St. Maarten’s TelCell retires 555- prefix

POSTED: 01/18/12 12:12 PM

St. Maarten – TelEm Group’s mobile carrier TelCell has discontinued the use of mobile numbers with the prefix 555- in compliance with directions from Bureau of Telecommunications & Post (St. Maarten). All numbers with that prefix have been switched to 550- after a final configuration was done on Tuesday night and people with the prefix should reboot their phones today and inform their contacts about the changes.

The change is necessary because of the country’s switch to the North America Numbering Plan. The prefix 555- is already assigned to various specialized services in the USA therefore St. Maarten can no longer use this prefix.
The change was first announced in September, 2011 and reinforced in November of that same year. Tuesday’s announcement is part of a broader information campaign being led by the Bureau of Telecommunications & Post (St. Maarten). TelEm Group is supporting the campaign by making customers and telecommunication stakeholders aware of changes and how these affect the company’s services.
People who need more information on the discontinuation should call the Customer Care Department at 546-0100.

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