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News | 01/28/2003 5:00 am EST

New Yorkers to adopt 11-digit dialing next month
Number exhaust has hit such a state in New York City that it will begin using 11-digit dialing on February 1. Callers will need to dial 1 plus the area code and the seven-digit number to call anywhere in the area. The move is seen as a precursor to the eventual switch to 12-digit dialing (NL, Feb. 26/01). The municipal government is hoping to launch a 311 service, similar to the 211 system used in other cities (NL, Jan. 15/01).

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