New Area Code

Beginning Oct. 12, a new 659 area code will be added to the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham regions currently served by the 205 area code.  This area code overlay will have an impact on how all calls are dialed and routed in our area.

Currently, on-campus callers may dial “9” plus the 7-digit phone number in order to make a local, off-campus call (7-digit local dialing). Beginning on Oct. 12, all local, off-campus calls must include an area code when dialing. On-campus callers should dial “9”, plus the area code 205 or 659, plus the 7-digit phone number in order to reach the intended recipient (10-digit local dialing). Some numbers in the 205 area code are not considered local, so callers must dial 9-1-205 plus the 7-digit phone number to route these calls.

Current On-Campus to Local Off-Campus Dialing
9-555-5555

Oct. 12 On-Campus to Local Off-Campus Dialing
9-205-555-5555

Oct. 12 On-Campus to Long Distance Off-Campus Dialing
9-1-205-555-5555

Campus-to-campus phone calls will not change. Callers can continue to dial “8” or “7” plus the 4-digit extension to complete campus-to-campus phone calls.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is changing?

An area code overlay is the addition of another area code to the same geographic region as a current area code, in this case 205. The addition of this new area code to our region means that ALL local calls must include the area code 205 or 659 in addition to the 7-digit phone number.

Why the change?

This addition off the 659 area code ensures a continuing supply of telephone numbers is available for customers in our area.

What is not changing?

The area code for existing phone numbers will not change. Also, making calls on campus to another on-campus number will not change; you may continue to dial “8” or “7” plus the 4-digit extension in order to complete campus-to-campus phone calls.

When will this take place?

Beginning on Oct. 12, you must use the new dialing procedures to place local calls within the 205 area code.

What about call forwarding & speed dials?

If you forward your on-campus phone to any off-campus line such as your cell phone, you must use the above dialing procedures including the area code in order for the call to be routed properly. The same is true for any present speed dial options you have on your phone.

Questions or Support?

If you have further questions about the impact of this change, or need support in making sure your calls are routing properly, please contact the Telecommunications office at 8-9555 or tcom@ua.edu.