How to Call the United States From France

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Say 'bonjour' to your friends and family in the United States on a cell phone.
Say 'bonjour' to your friends and family in the United States on a cell phone. (Image: Rayes/Photodisc/Getty Images)

While in France, you may need to take a break from nibbling your croissant and sipping your champagne to make a phone call back to the United States. It's easily done from the phone in your hotel or a cell phone with an international calling plan. You can even use an Internet connection to make a call from France to the U.S. on sites such as Skype and Facebook.

Dialing the U.S. from France

On either a landline phone or a cell phone with a French SIM card, you'll need to dial the international access code for Europe and the country code for the U.S. This means that before you dial the area code and the phone number, you'll need to dial 00 and then 1. When you want to use a pay phone in France, buy a calling card from a tobacco shop, known locally as a Tabac.

Costs of Calling from France

U.S. cell phone carriers will charge a premium if your phone includes international roaming and you use it to call the States from France. It's cheaper to purchase a SIM card in France and make a long distance call. Your SIM card will be charged based on the number of minutes you use. You can also use WiFi to make international calls. Utilize a service like Skype on your mobile phone or tablet. You can also use the Facebook Messenger app to call people in your social network, and the call is free.

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