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Area Code: 1 digit Subscriber Number: 7 digits Trunk Prefix: 0 International Prefix: 00
Possible formats for PalTel fixed/wireline numbers is:
+970 2 2xxxxxx +970 4 2xxxxxx +970 8 2xxxxxx +970 9 2xxxxxxAll PalTel subscriber numbers begin with 2 (thus the 2xxxxxx format).
Cellular mobile carrier Jawall has numbers of format +970 59 8xxxxxx or +970 59 9xxxxxx.
Short codes include 166 for fault reports and 199 for service inquiries.
(link courtesy of a contributor)
Earlier announcements indicated that the mobile carrier would not change its subscriber numbers in sync with Israel's 2004 mobile number expansion.
Source: MOC announcement (14 April 2005, via ITU).
(additional background courtesy PalTel/Jawall)
Originally reported to activate March 1999, the first known uses of country code 970 occurred in May.
Egypt was reported to be the first nation to use the 970 country code in May 1999, according to a report from ArabicNews.Com.
Matav, a carrier from Hungary, announced in a press release that it implemented calling to Palestine via +970 as of 1 June 1999, with one-digit area code followed by 7-digit subscriber number (or for mobile subscribers, 59 + 6-digit number).
The Palestinian carrier Paltel has acquired international grade switches which will effectively allow a national network operation. Reference: Total Telecom article (CWI - Paltel moves toward switch independence, 13 November 2000).
No numbering plan details for conversion from Israel numbering plan are available. Israeli telephone numbering format remains in effect in the meantime, until the Palestinian Authority establishes its own numbering plan (that is, 972 country code is replaced with 970, with the following digits remaining the same as with the Israeli system).
See also these reports:
New York Times, 23 January 1999 report, via Global Policy site
(Thanks to Richard de Koning, Richard Brennan, Michael Koerner, Sergiu Rosenzweig and Matav for reports)