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Area Code: 1-2 digits (see note below) Subscriber Number: 6-7 digits Trunk Prefix: 0 International Prefix: 00 (see note)Area Codes are 2 digits for special/mobile services, 1 digit for conventional wireline services.
International prefix note: 012, 013, 014 may also be international prefix, depending on the carrier selected.
Source: MOC announcement (14 April 2005, via ITU).
+972 2 xxxxxxx Jerusalem region +972 3 xxxxxxx Tel Aviv region +972 4 xxxxxxx Haifa and North regions +972 50 xxxxxxx mobile - Pelephone +972 51 xxxxxxx mobile - reserved +972 52 xxxxxxx mobile - Cellcom +972 53 xxxxxxx mobile - reserved +972 54 xxxxxxx mobile - Partner +972 55 xxxxxxx mobile - reserved +972 56 xxxxxxx mobile - reserved +972 57 xxxxxxx mobile - Mirs +972 58 xxxxxxx mobile - reserved +972 59 xxxxxx(x) mobile - Jawall [moving to 7-digit subscriber numbers] +972 6 xxxxxxxx reserved +972 77 xxxxxxx VOIP telephony - HOT Telecom +972 7x xxxxxxx (except +972 77) reserved - non-geographic service +972 8 xxxxxxx Hashfela and South regions +972 9 xxxxxxx Hasharon regionSource: MOC announcement (8 December 2004, via ITU)
The conversion will also consolidate mobile area codes so that each carrier will have its subscriber numbers under a single area code in the +972 5x range. Mobile numbers in +972 6x range moved to +972 5x, freeing numbering capacity for future purposes.
Mobile subscriber numbers will be prepended by a digit according to the existing area code, as indicated in the following table:
Old format New format Carrier ========== ========== ======= +972 50 xxxxxx +972 50 5xxxxxx Pelephone +972 51 xxxxxx +972 50 7xxxxxx Pelephone +972 52 xxxxxx +972 52 2xxxxxx Cellcom +972 53 xxxxxx +972 52 3xxxxxx Cellcom +972 54 xxxxxx +972 54 4xxxxxx Partner-Orange +972 55 xxxxxx +972 54 5xxxxxx Partner-Orange +972 56 xxxxxx +972 50 6xxxxxx Pelephone +972 57 xxxxxx +972 57 7xxxxxx Mirs +972 58 xxxxxx +972 52 8xxxxxx Cellcom +972 64 xxxxxx +972 52 4xxxxxx Cellcom +972 65 xxxxxx +972 52 5xxxxxx Cellcom +972 66 xxxxxx +972 54 6xxxxxx Partner-Orange +972 67 xxxxxx +972 54 7xxxxxx Partner-Orange +972 68 xxxxxx +972 50 8xxxxxx PelephoneThe general pattern is that the last digit of the existing area code is used to prepend the existing 6-digit subscriber number. The exceptions are for the existing Pelephone area codes +972 50 and +972 51, so that their subscriber numbers will not commence with digits '0' or '1'.
This scheme would also allow a future migration to a scheme where all mobile numbers are under a single +972 5 area code, followed by 8-digit mobile subscriber numbers, which would also allow mobile number portability.
Information from Bezeq (carrier) also requested international carriers to allow for both old and new mobile format lengths effective 1 October 2003 (that is, allow for 11 or 12 digits past the international prefix, including country code +972).
Sources: Ministry of Communications announcement (PDF format)
MOC announcement (via ITU, 4 May 2004)
The difference between the two current premium codes is that 1956 is for entertainment, and is normally blocked for calling unless opened by subscriber request. 1957 is for informational services, and is available unless a subscriber requests this be blocked.
(details courtesy Sergiu Rosenzweig)
A report was also in a Jerusalem Post article from August 2000. Subscriber numbers under +972 6 (area code 6) and +972 7 (area code 7) will change area codes in a consolidation as follows:
Numbers in area code (NPA) 6 in Northern Israel (including Metulla) will be moved into area code (NPA) 4 (Haifa).
Numbers in area code (NPA) 7 in Southern Israel (including Negev and Arava) will be moved into area code (NPA) 8 (Shefala).
Permissive dialing mode (old or new format permissible) began December 2000. A mandatory date at which NPA 6 and 7 will be removed from service was to be announced.
The subscriber numbers themselves are reportedly unchanged during this consolidation. As of the permissive calling period, local calling charges apply within each consolidated area code.
Carrier Bezeq has a map of the consolidation.
(news courtesy Sergiu Rosenzweig, Jerusalem Post)
This press release is available at Israel's Ministry of Communications site.
Approximately February 2000, announcements of area code changes were made in the press to take effect at some unknown date. The area codes in the following list exclude the initial 0 prefix as used domestically:
(1) Cellcom subscribers (Area Codes 52, 53, 58) have already been using the new 7-digit number format to call other customers within their service. This was in effect as of 1999.
(2) Area Codes 51, 53, 55 and 58, whose numbers will be consolidated under other Area Codes as above, will be assigned to new cellular competitors after an unspecified sterilisation period in which the codes remain vacant.
There are rumours of a conversion to a closed numbering plan - that is, there would only exist national subscriber numbers, which would be dialled in their entirety whether the call is local or long distance.
(details courtesy Sergiu Rosenzweig)
Specifically see Presentation of National Numbering from MOC.
A major carrier is Bezeq.