For those of you located in Silicon Valley, we’ll be getting a new area code this November. In practical terms, though, what this means to you is–enjoy it while you can–only one more week of 7-digit dialing.
(As in, where you can pick up the phone and call your friendly neighborhood financial planner at 453-2220).
After October 20, 2012, you’ll have to dial all 11 digits for all calls (as in, 1-408-453-2220).
We’ll be making room for a new area code in our same geographical region. The new area code, 669, will be issued to customers beginning in November 2012.
The 408 area code is predominantly in Santa Clara County, including the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and part of Palo Alto.
Here are some reminders to make sure you’re prepared for the change:
1. Begin dialing 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls.
2. Update numbers in your cell phone’s memory with the 11-digit protocol.
3. Notify alarm service providers.
4. Reprogram automatic dialers, speed-dial, call forwarding, modems for computer or internet dial-up access, etc.
5. Ensure your security door and gate systems are reprogrammed to deal 1 + area code + telephone number.
6. Update items such as stationery, checks, business cards, promotional items, brochures, Internet web pages and catalogs to reflect the change.