Callers must use 01202 area code to make local calls from today
Telephone users in the 01202 dialling area must include the code when making a local call over a landline from today.
The change is designed to safeguard the future supply of landline numbers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, avoiding the need to change existing phone numbers1.
From today, callers in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the surrounding areas who omit the 01202 code when dialling locally will not be connected. Instead, they will hear a message telling them to redial and include the code.
Ofcom conducted a survey of residents in the 01202 code area2 in October, following an information campaign that has seen adverts in local media and letters sent by telephone companies. The survey found that:
Ofcom is co-ordinating a local information campaign, including adverts in local media, leaflets and posters in public places and letters sent by telephone companies. Ofcom has also worked with local councils, charities and business groups to inform and prepare the local community, and is encouraging friends and family to lend a hand to someone who may need extra help.
Telephone companies are expected to have implemented the change by late afternoon today. The price of local calls is not affected by dialling the code.
Further information is available at ofcom.org.uk/dialthecode
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