Western Telecommunications Alliance

February 22, 2016 10:00 ET

Alberta's New 825 Area Code Available April 9

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb. 22, 2016) - Alberta's new area code, 825, will be available for use in the province starting Saturday, April 9. The new area code is being introduced in response to the increasing demand for phone numbers in Alberta, ensuring residents and businesses continue to have enough numbers to meet demand well into the future.

The new area code will be introduced gradually across the province once there is no longer a sufficient supply of numbers with the existing area codes - 403, 780, and 587.

Subscribers do not need to change their existing phone numbers, but may be offered a phone number with the 825 area code when they contact their provider for new service.

The geographic boundaries for long distance and three-digit numbers such as 211, 311, 411, 611 and 911 will not be affected.

The Western Telecommunications Alliance, a group of Canada's major telecommunications companies, is working to inform all customers and businesses about the additional area code. To ensure a seamless transition to adding the new area code, businesses are encouraged to consider whether any changes will be required to their phone equipment. For example, businesses that restrict long distance calls will need to reprogram their equipment to accept the 825 area code as local. Residential customers will not need to make any changes to their equipment. Please visit your service provider's website for more information, or newareacodes.ca/en-CA/new-code.htm.

About the Western Telecommunications Alliance

The Western Telecommunications Alliance is partnership between the major telecommunications companies and industry associations across Canada. The Alliance's mandate is to educate and inform consumers and businesses about the implementation of new area codes.

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