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10-Digit Dialing is Coming August 5

By: Shad Jessen   Published 1:39 pm / August 1, 2017

With the arrival of Idaho’s new 986 area code, 10-digit dialing will begin statewide for local phone calls on Saturday, August 5 .

You must use the appropriate 208 or 986 Idaho area code in front of your local number before your call is connected.

All of Boise State’s telephone systems configured with automatic dialing must be updated to use the new 10-digit local calling. Examples include fax machines, alarm systems, life safety equipment and security systems.

In addition, university phone numbers listed on campus websites, business cards, letterhead and marketing materials should be updated to include the area code.

New telephone lines may be assigned with the 986 area code after Sept. 5, 2017.

Note that on-campus calls to university phone numbers using 5-digit extensions (e.g., 6-4357) will not change, and dialing “1+area code” for a long distance call is still required.

In addition, dialing 911 or 8911 does not require an area code.

For questions or additional information about 10-digit dialing change, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email