediately get the suicide prevention line. I'm totally supportive of having this as a means for people to get the help they need, but they should have thought ahead when assigning a local number.


sut123 t1_j4prjlj wrote

I could have sworn area codes were mandatory to dial since the mid-90s. Fascinating that it wasn't a national change.


only_because_I_can t1_j4q2fak wrote

I'm in Florida. We can dial just the 7-digit number if it's in the same area code. Otherwise, we have to use 1-area code-number. It's weird though because I'm in 813 and some 727 (next county over) numbers won't allow the 1 to be used first whereas other 727 numbers require the 1, depending on the area.