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Plans delayed for new 274 area code

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Homes and businesses in eastern Wisconsin will not have to worry about dialing 10 digits for local phone calls -- not for awhile, anyway.  

The state Public Service Commission has indefinitely delayed plans to have new phone numbers in the 920 zone use an overlapping area code of 274. The move was ordered because cell phones and fax machines were snapping up available 920 numbers.  

However, FOX 11 reports over a million possible 920 numbers remain unassigned -- so the additional area code in that location is being held up indefinitely.  

920 users were planning to dial the area code for their local calls starting on January 25th -- but the PSC says that's off for now.  

The change affects mainly landline users. Most cell users are accustomed to dialing area codes for all their calls.  

The same change took effect a few years ago in central and northern Wisconsin, where new numbers in the 715 zone were given the area code of 534.  

Officials say it's easier than carving out a whole zone for a new area code -- where people would have to change their speed-dials and business stationery.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)