The change is being made in those area codes where some phone numbers have 988 prefixes. The Federal Communications Commission last year chose 988 for use as the three-digit abbreviated dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline starting next July. Beginning Sunday, “calls dialed with only seven digits may not be completed, and a recording may inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed,” New Mexico state officials said Friday in a statement. Those callers have to hang up and dial again using the area code and seven-digit telephone number.From deep reds to lush oranges, Connecticut residents can travel around the state to bask in the foliage while it remains for its short time span. “It’s a minor inconvenience to reprogram the area code 505 or 575 in our phones but it will make a huge difference if it will save a life and someone can call 988 when they’re having a mental health crisis,” said Dr. David Scrase, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department and acting secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Beginning Sunday, all calls in New Mexico, including local calls that previously only required seven digits, must include area codes when calling. According to the Northern American Numbering Plan Administrator, the mandate for 10-digit dialling is gaining traction in a number of states, affecting 82 area codes across the country, including both area codes of New Mexico (NANPA). The Albuquerque metropolitan area, Santa Fe, and parts of northern New Mexico, including Gallup, Farmington, and Las Vegas, are covered by the 505 area code. Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Roswell, Clovis, Hobbs, Silver City, and other cities in southern and eastern New Mexico are served by the 575 area code.