10 Digit Dialing

Tulsa, OK – Beginning Sat., all calls in 918 need 10 digits

TULSA, Okla. (AP) All telephone calls placed in the 918 area code region of northeast Oklahoma will require punching in three more digits beginning next Saturday.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission set Saturday as the day to begin requiring callers to specify the area code, even if the call is a local call, so the telephone system can deal with addition of a new area code that will cover the same geographic area.

Officials say they plan to begin assigning a new 539 area code to some new numbers in what is now the 918 region as soon as April 1. That means telephones in the same town could end up with different area codes.

Meanwhile, no local calls in the 918 area will go through, beginning Saturday, unless the caller starts with 918.