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 form 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 – all of Switzerland
  • 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 sequences 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 – Fireman / fire Rescue Service
  • 140 – TCS (car assistance)
  • 1414 – REGA (helicopter rescue, outside Valais)
  • 1415 – Air Glaciers (helicopter rescue, Valais only)
  • 143 – "The Helping Hand" (psychological assistance)
  • 144 – Ambulance service and medical assistance–
  • 145 – Poisoning/intoxication emergencies
  • 147 – Child help line
  • 1600 – Regional announcement voice mail
  • 161 – Speaking clock
  • 162 – Weather forecasts and meteorological conditions
  • 163 – Traffic reports and travel information
  • 164 – Sports news
  • 171 – Vermittlungsplaetze Stoerungsdienst
  • 175 – Stoerungsdienst
  • 176 – Feld Abfrage System
  • 187 – Lawinenbulletin
  • 188 – Info ueber Ausstellungen
  • 1811 – Directory Enquiries (Swisscom)
  • 1818 - Directory Enquiries
  • 1850 - International Directory Enquiries
  • 187 – Snow/avalanche threat information

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 zone code 01 is replaced with 044 (Zurich)

Between 1996 to 2002 (plan 2002)[edit]

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

  • 058 Corporate Access - Landesweite Firmennummer (since 1. June 2000)

Until 1996 (plan 1996)[edit]

The previous plan removed a lot of zone prefixes and at the same time added the seventh digit in the phone numbers (usually a phone number (0cc) yx xx xx become (0dd) zzx xx xx).

  • 023 short prefix for some region in France
  • 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 some region in Germany, 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 some region in Germany
  • 068 short prefix for some region in Germany
  • 069 short prefix for some region in Germany
  • 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 Liechtenstein, until 31 December 2000, now +423
  • 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]