"Your call cannot be completed as dialed" is a message similar to the one you'll soon hear a lot more of when making phone calls if you don't get used to a change that is about to occur in parts of Iowa.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that residents in the 319 or 515 area codes will be required as of October to dial all 10 digits of a phone number, even in that same area code. This includes making local calls.

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It's all because of the implementation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a new national suicide prevention hotline number which goes into effect in July 2022. Ironically, that three-digit number, 988, will be an important change to make it easier for those in distress to get help but will cause issues when trying to reach residents with "988" prefixes in their phone numbers, unless the area code is also entered first.

A slew of people in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Waterloo have that prefix in their phone number, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. You might have all your contacts and their full phone numbers memorized and saved in your cell phone so at the touch of a button, you can reach them. It will be more challenging for businesses, as one Ankeny car dealer notes that his store will have to update its lengthy customer database.

You can begin using the new procedure as early as April 24 to get adjusted to it, but it will be mandatory as of October 24. At that point, you may get a recording if you haven't entered enough numbers, as the call may not go through.

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