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Area Code: none (formerly 0-2 digits) Subscriber Number: 7 (formerly 5-8 digits) Trunk Prefix: 0 (discontinued as of February 2004) International Prefix: 00National renumbering expected on 1 November 2002, to standardise at 7-digit telephone numbers with area codes as such eliminated; details below.
For the existing format (prior to November 2002): Area Code plus Subscriber Number generally totals 7 digits. Mobile and other wireless or non-geographic subscriber numbers could be 8 digits.
Special facsimile service (eFax) was introduced under a new +372 40xxxxxx number range.
A new mass calling range of numbers was also introduced - +372 705xxxxx.
Source: ETSA announcement (2 September 2010, via ITU)
(with tip courtesy Sergiu Rosenzweig)
See SIDEAMET announcement (6 May 2005, via ITU)
The dialling sequence of international calls into Estonia will not change. Dialling changes are domestic, although subscriber numbers will become national 7-digit format without area code, to be dialled after country code +372.
Reference: Total Telecom article (Estonia sets new phone number scheme for 2002, 8 December 2000)
In the plan, Estonia telephone numbering and dialling becomes a uniform closed 7-digit national system by 1 February 2004. Several phases were scheduled for this plan to be implemented:
1 May 2003 - 5-digit and 6-digit local subscriber number dialling eliminated in selected regions; these areas must use trunk prefix ('0') followed by area code and subscriber number. Use of trunk prefix is temporary, and is to be eliminated February 2004 (see below).
1 November 2003 - area code incorporated into the subscriber number; existing 5-digit or 6-digit subscriber number dialling is eliminated on this date. All fixed subscriber numbers are now considered to be national 7-digit numbers.
1 January 2004 - number portability becomes possible for fixed national subscriber numbers.
1 February 2004 - trunk prefix '0' eliminated; all conventional calls within Estonia are dialled as 7-digit national subscriber numbers.
These areas had 5-digit subscriber number dialling. The requirement to incorporate the area code prepares these areas for the implementation of the 7-digit national number system.
Permissive dialling of this closed dialling plan began 1 February 2003, and ended 1st May 2003 at which point all domestic dialling must be made in the same format (trunk prefix '0' + area code + subscriber number). Temporary use of trunk prefix ends in February 2004 (see above).
Source: Sideamet (sa.ee).
The former Tartu domestic trunk code 272 was replaced by 27. Within Estonia, trunk codes are used prior to the subscriber number for long distance dialling.
Source: Estonian Review (27-29 May 1994).
Major carrier is Elion (formerly ET).
Telecom regulator is Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority (Tehnilise Järelevalve Amet) which was split from Estonian National Communications Board on 1 January 2008.
Government ministry with responsibility for telecommunications is Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.