Calling International FAQ

Q. I'm having trouble calling internationally. What can I try?

  1. First double check that you have the correct country codes and exit codes for calling internationally.
  2. Very important (this confuses most poeple): Make sure you omit the leading "trunk code" (generally a "0" or a "1") from the phone number you are given. For example, you are calling from the US to the UK, and are given the phone number "021 4355 9434", you must omit the leading "0" and dial "011 (exit code for the US) + 44 (country code for the UK) + 21 4355 9434". Or simply click "Advanced" below the lookup button.
  3. If you are dialing from over Skype or a cell phone, you can simply dial a "+" instead of the exit code.
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Q. What is a country code? What is an exit code?

Exit code: When making an international call, the "exit code" is the number you are required to dial first to "exit" your country. It is often times replaced by a "+" when dialing from a cell phone or over Skype.

Country code: The number you are required to dial after the exit code to specify the country you are calling. Every country has a unique country code.

The general format of an international calls is: your country exit code + destination country code + telephone number

Q. What’s the "+" all about?

The "+" at the beginning of a telephone number can be used instead of the "exit code" when dialing internationally. This is generally used when dialing from a cell phone or over Skype. When you see an international number that starts with a "+", this simply means that you either dial the "+" if your phone supports or, or you dial the exit code for the country you are in and dial that first.

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