Adding Prefixes to Numbers on iPhone


When dialing international numbers from a land line, you begin with the exit code for the country where you are located. In the U.S. and Canada, this number is "011," but it's different for most countries. When calling internationally from an iPhone -- or any cell phone for that matter -- you can skip the country code by using a "+" sign. This is not only easier to remember, it saves you a couple of digits and reduces the chances of misdialing.

Calling from the Dial Pad

  • Launch the "Phone" app on the iPhone. Open the "Keypad."

  • Press and hold the "0" on the keypad. Within a second a "+" symbol appears in the number field. Release the button.

  • Dial the country code. For France, this is 33. For the Netherlands, this is 31. For the U.S. and Canada, it is 1.

  • Dial the area code and phone number. Press the "Call" button to initiate the call. This same general process works with any app you use to place calls on your iPhone including Skype.

Adding Prefixes in Contacts

  • Launch the "Contacts" app on the iPhone. Open a contact by tapping the name and then tap the "Edit" button. Alternatively, tap the "+" button to add a new contact.

  • Tap the "Mobile," "Work" or "Home" button to add or edit a number. If there is a number there already without the prefix, tap and hold your finger on for two seconds. The keypad appears as well as selection menu above the number. Tap "Select All" in the selection menu and then "Cut"

  • Tap the button showing the "+" symbol in the bottom right corner of the keypad and then tap the "+" key. The "+" symbol appears in the number field. Type the country code.

  • Tap the field containing the number if you copied a number into memory and then select "Paste." Otherwise, type the area code and phone number on the keypad.

  • Tap "Done." You can now call this number at any time, including when you are in the country you are calling. For example +1(212) 555-1234 would work even if you are in the 212 area code.

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