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Posted On: 27 July 2010 03:47 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Phone numbers change tonight

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All phone numbers in Qatar — fixed and mobile connections — will switch to ictQatar’s new numbering plan after midnight today. With this, phone numbers will expand from seven to eight digits, addressing the increasing demand for both fixed and mobile phone numbers. The new numbering plan will create an additional 36 million mobile and nine million fixed telephone numbers, surpassing the highest demand forecast for the next 15-20 years. The change to eight-digit phone numbers will happen automatically and seamlessly at 00.01am tomorrow for all customers. For both fixed and mobile phone users, the first digit of the number will be repeated, so that numbers that currently begin with 3 will start with 33 while those starting with 7 will star with 77. The only affected numbers will be those starting with 3,4,5,6 and 7. Emergency telephone numbers, including 999 and 112, will not be affected by the change. Numbers used for SMS, toll-free and paging services, as well as short codes, and the numbers owned by the Ministry of Interior will also remain the same. These begin with 1, 2, 8 and 9.