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New area code coming to Alabama

June 24
A new area code is coming that will affect your dialing, and we want to help you master it!

On October 12, there will be a new area code, ‘659’, for the West Central portion of Alabama. This will include Butler, Birmingham, Clanton, Hamilton, Jasper, Pell City and Tuscaloosa. Current 205 numbers will not be affected in this change. The area code 659 will only be used for new assigned phone numbers, but both will serve the same region. 
When this change occurs, your dialing will be affected; seven digits will not work anymore. Instead, dialing 10 digits will be mandatory because at some point, your seven-digit phone number may be assigned to someone else using the new area code. Dialing only seven digits will prevent your call from going through.
At Slappey we have always had one number that allows you to consistently dial only seven digits, but with this new area code, you will be required to dial 10 digits to reach us. The phones we sell, maintain and support will now also only work with a 10-digit number.
The overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code but will require alterations to dialing procedures. We will come out and reprogram your phone systems for you, to assure you can still operate and connect within your business and with your customers.
At Slappey we want to make your life easier. We want your business to run smoothly when the new dialing code takes effect. Slappey will also offer a free analysis from us to check and see if your system is compatible with this new change.
Your business is important to us. We want to accommodate your needs and help with any questions you might have about this new change as it might be confusing.  
The Jefferson County EMA said this will not affect 911, 311, 211, 811 or other three-digit numbers. 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information provided, please contact us at or call/text (205) 970-4209.