You are here: Home > Notices and News > Area Code and Calling Information > Area Codes and Local Calling Changes

Area Code and Local Calling Changes


Blacksburg Local Calling Area Extended to Pearisburg | Mandatory Dialing for 434 Area Code | Virginia's New 276 Area Code | Virginia's New 434 Area Code | Community Choice Plan Extension | Blacksburg Local Calling Extended to Dublin | Virginia's 571 Area Code


Blacksburg Local Calling Area Extended to Pearisburg

29 January 2002

Beginning February 1, 2002, telephone calls placed to Pearisburg, Virginia, (599, 921, and 922 exchanges) from Blacksburg will change from long distance to local. The Pearisburg local calling area will concurrently be expanded to include Blacksburg. Telephone calls to Pearisburg from the Virginia Tech main campus or from the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center will be placed by dialing "9" and the seven digit telephone number. Dialing the "540" area code will no longer be necessary. Off-campus calls to Pearisburg can placed by simply dialing the seven-digit telephone number. For additional information about the extended calling area, please contact Communications Network Services at 1-6460.


Mandatory Dialing for 434 Area Code

CNS would like to remind you that the new 434 area code for the western half of the existing 804 region becomes mandatory on January 15, 2002!


New Area Code for Southwestern Virginia

Part of the exisiting 540 area code region in Southwestern Virginia has been assigned a new area code--276. Cities and towns included in this region are Bland, Bluefield, Tazewell, Grundy, Wise, Cumberland Gap, Bristol, Marion, Wytheville, Meadows of Dan, and Martinsville.

The permissive dialing period for the new area code will begin on September 1, 2001. During this period, customers may dial either the old 540 or the new 276 area code to place calls within or between area codes. Mandatory dialing for the new code will begin on March 16, 2002.


New Area Code for Western Half of Existing 804 Region

May 17, 2001

A new area code -- 434 -- has been assigned to the western half of the existing 804 region. The split is scheduled for June 1, 2001. Central and Southside Virginia, including Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Danville, South Boston, and Emporia will receive the new area code. The affected counties include all of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Nelson, Greene, Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Charlotte, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, and Greensville. Portions of the following are also impacted by the area code change: southwestern Louisa County, eastern Bedford County, southern Cumberland County, southwestern Sussex County, extreme western Southampton County, and small sections of southeastern Dinwiddie and southern Prince George Counties.

The introduction of the 434 area code will begin with a "permissive" dialing period on June 1, 2001. This period will last approximately eight months. Customers can use either the old 804 or the new 434 area code to place calls between the 804 and the new 434 calling areas by dialing just seven-digits during the permissive period. Mandatory dialing of the 434 area code will begin on January 15, 2002. On that date, callers must use the correct area code to complete their calls. In addition, customers must use 10-digit dialing (area code + seven-digit phone number) on all local calls between area codes. Although telephone customers in the new 434 area experience a one-time inconvenience of a change in their area code, customers will be able to make local calls to other numbers in the 434 area code by dialing just the seven-digit number. Long distance calls will continue to be dialed as before. The new area code does not affect the cost of telephone calls. Local calls will remain local calls regardless of the area code dialed. Wireless telephone customers in the new 434 region will be able to retain their 804 number for up to two years after the split occurs. Eventually, they will need to reprogram their wireless telephones. The two-year grace period gives these customers time to return their phones to a service center for the upgrade.


Community Choice Plan Extension

1 September 2000

Beginning September 1, 2000, dialing the 540 area code will no longer be necessary when calling Newport, VA, and Pembroke, VA (544 and 626 exchanges) from the Virginia Tech main campus or the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. On-campus customers calling these locations will be charged a rate of $0.05 per minute 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, contact Communications Network Services at 1-6460. Off-campus residential customers should address their questions to the Verizon Communications Customer Service Center at 1-540-954-6222.


Blacksburg Local Calling Extended to Dublin

1 August 2000

Beginning August 1, 2000, telephone calls placed to Dublin, Virginia, (616, 643, and 674 exchanges) from Blacksburg will change from long distance to local. The Dublin local calling area will concurrently be expanded to include Blacksburg. Telephone calls to Dublin from the Virginia Tech main campus or from the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center will be placed by dialing "9" and the seven digit telephone number. Dialing the "540" area code will no longer be necessary. Off-campus calls to Dublin can placed by simply dialing the seven-digit telephone number. For additional information about the extended calling area, please contact Communications Network Services at 1-6460.


Virginia's New Area Code

1 March 2000

The Northern Virginia campus will retain the current 703 area code and 538-xxxx telephone numbers. Calls placed from Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Graduate Center (NVGC) to the Blacksburg campus (and vice-versa) will still be placed using five-digit numbers (e.g. 8-xxxx or 1-xxxx, 2-xxxx). Currently, calls placed from the NVGC to other numbers in the 703 area code are dialed using 7-digits (no "1" or area code is required). Of special note beginning June 1, 1999, Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications) implemented a new dialing pattern for area code 703, enabling the dialing pattern of "ten-digit numbers" or "the area code, plus the 7-digit number". We suggest Northern Virginia customers start using the new dialing pattern beginning June 1st, although you will be able to place local calls using the current 7-digit pattern until March 1, 2000. At that time in the 703 area code region, it will be mandatory to dial "ten-digit numbers" or, "area code + 7-digit number". There will be no billing changes for these calls-they will still be free within the local area and the rates for Extended Area calling will remain the same. However, the display of Extended Area calls on your telephone bill may appear as 10-digit numbers instead of the current 7-digit numbers. Domestic long distance calls placed from a 703 or 571 area code number are dialed as "1 + area code + 7-digit number".


Quick Reference for Implementation
of 571 Area Code

For customers calling from the 703 area code region:

  • Plan now to reprogram modems, fax machines, and "speed" or automatic dialing equipment for new dialing pattern
  • June 1, 1999, Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications) implemented a dialing change or area code 703, enabling the dialing pattern of "1, plus the area code, plus the 7-digit number" for all calls outside Virginia Tech
  • June 1, 1999, CNS enables dialing changes in Virginia Tech's telephone system
  • March 1, 2000, mandatory to dial 1+ area code + number
  • April 1, 2000, customers ordering new telephone service in the Northern Virginia area may be assigned telephone numbers in the 571 code

We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.

Please send feedback and questions to: CNSWebMaster@vt.edu
Please send network related questions and concerns to: ASK-CNS@listserv.vt.edu
Please send questions about student rates and policies to: stunet@vt.edu