Telephone numbers in Belize
- Country calling code: +501
- International call prefix: 00
- National significant numbers (NSN): seven digits.
Changes in late 2005
|New Mobile Allocations|
|Mobile series||Service / Type||Type||Test numbers|
|622 XXXX||SpeedNet CDMA Mobile Service||Prepaid cellular||+501 622 0011|
|623 XXXX||SpeedNet CDMA Mobile Service||Prepaid cellular||+501 623 0011|
|624 XXXX||GSM Mobile Service||+501 624 0011|
|625 XXXX||GSM Mobile Service||+501 625 0011|
International dialing format: +501 ZNY XXXX, where:
|N||Type of service code|
|0 & 20-21, 22-23||BTL Prepaid Mobile|
|0||BTL Prepaid PSTN and Payphones|
|1||BTL Postpaid Mobile|
|2||BTL Postpaid PSTN|
|Y||First digit of customer's telephone number|
Changes in early 2005
Two new User Group/Platform classifications for N were introduced in 2005 in the National Destination Code (NDC) for the implementation of Speednet's CDMA mobile cellular network:
- 6 = Prepaid
- 7 = Postpaid Mobile
The format is: ZNY + XXXX, where: ZNY = Destination Code
- Z = 6 – Countrywide Mobile Roaming
- N = 6 – Prepaid/Payphone
- N = 7 – Postpaid Mobile
|List of Allocations|
|Initial Number||End Number||Observations|
|6600010||6609998||Prepaid Mobile Service|
|6610001||6619998||Prepaid Mobile Service|
|6700010||6709998||Postpaid Mobile Service|
|6710001||6719998||Postpaid Mobile Service|
Changes in 2004
|District||Locality||New subscriber numbers||Use|
|Stann Creek||Dangriga||521 XXXX||Post-paid|
GSM mobile prepaid services
- The format is: ZNY + XXXX, where:
- ZNY = National Destination Code (NDC)
- Z = 6 (countrywide mobile roaming)
- N = 2 (prepaid)
- Y = 0, 1
|Initial Number||Number Series||Observations|
|620 0001||620 0009||Reserved|
|620 0010||620 9998||Prepaid GSM Mobile Service|
|621 0001||621 9998||Prepaid GSM Mobile Service|
The PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) with “0” as second digit, and mobile numbers with “0”or “2” as second digit, are restricted from accepting collect calls.
Changes in 2002
National numbering plan
The revised national numbering plan was designed and designated with:
- +CCC + NDC + SN or +CCC + ZNY + XXXX
- CCC = Country Code
- ZNY = National Destination Code (NDC)
- Z = (1 – 9) Geographic or District Code
- N = (0 – 9) User Group / Platform Code
- Y = (0 – 9) (Carry over first digit from existing and virtual five-digit number – YXXXX)
- XXXX = Subscriber Number (SN) [(0)0000 – (9)9999]
+CCC + ZNY + XXXX
Z = Geographic or district code (1 – 9)
- 0 – Reserved
- 1 – Reserved
- 2 – Belize District
- 3 – Orange Walk District
- 4 – Corozal District
- 5 – Stann Creek District
- 6 – Countrywide Mobile Roaming by all mobile service providers
- 7 – Toledo District
- 8 – Cayo District (including Belmopan, San Ignacio and Benque Viejo)
- 9 – Reserved
- N = User Group/Platform classification/Identification for the respective service providers, where N = 0 – 9
- 0 = PrePay (e.g. Prepaid/Pay phone for a specified service provider)
- 1 = Mobile (e.g. Mobile for a specific service provider)
- 2 = PSTN (e.g. Public Switched Telecommunication Network for a specific service provider)
- 3 = Reserved
- 4 = Reserved
- 5 = Reserved
- 6 = Reserved
- 7 = Reserved
- 8 = Reserved
- 9 = Reserved
- Y = First digit of a virtual five-digit subscriber number and/or first digit of present five-digit subscriber numbers – (0 – 9)
XXXX = Subscriber numbers (0000 – 9999)
- Potential numbers with 0000 and 9999 will be reserved
- Assigned numbers will start from 00010
- Assigned numbers will stop at 99998
- Subscribers/Customers will be required to dial seven (7) digits for all local calls whether within the same area or district or to another area or district.
Application and examples
Present number for
- Belize City – 222 4940
- Belmopan – 822 2692
- Middle digit “2” identifies BTL’s Public Switch Telecommunication Network (PSTN).
Present number for
- Customer in Belize City – 02 24940
- Belmopan – 08 22692
- Service being provided by the PSTN of another service provider
- Belize City – 242 4940
- Belmopan – 842 2692
- Middle digit “4” identifies other service provider’s Public Switch Telecommunication Network (PSTN).
- Belize Telecommunication Ltd present number: 0149076
- New number will be 614 9076 – Country wide.
- Number digit “1” identifies Belize Telecommunication Ltd.
- Mobile cellular service by another service provider for same subscriber will be 654 9076.
- Number digit “5” identifies the other service provider.
- The choice of dialling the middle digit “1” or middle digit “5” will be that of the consumer and would be based on service cost and interconnection arrangements.
Changes prior to spring 1996
Approx 1996 to April 2002
As of early 1996, AT&T and other reliable sources indicated that Belize had recently changed its switching arrangements for incoming international calls so that all locations in the country required an area code to be dialed.
The area codes were still of varying length, followed by numbers of a more fixed length than before. Belize City now required an area code of 2 in order to be dialed, while the digit 0 was deleted from all other area codes when calling from outside the country.
Belize City was 2, Caye Caulker was 22, Ladyville was 25, San Pedro was 26, Burrell Boom was 28, and other outlying areas around Belize City were 21. Presumably, no Belize City number would begin with 1, 2, 5, 6 or 8 in order to avoid confusion in the switch (e.g. 28-8012 could be mistaken as 2-88012).
Pre 1996 (approximate)
Prior to this change, and starting at least no later than 1980, Belize City was dialed as +501 then the local five digit number. Other locations were dialed as +501, then an area code starting with 0, then the local number. The arrangement indicated that incoming international calls reached the Belize City exchange, from which a further call was dialed as if the international caller was in Belize City.
The telephone network was developed during the late 1960s and 1970s with installation of modern exchanges to replace older networks, and to tie them together into a long-distance network using area codes. Neither the local numbers nor the area codes were of standard length, though larger towns tended to have a single digit after the 0.
Rural areas outside of a town usually had a separate area code, longer than that of the town, but beginning with the same digit.
For example, Orange Walk Town was 03, but its suburbs and outlying area was 031; no Orange Walk telephone number would begin with 1.
- "National Numbering Plan: Belize", International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 20 July 2006.