If you live in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, you need to prepare for changes in how you make local telephone calls.

Starting on September 17, 2016, all local calls in the 317 area code will require 10-digit dialing. In other words, you’ll need to dial 317-XXX-XXXX to complete a local call.

A six-month grace period starts on March 19, 2016. During the grace period, you’ll be able to complete local calls with either 7 or 10 digits.

The new dialing pattern is necessary so that new telephone numbers can be added when needed. Starting on October 17, 2016, new numbers will be assigned using either the 317 area code or the new 463 area code.

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