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10-digit dialing required starting Saturday

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Numbers with the 725 area code will begin being issued June 3, but 10-digit dialing is required starting May 3. (File/FOX5) Numbers with the 725 area code will begin being issued June 3, but 10-digit dialing is required starting May 3. (File/FOX5)

Beginning Saturday, making a local call in Southern Nevada will require callers to dial a 10-digit number.

"Please include the area code of the number you are calling. Please hang up and try your call again," is the message played if callers forget to dial an area code with a Clark County number.

"I'm so used to not dealing with the 702, like dialing out," said LaTonya Martin, a Las Vegas resident. 

Soon a new area code will come to town. The state's Public Utilities Commission said in the fall, 702 numbers will be exhausted. They'll start assigning 725 numbers to new businesses and residences.

The change is because of population growth across the Valley.

"More people are moving out here and they're generating new numbers so it's good for us, the local businesses," said Brandon Odisho, manager of the Ultimate Wireless Store.

Besides selling and repairing cellular phones, the Ultimate Wireless Store employees are reminding their customers about the change.

"A lot of people are OK with it," Odisho said. "Some people don't like the whole dialing three more numbers before you call the actual number, so it's going to be tough to transition to it, and you know, most people will have to go through their phones and reprogram all the numbers that don't have 702 in there."

Clark County is also helping residents make the change through informational websites like dial10digits.org or puc.nv.gov.

However, for several frequent phone users, transitioning to the new system won't be a problem.

"I might have to go through a few of them to add the 702 to some of the older numbers from way back," said Stephanie Rivenburgh, a Las Vegas resident. "I use my cell phone all the time so when people call me, it's automatically in there."

Emergency and information numbers like 911 and 411 will remain the same.

Ten digits will be required for callers to dial on May 3. New numbers with a 725 area code will start being assigned on June 3.

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