How to call internationally
Calling internationally is easy. This site is designed to not only show you the simplest way to do it but to teach you new ways to do it that will save you money! Keep reading, and we will teach you how to reach your friends overseas quickly and easily. This page will help you find the correct international dialing code for the country you wish to call and even show you what time it is in the country you are calling.
Calling from a "land line" or stationary telephone is different than calling from a mobile (cellphone). Each country has its international direct dial code - which we have compiled into a list for your easy reference. We have even built a tool which shows you exactly how to dial!
If you are calling international numbers from a mobile (cellular) phone, you need to know how to dial the plus (+) sign. There are different ways to do this depending upon your model of cellular telephone.
How to call internationally from a mobile (cellular) telephone
To make an international call from a mobile (cellular) telephone you must dial the "+" sign before the country code. This works differently depending upon the model of phone you have but is fairly simple to do - try both ways and see which one works!
For Motorola and other phones, you must hold the zero key and it will change to a plus. See a video demonstration of exactly how on a few different cellular telephone models by clicking here.
Calling internationally from a stationary phone (landline)
If you are calling from the USA or North America, you must dial your "International Direct Dial Code". This is simply the code you need to get a connection outside of the country.
- For the USA, it is 011.
- For the UK it is 00.
So let us suppose that you are in the USA and you wish to call the British Museum in London.
You have their number:
The British Museum
+44 (0)20 7323 8000/8299
From your landline in the USA you would dial:
011 44 20 7323 8000
If you are on a corporate internal line, you may need to dial a number (usually 9) to get an outside line, then follow the steps above.
Sometimes cordless phones need to be dialled manually so that there is a pause between the 0 1 1. You simply push the green button and wait for a dial tone before you start dialing.