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BBC NI's Donna Traynor discusses Big Number change
"It's the most significant change in communications thrroughout NI"
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Saturday, 22 April, 2000, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
Telephone number change takes effect

The big telephone number change which takes effect from Saturday is likely to cost Northern Ireland firms hundreds if not thousands of pounds.

New three digit codes and eight digit local numbers came into effect in Northern Ireland, London, Cardiff, Coventry, Portmouth and Southampton.

Small Business Federation chairman Bill Jeffrey said the change was going to cost the average business anything from 500 to 5,000.

"I understand the reason for it - but it is going to cost us a lot of money and these are hard times.

"Small business margins are at about their worst ever."

Mr Jeffrey said the problem was wider than the business community and revealed that a local political party and the government's Department of Finance and Personnel had also failed to update their number.



Old numbers will be replaced from Saturday
He said the situation had not been helped by the failure of new telephone books to get the directories into homes locally.

Northern Ireland's Big Number project manager Liam McLernon pointed out that a major publicity campaign hasd been running in these areas since October 1998 to let people know what their new number is.

However, he acknowledged there were some difficulties.

"This is the most major change to the communication system throughout Northern Ireland," he said.

Regarding the issue of telephone book availability, he said every home in Northern Ireland would have a directory by 3 May.

Every NI number will begin with the 028 prefix, replacing up to 38 different prefixes.

The new codes are set out below.

Antrim

  • Ballycastle (012657) becomes (028) 207X XXXX
  • Martinstown (012667) becomes (028) 217X XXXX
  • Ballymena (01266) becomes (028) 256X XXXX
  • Ballymoney (012656) becomes (028) 276X XXXX
  • Larne (01574) becomes (028) 28XX XXXX
  • Kilrea(012665) becomes (028) 295X XXXX

    Armagh

  • Newry (01693) becomes (028) 302X XXXX
  • Newry (01693) becomes (028) 30XX XXXX
  • Armagh (01861) becomes (028) 37XX XXXX
  • Portadown (01762) becomes (028) 38XX XXXX

    Down

  • Banbridge (018206) becomes (028) 406X XXXX
  • Rostrevor (016937) becomes (028) 417X XXXX
  • Kircubbin (012477) becomes (028) 427X XXXX
  • Newcastle (013967) becomes (028) 437X XXXX
  • Downpatrick (01396) becomes (028) 44XX XXXX

    Fermanagh

  • Enniskillen (01365) becomes (028) 66XX XXXX
  • Lisnaskea (013657) becomes (028) 677X XXXX
  • Kesh (013656) becomes (028) 686X XXXX

    Londonderry

  • Coleraine (01265) becomes (028) 703X XXXX
  • Coleraine (01265) becomes (028) 70XX XXXX
  • Londonderry (01504) becomes (028) 71XX XXXX
  • Limavady (015047) becomes (028) 777X XXXX
  • Magherafelt (01648) becomes (028) 796X XXXX
  • Magherafelt (01648) becomes (028) 79XX XXXX

    Tyrone

  • Carrickmore (016627) becomes (028) 807X XXXX
  • Newtownstewart (016626) becomes (028) 816X XXXX
  • Omagh (01662) becomes (028) 82XX XXXX
  • Ballygawley (016625) becomes (028) 855X XXXX
  • Cookstown (016487) becomes (028) 867X XXXX
  • Dungannon (01868) becomes (028) 87XX XXXX
  • Fivemiletown (013655) becomes (028) 895X XXXX

    Belfast District

  • Belfast (01232) becomes (028) 90XX XXXX
  • Bangor (01247) becomes (028) 91XX XXXX
  • Lisburn (01846) becomes (028) 92XX XXXX
  • Ballyclare (01960) becomes (028) 93XX XXXX
  • Antrim (01849) becomes (028) 94XX XXXX
  • Saintfield (01238) becomes (028) 97XX XXXX

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