TALK THAT TALK: Jamaica’s got options! Before long, the area code 658 will be available to local phone users, in addition to the original 876 code. According to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), the decision to introduce a second area code was arrived at in anticipation of the growing demand for numbers over the next 25 years. At the same time, as of May 31, 2018, Jamaicans will have to dial 10 numbers (3-digit area code + 7-digit number) when making calls. “We want persons to get in the habit of dialing 10 numbers,” explains Elizabeth Bennett-Marsh, Public Education specialist at the OUR. “It’s a behaviour change we want people to get used to.” In spite of these impending changes, the OUR has moved to assure the public that there will be no increase in telephone charges.