Telephone numbers in Taiwan

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Taiwan telephone numbers
Taiwan (orthographic projection).svg
Location
CountryTaiwan
ContinentAsia
RegulatorNCC
Typeopen
Access codes
Country calling code+886
International call prefix002, 005, 006, 007, 009, 019, 9002, 9005, 9006, 9007, 9009
Trunk prefix0

Telephone numbers in Taiwan use a system of area codes, beginning 02 to 08. The leading digit(s) following the area code denote the network operator (Chunghwa Telecom and its competitors). Mobile numbers begin 09. The international code for calls into Taiwan is 886.

Area codes[edit]

Source:[1]

The emergency numbers in Taiwan are 110 (police) and 119 (fire and ambulance services).

When making an inter-area long-distance call from within Taiwan, a long-distance prefix "0" is required. If calls are made from within the same area code, then the area code does not need to be included. Inter-area calls are defined as long-distance phone calls even when the two numbers have the same prefix.

If calls are made from outside Taiwan, the "0" of the area code prefix is omitted.

The following table of area codes includes this "0" prefix. The government reserves code 1 for Nanjing, the capital of the Republic of China according to the constitution, which it does not actually control.

Prefix Area[2] Divisions Digits Notes
02
Taipei Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City 8 Numbers that start with 2,3 and 8 are assigned to Chunghwa Telecom (ILEC-the main operator), Number ranges that start with 4, 5, 6 and 7 are competitive fixed network operators, such as Taiwan Fixed Network (TFN), New Century InfoComm LTD (NCIC), and Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), as Chunghwa Telecom no longer holds a monopoly in this market area.
03
Taoyuan Taoyuan City 7 starts with 2* (minor), 3 (Taoyuan District), 4* (Zhongli)

Numbers start with ranges 21, 22, 28 are assigned to (CHT), Numbers start with 25 (APT), 26 (TFN), and 27 (NCIC) belong to competitive local operators.

All numbers starting with 3 belong to Chunghwa Telecom, as CHT holds a monopoly in Taoyuan District.

Numbers that start with 4 are assigned to Chunghwa Telecom except ranges 405 (APT), 406 (TFN), and 449 (NCIC).

03
Hsinchu Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County 7 starts with 5 (major), 6* (minor)

Numbers start with 6 are assigned to CHT except 60 (APT), 61 (TFN), 62 (NCIC).

03
Hualien Hualien County 7 starts with 8*

Number ranges that start with 800, 805,and 890 belong to APT, TFN,and NCIC respectively.

All other numbers that start with 8 are assigned to the dominant fixed-line operator (Chunghwa Telecom).

03
Yilan Yilan County 7 starts with 9

All number ranges are assigned to Chunghwa Telecom except numbers starting with 900 (APT), 905-906 (TFN), 910 (NCIC).

037
Miaoli Miaoli County 6
04
Taichung Taichung City 8 starts with 22-24 & 270 (urban area), 25 (Fengyuan, including Zhuolan, Miaoli), 26 (Dajia and Shalu), 3 (minor)
04
Changhua Changhua County 7 starts with 7 (Changhua City), 8 (Yuanlin)
049
Nantou Nantou County 7 starts with 2, including Fenyuan, Changhua, 5-7 (minor)
05
Chiayi Chiayi City, Chiayi County 7 starts with 2 (Chiayi City and Minxiong), 3 (Dongshi)
05
Yunlin Yunlin County 7 starts with 5 (Douliu), 6 (Huwei), 7 (Beigang)
06
Tainan Tainan City 7 starts with 2 & 3 (urban area), 5 (Xinhua and Shanhua), 6 (Xinying), 7 (Jiali)
06
Penghu Penghu County 7 starts with 9
07
Kaohsiung Kaohsiung City 7 including the Pratas Islands and the Spratly Islands

(Note: 070 prefix is used for VOIP phone services, these numbers are 8 digits instead of 7).

08
Pingtung Pingtung County 7 starts with 7 (Pingtung City and Chaozhou), 8 (Donggang and Hengchun)
082
Kinmen Kinmen County 6 mainly starts with 3
0826
Wuqiu Wuqiu Township 5 starts with 6
0836
Matsu Lienchiang County 5 starts with 2 (Nangan), 5(Beigan), 7 (Dongyin), 8 (Juguang)
089
Taitung Taitung County 6

Mobile phones[edit]

Taiwan mobile phone numbers always begin with 09 followed by 8 digits (e.g. 0918909875). The 0 is omitted when calling a Taiwan mobile phone number from outside Taiwan (e.g. +886 970699044). If calling a landline within Taiwan from a local Taiwan mobile phone, the 0 of area code prefix must be included (e.g. 0 + area code + 8 digit landline number).

Prefixes: (09)XXXX-XXXX

090-098 Mobile Phones (090 range is mostly used for wireless data services, M2M).

Toll-free and premium rate[edit]

Toll-free numbers begin with the prefix 0800.[3]

Numbers in the 020x prefix are used for value-added services:[4]

Prefix Purpose
0201 Voting services
0203 Bulk announcements
0204 Premium rate numbers

International dialing codes[edit]

International dialing codes are assigned by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to its member states and their dependencies. However, as Taiwan was not an ITU member state, it had to be allocated the code 886 unofficially, with the ITU listing the code as 'reserved' until 2006.[5] However, in that year, it formally allocated the code to "Taiwan, China".[6] Until the late 1970s, Taiwan used the code 866, but the 86 code was reassigned to the People's Republic of China in conformity with the ITU's official membership, forcing Taiwan to utilize another code for countries that wished to maintain direct dial connections.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The assignment of number prefixes by Fixed-Line telephone operators.(In Chinese language only)" (PDF). National Communications Commission of Taiwan.
  2. ^ Chunghwa Telecom
  3. ^ "Chunghwa Telecom". www.cht.com.tw (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  4. ^ "Chunghwa Telecom". www.cht.com.tw (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  5. ^ List of ITU-T Recommendation E.164, Assigned Country Codes, (Position on 1 May 2005)
  6. ^ ITU Operational Bulletin, No. 870 – 4
  7. ^ The story of Taiwan's calling code, Taipei Times, 5 October 2010

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