Area code 868

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Trinidad and Tobago telephone numbers

Location of Trinidad and Tobago
Location
CountryTrinidad and Tobago
ContinentNorth America
MembershipNANP
TypeClosed
Typical format+1 868 nxx xxxx
Access codes
Country calling code+1
International call prefix011
Trunk prefix1
List of Trinidad and Tobago dialing codes
 
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Trinidad and Tobago telephone numbers

Location of Trinidad and Tobago
Location
CountryTrinidad and Tobago
ContinentNorth America
MembershipNANP
TypeClosed
Typical format+1 868 nxx xxxx
Access codes
Country calling code+1
International call prefix011
Trunk prefix1
List of Trinidad and Tobago dialing codes

The area code 868 is assigned to Trinidad and Tobago, a member of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). The telephone numbering plan for the country is known as the National Numbering Plan.[1] It is part of a system used for assigning telephone numbers in Trinidad and Tobago, and functions as a part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). It is regulated by the government's Telecommunications Authority, which holds responsibility for telecommunications.[2]

Due to a long established affiliation with NANP,[3] phone numbers in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are often styled as "(868) NXX-xxxx". However, the International Telecommunications Union's standards such as E.164[4] and E.123 both strongly advocate the inclusion of a "+1" prefix to indicate "868" is a part of the NANP.[5]

History[edit]

Area code 868 ("TNT") was created during a split from the original Area code 809 around 1 June 1997.[6] By 31 May 1998 all calls placed to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago required the use of the +1 868 prefix.[6]

Dialling to Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

When calling Trinidad and Tobago from elsewhere in the North American Numbering Plan (e.g. from the United States or Canada), callers dial as if undertaking regular ten-digit dialling within those countries. Callers must simply dial 1 + 868 + seven digit phone number.

When calling to Trinidad and Tobago from outside the NANP (e.g. from the United Kingdom), callers must dial their international dialling prefix followed by 1 to access the North American Numbering Plan. For example, a call placed from the United Kingdom would be dialled as 00 + 1 + 868 + local seven digit phone number.

Dialling within Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

When placing a phone call from Trinidad and Tobago, also known as HNPA (home numbering plan area) dialling, callers simply use seven-digit dialling (i.e. dialling the last seven digits of the phone number).

When calling other places in the North American Numbering Plan, callers dial as if undertaking regular ten-digit dialling in those countries. Callers dial 1 + NPA area code + seven digit phone number.

Though usually toll-free when dialled from the US, not all 1-800 phone numbers are toll-free when dialled from Trinidad and Tobago, and may be treated as a toll call.

When calling to areas outside of the NANP (e.g. the United Kingdom), callers dial 011 + country calling code + phone number. In the case of the UK, a user would dial 011 + 44 + UK phone number.

General[edit]

Police Force: 999, Ambulance: 811, Fire: 990
Information/Directory Assistance: 6411,[7] 611 (proposed replacement)[1]
Operator: 0

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Admin. (2010). "National Numbering Plan: Central Office (CO) Codes and Home Network Identifier (HNI)". Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). Retrieved 30 July 2010 
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). 2010. Archived from the original on 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010 
  3. ^ "Affiliations and Memoranda of Understanding". Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). 2010. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. "Trinidad & Tobago is a participating country in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), which is the basic numbering scheme throughout the US, Canada, the Bahamas and 16 Caribbean countries." 
  4. ^ Admin. (2008). "E.164 : The international public telecommunication numbering plan". International Telecommunication Union. Retrieved 30 July 2010 
  5. ^ Admin. (2008). "E.123 : Notation for national and international telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and Web addresses". International Telecommunication Union. Retrieved 30 July 2010 
  6. ^ a b NANP Administration System (July 2010). "Planning Letter(s): IL96/06-001". NeuStar, Inc. NANP System administrator. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010 
  7. ^ "Directory Assistance 6411". Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT). 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010 

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Trinidad and Tobago area codes: 868
North: 246, 473
West: Country code +58 in VenezuelaArea code 868East: Atlantic Ocean
South: Country code +58 in Venezuela
Barbados area codes: 246
Grenada area codes: 475