Bureau issues reminder of country St. Maarten dialing code change

POSTED: 09/8/11 11:43 AM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten issued a statement Wednesday reminding the general public that the country’s dialing code will switch from 599 to 1-721 on September 30, 2011. The new code is part of the island’s shift to the North American numbering plan.

The introduction of the new dialing code will begin with the Permissive Dialing Period from September 30, 2011 to September 30, 2012. During this period calls to St. Maarten using either 599 or 1-721 shall be processed regularly. Callers who use 599 will be advised that the dialing code has changed and the new code should be used.
When the mandatory dialing period begins on September 30, 2012 calls to St. Maarten using 599 will not be processed and people will continue to be informed of the change until March 31, 2013.

While the use of country code 599 will be discontinued for St. Maarten it will remain in effect for Curacao, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire. Local dialing will remain the same and people and businesses can be reached through dialing their 7-digit local numbers. International dialing will change by September 30, 2012 as the dialing pattern to make overseas calls from St. Maarten will change. BTP plans to undertake an educational program to duly inform the public on dialing during the permissive dialing period.
Countries participating in the North American Numbering Plan are the United States, Canada and most
of the Caribbean region: “Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Kits
& Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago”. Dialing to these destinations will be easier as all these destinations share the country code 1 with St. Maarten. St. Maarten’s participation in the NANP also marks its integration in the Eastern Caribbean, a region in which it is located, with which it interacts and serves.

Throughout the permissive dialing period the BTP shall undertake instruction and educational campaigns to aid the transition and to ensure understanding, preparedness of the entire community of St. Maarten, so the community may embrace the changes and enjoy the benefits that this transition will bring.
Bureau Telecommunication and Post St. Maarten requests all residents and businesses to get informed and to take serious note of this important development for country St. Maarten. Everyone is urged to make the necessary preparations and inform all their personal contacts and business relations timely of this upcoming change.

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