How to Make a Call Out of Your Area Code

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An area code is a three-digit number used by telephone companies to designate specific geographic areas. Large metropolitan areas sometimes have several area codes, while single code may cover a large, sparsely populated rural area. Calling from one area code to another may be either a free local call or a long-distance call that requires a fee. The call may also require that you dial "1" before making a call outside of your area code, but this requirement varies by location and phone number.

  • Activate the "call" function if you are using a cellular or cordless phone. Lift the receiver and listen for the dial tone if you are using a rotary or pay phone. Deposit the required money or credit card number after you hear the dial tone if you are using a pay phone.

  • Dial "1" (if required by your phone company), followed by the three-digit area code of the phone number you want to dial.

  • Dial the seven-digit phone number. Press "Send" or the button that starts the dialing process for your phone. Pushing a button is unnecessary if you are using a rotary phone.

  • Wait for your call to be connected.

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