Telephone numbers in Israel
|Regulator||Israeli Ministry of Communications|
|NSN length||8 or 9|
|Country calling code||+972|
|International call prefix||00 or 01x|
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.
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)"
Until the 1990s, telephone numbers in Israel had 6 digits (except in its early days), and until the 2000s, there were 8 area codes allocated to Bezeq, by region. Currently numbers have seven digits and Bezeq controls 6 area codes - 2 (Jerusalem), 3 (Gush Dan), 4 and 6 (Haifa and northern areas) were merged, as well as 7 (south), 8 (Shfela) and 9 (Sharon).
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 between cellular providers 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, 01||International call prefix (from Israel to other countries)||00 or 01x|
|2, 3, 4, 8, 9||Geographic area codes||(0A) XXX-XXXX||+972 A XXX-XXXX|
|5||Area code for cellular and mobile devices||05N XXX-XXXX||+972 5N XXX-XXXX|
|7||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|
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.
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).
- Typical format for a landline number is "+972-A-XXX-XXXX"
2 - Jerusalem District area code 3 - Tel Aviv District & Central District area code 4 - Haifa District & Northern District area code 8 - Lowland & Southern District area code 9 - Sharon area code
In the geographic area codes, first digits of the local number are identifying service operator: A-2XX-XXXX - Paltel (In the Palestinian Territories) A-30X-XXXX - Hot A-31X-XXXX - Hot A-32X-XXXX - Hot A-372-XXXX - 012smile (Partner) A-373-XXXX - Cellcom A-374-XXXX - Partner A-376-XXXX - Bezeq International A-377-XXXX - Veidan A-5XX-XXXX - Bezeq A-6XX-XXXX - Bezeq A-7XX-XXXX - Bezeq A-8XX-XXXX - Bezeq A-9XX-XXXX - Bezeq
Cellular and mobile devices area codeEdit
- Typical format for a mobile phone number is "+972-5N-XXX-XXXX"
50 - Pelephone 52 - Cellcom 53 - Hot mobile54 - Partner (also operates 012mobile on 54-6) 55-X - Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO's) 55-2 - Home Cellular 55-6 - Rami Levy 55-7 - Cellact 55-8 - YouPhone (merged now with Pelephone) 55-9 - 019 Telzar 56 - Wataniya Mobile (in the Palestinian territories) 58 - Golan Telecom 59 - Jawwal (in the Palestinian territories)
Non-geographic nationwide area codeEdit
Non-geographic nationwide area code can be used by Landline and VoIP operators.
- Typical format for a VoIP number is "+972-7N-XXX-XXXX"
Special numbers include emergency and aid services, along with technical support and other provider services:
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 Note - The Israeli telecommunication infrastructure is available and used extensively in the Palestinian Territories too.
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.
Some mobile plans include a large allocation of minutes to kosher numbers, which are:
+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 (official kosher numbers; introduced 2014-01-01) +972 58 31X XXXX - Golan Telecom (not officially kosher) +972 58 37X XXXX - Golan Telecom (not officially kosher)
Additional numbers currently not in useEdit
|Number||Reserved for operator||Type of service|
|(0A) 371-XXXX||Exphone||Landline service in geographic area codes|
|071-8XX-XXXX||Exphone||Landline service in non-geographic area code|
|051-XXX-XXXX||Exphone||Cellular phone service|
|078-2XX-XXXX||Golan Telecom||Landline service in non-geographic area code|
|079-2XX-XXXX||Free Telecom||Landline service in non-geographic area code|
|Free Telecom||Cellular phone service in virtual network|
|0101 or 0111||Free Telecom||Code for international calls|
|079-5XX-XXXX||Rami Levy Communications \ Hallo 015||Landline service in non-geographic area code|
|Ituran \ Cellran||Cellular phone service in virtual network|
|T2T||Cellular phone service in virtual network|
|Sipme \ Gali Phone||Cellular phone service in virtual network|
|Bynet Semech||Cellular phone service in virtual network|
|0110||Home Cellular||Code for international calls|
|1-212-XXX-XXX||Telephone survey service|
|1-705-XXX-XXX||Pager ("Beeper") service|
- 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).
- Former prefix 057. Changed to 053 in November 2014.
- "אודות 012 סמייל". www.012mobile.co.il. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
- Emergency numbers
- Israel Ministry of Communication
- Presentation of E.164 National Numbering For Country Code 972 (Israel), Update August 2007, Israel Ministry of Communication
- Israel Ministry of Communications numbering program (Hebrew)
- Shortened business numbers (star numbers) at the Israel Ministry of Communications (Hebrew)
- Change of 057 prefix to 053 (Hebrew)