Telephone numbers in Uruguay

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Telephone numbers in Uruguay
ContinentSouth America
NSN length8
Access codes
Country code+598
International access00

Telephone numbers in Uruguay use the calling code +598. In 2010, national long distance calling was eliminated, and area codes were dropped.

ANTEL (Spanish abbreviation for National Administration of Telecommunications) is Uruguay's state-owned company for telecommunications.


Original phone numbers had between 4 and 7 digits. To make a local phone call, those digits were all that were necessary. To make a call between two cities from different departments, required dialing zero, an area code, and the local number.

On August 29, 2010, all phone numbers were changed 8 digits, according to the National Numbering Plan. Area codes were eliminated. This plan was implemented by URSEC (Spanish abbreviation for Regulator Unit of Services of Communications).

National Numbering Plan[edit]

Montevideo metropolitan area[edit]

In the metropolitan area, national numbers begin with 2. This 8-digit number consists of the former area code (2), followed by the old 7-digit number.


Area code Former number Current number
2 204 5199 2204 5199
2 628 8327 2628 8327
2 908 1350 2908 1350

Outside Montevideo[edit]

In the rest of the country, national numbers begin with 4. This 8-digit number consists of the number 4, followed by the former area code, followed by the old phone number. For example:


Former area code Former number Current number
52 24999 4522 4999

The department of Maldonado is an exception: the 8-digit number consists of the former area code 42, followed by the old phone number, with no additional digit 4 set before:

San Carlos (Maldonado Department)

Former area code Former number Current number
42 668350 4266 8350

International calling[edit]

For calls from outside the country into Uruguay, the country code (+598) is prefixed to the 8-digit national number, while replacing the "+" with the international calling prefix used in the originating country.


Call to Montevideo[edit]

Current number Dialed from outside Uruguay
2204 5199 +598 2204 5199

Call to Colonia[edit]

Current number Dialed from outside Uruguay
4522 4999 +598 4522 4999

Former area codes and corresponding new telephone numbers[edit]

City Former area code Current number
Canelones, Canelones 33 433x xxxx
Maldonado, Maldonado 42 42xx xxxx
Rocha, Rocha 47 447x xxxx
Treinta y Tres, Treinta y Tres 45 445x xxxx
Melo, Cerro Largo 64 464x xxxx
Rivera, Rivera 62 462x xxxx
Artigas, Artigas 77 477x xxxx
Salto, Salto 73 473x xxxx
Paysandú, Paysandú 72 472x xxxx
Fray Bentos, Río Negro 56 456x xxxx
Mercedes, Soriano 53 453x xxxx
Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia 52 452x xxxx
San José de Mayo, San José 34 434x xxxx
Trinidad, Flores 364 4364 xxxx
Florida, Florida 35 435x xxxx
Minas, Lavalleja 44 444x xxxx
Durazno, Durazno 36 436x xxxx
Tacuarembó, Tacuarembó 63 463x xxxx
Montevideo, Montevideo none 2xxx xxxx

Mobile telephony[edit]

When mobile telephony arrived in Uruguay, Movicom BellSouth was the only service provider. Mobile phone numbers began with digits 09, followed by 6 digits: 09xxxxxx.

In 1994, ANTEL started its own mobile phone service, creating Ancel, which later merged into Antel. This created a numbering change for mobile telephony. One number was assigned to each company to identify their numbers. This digit varied between 09 and the number. Movicom was assigned to 4, and Ancel to 9. Movicom numbers changed to 094xxxxxx, and new Ancel numbers became 099xxxxxx.

In 2003, Claro came to Uruguay (originally as CTI Móvil). Numbers of this company were prefixed by 096: 096xxxxxx.

In 2004, Telefónica bought Movicom Bellsouth and changed its name to Movistar.

When the companies reached one million users, they had to be assigned other prefixes.

  • Movistar (TELEFONICA MOVILES DE URUGUAY S.A.): 094, 095 and 093.
  • Claro (AM WIRELESS URUGUAY S.A.): 096 and 097.

URSEC has reserved 084, 089 and 086 for a possible future use.

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