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Mobile numbers to begin with 8 now

Thursday, July 2, 2009 , Posted by Author at Thursday, July 02, 2009

Soon, mobile phone companies are expected to issue cell phone numbers beginning with 8. The country’s cellular subscriber base has been growing substantially over the last couple of years, which led to the exhaustion of the existing sublevels of 9. Expecting a similar growth over the next few years, DoT is considering an 11-digit numbering system from next year. Currently, China and UK are the two countries which use the 11 digit numbering system.

With the new numbering series being available, mobile companies are likely to auction some of the special numbers, particularly in newer rural markets either through their websites or through customer service outlets. In the past, companies like BSNL, Idea, Tata Teleservices , Vodafone, Airtel etc have auctioned special numbers thus earning large sums of money, particularly from politicians and businessmen. In August 08 alone, state-owned BSNL earned Rs 1.15 crore from the auction of 2000 numbers. Hutch (now Vodafone) sold the most expensive number so far at Rs 15 lakh in 2007 to a Ludhianabased businessman. Tata Teleservices routinely auctions cellular numbers on its website, with prices ranging from Rs 10,000 to over Rs 1 lakh.

If remembering 10-digit mobile phone numbers is hard task for you, soon you'll have an addition to the problem.

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