Phone numbers set to change again Sunday

For the second time this year, Greeks will have to get accustomed to a new telephone dialing system, which comes into effect as of Sunday. This time the changes are less drastic than January’s, when the incorporation of area codes rendered numbers all over the country 10-digit – in some cases doubling the effort required to make a short-distance call. All fixed-line numbers currently start with a 0, which as of Sunday must be replaced with a 2, according to a decision by the National Committee for Telecommunications and Post Offices intended to cope with increasing demands. Internet dialup numbers’ initial 0 will become an 8. Emergency and public information numbers will not change, while the same applies to OTE state telecom charges. On January 19, the initial 0 in all mobile phone numbers will change to 6.