Telephone numbers in Switzerland

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Telephone numbers in Switzerland are defined and assigned according to the Swiss telephone numbering plan administered by the Swiss Federal Office of Communications. The plan has changed many times, with the most recent major reorganization undertaken in March 2002.

Switzerland telephone numbers
Location
Country Switzerland
Continent Europe
Access codes
Country calling code +41
International call prefix 00
Trunk prefix 0

Plan of 2002[edit]

The current plan, designated E.164/2002, has been in effect since 2002. The E.164 numbering plan is a closed numbering plan.[1] Another major change from the previous system was the transition to a dial plan in which the area code is also required for local calls. The plan was amended a few times, e.g., the transition of numbering zone 01 into 044. The typical format for Swiss phone numbers is 0xx (area code) xxx xx xx. The "0" on the area code is dropped when dialing from overseas (+41 xx xxx xx xx).

National destination code[edit]

The national destination code (NDC) is the area code prefix for Swiss telephone numbers. Within Switzerland the trunk code 0 must be dialed before the NDC, while it is not needed from international locations.

The closed numbering plan prescribes that subscribers are assigned telephone numbers of a standard length of nine digits. Two formats are distinguished: 2 digits for the NDC and 7 digits for the subscriber number, and 3 digits for the NDC and 6 digits for the subscriber number. A few exceptions exist as described in the following table.

The numbers are portable between numbering zones (ZN) or between GSM/UTMS mobile operators, and therefore an NDC does not imply that the subscriber is in a particular zone or that he uses a particular mobile operator.

The national destination codes are the following.[2]

  • 1 – ZN Zurich (until 1 April 2007, replaced by 44)
  • 21 – ZN Lausanne
  • 22 – ZN Geneva
  • 24 – ZN Yverdon, Aigle
  • 26 – ZN Fribourg
  • 27 – ZN Sion
  • 31 – ZN Bern and surrounding areas.
  • 32 – ZN Biel/Bienne, Neuchâtel, Solothurn, Jura
  • 33 – ZN Berner Oberland
  • 34 – ZN Region Bern-Emme
  • 41 – ZN Central Switzerland (Luzern etc.)
  • 43 – ZN Zurich
  • 44 – ZN Zurich (formerly 1)
  • 51 – business telecommunication networks (SBB, CFF, FFS)
  • 52 – ZN Winterthur
  • 55 – ZN Rapperswil
  • 56 – ZN Baden
  • 58 – business telecommunication networks
  • 61 – ZN Region Basel
  • 62 – ZN Region Olten-Langenthal(Oberaargau)-Aargau-West
  • 71 – ZN Region Eastern Switzerland (St. Gallen etc.)
  • 74 – mobile services: paging services
  • 75 – mobile services: GSM / UMTS - Swisscom
  • 76 – mobile services: GSM / UMTS - Sunrise (with Yallo, Cablecom, talktalk, Lebara)
  • 77 – mobile services: GSM / UMTS - various (M-Budget, Tele2)
  • 78 – mobile services: GSM / UMTS - Orange (with CoopMobile)
  • 79 – mobile services: GSM / UMTS - Swisscom
  • 800 – freephone numbers
  • 81 – ZN Chur
  • 840 – shared-cost numbers
  • 842 – shared-cost numbers
  • 844 – shared-cost numbers
  • 848 – shared-cost numbers
  • 860 – voice mail access (+ 9 digits phone without the initial 0, i.e. +41 860 66 555 44 33 is the voice mail of +41 66 555 44 33)
  • 868 – test numbers - Not accessible from abroad
  • 869 – VPN access code ( + 3 - 10 digits)
  • 878 – personal numbers (UPT)
  • 900 – Premium rate service for business, marketing
  • 901 – Premium rate service for entertainment,
  • 906 – Premium rate service for adult entertainment
  • 91 – ZN Ticino
  • 98 – Inter-network routing numbers - Not accessible from abroad - Non diallable
  • 99 – Internal network numbers - Not accessible from abroad - Non diallable

Short numbers[edit]

Short dialing codes are assigned for special services or network features.[3][4]

  • 0 - Trunk prefix for calls within Switzerland
  • 00 – International call prefix
  • 1 – Short numbers, see table below (3, 4 or 5 digit length)
  • 107xx – Carrier selection code (+ national or international number)
  • 108xx – Carrier selection code (+ national or international number)
  • 111 – Directory Enquiries (no longer in service - replaced with 1811)
  • 112 – European emergency number (1-1-2)
  • 113 – .
  • 1141 – .
  • 1144 – .
  • 1145 – .
  • 1151 – .
  • 1152 – .
  • 1153 – .
  • 1154 – .
  • 1159 – .
  • 117 – Police
  • 118 – Fire brigade
  • 140 – Road assistance (TCS)
  • 1414 – Air ambulance (REGA - outside Valais)
  • 1415 – Air ambulance (Air Glaciers - Valais only)
  • 143 – Psychological assistance ("the Helping Hand")
  • 144 – Ambulance
  • 145 – Poisoning/intoxication emergency
  • 147 – Helpline for children
  • 1600 – Regional announcement voice mail
  • 161 – Speaking clock
  • 162 – Weather forecast and meteorological conditions
  • 163 – Traffic report and travel information
  • 164 – Sport news
  • 171 – Vermittlungsplaetze Stoerungsdienst
  • 175 – Phone failures
  • 176 – Feld Abfrage System
  • 187 – Info about snow avalanges
  • 188 – Info about exhibitions
  • 1811 – Directory enquiries (Swisscom)
  • 1818 - Directory enquiries
  • 1850 - International directory enquiries

Alternate proposed plan[edit]

Instead of E.164/2002, another more ambitious numbering plan was proposed. In this plan the prefix 0 was discarded, and the area codes were defined differently, with 20 to 49 for geographic areas, 50 to 59 reserved, 60-69 for nationwide numbering, 70-79 for mobile services, 80-89 for shared cost and toll free numbers, and 90 for premium rate services. The plan was not implemented because it required too many phone number and prefix changes, with associated high costs.

Changes[edit]

After 2002[edit]

The area code 01 was replaced with 044 (Zurich)

Between 1996 to 2002 (plan 2002)[edit]

On 29 March 2002 the Swiss dialling plan changed to a closed dialing plan, i.e. the zone prefix become mandatory also for local calls.

  • 058 - Corporate access (since 1st June 2000)

Until 1996 (plan 1996)[edit]

The previous plan removed a lot of area prefixes and added the seventh digit in phone numbers (usually a phone number (0cc) yx xx xx became (0dd) zzx xx xx).

  • 023 - Short prefix for some French regions
  • 025 - Chablais, since 2 November 1996 in 024
  • 026 - Martigny, since 2 November 1996 in 027
  • 028 - high Valais, since 2 November 1996 in 027
  • 029 - Greyerzerland/Pays d'Enhaut, since 2 November 1996 in 026
  • 030 - Zweisimmen, since 9 November 1996 in 033
  • 035 - Langnau im Emmental, since 9 November 1996 in 033
  • 036 - Interlaken, since 9 November 1996 in 033
  • 037 - Fribourg, since 9 November 1996 in 026
  • 038 - Neuchâtel, since 9 November 1996 in 032
  • 039 - La-Chaux-de-Fonds, since 9 November 1996 in 032
  • 040 - Telepage Swiss (pager)
  • 042 - Zug, since 23 March 1996 in 041
  • 043 - Schwyz, since 23 March 1996 in 041
  • 044 - Altdorf, since 23 March 1996 in 041
  • 045 - Sursee, since 23 March 1996 in 041
  • 046 - Toll free, moved into 155 and then into 0800
  • 051 - Zürich, moved into 01+7 digits, then replaced with 044
  • 053 - Schaffhausen, since 23 March 1996 in 052
  • 054 - Frauenfeld, since 23 March 1996 in 052
  • 057 - Wohlen, since 23 March 1996 in 056
  • 058 - Glarus, since 23 March 1996 in 055
  • 059 - Short prefix for German regions, also for parts of France surrounding Geneva and northern Italy
  • 061 - Basel
  • 062 - Olten
  • 063 - Langenthal, withdrawn and integrated into 062 Region Langenthal Oberaargau
  • 064 - Aarau withdrawn and integrated into 062 Region Aarau, Fricktal
  • 065 - Solothurn, since 9 November 1996 integrated into 032
  • 066 - Delémont, since 9 November 1996 integrated into 032
  • 067 - Short prefix for German regions
  • 068 - Short prefix for some German regions
  • 069 - Short prefix for some German regions
  • 071 - St. Gallen, 30 March 1996
  • 072 - Weinfelden, withdrawn and integrated into 071 Region Weinfelden (Thurgau) since 30 March 1996
  • 073 - Wil, withdrawn and integrated into 071 Region Wil since 30 March 1996
  • 074 - Wattwil, withdrawn and integrated into 071 Region Wattwil (Toggenburg) since 30 March 1996
  • 074 - Pager
  • 075 - Mobile phone "Natel D" (Swisscom)
  • 076 - Mobile phone Sunrise
  • 077 - Mobile phone "Natel C"
  • 078 - Mobile phone Orange (telecommunications)
  • 079 - Mobile phone "Natel D" (Swisscom)
  • 092 - Bellinzona, Misox and Calanca Valley (GR), withdrawn and integrated into 091 (Ticino)
  • 093 - Locarno, withdrawn and integrated into 091 (Ticino)
  • 094 - Leventina Valley, withdrawn and integrated into 091 (Ticino)

References[edit]

  1. ^ OFCOM (March 2010). "E.164 national numbering plan of Switzerland". Federal Office of Communications. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  2. ^ OFCOM (2009-05-05). "Number blocks and codes". Federal Office of Communications. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ eOFCOM (2009-05-05). "List of allocated numbers". Federal Office of Communications. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  4. ^ Swisscom (2009-05-05). "Service Numbers". Swisscom. Retrieved 2009-05-05. [dead link]