Thursday, February 26, 2015

629 Is The New 615

Well guys, Nashville has officially gotten too big for its britches. Our city is running out of 615 phone numbers to give out, so the area code 629 is being added

I used to be really excited about Nashville becoming such an "it city". But in the last year, it's starting to feel like more of an inconvenience. More traffic. Longer lines. Higher rent... now more complicated phone numbers

Recently, I have been getting this notification on my cellphone: 

So yes.. it looks like it's really happening. You have 2 days left before the change! Here is some information about the new 615 / 629 area code overlay:

An overlay is the addition of another area code to the same geographic area as an existing area code. You won't have to change your existing area code or phone number, but it does require you to dial the area code and the 7-digit number for all calls. Anyone who has a phone number with a 615 area code is affected, as well as anyone that receives a phone number from the 629 area code in the future. 

The 615 area code covers the north-central portion of the state of Tennessee serving communities such as: 

-   Franklin
-   Gallatin
-   Hendersonville
-   Lebanon
-   Murfreesboro
-   Nashville
-   Springfield

The 629 area code will cover the same geographic area as the 615 area code. These changes will begin on the following dates: 

Beginning February 28, 2015, if you have a 615 area code, the new dialing procedure will be required for all calls. On or after this date, if you do not use the new dialing procedure, your call will not be completed and a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.

Beginning March 28, 2015, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers with the 629 area code. If you have a 629 area code, you must dial the area code + 7-digit phone number on all calls or the call will not be completed.

This is important: You will need to reprogram all services and devices that utilize a 7-digit phone number to include the area code, including automatic dialing equipment. Some examples include:

-   Life safety systems
-   Fire or burglar alarm and security systems
-   Security gates (I live in a gated community so this will be really annoying to update)
-   Speed dialers
-   Call forwarding settings
-   Fax machines
-   Internet dial-up numbers
-   Voice mail services and other functions

You can find more information, including an FAQ here on the Verizon Website. For the next 2 days in my free time I will be adding (615) into my 300- person contact list.. this will be fun! You've been warned. Good luck with this, Nashvegas readers!

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