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GTE ANNOUNCES CALLS IN 813 AREA CODE REQUIRING '0' OR '1' IN FRONT WILL REQUIRE AREA CODE ALSO; EXTENDED CALLING SERVICE TO BEGIN

GTE ANNOUNCES CALLS IN 813 AREA CODE REQUIRING '0' OR '1' IN FRONT WILL REQUIRE AREA CODE ALSO; EXTENDED CALLING SERVICE TO BEGIN
 TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Get ready, get set, dial "813" when dialing any call in the 813 area code which requires a "0" or "1" in front of the number. Area code dialing will be optional starting Feb. 29, so customers can get used to dialing the extra digits and any equipment that automatically dials or forwards calls can be re-programmed to include the area code.
 Starting Oct. 4, dialing the area code will be required in order to place any "0+" or "1+" call. If the area code is not dialed, a recording will advise customers their "0+" or "1+" call cannot be completed without dialing an area code.
 It's important to note that dialing the area code will not be necessary on Extended Calling Service (ECS) calls. Since callers "Skip the 1" on ECS calls among the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs areas starting March 7 (May 2 for calls between Tampa and Plant City), they can also skip dialing the area code on these calls.
 "This new area code dialing requirement is triggered by the growth in the number of telephone lines in the state for everything from cellular phones to computer modems," said Peter Daks, regional vice president/general manager-Florida. "Using an area code when dialing all "0+" and "1+" calls in Florida means numbers that look like area codes ("0" or "1" as middle digit) can be used as the first three digits of new telephone numbers. The result -- approximately 150 new prefixes to assign to new telephone, cellular, facsimile and data lines within each Florida area code. All local telephone companies in Florida are making the change at the same time."
 GTE Florida, Inc., part of GTE Telephone Operations-South Area, provides local voice and data telecommunications services to customers through approximately 1.8 million access lines in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. South Area is one of four geographic operating units within GTE Telephone Operations. South Area serves approximately 3.7 million customer lines in nine southeastern states. GTE Telephone Operations, the largest U.S.-based local telephone company, serves approximately 16 million domestic customer lines in 40 states and 2.3 million international lines in two countries.
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