People are agonizing over what to do when the phone numbers in Area Code 315 run out: Do we add a new area code on top of what we have now, and run the risk of getting trigger finger punching in 11 digits whenever we make a call? Do we split the region apart, with businesses in the new area code zone being forced to change their business cards, letterheads and advertising?
Of course, new phones can be programmed with numbers, reducing dialing. And whenever a new area code has been created, there is a transition period when the old one will still work -- providing time to use up the old letterhead and purchase new.
I'm looking on the bright side: If a split is done right (with counties being kept intact as proposed by Sen. Griffo) there is an opportunity for Utica-Rome to have its own identity. . . the Area Code can become a marketing tool, perhaps more accurately locating us on the map than "Mohawk Valley."
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