Telephone numbers in Spain

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Spain telephone numbers
Location
Country Spain
Continent Europe
Regulator CMT
Type closed
Access codes
Country calling code +34
International call prefix 00
Trunk prefix none

The Spanish telephone numbering plan is the allocation of telephone numbers in Spain. It is regulated by Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT).

History[edit]

Spain changed to a closed telephone numbering plan in 1998. Previously, the trunk prefix was '9x[x]', but this was incorporated into the subscriber's number, so that a nine-digit number was used for all calls, e.g.:

xx[x] xx xx       (within the same province, until 1998)
9x[x] xx[x] xxxx      (within Spain)   
+34 9x[x] xx[x] xxxx   (outside Spain) 

Mobiles similarly changed: they are now prefixed with the digit '6' or '7':

 909 xxx xxx     (within Spain before 1998)
 +34 09 xxx xxx  (outside Spain before 1998) 
 +34 6xx xxx xxx (since 1998)
 +34 7yx xxx xxx (since 2009-10; note y cannot be 0 (zero) because this is allocated as a personal number, see below)

New numbering ranges have also since been introduced:

 10xx        Carrier selection codes
 5xx xxx xxx Personal Numbering
 8xx xxx xxx Geographic expansion 
 800 xxx xxx Freephone
 900 xxx xxx Freephone
 80x xxx xxx Shared cost 
 90x xxx xxx Shared cost 

Spain's international access code also changed from 07 to 00, but this did not affect dialing arrangements for calls to Gibraltar, in which the domestic prefix 9567 was used instead of the international code 350, e.g.:

 9567 xxxxx (Gibraltar from Spain) (before 2007)
 +350 xxxxx (Gibraltar from all other countries, including Spain since 2007)  
 +34 9567 xxxxx (Gibraltar via Spain (before 2007))

The old arrangement was discontinued on 10 February 2007 when Spain adopted the international 00350 prefix for all calls to Gibraltar. See Gibraltar telecom dispute.

Mobile Phones[edit]

Mobile phone numbers begin with 6 or 7, followed by 8 digits (6xx xxx xxx or 7yx xxx xxx), where y can be 1 to 9, not 0 (zero). Note, numbers starting with 70 are personal numbers which can be re-directed to any other number by the personal owner. Since the blocks of mobile phone numbers are allocated according to demand from the service providers, there is not necessarily a unique service provider indicated by the three digit numbering group (6xx or 7yx).

In October 2009, new legislation was approved to grant the allocation of up to 80,000,000 new numbers beginning with number 7 (followed by 8 digits) to supplement the existing group beginning with number 6 (followed by 8 digits); due to the lack of available numbers to satisfy the increasing demand for mobile phone and other mobile / wireless services.[1]

Personal Numbering[edit]

Personal numbers are used as redirection IDs. The owner of a personal number may request, for example, any call to its personal number to be redirected to any other number it wants.

Personal numbers begin with 5, followed by 8 digits.

Other numbers[edit]

  • Numbers starting with 2, 3, 4, 5, and 99 are reserved.
  • Numbers starting with 0 and 1 are used to compose short numbers or for prefixes.
  • Numbers starting with 80 and 90 are used for premium rates, toll free, and internet access numbers. 803, 806, and 807 prefixes are used for premium rate calls, where the caller pays a fixed amount of money per minute. 905 numbers are supposed to be used for voting systems. Calls have a limited duration (typically 3 minutes), and are charged a fixed rate per call. They are often used in TV shows as a substitutive of 80 numbers, both for image reasons and because operators are not obliged to block them on a user request, as 80 numbers are [2]
  • 900 numbers are freephone numbers in Spain from landlines but not from mobiles. 901 and 902 numbers are both Spanish versions of the European wide menace to competitive consumer phone call prices otherwise known as Non Geographic Numbers. These have been widely introduced by the call centres of large multinational European businesses. Unlike other normal Spanish phone numbers beginning 910 onwards 901 and 902 numbers are always excluded from inclusive call bundles on Spanish lanlines and mobiles and 902 numbers are also extremely expensive to call from Spanish mobiles where they typically cost 58 cents per minute plus a connection fee of up to 35 cents per call. 901 and 902 numbers are also premium rated if calling Spain from overseas and low cost international call carriers to Spain normally refuse to connect calls to 901 and 902 numbers.

Telephone prefixes[edit]

Spanish Prefix Map
Dialling codes of Spain in the early 1990s
National Destination Code Max length Min length Category or Province
0 3 3 Short Number
00 2 2 International Prefix
1 4 4 Short Number
103 6 4 Operator Selection
104 6 4 Operator Selection
105 6 4 Operator Selection
107 6 4 Operator Selection
112 3 3 Emergency Services
118 5 5 Directory assistance
5 9 9 Personal Numbering System
6 9 9 Cell phones
70 9 9 Personal Numbering System
71 9 9 Cell phones
72 9 9 Cell phones
73 9 9 Cell phones
74 9 9 Cell phones
75 9 9 Cell phones
76 9 9 Cell phones
77 9 9 Cell phones
78 9 9 Cell phones
79 9 9 Cell phones
800 9 9 Toll Free
803 9 9 Premium Rate (adult services)
806 9 9 Premium Rate (entertaining service)
807 9 9 Premium Rate (professional services)
822 9 9 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
824 9 9 Badajoz
828 9 9 Las Palmas
843 9 9 Gipuzkoa
848 9 9 Navarre
856 9 9 Cádiz
858 9 9 Granada
868 9 9 Murcia
871 9 9 Balearic Islands
872 9 9 Girona
873 9 9 Lleida
876 9 9 Zaragoza
877 9 9 Tarragona
881 9 9 A Coruña
886 9 9 Pontevedra
900 9 9 Toll Free
901 9 9 Shared-cost call
902 9 9 National Rate
905 9 9 Telephone Voting System
907 9 9 Premium Rate (data systems)
908 9 9 Internet Access
909 9 9 Internet Access
911 9 9 Madrid (Segovia and Guadalajara until 1993)
912 9 9 Madrid
913 9 9 Madrid
914 9 9 Madrid
915 9 9 Madrid
916 9 9 Madrid
917 9 9 Madrid
918 9 9 Madrid (Ávila until 1993)
920 9 9 Ávila
921 9 9 Segovia
922 9 9 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
923 9 9 Salamanca
924 9 9 Badajoz
925 9 9 Toledo
926 9 9 Ciudad Real
927 9 9 Cáceres
928 9 9 Las Palmas
931 9 9 Barcelona
932 9 9 Barcelona
933 9 9 Barcelona
934 9 9 Barcelona
935 9 9 Barcelona
936 9 9 Barcelona
937 9 9 Barcelona
938 9 9 Barcelona
940 9 9 Pager Services
941 9 9 La Rioja
942 9 9 Cantabria
943 9 9 Gipuzkoa
944 9 9 Biscay
945 9 9 Álava
946 9 9 Biscay
947 9 9 Burgos
948 9 9 Navarre
949 9 9 Guadalajara
950 9 9 Almería
951 9 9 Málaga
952 9 9 Málaga
953 9 9 Jaén
954 9 9 Seville
955 9 9 Seville
956 9 9 Cádiz
957 9 9 Córdoba
958 9 9 Granada
959 9 9 Huelva
960 9 9 Valencia
961 9 9 Valencia, Center of province
962 9 9 Valencia, South of province
963 9 9 Valencia, City and surroundings
964 9 9 Castellón
965 9 9 Alicante
966 9 9 Alicante
967 9 9 Albacete
968 9 9 Murcia
969 9 9 Cuenca
971 9 9 Balearic Islands
972 9 9 Girona
973 9 9 Lleida
974 9 9 Huesca
975 9 9 Soria
976 9 9 Zaragoza
977 9 9 Tarragona
978 9 9 Teruel
979 9 9 Palencia
980 9 9 Zamora
981 9 9 A Coruña
982 9 9 Lugo
983 9 9 Valladolid
984 9 9 Asturias
985 9 9 Asturias
986 9 9 Pontevedra
987 9 9 León
988 9 9 Ourense

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