South Carolina gets ready for new area code in Lowcountry and 10-digit dialing in 2015


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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Parts of South Carolina are getting ready to have to dial 10 digits each time they make a phone call as a new area code is added to the Lowcountry.

The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff told The Post and Courier of Charleston ( ) that it will begin a public awareness campaign of the new area code early next year.

Officials will give the 854 area code for some new phones in the area currently covered by the 843 area code. That will require people to dial 10 numbers to make a call.

Office of Regulatory Staff Director Chris Rozycki says 10-digit dialing will be allowed starting in March and will be required on Sept. 19. New numbers with the 854 area code will be issued starting in October.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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