Telephone numbers in Israel

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Israel telephone numbers
Location
Country Israel
Continent Asia
Regulator Israeli Ministry of Communications
Type closed
NSN length 8 or 9
Access codes
Country calling code +972
International call prefix 00 or 01x
Trunk prefix 0

Until the 1990s, telephone numbers in Israel had 6 digits (except in its early days), and until the 2000s, there were 8 area codes allocated to Bezeq, by region. Currently numbers have seven digits and Bezeq controls 6 area codes - 02 (Jerusalem), 03 (Gush Dan), 04 and 06 (Haifa and northern areas) were merged, as well as 07 (south), 08 (Shfela) and 09 (Sharon). Israel's country calling code is +972.

With the influence of VOIP long distance was deregulated in Israel. According to the Israel Ministry of Communication a VOIP number may be ported to a landline carrier and vice versa providing the option to have, say, a northern number in the south of the country. Numbers may not be ported, say, from the north to the south of the country on the same kind of line (e.g., VOIP to VOIP or landline to landline). Mobile number portability between cellular providers was introduced in late 2007.

The format for calls to landlines within the same area code is XXX-XXXX. For calls to a landline outside the local area, the area code is prefixed and the format becomes (0Y) XXX-XXXX for calls to landlines, where "0Y" is the area code. The format for calls to mobile and VOIP lines is 0YZ-XXX-XXXX, where "0YZ" is the mobile or VOIP indicator. When calling from outside of Israel, the leading "0" in area codes is not dialed, and the format is +972-Y-XXX-XXXX for calls to landlines, or +972-YZ-XXX-XXXX for calls to mobile and VOIP lines.

Structure and format[edit]

Prefix Service type Local format International format
00, 01 International dialing codes (from Israel to other countries) 00 or 01X
02, 03, 04, 08, 09 Geographic area codes (0A) XXX-XXXX +972 A XXX-XXXX
05 Area code for cellular and mobile devices 05X XXX-XXXX +972 5X XXX-XXXX
07 Non-Geographic area code for landline, VoIP and VoC services 07X XXX-XXXX +972 7X XXX-XXXX
10, 11, 12 Short codes for emergency services 10X or 11X or 12XX Not available from abroad[1]
151 Voice mail 151-X(X) XXX-XXXX +972 151-X(X) XXX-XXXX
153 Fax mail 153-X(X) XXX-XXXX +972 153-X(X) XXX-XXXX
1599 Business Toll 1 599 XXX-XXX +972 1599 XXX-XXX
1700 Business Toll 1 700 XXX-XXX +972 1700 XXX-XXX[2]
180X Toll-free 1 80X XXX-XXX +972 180X XXX-XXX[3]
19XX Premium Rate services 1 9XX XXX-XXX Not available from abroad

International access codes[edit]

For calling from Israel to another country: choose operator, and dial its international access code, then dial destination country code and then the rest of the local number.

  • 00 or + – short code (only registered customers)
  • 012 – 012 Smile service
  • 013 – 013 Netvision service
  • 014 – Bezeq International service
  • 015 – Hallo 015 service
  • 016 – Golan Telecom service
  • 017 – Hot Mobile service
  • 018 – Exphone service
  • 019 – Telzar service

Area codes[edit]

The leading 0 trunk code is not dialed from abroad.
Due to mobile number portability, a mobile phone with a prefix of one provider can be associated with a different provider.

Geographic area codes[edit]

When dialing within one of the geographical area codes (02,03,04,08,09) the prefix can be dropped (so instead of dialing (03) xxx-xxxx you can dial xxx-xxxx).

(02) XXX-XXXX Jerusalem area code
(03) XXX-XXXX Tel Aviv & Central area code
(04) XXX-XXXX Haifa & Northern area code
(08) XXX-XXXX Lowland & Southern area code
(09) XXX-XXXX Sharon area code

In the geographic area codes, first digits of the local number are identifying service operator:

(0Y) 2XX-XXXX Paltel (In the Palestinian Territories)
(0Y) 30X-XXXX
(0Y) 31X-XXXX
(0Y) 32X-XXXX
Hot
(0Y) 372-XXXX 012 Smile (Partner)
(0Y) 373-XXXX Cellcom
(0Y) 374-XXXX Partner
(0Y) 376-XXXX Bezeq International
(0Y) 377-XXXX Veidan
(0Y) 5XX-XXXX
(0Y) 6XX-XXXX
(0Y) 7XX-XXXX
(0Y) 8XX-XXXX
(0Y) 9XX-XXXX
Bezeq

Cellular and mobile devices area code[edit]

Number Operator
050-XXX-XXXX
055-8XX-XXXX
Pelephone
052-XXX-XXXX Cellcom
053-XXX-XXXX Hot mobile[4]
054-XXX-XXXX Partner
055-XXX-XXXX Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO's)
055-2XX-XXXX Home Cellular
055-6XX-XXXX Rami Levy Communications
055-7XX-XXXX Cellact
055-9XX-XXXX 019 Mobile (Telzar 019)
056-XXX-XXXX Wataniya Mobile (in the Palestinian territories)
058-XXX-XXXX Golan Telecom
059-XXX-XXXX Jawwal (in the Palestinian territories)

Non-geographic nationwide area code (Landline and VoIP)[edit]

Number Operator
072-2XX-XXXX
072-3XX-XXXX
012 Smile (Partner)
073-2XX-XXXX
073-3XX-XXXX
Cellcom
073-7XX-XXXX Veidan
074-7XX-XXXX Partner
076-5XX-XXXX Bezeq International
076-8XX-XXXX Bezeq
077-XXX-XXXX Hot
079-5XX-XXXX Hallo 015
079-7XX-XXXX Cellact
079-9XX-XXXX Telzar 019

Special numbers[edit]

Special numbers include emergency and aid services, along with technical support and other provider services:[5]

  • 100 - Police
  • 101 - Ambulance Service
  • 102 - Fire Fighters
  • 103 - Electric Corporation
  • 104 - Home Front Command (Information about how to act in war and earthquake)
  • 106 - Municipal Call Center <in most cities>
  • 107 - Municipal Call Center <in some cities>
  • 108 - Municipal Call Center <in some cities>
  • 109 - Municipal Call Center <in some cities>
  • 110 - Police information service
  • 118 - Ministry of Social Affair's emergency service
  • 1201 - Mental health first aid
  • 1255 XXX - Hospital Information Center <only in times of emergency>
  • *XXXX - (Star and 4 digits) Speed dial service
  • 1234 - Bezeq-Card service (Bezeq lines only)
  • 1455 - Speaking clock - Time and date in Israel and around the world
  • 142 - Collect Call
  • 144 - Telephone Listings Information
  • 166 - Bezeq technical support
  • 199 - Bezeq customer service
  • 164 - Bezeq business customer service
  • 1 599 XXX XXX - Business Toll
  • 1 700 XXX XXX - Business Toll
  • 1 80X XXX XXX - Toll Free
  • 1 90X XXX XXX - Premium
  • Note - The Israeli telecommunication infrastructure is available and used extensively in the Palestinian Territories too.

Kosher numbers[edit]

Kosher phones and networks are essentially phones with Haredi rabbinical approval that can be used for communication without entertainment functionality or connectivity. This is a line that has a pre-defined prefix and it is blocked to content that Haredi activists feel is not appropriate for their community. Such blocking includes cellular internet access, chat rooms, SMS, etc. It should not be imputed that other phones are not kosher according to Jewish law, as evidenced by the fact that a very large number - if not the majority - of observant Orthodox Jews worldwide do not restrict themselves to "kosher" phones; rather the description "kosher" phones is a loose one, implying an added level of stringency accepted by some communities.

Some mobile plans include a large allocation of minutes to kosher numbers, which are:

Additional numbers currently not in use[edit]

Number Reserved for operator Type of service
(0A) 371-XXXX Exphone Landline service in geographic area codes
071-8XX-XXXX Exphone Landline service in non-geographic area code
051-XXX-XXXX Exphone Cellular phone service
078-2XX-XXXX Golan Telecom Landline service in non-geographic area code
079-2XX-XXXX Free Telecom Landline service in non-geographic area code
055-32X-XXXX
055-33X-XXXX
Free Telecom Cellular phone service in virtual network
0101 or 0111 Free Telecom Code for international calls
079-5XX-XXXX Rami Levy Communications \ Hallo 015 Landline service in non-geographic area code
055-44X-XXXX
055-45X-XXXX
Ituran \ Cellran Cellular phone service in virtual network
055-54X-XXXX
055-55X-XXXX
T2T Cellular phone service in virtual network
055-58X-XXXX
055-59X-XXXX
Sipme \ Gali Phone Cellular phone service in virtual network
055-76X-XXXX
055-77X-XXXX
Bynet Semech Cellular phone service in virtual network
0110 Home Cellular Code for international calls
1-200-XXX-XXX Televoting service
1-212-XXX-XXX Telephone survey service
1-705-XXX-XXX Pager ("Beeper") service

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hospital emergency services available in +972 1255-XXX. Other emergency services available from abroad by its full number (full numbers can be found in the Internet).
  2. ^ Usually not available from abroad
  3. ^ Usually not available from abroad
  4. ^ Former prefix 057. Changed to 053 in November 2014.
  5. ^ Emergency numbers

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