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Area Code: 1-2 digits Subscriber Number: 6-7 digits (see note below) Trunk Prefix: 0 International Prefix: 00Area Code plus Subscriber Number generally seems to total 8 digits, though exceptions may be possible in certain areas.
Information is on the BIPT (regulator) website, in Dutch, French and English.
Existing customers under 075 (+32 75) were converted to a new 0475 (+32 475) range as of 11 November 2000. Permissive dialling was in effect from then until 12 December 2000, after which a recorded announcement blocked calls to the old numbering, advising that the call be placed under the new area code. The recorded message courtesy was then in effect until 1 February 2001.
Proximus has these area codes: 0475, 0476, 0477, 0478 and 0479, or +32 475, +32 476, +32 477, +32 478 and +32 479.
Proximus also ended its short numbering feature, where a Proximus customers could call another Proximus customer using the last 7 digits of a number (for example, to call (075) xxxxxx, customers could dial just the 5 xxxxxx).
See the Proximus announcement.
There were no details on the conversion of MOB2 service - its area code was 017 (+32 17).
The Belgacom website announcing the mobile changes also mentioned that the regulator BIPT was planning a conversion of Belgium's numbering plan to 10-figures from the current 9-figure system (i.e. 0 + area code + subscriber number).
Details on the change were posted in a Telecom Digest article by Jan Ceuleers, Vol 16 #366. It can be retrieved from the back issues section of the TELECOM Digest website.
One notable carrier is Belgacom.