Telephone numbers in Portugal

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Portugal telephone numbers
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Location of Portugal (dark green)
Location
Country Portugal
Continent Europe
Type Closed
NSN length 9
Access codes
Country calling code +351
International call prefix 00
Trunk prefix none

Portugal changed to a closed telephone numbering plan in 31 October 1999.[1] Previously, the trunk prefix was '0', but this was dropped.[1]

For landline subscribers, the area code, prefixed by the digit '2', was incorporated into the subscriber's number. For mobile subscribers, formerly seven (to call another subscriber using the same operator) or eleven (to call any mobile subscriber) digits were used.[1] For special number ranges, formerly ten digits were used, but the initial '0' was dropped.[1] These changes made that nine digits were used for all calls after 1999.[1]

Before 1999 Portugal Telecom controlled Portugal's entire landline telephone network.[2] In 16 December 1999 Anacom announced that the market would be opened to competitors in 1 January 2000.[2]

Geographic numbering[edit]

Numbering examples for Lisbon area:[1]

         xxx xxxx  (before 1999, within Lisbon)
      01 xxx xxxx  (before 1999, within Portugal, including Lisbon)
 +351  1 xxx xxxx  (before 1999, outside Portugal)
      21 xxx xxxx  (after 1999, within Portugal, including Lisbon)
 +351 21 xxx xxxx  (after 1999, outside Portugal)
 +351 xx xxx xxxx  (present day)

Mobile telephone numbering[edit]

Mobiles similarly changed, with the digits 9T replacing the prefix 093T, where T is a digit specific to a mobile operator, that can be 1 (Telecel, now Vodafone Portugal), 0, 2 or 6 (TMN/MEO) or 3 (Optimus/NOS):

          xxx xxxx  (before 1999 for Portuguese subscribers using the same mobile operator)
     093T xxx xxxx  (before 1999 within Portugal)
 +351 93T xxx xxxx  (before 1999 outside Portugal) 
       9T xxx xxxx  (after 1999 within Portugal)
 +351  9T xxx xxxx  (after 1999 outside Portugal)

Other numbering[edit]

New number ranges include:[3]

 10xx        Carrier selection codes
 884 xxx xxx Personal numbering
 882 xxx xxx Virtual card services 
 800 xxx xxx Freephone
 808 xxx xxx Shared cost
 809 xxx xxx Shared cost
 607 xxx xxx Premium rate
 30x xxx xxx VoIP carriers

Prefix list[edit]

Source: [4]

Area Prefix
Abrantes 241
Angra do Heroísmo 295
Arganil 235
Aveiro 234
Beja 284
Braga 253
Bragança 273
Caldas da Rainha 262
Castelo Branco 272
Castro Verde 286
Chaves 276
Coimbra 239
Covilhã 275
Estremoz 268
Évora 266
Faro 289
Figueira da Foz 233
Funchal 291
Guarda 271
Horta 292
Idanha-a-Nova 288
Leiria 244
Lisboa 21
Mealhada 231
Mirandela 278
Moncorvo 279
Moura 285
Odemira 283
Penafiel 255
Peso da Régua 254
Pombal 236
Ponta Delgada 296
Ponte de Sôr 242
Portalegre 245
Portimão 282
Porto 22
Proença-a-Nova 274
S. João da Madeira 256
Santarém 243
Santiago do Cacém 269
Seia 238
Setúbal 265
Tavira 281
Torres Novas 249
Torres Vedras 261
Valença 251
Viana do Castelo 258
Vila Franca de Xira 263
V. N. de Famalicão 252
Vila Real 259
Viseu 232

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Novo Plano Nacional de Numeração" (in Portuguese). 29 October 1999. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Serviço Fixo de Telefone liberalizado em 1 de Janeiro". www.anacom.pt (in Portuguese). 16 December 1999. 
  3. ^ "Pesquisa de recursos de numeração (Códigos/Serviços)". www.anacom.pt (in Portuguese). Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM). Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pesquisa de áreas geográficas". www.anacom.pt (in Portuguese). Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM). Retrieved 16 December 2016.