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Area Code: none Subscriber Number: 5-6 digits (becoming 6-7 digits) Trunk Prefix: n/a International Prefix: 0
This will open the 77xxxxx range for future mobile subscriber numbers, if not the entire 7xxxxxx range.
Source: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology announcement (15 April 2004, via ITU).
(with updated information courtesy Richard Herbert)
Existing numbering formats:
0 international access 1xx short codes / special 2xxxx Apia area 3xxxx Apia area 4xxxx Upolu rural 5xxxx Savaii 59xxxx wireless local loop 60xxxx wireless local loop 6xxxx (except 61xxx) Apia 7xxxx mobile (Telecom Samoa Cellular) 8xxxxx customised services e.g. freephone 9xx(xx) emergency / operator / home-direct servicesBased on proposed 6-digit numbering plan, the conversion was to proceed as follows, although most time frames for these changes are unknown:
'6' will be prepended to existing 5-digit fixed/geographic subscriber numbers to form the new 6-digit numbers.
Originally, the plan for mobile numbers was to prepend '7' to existing mobile numbers in 7xxxx format to become 77xxxx, during February 2004. But this plan was changed to convert mobile numbers to 7-digit format for 1 May 2004 (see above).
Current freephone service (800xxx format numbers) were expected to be changed to 1-800 access (e.g. 1800xxx).
There is indication of introducing a premium "1-900" service with format 19xx...
2xxxxx, 3xxxxx, 4xxxxx, 5xxxxx number ranges will be reserved for any new competing carriers.
Wireless local loop numbers are to be changed to 60xxxx format:
New format Old format Area/service ========== ========== ============ 600xxx 55xxx SamoaTel test numbers 601xxx 412xx-413xx Fogaloa Pass 602xxx 415xx-416xx Le Mafa Pass 603xxx 417xx-419xx Lalomanu 604xxx 38xxx Mt Fiamoe 605xxx --- unused 606xxx unknown? Asau 607xxx 567xx-569xx Le Piu Tai 608xxx 570xx-574xx Mt Tagotala 609xxx 545xx-549xx Mt OlomanuHome direct service access is expected to remain as is: 92610 for Australia, 92640 and 92641 for New Zealand (or their equivalent access codes 920 and 921 respectively).
5-digit payphone numbers are not expected to change (960xx or 961xx).
Samoa Direct inbound international service access is expected to remain unchanged (9685).
No changes are expected to emergency short codes: 994 fire, 995 police, 996 ambulance/hospital, 999 general emergency.
Source: SamoaTel announcements (2 May 2003, 11 October 2003 and 20 August 2003, via ITU).
(additional report on mobile change courtesy Richard Herbert)
August 2003 - Wireless Local Loop rangesCarrier SamoaTel has indicated that +685 59xxxx and +685 60xxxx ranges are used for Wireless Local Loop services in Samoa.
Announced late 2000 - new mobile rangeSubscriber numbers of the form 7xxxx (Telecom Samoa) were introduced in Samoa for mobile services.
Reference: Samoa Communication notice (via ITU; document before 2003 is unavailable).
Other InformationCarrier is SamoaTel.
A Samoa Directory is available.
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