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São Paulo Cell Phones Go to 9 Digits: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday all mobile numbers in São Paulo starting with "11" should now be dialed with an additional 9 before the regular number (+55) 11-9-XXXX-XXXX. This change increases capacity to a limit of ninety million numbers, from the current 44 million, according to ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações, National Telecoms Agency).

Eight-digit numbers will still be accepted for some time, but by mid-August calls will be intercepted with a message reminding users of the change, and by January . . .

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