I live in the 703 area code, which is Northern Virginia, the area near Washington DC. Sometimes when I call a 703 number, I have to dial a 1 before the 10 digit phone number. Sometimes I don’t. There is no rhyme or reason to when I need the 1.
Area code 571 is generally cell phones in Northern Virginia. You don’t need a 1. If you remember that 571 is “local” to 703. How do places like New York City handle all these area codes? Remember Elaine from Seinfeld in area code 646?
Area code 540 is central and Southern Virginia. Some regions of 540 need a 1, some don’t. Unless I know in advance where in 540 the number is, I don’t even know enough if I should guess with the 1 or not. 540 near 703 does not need a 1. Isn’t all phone switching done with computers nowadays? Why is this even necessary? Either always require a 1, or since it’s a computer, let the system figure it out. If the 10 digits I just dialed needs a one, have the computer system add it in, and then redial. If I added in a superfluous 1, have the system take it out. Making me hang up and redial is ridiculous.