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Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing for Local Calls in the 757 Area Code

Beginning April 9, Hampton Roads is getting an additional area code, and everyone in the region (including here at ODU) will need to dial 10 digits when making local calls. For the most part, this means you'll dial 757 + the 7-digit phone number. Numbers that are dialed without the area code will no longer be connected.

  • Calling a local business? Dial 10 digits.
  • Calling a student or colleague within the 757? Dial 10 digits.
  • Calling in to the office from your local cell phone? Dial 10 digits.

In addition to changing your dialing habits, you may have to reprogram speed dial buttons or update contact information in your phone, making sure all phone numbers are 10-digit numbers.

What's NOT changing:

  • Your current area code and phone number will stay the same.
  • Local calls remain local calls, regardless of the number of digits you now have to dial.
  • Dial 9 from on-campus phones to get an outside line.
  • Dial 1+ when calling long distance (1 + area code + phone number).
  • Make ODU office-to-office calls using the last 5 digits of the number (3-xxxx).

Remember, make it a 10! You can find more information from the Virginia SCC.

Cheat Sheet

ODU office-to-office:


Local call:


Local call from campus:


Long distance:


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