Local 10 Digit Dialing and 639 Area Code now in Saskatchewan
Local 10 Digit dialing and a second Saskatchewan area code, 639, is now in place in Saskatchewan*. As of May 11, 2013, all SaskTel business and residential customers in the Saskatchewan 306 area code now have to use 10 digits – the area code followed by the phone number – for local calls. If you do not dial 10 digits for a local call, you will receive a network reminder to redial using the area code.
10 Digits are required to send a text message.. Numbers will require the area code in order for text messages to be delivered. Ensure that all contacts are updated to the 10 digit format within your devices. If you receive an error message after updating all contacts, try these steps on SaskTel support.
What remains the same:
Why the move to 10 digit local dialing?
A second area code is now necessary in Saskatchewan due to the increase in competitive activity among existing and new service providers within the province. In addition, the growth of wireless services, and the proliferation of wireless devices, has helped to deplete the pool of available numbers within the 306 area code.
How does the 639 area code work with the 306 area code?
The new 639 area code will be overlaid on top of the current 306 area code, meaning both will exist. The 306 and 639 area codes will be assigned to new phone numbers interchangeably throughout the province.
That means you need to know the area code and phone number of the person or business you’re calling. For example, your home phone number could be a 306 number while your teenager’s cell phone could have a 639 phone number. Or you could have a 639 cell phone number, but the local pizza place could have a 306 phone number.
Who gets a 639 number and who gets a 306 number?
The introduction of 639 numbers is based on need and demand, and will vary by location for both wireline and wireless numbers. New area code numbers may be available in one area for wireless service but not for wireline service. Once 639 is introduced in a location, the 306 and 639 area codes will be assigned to new phone numbers interchangeably.
* Two remote Exchange Areas, Kinoosao and Uranium City, will continue to use 7-digit local dialing for the time being
Please note: The new area code will affect all telecommunications service providers in Saskatchewan.
Non-SaskTel customers should contact their service provider for details.
Please note: all dates are tentative and subject to change.