By Bill Gallo
New Jersey has too many people. And apparently, we all have phones.
To keep up with the demand, the Garden State will be getting a new area code starting this September.
New rules about how you dial, though, go into effect Aug. 18.
Here’s what you need to know.
New Jersey already has nine area codes but will be adding a 10th, starting Sept. 17.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities which regulates telecommunications said the Garden State would be running out of 609 area codes in 2018 if they didn’t act soon.
It’s happened before and when it has, they can either redraw the current boundary of an area code or add a new overlaying area code to the existing area. That’s what they’re doing in the 609 area.
You’re going to need to dial 1 first.
Those calling from 609 numbers to 856 numbers will now also need to add the “1.”
Anyone not using the needed “1” when dialing will get a recording telling them to try the call again. However, it’s not necessary to add a 1 when calling from a cell phone, the BPU said.