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CALIFORNIA'S 13TH AREA CODE '909' STARTS NOV. 14

 CALIFORNIA'S 13TH AREA CODE '909' STARTS NOV. 14
 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- One minute past


midnight on Nov. 14, California's 13th area code will go into service.
 The new 909 Area Code will serve western and central Riverside and San Bernardino counties and eastern Los Angeles County.
 Area Code 714 will continue to serve Orange County, a small portion of southwestern San Bernardino County and part of La Mirada in Los Angeles County.
 Michael Noonan, Pacific Bell external affairs director, said the new area code will not affect the cost of calls within or across boundaries.
 "The cost of calls is determined by distance -- not the area code," Noonan said. "If a call you make today is local, it will remain a local call."
 The new area code's introduction will be followed by a nine-month period during which customers can dial either 714 or 909 to complete calls. After Aug. 14, 1993, customers must dial the correct area code or they will hear a recording instructing them to redial, using the proper area code.
 Noonan said the nine-month "get acquainted" period also gives customers locally and nationwide, more time to re-program automatic dialers, burglar alarms, computer modems, cellular phones, pagers and facsimile machines so they can receive calls from and place calls to Area Code 909.
 Some customers may need to re-print stationary, business cards or signage.
 The new 909 Area Code will accommodate population growth and the increasing use of cellular telephones, pagers, computer modems, facsimile machines and automatic teller machines (ATMs).
 "Southern California continues to grow faster than any other part of the nation," said Tom Anderson, GTE director-public affairs. "Without Area Code 909, the supply of telephone numbers within Area Code 714 would be exhausted in 1994."
 When the new area code boundaries go into effect Nov. 14, there will be 2.75 million telephone numbers in Area Code 909. GTE California will serve 1,840,000. Pacific Bell will serve 860,000. Contel will serve 50,000.
 Area Code 714 will serve 3.8 million telephone numbers.
 Boundaries for the new area code were chosen after Pacific Bell, GTE California and Contel met with customers in public meetings held in November 1990.
 "Nearly all customers who attended the meetings or wrote letters to our executives supported the boundary plan that roughly followed county lines," Anderson said. "The boundary plan reflects customer input, caller convenience, and technical and economic considerations."
 While being easy for customers to remember, Anderson said the chosen boundary plan also disrupts the fewest customers. Of the 6.2 million telephone lines served by Area Code 714 today, 42 percent will have to change to Area Code 909.
 Customers who receive the new area code will not have to change their existing seven-digit telephone numbers.
 Pacific Bell, GTE California and Contel announced implementation plans for the area code in late 1990 to give communities, schools, businesses and residential customers time to plan for the change. In the last two years, the phone companies have sent bill inserts, letters and brochures to customers and stationery printers reminding them of the change.
 The new boundary plan should extend the life of Area Code 714 to approximately 2004. Area Code 909 should last until approximately 2017. These dates are based on current customer-growth and usage expectations. This could be altered by a surge in population or emerging new services that might increase the demand for telephone numbers.
 GTE California serves 3.1 million customers in 330 communities, mostly in Southern California.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Cox or Mike Murray of GTE California 24-Hour Newsline, 800-227-5556/ CO: GTE California ST: California IN: TLS SU:


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