Starting June 8, 2022 local calls made using the UMD campus phone system will require users to dial 10-digits.
You have probably already encountered a change to 10-digit local dialing on your personal cell phone and/or landline. UMD campus phone system will also require users to dial 10-digits starting June 8.
What Happens On and After June 8, 2022?
- You must dial local calls with 9 + 218 + phone number.
- Local calls dialed with only 7-digits may not be completed.
- A recording may inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed if you don't use 10-digits.
- If you get this recording, hang up and dial again.
- Use the area code with the 7-digit phone number.
- Long distance calls to 218 numbers will continue to be dialed 9+1+218 +phone number.
- Local calls to Wisconsin will continue to be dialed 9+715 +phone number.
For details please visit Dialing Plan for UMD (New).
Why is 10-digit Dialing Required?
On July 16, 2020, the FCC adopted an Order (FCC 20-100) approving the designation of 988 as the 3-digit abbreviated dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
In all area codes where 988 is a working prefix, which includes the 218 area code, local calls will have to be dialed using 10-digits. This change affects 82 area codes in 36 different states. The FCC ordered that these area codes must be changed to 10-digit local dialing to ensure everyone is able to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline using the 3-digit 988 code by July 16, 2022.