Landline numbers will no longer be subject to geographical constraints from January 1 – alloforfait.fr

From January 1, 2023, you can keep your landline number if you move outside your region. Following an Arcep decision in July 2019, the geographical constraints of numbers starting with 01, 02, 03, 04 and 05 depending on your location will no longer be effective from next year.

From January 1, 2023, you can keep your landline number starting with 01, 02, 03, 04 or 05 even if you move to the other side of France.

In July 2019, Arcep, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Posts and Press Distribution, decided to end geographic constraints on landline numbers, allowing you to keep your number starting with the area code even if you move to another area in metropolitan France.

No more geographic constraints for landline numbers

arcep fixed zone map

The five different zones for geographic numbers / Arcep

Metropolitan France is divided into five zones for landline numbers: 01 for Paris, 02 for the North-West, 03 for the North-East, 04 for the South-East and 05 for the South-West. And these zones are themselves divided into 412 sub-zones, called elementary numbering zones (ZNE).

If you decide to move before December 31, 2022, for example from Bordeaux to Nantes, you will have to change your landline number. If you have a number starting with 05 in Bordeaux, then you will have a number starting with 02 in Nantes.

But from January 1, 2023, this constraint will no longer be effective and you will be able to keep your number even if you change your geographical area. Arcep’s decision will come into effect next year, simplifying the numbering of fixed telephones.

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And that’s not all because a new fixed subscriber settling in Rennes can ask his operator to have a telephone number that does not start with 02. As Arcep indicates in a explicative note : “a new fixed subscriber living in Rennes can also ask his operator, if he wishes, that his number does not start with 02.

On the other hand, this relaxation of geographical constraints only concerns metropolitan France for the moment. Arcep specifies that “Landline numbers overseas remain specific to each territory and any subscriber can move within his territory while keeping his number. On the other hand, it is still not possible to keep your landline number by moving to another overseas territory or to mainland France..

For Arcep, this change meets a “practical need” for individuals but also an economic challenge for companies. For individuals, it will be easier to move without worrying about changing landline numbers and for businesses, there will no longer be any obligation to change numbers, which can be detrimental to their business.

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Landline numbers will no longer be subject to geographical constraints from January 1 – alloforfait.fr


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