838 – ready or not here it comes!

It’s coming – this weekend! Are you ready?

On August 19, 2017 the new 838 area code goes into effect.

Currently the 518 area code encompasses Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. The new 838 area code will be overlaid in the same 17 county geographic area.

Have you gone through the contacts on your home and mobile phones and added a 518 to all your numbers you frequently call?

Will you remember to dial 518-xxx-xxxx when you call to order pizza?

There is definitely a learning curve associated with this new area code arriving this weekend but at least with the invention of smart phones you change it once and it remembers.

Some facts about the 838 area code:

  • Our telephone number (and yours) will not change. You just have to dial 518 first.
  • Calling someone who was assigned a 838 number – you will need to dial area code + telephone number. It will still be a local call.
  • Dial 911. Not 518-911 or 838-911. 911 will continue and always be just 911.
  • If you have 211, 311 etc. available in your area – they too will just be dialed as normal

If you forget the area code and only dial the 7 digits – you will get a recorded message stating your call can not be completed as dialed.

So remember – our phone number is now 518.674.1131. We look forward to hearing from you!