4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2008 10:00 AM by Roy Levien
Roy Levien Level 1 (15 points)
Two related questions:

(1) How should international numbers be entered into contacts (for US use)?

For example should a UK number like +44 (0)20 7993 8754 be entered as +44020... or +4420 or 01144.... Will a single entry work if the phone is being used in both the US and abroad (see next)?

(2) How should international numbers be dialed (while traveling)?

For example, while in the UK, will one of the number formats above work to reach a UK number, or is it necessary to dial a different version with the prefix omitted, e.g., 020... or 20...?

And a third, related, question:

(3) How should US numbers be entered so that they can be called both from within the US, and from overseas? With or without the +1 prefix?

Thanks for any help!

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  • Locust76 Level 1 (25 points)
    If international calling is something you're going to be doing, ALWAYS use the +(country code) format.

    I use it for all my phone numbers, foreign and domestic. That way the number works no matter where I am. Dialing rules change depending on which country you're in. For example, I have a German iPhone. If I tried to dial a German number while I was, for example, in France, the UK or America, it wouldn't work. I would have to dial as if I were dialing internationally. Using the +(country code) format ensures that you can save a number once and use it anywhere inthe world.

    The format is simple. "+" simply replaces any crap dialing rules your country may have. For the states, you have to dial 011 (country code) to get an international line, for Germany it's "00 (country code)." The "+" replaces 011 and 00.

    As long as you enter everything in +(country code) format, you won't have to worry about how you dial. You will, of course, have to figure out if there are any extra numbers. For example, in Germany, you always start "normal" dialing with a 0. For international calls, that first 0 is dropped. That means that a number that starts with 0212 would become +49 212 xxx xxxx.

    Stateside numbers are easy: they're always +1 (area code) number.
  • Roy Levien Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks, that's very helpful!

    Any idea how to parse a number like this one: (+43) 070 / 77 26 26 - 0
  • Locust76 Level 1 (25 points)
    I'm not sure, but I would guess it would be like in Germany and you'd drop the first 0, making it +43 70 77 26 26 0 ... or maybe +43 707 726 260... it really depends on the country and you'd have to ask someone who lives there who knows how to dial into the country.
  • Roy Levien Level 1 (15 points)
    I can confirm that Locust76's approach works perfectly, at least in the EU and US: no troubles dialing any numbers anywhere in the world.