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Getting on the Internet 206 · Calling the same area code--In this situation, you don't usually have to bother with the area code. However, some phone systems insist that you include the area code even if the other number is in the same area code. In some cases, these are long-distance calls, so you even have to dial a 1 (or some other country or region code) to start the call. · Calling a different area code--This situation normally requires that you dial a 1 (or whatever), followed by the area code, followed by the number. However, in some larger cities, the phone company has actually run out of numbers in the main area code, so they've created a whole new area code for the city. These aren't usually long-distance calls, however, so even though you have to include the area code, you don't usually have to dial a 1 to get started. Note that in both cases, the area code may apply only to certain phone number prefixes. (The prefix is the first three digits of the seven-digit number.) If you have to make any calls in these situations, you need to define a new area code rule to handle it. Here's how it's done: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. In the New Location dialog box, display the Area Code Rules tab. Click New to display the New Area Code Rule dialog box. Use the Area code text box to enter the area code you'll be calling. If the rule will apply only to certain phone number prefixes, activate the Include only the prefixes in the list below option. Then click Add, enter the prefix (or prefixes), and click OK. If you need to dial a country code (such as 1) before the area code, activate the Dial check box and use the text box to enter the number. To force Windows XP to dial this area code, activate the Include the area code check box. Click OK. Using Calling Card Dialing When you're on the road, you'll often find yourself having to make calls that cost money. For ex- ample, if you're in a hotel that charges for calls, you might want the charge to go through your calling card. For this type of situation, Windows XP lets you specify a calling card to use when making the call. To get started, display the Calling Card tab in the New Location dialog box. Here's the simplest route to take: 1. 2. 3. In the Card Types list, highlight the type of calling card you have. Enter your Account number. Enter your Personal ID Number (PIN). If your calling card isn't in the list, click New to get to the New Calling Card dialog box. Alternatively, if your card is listed, you might need to adjust its settings. In that case, highlight the card and then click Edit to get the Edit Calling Card dialog box (which is identical to the New Calling Card dialog box). This dialog box has four tabs, so let's see what each one holds. The General tab is as good a place as any to start. Here you need to enter three things: the Calling card name (this will appear in the Card Types list), your Account number, and your Personal Iden- tification Number (PIN). You use the Long Distance tab to specify the steps that must be followed to make a long distance call. The first thing to do is specify your card's Access number for long-distance calls. After that's done, you define the steps by clicking the buttons below the Calling card dialing steps box. There are six buttons for your clicking finger to tickle: · Access Number--Click this button to add the long-distance access number to the steps. · PIN--Click this button to add your PIN to the steps.