Globe, Smart, or Sun? Manila, Cebu, or Davao? Telephone Numbers in the Philippines
Our entries on the different kinds of cellphone numbers in the Philippines—and what telco they represent—has always proven popular. Why stop there, when we can provide the same information for landline area codes as well?
Find out if a Number is Globe, Smart, or Sun
All cellphone numbers in the Philippines feature a three-digit prefix (AKA network codes) followed by the actual seven-digit telephone number—think of the prefixes as area codes that route calls to a telco’s network. Here were the first ones used: 917 for Globe, 918 for Smart, and 973 for Express Telecom (no longer works).
As the number of mobile users grew however, it became necessary to use more network codes and maintain a high availability of numbers. Seven digits only allow almost 10 million (9,999,999) different numbers after all. Here are the network codes in use as of this writing:
938 (formerly Red Mobile)
What’s the area code for a province or region?
What if you’re in Manila and you wanted to call a number in Cebu, or Davao? The Philippines is divided seven different areas; the first number of any area code ranges from 2 to 7.
Except for Metro Manila, Rizal, and Obando in Bulacan (a municipality bordering the Philippine metropolis), all area codes have two digits. The second one is tied to specific locations.
|2||Metro Manila, Rizal, and Obando in Bulacan|
|33||Guimaras and Iloilo|
|35||Negros Oriental and Siquijor|
|36||Aklan (including Boracay), Antique, Capiz|
|42||Aurora, Marinduque, Quezon and Romblon|
|43||Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro|
|44||Bulacan (except Obando) and Nueva Ecija|
|45||Pampanga and Tarlac|
|47||Bataan and Zambales|
|52||Albay and Catanduanes|
|53||Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte|
|54||Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur|
|55||Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Western Samar|
|56||Masbate and Sorsogon|
|62||Basilan, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay|
|63||Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur|
|64||Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat|
|65||Zamboanga del Norte|
|68||Sulu and Tawi-Tawi|
|74||Cordillera Administrative Region (including Baguio)|
|77||Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur|
|82||Davao del Sur|
|83||Sarangani and South Cotabato|
|84||Davao del Norte|
|85||Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur|
|86||Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur|
|87||Composetela Valley and Davao Oriental|
|88||Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental|
Here’s a visual location map of the area codes listed above, sourced from Wikipedia. As you can see, 78, 48, 87, and 68 represent the north-, west-, east-, and south-most extent of the Philippines.
How to Dial Numbers in the Philippines
If you’re calling a number within the same area or network code as you, using the seven-digit telephone number alone works. Let’s say you’re based in Basilan and calling “8888888″, the number of a store nearby:
If you’re calling a number based in a different area or network code, dial 0, the code, then the number. Say you’re in Davao City calling the same store Basilan:
If you’re calling from outside the Philippines, you’ll need to dial +63 (the country’s international code), the area code, then the number. Note that you don’t use any leading zero. To call the store in Basilan from the US:
Got questions? Hit the comments below. All the information you see here is sourced from Wikipedia, and verified by a contact within the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
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