Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Egyptian Mobile Numbers to Change

Starting next Thursday, Egypt will begin changing mobile numbers to help cope with the increasing number of cell phone users. It is estimated that there are approximately 76 million mobile users in Egypt, and with a population hovering around 80 million it essentially means that almost everyone has a mobile. True story :p

Below is more information, taken from Al-Ahram.

Image courtesy of Al-Ahram


Egyptian mobile phone numbers will all change on Thursday 6 October as part of a state drive to meet increased user demand, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority has announced.

The changes will mean every Egyptian mobile phone number will now be 11 digits in length. 

Amendments will be different for each of Egypt's three mobile operators:


Etisalat 

Current 10 digit numbers, which all start 01, will take an extra 1. They will now begin 011
Current 11 digit numbers, which all start 0152, will change the 5 to a 1. They will now begin 0112


Mobinil

Current 10 digit numbers, which start 01, will add a 2. They will now begin 012
Current 11 digit numbers, which start 0150, will replace the 5 with a 2. They will begin 0120


Vodafone 

Current 10 digit numbers, which start 01, will add a 0. They will now start 010
Current 11 digit numbers, which start 0151, will replace 5 with 0. They will start 0101

Mobile operators will have four months to fully comply with the decision, during which time users will be able to call using either the old number or the amended one.


** I realise that this looks exceptionally confusing, and I myself am confused by it. If only things in Egypt were made more simple. From what I can understand, I will provide an example of a Vodafone number as it would appear now, and then as it would appear with the changes:

Number based on current settings would appear: 010 123 4567 



Number based on updated settings would appear: 010 0 123 4567


Likewise, here are examples of Mobinil number: 


Number based on current settings would appear: 012 123 4567


Number based on updated settings would appear: 012 2 123 4567


Example for Etisalat:

Number based on current settings would appear: 014 123 4567


Number based on updated settings would appear: 011 4 123 4567


If you have any comments or concerns let me know and I will try to track down further information. This entire process is rather disconcerting. **

2 comments:

  1. THIS is the most dumbest idea they invented in egypt so far.

    i want my investment back i just received for LE1000 cars, posters, flyers and stickers... cos nobody nwe antything till this morning it suddenly changed...

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