Basic international calling info - how to dial a number, what digits to add and what digits to drop

What do I dial when placing an international call?

You will dial the following: origination country exit code + destination country code + telephone number

  • exit code**
    Every country is assigned an exit code used when dialing outside of that particular country
  • country code**
    Every country is assigned a country code for incoming calls to that particular country
  • telephone number
    For most countries we provide the number of digits in a phone number, area codes (where used), starting digits for cell phone numbers

**See this list of country and exit codes

What digits do I drop?

This is an important question. Believe it or not sometimes you might actually have too many digits and need to drop some.

Most countries' dialing plans feature a so called Trunk Code (Trung Prefix). This is a digit, usually 0 (zero) that is placed in front of telephone numbers for DOMESTIC CALLS ONLY. However, most people are not aware of the fact that this digit MUST BE DROPPED WHEN DIALING FROM ABROAD.

Let's say that your friend in Romania tells you that his cell number is 07?? ??? ???. So you try calling him by dialing 011 40 07?? ??? ???. Guess what? It's not going to work. Why? Because you need to dial 011 40 7?? ??? ???. Without the 0 (zero)!

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