Telephone numbers in Spain

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Spain telephone numbers
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Location
Country Spain
Continent Europe
RegulatorCMT
Typeclosed
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 was previously regulated by the Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT), but is now regulated by the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC).

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History

Before 1998, local telephone calls could be made using only the subscriber's number without the area code, while the trunk code '9' was omitted when calling from outside Spain, e.g.: [1]

xx[x] xx xx     (within the same province)  9xx xxx xxx     (within Spain)    +34 xx xxx xxx  (outside Spain)

International calls were made by dialling the international access code 07, waiting for a tone, and then dialling the country code. [2] However, calls to Gibraltar were made using the prefix '956' for the province of Cádiz, followed by the digit '7', instead of the country code +350, e.g: [3]

7 xx xxx     (from Cádiz) 956 7 xx xxx (from the rest of Spain) 

Similarly, calls to Andorra were made using the prefix '973' for the province of Lleida followed by the digit '8', [4] e.g:

8 xx xxx        (from Lleida)  9738 xx xxx     (from Spain)    

It was also possible to call Andorra from other countries via Spain using the prefix +34 738 instead of via France using the prefix +33 628. [5] However, on 17 December 1994, Andorra adopted its own country code +376, with '8' being added to the subscriber's five-digit number, meaning that international dialling was required from Spain, e.g: [6]

9738 xx xxx   (before 17 December 1994)  07376 8xx xxx (after 17 December 1994)

Mobile phone numbers began with the prefix '90', e.g: [7]

90x xxx xxx     (within Spain)    +34 0x xxx xxx  (outside Spain)

Current numbering plan

On 1 December 1998, Spain changed to a new telephone numbering plan. [8] Under the closed numbering plan with the trunk prefix '9' being incorporated into the subscriber's number, so that a nine-digit number was used for all calls, e.g.: [9]

9xx xxx xxx      (within Spain)    +34 9xx xxx xxx  (outside Spain)

Mobiles similarly changed, and were now prefixed with the digit '6':

908 xxx xxx     (within Spain before 1998)  +34 08 xxx xxx  (outside Spain before 1998)   +34 608 xxx xxx (since 1998) [10] 

New numbering ranges have also since been introduced:

10xx        Carrier selection codes  5xx xxx xxx Personal Numbering  7yx xxx xxx (since 2009–2010; note y cannot be 0 (zero) because this is allocated as a personal number, see below)  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 dialling arrangements for calls to Gibraltar, with the 9567 prefix being retained. [11] In addition, it was possible to call Gibraltar from other countries via Spain using the prefix +34 9567. [12] However, on 10 February 2007, Spain adopted the international prefix 00350 for all calls to Gibraltar, thereby bringing end to a dispute between Gibraltar and Spain. [13] Consequently, numbers with the prefix 9567 were withdrawn from use, and made available for reassignment to subscribers in Spain. [14]

Mobile phones

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. [15]

Personal numbering

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

Area codes

Spanish prefix map Prefijos telefonicos en Espana.svg
Spanish prefix map
Dialling codes of Spain in the early 1990s Prefijos en Espana en los anos 90.svg
Dialling codes of Spain in the early 1990s
National Destination CodeMax lengthMin lengthCategory or Province
033Short Number
0022International Prefix
144Short Number
10364Operator Selection
10464Operator Selection
10564Operator Selection
10764Operator Selection
11233Emergency Services
11855 Directory assistance
599 Personal Numbering System
699Mobile phones
7099 Personal Numbering System
7199Mobile phones
7299Mobile phones
7399Mobile phones
7499Mobile phones
7599Mobile phones
7699Mobile phones
7799Mobile phones
7899Mobile phones
7999Mobile phones
80099Toll Free
80399Premium Rate (adult services)
80699Premium Rate (entertaining service)
80799Premium Rate (professional services)
82299 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
82499 Badajoz
82899 Las Palmas
84399 Gipuzkoa
84899 Navarre
85099 Almería
85699 Cádiz
85899 Granada
86899 Murcia
87199 Balearic Islands
87299 Girona
87399 Lleida
87699 Zaragoza
87799 Tarragona
88199 A Coruña
88699 Pontevedra
90099Toll Free
90199Shared-cost call
90299National Rate
90599Telephone Voting System
90799Premium Rate (data systems)
90899Internet Access
90999Internet Access
91199 Madrid (Segovia and Guadalajara until 1993)
91299 Madrid
91399 Madrid
91499 Madrid
91599 Madrid
91699 Madrid
91799 Madrid
91899 Madrid (Ávila until 1993)
92099 Ávila
92199 Segovia
92299 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
92399 Salamanca
92499 Badajoz
92599 Toledo
92699 Ciudad Real
92799 Cáceres
92899 Las Palmas
93199 Barcelona
93299 Barcelona
93399 Barcelona
93499 Barcelona
93599 Barcelona
93699 Barcelona
93799 Barcelona
93899 Barcelona
94099Pager Services
94199 La Rioja
94299 Cantabria
94399 Gipuzkoa
94499 Biscay
94599 Álava
94699 Biscay
94799 Burgos
94899 Navarre
94999 Guadalajara
95099 Almería
95199 Málaga
95299 Málaga
95399 Jaén
95499 Seville
95599 Seville
95699 Cádiz
95799 Córdoba
95899 Granada
95999 Huelva
96099 Valencia
96199 Valencia, Center of province
96299 Valencia, South of province
96399 Valencia, City and surroundings
96499 Castellón
96599 Alicante
96699 Alicante
96799 Albacete
96899 Murcia
96999 Cuenca
97199 Balearic Islands
97299 Girona
97399 Lleida
97499 Huesca
97599 Soria
97699 Zaragoza
97799 Tarragona
97899 Teruel
97999 Palencia
98099 Zamora
98199 A Coruña
98299 Lugo
98399 Valladolid
98499 Asturias
98599 Asturias
98699 Pontevedra
98799 León
98899 Ourense

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