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Telephone numbers in Israel

Telephone numbers in Israel consist of an area code and a subscriber number. The dial plan type in Israel is closed, and "0" is the internal Trunk prefix in Israel. Israel's country calling code is +972.

Israel telephone numbers
Israel (orthographic projection) new.svg
Location
Country Israel
Continent Asia
Regulator Israeli Ministry of Communications
Type closed
NSN length 8 or 9
Access codes
Country calling code +972
International call prefix 00 or 01x
Trunk prefix 0

When dialing an Israeli number from inside of Israel, the format is :
"0 - Area/network operator code (A/N) - subscriber number (X)"

When dialing an Israeli number from outside Israel, the format is :
"+972 - Area/network operator code (A/N) - subscriber number (X)"

The Israeli telecommunication infrastructure is including the Palestinian telecommunication system.

Contents

HistoryEdit

In 1965, many Israeli phone numbers had 6 digits, but some had 5, according to the Tel-Aviv-area phone book. [1] There were ten area codes at that time: 02 Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh; 03 Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva, Rehovot, Ashdod; 04 Haifa and western Galilee; 051 Ashkelon; 053 Netanya; 057 Beersheva and most of the Negev; 059 Eilat; 065 Afula, Nazareth; 063 Hadera, Zichron Yaakov; and 067 Tiberias, Zefat and eastern Galilee. [2]

As recently as the 1990s, most telephone numbers in Israel had 6 digits (without area code digit). Currently there are 5 geographic area codes and 2 more non-geographic area codes, and numbers has 7 or 8 digits (without area code digit).

With the influence of VoIP long distance was deregulated in Israel. According to the Israel Ministry of Communication a VoIP number may be ported to a landline carrier and vice versa providing the option to have, say, a northern number in the south of the country. Numbers may not be ported, say, from the north to the south of the country on the same kind of line (e.g., VoIP to VoIP or landline to landline). Mobile number portability was introduced in late 2007.

Structure and formatEdit

The format for calls to landlines within the same area code is XXX-XXXX (7 digits subscriber number). For calls to a landline outside the local area, the area code is prefixed and the format becomes (0A) XXX-XXXX for calls to landlines, where "0A" is the area code.

The format for calls to cellular mobile phones is 05N-XXX-XXXX, where "05N" is the mobile operator indicator. The format for calls to VoIP lines is 07N-XXX-XXXX, where "07N" is the VoIP operator indicator.

When calling from outside of Israel, the leading "0" in area codes is not dialed, and the format is +972-A-XXX-XXXX for calls to landlines, +972-5N-XXX-XXXX for calls to mobile lines, +972-7N-XXX-XXXX for calls to VoIP lines.

Prefix Service type Local format International format
00, 01x International call prefix (from Israel to other countries) 00 or 01x
02, 03, 04, 08, 09 Geographic area codes (0A) XXX-XXXX +972 A XXX-XXXX
05 Area code for cellular and mobile devices 05N XXX-XXXX +972 5N XXX-XXXX
07 Non-Geographic area code for landline, VoIP and VoC services 07N XXX-XXXX +972 7N XXX-XXXX
10, 11, 12 Short codes for emergency services 10X or 11X or 12XX Not available from abroad[3]

International call prefixEdit

For calling from Israel to another country: choose operator, and dial its international access code, then dial destination country code and then the rest of the local number.

Area codesEdit

Due to mobile number portability, a mobile phone with a prefix of one provider can be associated with a different provider.

Geographic area codesEdit

When dialing within one of the geographical area codes (2, 3, 4, 8, 9) the prefix can be dropped (so instead of dialing (0A)XXX-XXXX you can dial XXX-XXXX).

Local Format International format Description
(02) XXX-XXXX +972 2 XXX-XXXX Jerusalem District area code
(03) XXX-XXXX +972 3 XXX-XXXX Tel Aviv District & Central District area code
(04) XXX-XXXX +972 4 XXX-XXXX Haifa District & Northern District area code
(08) XXX-XXXX +972 8 XXX-XXXX Lowland & Southern District area code
(09) XXX-XXXX +972 9 XXX-XXXX Sharon area code
  • In the geographic area codes, first digits of the local number are identifying service operator:
Local Format International format Operator
(0A) 2XX-XXXX +972 A 2XX-XXXX Paltel (In the Palestinian Territories)
(0A) 30X-XXXX
(0A) 31X-XXXX
(0A) 32X-XXXX
+972 A 30X-XXXX
+972 A 31X-XXXX
+972 A 32X-XXXX
Hot (Altice)
(0A) 370-XXXX +972 A 370-XXXX Cellact
(0A) 371-XXXX +972 A 371-XXXX Exphone (Inoperative)
(0A) 372-XXXX +972 A 372-XXXX Partner (012smile)
(0A) 373-XXXX +972 A 373-XXXX Cellcom
(0A) 374-XXXX +972 A 374-XXXX Partner
(0A) 375-XXXX +972 A 375-XXXX Hallo 015
(0A) 376-XXXX +972 A 376-XXXX Bezeq International
(0A) 377-XXXX +972 A 377-XXXX Veidan
(0A) 379-XXXX +972 A 379-XXXX Bynet Businesses (Inoperative)
(0A) 5XX-XXXX
(0A) 6XX-XXXX
(0A) 7XX-XXXX
(0A) 8XX-XXXX
(0A) 9XX-XXXX
+972 A 5XX-XXXX
+972 A 6XX-XXXX
+972 A 7XX-XXXX
+972 A 8XX-XXXX
+972 A 9XX-XXXX
Bezeq

Cellular and mobile devices area code 05Edit

Local Format International format Operator
050 XXX-XXXX +972 50 XXX-XXXX Pelephone
051 XXX-XXXX +972 51 XXX-XXXX Exphone (Inoperative)
052 XXX-XXXX +972 52 XXX-XXXX Cellcom
053 XXX-XXXX +972 53 XXX-XXXX Hot mobile (Altice) [4]
054 XXX-XXXX +972 54 XXX-XXXX Partner (also operates 012mobile[5])
055 XXX-XXXX +972 55 XXX-XXXX Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO's)
055 2XX-XXXX +972 55 2XX-XXXX Cellcom (Formerly Home Cellular)
055 3XX-XXXX +972 55 3XX-XXXX Free Telecom (Inoperative)
055 4XX-XXXX +972 55 4XX-XXXX Cellran (Tadiran) (Inoperative)
055 5XX-XXXX +972 55 5XX-XXXX Sipme \ Gali Phone (Inoperative)
055 6XX-XXXX +972 55 6XX-XXXX Rami Levy
055 7XX-XXXX +972 55 7XX-XXXX Cellact
055 7XX-XXXX +972 55 7XX-XXXX Bynet Businesses (Inoperative)
055 8XX-XXXX +972 55 8XX-XXXX Pelephone (Formerly YouPhone)
055 9XX-XXXX +972 55 9XX-XXXX 019 Mobile (019 Telzar)
056 XXX-XXXX +972 56 XXX-XXXX Wataniya Mobile (in the Palestinian territories)
058 XXX-XXXX +972 58 XXX-XXXX Golan Telecom
059 XXX-XXXX +972 59 XXX-XXXX Jawwal (in the Palestinian territories)

Non-geographic nationwide area code 07Edit

Non-geographic nationwide area code can be used by Landline and VoIP operators.

Local Format International format Operator
072 2XX-XXXX
072 3XX-XXXX
+972 72 2XX-XXXX
+972 72 3XX-XXXX
Partner (012smile)
073 2XX-XXXX
073 3XX-XXXX
+972 73 2XX-XXXX
+972 73 3XX-XXXX
Cellcom
073 7XX-XXXX +972 73 7XX-XXXX Veidan
074 7XX-XXXX +972 74 7XX-XXXX Partner
076 5XX-XXXX +972 76 5XX-XXXX Bezeq International
076 8XX-XXXX +972 76 8XX-XXXX Bezeq
077 XXX-XXXX +972 77 XXX-XXXX Hot (Altice)
078 2XX-XXXX +972 78 2XX-XXXX Golan Telecom (Inoperative)
079 2XX-XXXX +972 79 2XX-XXXX Free Telecom (Inoperative)
079 3XX-XXXX +972 79 3XX-XXXX Bynet Businesses (Inoperative)
079 5XX-XXXX +972 79 5XX-XXXX Hallo 015
079 7XX-XXXX +972 79 7XX-XXXX Cellact
079 9XX-XXXX +972 79 9XX-XXXX 019 Telzar

Special numbersEdit

Special numbers include emergency and aid services, along with technical support and other provider services:[6]

100 - Police
101 - Ambulance Service
102 - Fire Fighters
103 - Electric Corporation
104 - Home Front Command (Information about how to act in war and earthquake)
106 - Municipal Call Center  <in most cities>
107 - Municipal Call Center  <in some cities>
108 - Municipal Call Center  <in some cities>
109 - Municipal Call Center  <in some cities>
110 - Police information service
118 - Ministry of Social Affairs emergency service
1201 - Mental health first aid
1255 XXX - Hospital Information Center <only in times of emergency>
*XXXX - (Star and 4 digits) Speed dial service
1234 - Bezeq-Card service (Bezeq lines only)
1455 - Speaking clock - Time and date in Israel and around the world
142 - Collect Call
144 - Telephone Listings Information
166 - Bezeq technical support
199 - Bezeq customer service
164 - Bezeq business customer service
1 599 XXX XXX - Business Toll
1 700 XXX XXX - Business Toll
1 80X XXX XXX - Toll Free
1 90X XXX XXX - Premium

Kosher numbersEdit

Kosher phones and networks are essentially phones with Haredi rabbinical approval that can be used for communication without entertainment functionality or connectivity. This is a line that has a pre-defined prefix and it is blocked to content that Haredi activists feel is not appropriate for their community. Such blocking includes cellular internet access, chat rooms, SMS, etc. It should not be imputed that other phones are not kosher according to Jewish law, as evidenced by the fact that a very large number - if not the majority - of observant Orthodox Jews worldwide do not restrict themselves to "kosher" phones; rather the description "kosher" phones is a loose one, implying an added level of stringency accepted by some communities.

The companies who provides "kosher numbers" allocated exclusive ranges for those lines, which are:

+972 (A) 80X-XXXX - Bezeq (When A = 2,3,4,8,9)
+972 50 41X-XXXX  - Pelephone
+972 52 71X-XXXX  - Cellcom, second range
+972 52 76X-XXXX  - Cellcom, first range
+972 53 31X-XXXX  - Hot Mobile
+972 54 84X-XXXX  - Partner, first range
+972 54 85X-XXXX  - Partner, second range
+972 58 32X-XXXX  - Golan Telecom
+972 55 67X-XXXX  - Rami Levy
+972 55 71X-XXXX  - Cellact
+972 55 98X-XXXX  - 019 Telzar
+972 72 29X-XXXX  - Partner (012smile)
+972 73 724-XXXX  - Veidan

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://genealogyindexer.org/view/1965Israel/1965Israel%20-%200196.pdf
  2. ^ http://genealogyindexer.org/view/1965Israel/1965Israel%20-%200005.pdf
  3. ^ Hospital emergency services available in +972 1255-XXX. Other emergency services available from abroad by its full number (full numbers can be found in the Internet).
  4. ^ Former prefix 057. Changed to 053 in November 2014.
  5. ^ "אודות 012 סמייל". www.012mobile.co.il. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Emergency numbers

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