In 1996, France changed to a ten-digit numbering scheme, as follows:
When you are in France, you must dial 0044 before the number if you want to call someone in England.
|Number of French Cellular Phones (in million)||0,28||1,3||2,46||5,82||11,21||20,6||29,68||35,92||42,2||45,4||48.4|
In France, there are only 3 mobile operators:
Orange Ltd is a mobile network operator and an Internet service provider that is a subsidiary of France Télécom. Orange also belongs to the FreeMove mobile phone alliance. Orange is now the unique commercial facade of almost all France Telecom services. Click here to visit the website.
SFR (originally Société Française de Radiotéléphonie, no longer expanded) is a French mobile phone company. It has 17 million clients, including (as of January 2007) over 2 million using 3G (specifically UMTS) technology. It is currently 56% owned by the French group Vivendi and 44% by mobile phone giant, Vodafone. Rumours often circulate concerning the possibility of Vodafone increasing its shareholding, but Vodafone's recent sale of minority shares in mature markets such as Belgium and Switzerland, and its recent interest in emerging markets such as Turkey and India, suggest that such an increase is not an immediate prospect. Click here to visit the Website.
Created in 1994, Bouygues Telecom now has 8.7 million customers, including 6.2 million with contracts. Its ambition is to become the "preferred brand of mobile communication services" to further improve customer service. Click here to visit the Website.