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Phone Home: International Calling Codes Made Easy

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A quick how-to pamphlet on using international dialing codes. Print it out and take it with you on your next trip abroad.

A quick how-to pamphlet on using international dialing codes. Print it out and take it with you on your next trip abroad.


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  • 1. INTERNATIONAL CALLING CODES MADE EASY HOW TO CALL 1. Acquire your country code. This will not usually be included in a standard phone number you’d get from, say, a brochure. 2. Now type in your local code if needed. Most countries don’t need this. For countries that do, it’s usually (0) 3. Enter your city code, which will be a number up to three digits. 4. Now time to enter the local number. Did you know?: If you ever need to make a phonecall to a penguin, Antarctica’s international calling code is 672. COUNTRY CODES Br azi l 55 Fr ance 33 I ndi a 91 I t al y 39 Jor dan 962 Ni ger i a 234 Paki st an 92 Pol and 48 Romani a 40 Russi a 7 Saudi Ar abi a 966 Sout h Af r i ca 27 Sr i Lanka 94 Thai l and 66 Tur key 90 UK 44 Ukr ai ne 380 US 1 Venezuel a 58 Vi et nam 84 EVERY COUNTRY NO MATTER HOW SMALL HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL CALLING CODE. PHONE HOME
  • 2. Quick tip: There are a few quick and easy sites on the internet what will automatically tell you the international dialing code if you plug in which country you’re dialing from and which you’re dialing to. JUST IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING… Why do we have area codes/international codes anyways? Area codes got their start in the United States and Canada back in 1947 when the growing populations of the larger cities made it difficult to operate an old-fashioned patch cord system. Area codes act like a map, and would have told the switchboard operator where to put the call. Originally, the lower-numbered area codes that would take less time to dial on a rotary phone were assigned to places with large populations. Then from the sixties onwards, the system was put into place all over North America and catching on all over the world as an addition to an already varied system of dialing plans. Europe had its own early system of codes mentioned in the 1960 CCITT Red Book, some of which are still around today, like +44 for the UK and +33 for France. With the number of phones and registered phone numbers around today, international calling codes allow for an easy way of ordering information. Every calling code increases the amount of numbers you could possibly register for a phone exponentially. BUT WAIT. One or two telecoms companies have their own international call prefix codes which can be used to route calls through specific networks, usually for a price. Also a few counties may have unique dialing codes for neighboring countries. If you are curious, your local telecoms company should be able to help with any additional questions you may have on international calls. Happy calling! .