Prefixes

Mobile prefixes and virtual providers

Italian mobile phone numbers are ten numbers long and begin with '3'. Italian prefixes are determined by providers. It's difficult to trace the original provider by the prefix because the mobile number portability enables users to retain their telephone numbers when changing operators.

There is a way to discover which is the provider, however. You have to dial the following sequence of numbers: 456 + the mobile number. A recorded voice will tell you the original provider of the number.

Main providers, service numbers and respective prefixes:

TIM (119)

330, 331, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 360, 363, 366, 368

Vodafone Italia (190)

340, 342, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349

Wind (155)

320, 323, 327, 328, 329, 380, 383, 388, 389

3 Italia (133)

390, 391, 392, 393

Virtual providers

A lot of companies who provide non-telephonic services are trying to join mobile phone companies as virtual operators. These virtual providers utilize the network of the real operators, reselling the service to customers with added incentives or discounts (e.g. discounts on petrol or groceries).

Having a virtual operator means that you get a new mobile phone number because you have purchased this virtual operator's SIM card. You can trace the original provider by the first three numbers of the prefix and the virtual provider by looking at the digit after the hyphen.

Here there is the list of the complete prefixes of virtual operators and their relative supporting providers:

A-Mobile (Wind)

389

BT Mobile (Vodafone)

377-7

CoopVoce (TIM)

331-1

Daily Telecom Mobile (Vodafone)

377-8

ERG Mobile (Vodafone)

377-5

Fastweb (3 Italia)

373

Italia Mobile

n.d.

MTV Mobile (TIM)

366, 331

Noverca (TIM)

370-7

PosteMobile (Vodafone):

377-1 / 377-2

Telepass Mobile (Wind)

n.d.

Tiscali Mobile (TIM)

370-1

UNOMobile (Vodafone)

377-3

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