Practice makes perfect.
Six months after state officials recommended callers in Colorado’s 719 and 970 area codes start getting in the habit of dialing 10 digits — area code plus phone number — for all local calls, the change became official on Sunday.
The switch is to make way for 988, a three-digit dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, slated to go into effect on July 16.
The change to 10-digit dialing applies nationwide and is intended to prevent callers from accidentally calling the suicide hotline when dialing local numbers with a 988 prefix, according to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
When 988 takes effect, it will function like other state and national three-digit numbers, including 911 (of course), but also 211, which in Colorado…
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