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  Oftel Press Office Press Office Release Archive 2001
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35/01
24 April 2001

On Saturday, 28 April, the final stage in a three year process of creating essential numbering capacity in the UK will be put in place.

All mobile and pager numbers will now use the new codes beginning 07. All special rate numbers will use the new 08 codes. All premium rate codes will begin 09.

The old numbers have been working alongside the new 07 mobile and pager numbers as a safety net since September 1999.

After 28 April any calls made to old mobile and pager numbers using the old codes will not be connected and callers will get a recorded message telling them to redial using the new codes.

People are urged to check that they have changed any numbers stored in mobile or fixed phones or databases, as these will no longer work after Saturday.

David Edmonds, Director General of Telecommunications, said today:

"The changes finalised on Saturday have created 300 million mobile phone numbers.

"Switching off the old codes is the final step in a totally successful two-year programme to create extra capacity to meet future needs in the UK numbering system. It has been secured effectively and with minimum disruption for phone users.

"These changes will follow last year’s geographic code changes in six UK cities, which went smoothly.

"The UK numbering system is now much clearer. Consumers now know from the dialling code what kind of number they are calling – fixed, mobile, special rate or premium rate."

"In the UK we now have 9 billion phone numbers. We anticipate that overall, the numbering scheme has sufficient flexibility and capacity for the foreseeable future."

Notes to editors

1. David Edmonds will be available for interview during the afternoon of Wednesday, 25 April. Please contact Oftel’s press office on 020 7634 8991 to set up a meeting.

2. The changes are part of Oftel’s reorganisation of the UK’s numbering system that will create a reserve of nine billion phone numbers and give an indication of the type of service that is being called and likely charge.

3. Old codes will change as follows:

Mobile Numbers

Pager Numbers

OLD

NEW

OLD

NEW

0370 XXXXXX

07770 XXXXXX

01399 XXXXXX

07699 XXXXXX

0374 XXXXXX

07774 XXXXXX

01426 XXXXXX

07626 XXXXXX

0378 XXXXXX

07778 XXXXXX

01459 XXXXXX

07659 XXXXXX

0385 XXXXXX

07785 XXXXXX

01523 XXXXXX

07623 XXXXXX

0401 XXXXXX

07701 XXXXXX

01893 XXXXXX

07693 XXXXXX

0402 XXXXXX

07702 XXXXXX

0336 7XXXXX

07663 7XXXXX

0403 XXXXXX

07703 XXXXXX

04325 XXXXXX

07625 XXXXXX

0410 XXXXXX

07710 XXXXXX

04624 XXXXXX

07624 XXXXXX

0411 XXXXXX

07711 XXXXXX

0660 XXXXXX

07661 XXXXXX

0421 XXXXXX

07721 XXXXXX

0839 XXXXXX

07661 XXXXXX

0441 XXXXXX

07741 XXXXXX

0881 XXXXXX

07681 XXXXXX

04481 XXXXXX

07781 XXXXXX

0941 XXXXXX

07641 XXXXXX

04624 XXXXXX

07624 XXXXXX

0467 XXXXXX

07767 XXXXXX

0468 XXXXXX

07768 XXXXXX

0498 XXXXXX

07798 XXXXXX

0585 XXXXXX

07885 XXXXXX

0589 XXXXXX

07889 XXXXXX

0802 XXXXXX

07802 XXXXXX

0831 XXXXXX

07831 XXXXXX

0836 XXXXXX

07836 XXXXXX

0850 XXXXXX

07850 XXXXXX

0860 XXXXXX

07860 XXXXXX

0930 7 XXXXX

07930 7XXXXX

0956 XXXXXX

07956 XXXXXX

0958 XXXXXX

07958 XXXXXX

0961 XXXXXX

07961 XXXXXX

0966 XXXXXX

07966 XXXXXX

0973 XXXXXX

07973 XXXXXX

0976 XXXXXX

07976 XXXXXX

0979 XXXXXX

07797 XXXXXX

* Special Rate Numbers

Existing

NEW

0345 XXXXXX

0845 7XXXXXX

0374 5XXXXX

0870 45XXXXX

0541 XXXXXX

0870 1XXXXXX

0645 XXXXXX

0845 9XXXXXX

0990 XXXXXX

0870 5XXXXXX

3. The new numbering system is:
00 International codes
02 New area codes
03 Reserved for area codes
04 Reserved for future use
05 Reserved for corporate numbering
06 Reserved for future use
07 Mobile, pagers & personal numbers
08 Freephone & special rate numbers
09 Premium rate services & multimedia

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