Central Indiana residents will need to dial 10 digits to make phone calls starting next year

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INDIANAPOLIS — 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 would overlay the existing 317 area code in the Indianapolis area. The 463 area code spells "IND" on a telephone keypad.

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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