you will need to prefix a ‘0’ before dialling any mobile number from your landline.
From January 1, when calling from landline to mobile, you have to put zero before the number
- There are more than 100 crore mobile phone holders in the country. Many people have 2-3 numbers
- The change will allow telecom companies to create 254.4 crore extra numbers for mobile services
In the age of smartphones even today landline phones are found in the homes of many people and people in our country are accustomed to talking on landline phones for hours. If you also use a landline phone at home, the new rule is going to apply from January 1. According to the new rule, before inserting a mobile phone from a landline, zero must be placed in front of the mobile number.
Prefix 0 to call from landline to mobile numbers from January
The decision will ensure adequate numbering resources for fixed line and mobile services. Telecom regulator TRAI had recommended the move in May this year.
- A DoT’s November 20 circular said that all the fixed line subscribers should be provided with 0 dialing facility, STD dialing facility.
- All telecom service operators have been allowed time till January 1 to implement the directive.
DoT said that suitable announcements may be fed in the fixed line switches to inform fixed line users about the requirement of dialing the prefix 0 for all fixed to mobile calls. This announcement should be played whenever a subscriber dials a fixed to mobile call without prefixing 0.