W.Va. Dialing Changes

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

In just a few weeks, folks across the Mountain State will have to make some changes when it comes to using their phones.

However, those adjustments might not be too difficult for people in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

"If they can do just direct dial, of course they're gonna be upset with having to dial the area code also," Nesta Biehl, who works in Parkersburg, said.

And that's just what's happening in West Virginia. Starting February 28, people will have to dial the area code for all calls whether they're out-of-area or local. But for people like Biehl who live in one state and work in another, there isn't too much to adjust.

"It doesn't bother me a bit, because if I have to call off like I did last week I just automatically dial 1-3-0-4 and the number," she said.

But it's not just the everyday phone call that's changing. Speed dials, fax machines and even dial-up Internet may also need an update.

"I think it will probably confuse people at first, but I think eventually people will get the hang of it and after they've done it for a while they'll be able to catch on pretty quickly," Elaine Bender, who works in Williamstown, said.

Anyone transferring their phone service or becoming a new customer will receive the new area code 6-8-1 rather than 3-0-4.


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  • by leon on Feb 6, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    Joyce...don't underestimate how stupid people are. The switchover for the TV sets had to be extended.
  • by JOYCE Location: DELTONA, FLA on Feb 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    HOW INSULTING TO SAY THAT PEOPLE WILL BE CONFUSED UNTIL THEY GET THE HANG OF DIALING 304 BEFORE THE THE NUMBER THEY'RE CALLING. "ONCE THEY'VE DONE IT FOR A WHILE THEY'LL BE ABLE TO CATCH ON PRETTY QUICKLY." SHE MIGHT AS WELL HAVE SAID "THESE HILLBILLIES ARE PRETTY STUPID, SO IT MIGHT TAKE THEM A FEW WEEKS TO CATCH ON. WE DON'T WANT TO CONFUSE THE DUNCES." DUH.!
  • by Amme Location: Parkersburg on Feb 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    Why not all cell phone assigned the new area code and all land lines assigned the old 304 code? I think that would be a lot easier. Either way ... dialing all the numbers is not a big change (due to cell phones and the world be more interconected).
  • by Brooks Location: Parkersburg on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    Absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary. Many states have more than one area code...only WV can't figure out how to do it without making it stupid.
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