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VU community to dial full 10 digits for local calls beginning July 15

Jun. 17, 2015, 4:48 PM

Starting July 15, members of the Vanderbilt community will need to dial full, 10-digit numbers when making calls to local off-campus numbers. Those dialing external local numbers from campus will need to specify whether the area code is “615” or “629.”

While the new area code will affect outbound calling, many features of the Vanderbilt voice network will remain the same:

  • The university will continue to provide five-digit dialing within the Vanderbilt voice network as it does today.
  • Vanderbilt users will not need to use a V-Net number when calling either “615” or “629” numbers from Vanderbilt phones.
  • Vanderbilt phone numbers will continue to have the “615” area code.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to update systems and devices that may have local seven-digit numbers stored, such as fax machines, speed dial and call forwarding on phones, alarm system auto dialers, applications that provide a phone directory service, and clinical applications with integrated dialing — for example, appointment reminders.

VUIT also recommends that departments begin publishing their full 10-digit numbers on websites, stationery and business cards.

Local phone providers began requiring phone users in Middle Tennessee to dial the entire 10-digit phone number when making local calls on Feb. 28, and the “629” area code was added for the Nashville area in late March.

For more information, please contact Dave Mathews at

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