Area businesses are gearing up for a big change that will begin Saturday: 10-digit dialing instead of seven.
For Phil Rudy, owner of Circles on the Square in Wilkes-Barre, the change means 200 numbers need to be reprogrammed in his fax machine. He faxes menus from his deli on Public Square to 200 area businesses. Circles employee Bill Scholl has been reprogramming all the numbers.
Beginning Saturday, everyone in Northeastern Pennsylvania will have to dial 10 digits to make a local call.
“I hate it,” Rudy said. “I don’t understand why we had to go that way. Why do we have to dial 10 numbers for local numbers? I don’t know why you have to dial 10 numbers for your neighbor next door.”