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213/310 INTERCHANGEABLE DIALING PERIOD RESCHEDULED TO END MAY 16

 213/310 INTERCHANGEABLE DIALING PERIOD RESCHEDULED TO END MAY 16
 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The end of interchangeable dialing for the 213/310 area code split has been rescheduled for 12:01 a.m., May 16, GTE California announced today.
 Interchangeable dialing, which lets customers dial either 213 or 310 to successfully complete a call to the new area code, originally was scheduled to end on May 2. Interchangeable dialing was extended due to recent civil unrest in the greater Los Angeles area, said Larry Cox, GTE's state manager of public affairs.
 After May 16, customers who use 213 when calling area code 310 will reach a recording instructing them to use the correct area code.
 "GTE and Pacific Bell delayed the end of interchangeable dialing to avoid adding confusion to an already difficult situation," Cox said. "Now that things are largely returning to normal, the full implementation of the new area code split has been rescheduled.
 "The end of interchangeable dialing was pushed back an additional week in consideration of Mother's Day this Sunday, traditionally the day with the heaviest calling volume all year."
 Area code 310 went into effect on Nov. 2, 1991, with a six-month interchangeable dialing period. The split was first announced more than two years ago to give customers time to reprogram telecommunications equipment, change business stationary and make other necessary preparations.
 The area code split does not affect the cost of calls, Cox said. Calls that were local before the change will remain local after May 16. The new area code does not affect customers' access to 911 or to the operator and customers keep their seven-digit telephone numbers.
 The 310 area code includes the western, coastal, southern and eastern portions of Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles International Airport. GTE California will have more than 1 million customers in area code 310.
 The general boundaries for the new 213 area code are La Cienega Boulevard to the west, El Segundo Boulevard to the south, the Montebello city line to the east and the 818 area code boundary to the north.
 The new area code was made necessary by a technology boom and the population growth in Southern California. The demand for telephone numbers for car phones, fax machines, computer modems, security systems, pager systems and multiple home phone lines depleted the supply of available numbers in area code 213, Cox said.
 "With the 310, we will dramatically increase the amount of numbers we can offer our customers, giving Southern California room for continued growth and technological advancement," Cox said.
 Cox also said area code 714 will split on Nov. 14, 1992. Basically, Orange County will retain 714 while the portions of San Bernardino and Riverside counties that are 714 today will have a new area code -- 909.
 GTE California, based in Thousand Oaks, serves more than 3 million customers in 330 communities, mostly in Southern California.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Cox, Dan Smith or Jaya Koilpillai of GTE California, 800-227-5556 (24-hour newsline)/ CO: GTE California ST: California IN: TLS SU:


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