What Is the Format of a German Telephone Number?


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Germany does not have a fixed telephone number length or format. Since 2010, new land line telephone numbers have a fixed length of 11 digits, but area codes remain variable.

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What Is the Format of a German Telephone Number?
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Germany's system is known as an open telephone numbering plan, which means that some subscribers who have had their service for a long time have telephone numbers with as few as two digits, plus an area code. This system is designed for flexibility, as it allows people to add an ever-increasing number of phone numbers within a given geographic area.

Cellular phones have area codes outside the geographic area code system, and they generally consist of ten or eleven digits.

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