Dialing new 740 area code becomes mandatory on June 6

It's time to think 7-4-0 -- at least when calling Athens and Ohio University and its regional campuses.

The area's new area code becomes mandatory June 6. Until then, callers can use eith er the traditional 614 area code or 740, although Ohio University officials have urged callers to use the new area code immediately so that the transition is a smooth one.

The new area code went into effect Dec. 6 for Central and Southeastern Ohio. Only Columbus and Franklin County and small portions of some bordering counties will remain with the 614 area code after early June.

Callers who experience problems using the new area code should contact their own phone company.

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