No more 02920 prefixes for city, says Of com

May 29, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: IcWales

NEW businesses in Cardiff are being allocated with a new area code because the numbers beginning with 02920 are running out.

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Steve

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This article couldn't be more confusing in its wording.

There is no new area code.

There is no 02920 area code, and never has been.

In April 2000, Cardiff telephone numbers changed to the 029 area code and all Cardiff six-digit local numbers were changed to eight digit local numbers by prefixing the local number with "20".

Within Cardiff, omit the 029 area code to call any other Cardiff eight-digit number.

Cardiff residents continued to be issued with those eight-digit 20xx xxxx numbers for the next decade.

Now that all of those 20xx xxxx numbers have run out, Cardiff will use eight-digit 21xx xxxx local numbers from now on.

That's it.

There's no 'change'.

There's no new area code.

The whole point of the Big Number Change in April 2000 was to create more capacity for local numbers in various cities. A decade later that extra capacity is now starting to be used.

Stop referring to these as 02920 and 02921 numbers. There is no such thing.

They are 20xx xxxx and 21xx xxxx numbers in the single 029 Cardiff area code.

Correct presentation is (029) 2xxx xxxx for domestic use and +44 29 2xxx xxxx for international use.
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In April 2000, as a part of the Big Number Change, all Cardiff six-digit local numbers from 2xxxxx to 8xxxxx were changed to be eight digit local numbers by adding 20 to the beginning of the old number.

The new Cardiff local number range therefore ran from 202x xxxx to 208x xxxx.

At the same time, the area code for Cardiff was changed from 01222 to 029.

Since that time, new Cardiff numbers have also been issued in the 200x xxxx and 201x xxxx and 209x xxxx ranges, all without comment.

Now that these have run out, new Cardiff local numbers are being issued in the 21xx xxxx range, and in a few years time it is likely that numbers in the 22xx xxxx range will also be issued.

All of these are simply eight-digit local numbers in the single 029 Cardiff area code.

There's no area code change, and no change to how local numbers are dialled. All Cardiff local numbers begin with a 2 and are dialled by using all eight digits, omitting the 029 area code.
Jenny

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Typical example of the rubbish articles printed by the Western Mail.

Cardiff has an 029 area code. Local numbers, which have been eight digits long since 2000, have in recent years all been issued beginning '20'. Now some are being issued beginning '21'.
See: http://www.area-codes.org.uk/029-area-code.sh...

A few thick people who think the code is 02920 are now being caught out by this. Not really a story, is it?

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