How to Phone International Numbers

Making an international phone call can be intimidating. Not only do you have to figure out time zone differences and the best time to call; you also have to figure out how to maneuver through the international lines. International calling practices are based on the country of the call's origin, and can be implemented by a number of international calling tools. Learning to navigate international calls can allow you to speak to the entire world.


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      Check your cellular carrier or land line service to see if your phone has an international service. If your line does not already have international service, research the options that they have and choose a service appropriate to your needs and budget.

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      Purchase an international calling card if you decide not to go with your carrier's international service. Calling cards can be purchased at most convenience stores, larger superstores and also online. Calling cards are sold in increments of possible talk times and have different rates for different locations called. International calling cards come with specific instructions on how to complete an international call.

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      Enroll in an online phone service that allows you to make a computer to phone call. The computer has to be equipped with a microphone and speaker to work properly. Online phone services are usually free to join but require you to buy credits to place calls. Online services typically follow ordinary international calling procedures unless otherwise noted.

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      Enter "011" first when calling from the U.S. This is the U.S. exit code. When calling from a country other than the U.S., a different exit code may be necessary.

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      Enter the country's code and then the individual's telephone number. If calling on a cell phone, dial "+" before the country code. Codes are different for each country. If calling on a cell phone, press the "Send" or "Call" button to finish the call.

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