telephone number formats

Subject: telephone number formats
From: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- NBG -dot- DE>
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:56:01 +0100

Hello Walter,

* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von walter -dot- hanig -at- NETMANAGE -dot- COM an All am 27.05.98

ww> I have seen different grouping for
ww> those digits and hope to find some standard.

there are countries (like the USA, I think) where all phone numbers are the
same length. Here in Germany about everything is flexible. But there is an
emerging international standard.

The German system:

- You have a local calling area you can reach without a prefix.
These phone numbers might be 3 to 9 digits long.

- If you wish to place a national call outside your local area
you start with a prefix starting with 0, e.g. 089 for Munich.
Even this is flexible and might be 3-5 digits long.

- National phone numbers are shown in the form (0987) 6 54 32
(watch the double-digit spacing from the right).

- Internationally you should use something like +49-987-65432
with the plus sign meaning your national international prefix.

BTW the former GDR (Eastern Germany) had no fixed prefixes. Depending on the
calling area you were from other local calling areas youd have different

Greetings from Germany,

Alexander von Obert, Urbanstr. 2, 90480 Nuernberg, Germany
Free-lance technical writer (electronics, software)
Voice +49-911-403903, Fax -403904, BBS -403905 (FIDO 2:2490/1719)

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