Whether you’re calling from the US or elsewhere, here are clear step-by-step instructions to make dialing abroad pain-free.
Keep in mind that international calling rates can change depending on whether you’re outside the US or not.

How to Make an International Call

To make an international call, follow these steps:

Dial 011
This number is what you use when you place a call from the US. If you’re placing a call from somewhere outside the US, you’ll need to find the International Dialing Number (IDD) for that company.

Dial the country code
The country code will vary depending on the country you’re calling in to, but it will always have 1-3 digits.

Dial the city or area code (if applicable)
Depending on the country, you may or may not have a city or area code to dial.

Input the rest of the number

Hit the Call button

International Calling Tips

Follow these best practices to make sure you’re making effective international calls.


Check the international calling rules of the country you’re calling

Calling some places like Canada, Bermuda, and most Carribean nations is the same as making a domestic long distance call.

You just dial 1, the area code, and the number you’re calling. These countries follow the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). Countries have different amounts of digits for area/city codes and telephone numbers.

The number you’re calling might have more or less than seven digits. Check with your service provider before you make your international call.


Find out if the international call you’re making is to a mobile phone or a landline

Some countries have different procedures for calling a mobile phone versus a landline.

For example, when you’re calling a number in Cancun, Mexico, you have to dial 1 for the cell phone code after you enter the country code. Also, in some countries, you may have to pay more to call a mobile number than a landline. Making an international call to a landline may be a cheaper option.


Research Different Methods of Calling Internationally from the US

There are different ways to make international calls: a prepaid calling card, mobile phone, or a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service. A VoIP service can be a cheap alternative when you want to make an international call.

You only need an internet connection and access to a computer or laptop.

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