The Thai National Telecommunications Commission reports that from today, ahead of schedule, for all Thai local mobile telephone users will have a 10 digit telephone number.
Mobile-phone users will have to add an '8' in of the existing digits, for local calls that means the ´8' will come direct after the '0' and for international calls the '8' will be needed direct after the Thai country code '66'. For example, numbers starting with 01-8291351 become 081-8291351 or for people calling from overseas +66818291351 respectively.
The old system of 9 digits will be in use for a transitional time of a few months, the Thai National Telecommunications Commission expects that the transition to the new system will not generate any problems.
With the new 10 digit numbers the National Telecommunications Commission was able to located two million new numbers to DTAC and another one million to True Move. Thailand currently has about 30 million mobile users.