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Ofcom has confirmed that from 1 November, people living in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch will have to dial the 01202 area code to make a local call.
After 1 November, if you forget the 01202 code when dialling locally you will hear a free message telling you to include it when you redial.
The change is designed to safeguard the future supply of landline numbers in the Bournemouth area and avoid the need to change existing phone numbers.
The supply of new landline numbers also ensures that residents and businesses continue to enjoy the widest choice of telecoms providers. The price of local calls will not be affected by dialling the code.
Ofcom is currently working with communications providers, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch councils, local consumer and business groups and charities to inform the community well in advance of the need to dial the code.
Look out for information with the ‘dial the code’ logo on in your local paper and community facilities. And, don’t forget to keep checking this page (www.bournemouth.gov.uk/dial01202|) for updates.
It is important that you get into the habit now of always dialling 01202 when making a local call. You may need to change any preset or stored numbers in your landline phone to ensure that they include the area code. Whilst this may seem simple, it is important that you also help any vulnerable friends, family or neighbours to make the changes in time for 1 November.
Take a look at www.ofcom.org.uk/dialthecode| for more information. Ofcom can also be contacted on 0300 123 3333.
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