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How do I call China (landline vs. cell phone) from US?

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  1. atomarchio
    Member

    How do I call customer in China from US?

    And is it different If I am calling a cell phone vs. landline?

    Please let me know. Thanks.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  2. admin
    Key Master

    Hello,

    To call China from the US dial 011 86 followed by the Chinese phone number (landline or mobile phone). Landlines use geographic area codes whereas mobile numbers have a national dialing format (1 is always the first digit). Neither landline nor mobile numbers may start with zero when called from outside China (if they do you should leave out the zero).

    One significant difference when calling a landline vs cell phone - calls to cell phones are usually charged a higher rate.

    More info below:
    https://www.howtocallabroad.com/china/

    Posted 4 years ago #
  3. atomarchio
    Member

    I am located in US and need to call customer in China. Not sure if number he gave his is landline or cell.

    I dial 011, then 86. Do I also dial a "1" after 86? He references his phone number starting with "1".

    Please clarify. Thanks.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  4. admin
    Key Master

    You don't need to add another 1 to the cell number - we show this detail (starting digit) so people can tell a cell number from a landline. It's not like an area code, it's part of the number.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  5. kodadog97
    Member

    I am trying to call a cell phone in China and I am having so many problems. When I talked to my phone carrier they told me that the 1st 2 numbers of a cell phone should be 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18 as this signifies a cell phone. Then, there is supposed to be 10 numbers after that. But, the 2 numbers I have, one has 8 numbers after the 17 and the other has 9 numbers past the 13. I have no clue what I am doing wrong. Please help. Thank you.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  6. admin
    Key Master

    Chinese cell phone numbers comprise 11 digits, the first digit is always 1 and the second digit can be any digit from 3 through 9. So it seems that your second number is complete.

    Posted 5 months ago #

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