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10-digit dialing mandatory by Aug. 5

Idaho residents will need to punch in 10 digits to complete calls starting Aug. 5 as the state prepares to implement its second area code.

The Lewiston Tribune reports seven-digit calls to local landlines will continue to go through until the change is final.

Area code 986 will be introduced a month after the Aug. 5 deadline.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission said in a news release that next year, callers who do not include an area code will hear a message advising them to hang up, dial again and include the area code.

New numbers will get the 986 area code.

No existing numbers will change.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

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