I remember well, when I was a wee lad, that you only ever used your area code to make long distance calls, and long distance calls meant reeeaaaallllly far away. Then one day, while I lived in Melbourne, ten digit dialing became needed. I got used to that. No issues. When I ask many of my customers for their phone numbers now, they give me their area code with the 1 in front, as though it were part of the area code. example: 1(234) 555-6789 Has something happened while I have been out of the states? Has it become necessary in some areas to now include that silly 1?