NORTH MISSISSIPPI (WCBI) – You will soon have to dial the area code before making local calls.
Beginning April 24th, callers will have to dial 662 plus the seven-digit phone number to make a call.
This means even if you’re calling someone in the same town you’re in, you’ll need to dial the area code first.
The start date is to give callers a grace period to adjust to the ten-digit dialing system.
On October 24th it will become mandatory for everyone in the 662 area code.
The change will enable a new 988 suicide prevention hotline that begins in July 2022.