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    When I send an SMS to the Philippines from my Australian cell phone, the recipient cannot return an SMS by simply pressing reply. The message appears to go, but never arrives. Does the recipient have to alter my cell phone number in order to reply? I would have thought that all the required text back details would be incorporated in my original transmission. Anyone shed some light on this?


    Hello Mal,
    The “from” number is not necessarily the number you can reply to. Here’s why:
    1) to dial out of Australia you will enter either 0011 or the plus sign + country code + cell number
    2) to dial out of the Philippines you will enter 00 or the plus sign + country code + cell number.

    So if your friend in the Philippines receives a call from 0011 61 4 ???? ???? he will not reply to the same number – he will replace 0011 with 00 for the call to go through. Have your friend check the number he replies to: it must be either 00 61 4 ???? ???? or +61 4 ???? ????.

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