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Not All in NE Okla. Ready for Area Code Change (Mar 04, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mandatory 10-digit dialing begins Saturday morning in northeastern Oklahoma, but not all residents and businesses are prepared for the change.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, all local calls in the area will require a 10-digit number as part of an "overlay" plan to add a new 539 area code to the existing geographic 918 area code. 918 area code numbers are expected to run out in 2012.

Local businesses that have not changed their Private Branch Exchange system will have trouble making phone calls. The change also affects alarm and security systems, fax systems and auto-dialing systems.

Paul Wheeler of Tulsa's Accent Realtors said his 15 employees will have to hand dial the 500 calls they make each day because the company has not switched over its auto-dialing system.

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