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El Paso plans to save $1.2 million on new phones

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas The city of El Paso is in the process of upgrading to a new telephone system that will save money and improve communication.

The city prefix will go from 541 to 212 and the rest of the phone number will also be different.

The City of El Paso's Department of Information & Technology Services said the new upgrades will save the city as much as $1.2 million.

"The overall concept of moving to this telephone platform was to reduce the overall costs whether it be lease lines or overall hardware overhead and sparing capabilities," said Enrique Martinez, Director of Information and Technology Services for the city of El Paso.

In addition, city officials said the changes will also improve communication between city employees and citizens.

"It will allow the public to get a hold of the different employees of the government for inspections and it will be easier to communicate back and forth," said Michael Valencia, network and voice over IP manager for the City of El Paso.

"I hope the public enjoys what we're doing and knows that we're trying to make it as easy as possible to communicate with the local government."

The City of El Paso's One-Stop-Shop will be the first department to undergo the phone number change on Friday.

Officials said the old phone numbers will be good for at least five to six months after they change.

It will take at least two years to completely cross over to the new telephone system.

For more information on the city's new telephone number changes, go to



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