Changes to making local calls in five area codes

Changes to making local calls in five area codes

Ofcom has decided to change the way local calls are dialled in five UK area codes: Aberdeen (01224), Bradford (01274), Brighton (01273), Middlesbrough (01642) and Milton Keynes (01908).

The change will come into effect on 1 October 2014 and will require the whole phone number, including the area code, to be dialled when making local calls from a landline in any of the five area codes, in the same way that such calls are currently made from a mobile phone. This will not affect the price of the call.

The change is necessary in order to make sure that the choice of providers and services available to consumers and businesses local to the five area codes will not be constrained by shortages of new phone numbers.