SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Intercom companies are scrambling to update systems in dozens of buildings around San Francisco now that the dialing procedure for the 415 area code has changed.
“San Francisco was caught off guard,” Mark Greenspun of AAA Intercom Systems told KPIX 5.READ MORE: 'Why Would Something Like This Happen To Me?' 94-Year-Old Anh 'Peng' Taylor Recovering After Shocking SF Stabbing Attack
The new 628 area code means all calls within the 415 must dial eleven digits, adding a “1-415” to existing numbers to buzz open the doors of San Francisco apartment buildings.READ MORE: House Votes To Repeal Of 2002 Iraq War Authorization, Long Championed By Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee
The fix takes about an hour, and in the Tenderloin neighborhood alone there are some blocks with 20 now useless buzzers.MORE NEWS: 'Landmark Victory;' Bay Area Lawmakers React to Obamacare Decision By U.S. Supreme Court Decision
“I had a building with 150 tenants and it took two of us two and a half hours to reprogram it,” Greenspun said.