How Do You Call an International Phone Number?


Quick Answer

To call an international phone number from any country, dial the plus symbol followed by the country code of the number you're calling, and then dial the phone number. Next, place your call. If you encounter problems, check whether your phone allows international calls. Some line carriers require a credit check first.

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If desired, replace the plus symbol with the exit code of the country you're calling from. For example, if you're calling from Canada or the United States, you can start by dialing the U.S. exit code, which is 011. If the phone number starts with a zero, drop it when dialing the number.

For specific instructions on calling international numbers, visit HowToCallAbroad.com, and navigate to the Calling From Any Country section. From the provided drop-down menus, choose the countries you're calling to and from, and click Submit. Wait for a page to appear showing the exact codes you should dial and the order in which you should dial them. This page also shows the current time of the destination country.

Although the same calling procedure works for both landlines and cellphones, calling internationally via cellphone usually costs more than calling via landline or using a calling card. It is also more expensive to call an international cellphone.

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