What You Need to Know Before Making an International Call

14th May 2016

If you’ve never previously made an international call, then there’s a lot that you might need to educate yourself about before you do make such a call. That’s because there are various implications of international calling which don’t apply to calls made to other numbers within the UK. Here are various little bits of information that you will need before calling globally.

The basics of making an international call

The number that you dial will consist of three distinct elements: the origination country exit code, destination country code and telephone number – in that order. The exit code is what has been assigned to the country from which you will call, while the destination code depends on which country you will call to. What we here refer to as the telephone number is, of course, the main part of the overall number.

You can easily head to the international calling guide HowtoCallAbroad.com to look up the exit code and destination code that you require for a particular call. However, once you’ve gathered the three aforementioned elements, you might still need to drop a digit. Most countries add what is called a Trunk Code in front of their telephone numbers – but this code, usually a single digit of 0, is intended strictly for domestic calls. Therefore, it must be dropped if you want to make an international call to that number.

A few more things to think about

Before placing an international call, you need to be certain that your telephone service provider hasn’t blocked your ability to make international calls. In fact, some providers have this kind of block in place by default. Also, if you want to call over a VoIP connection, your VoIP service provider might have enabled you to call internationally without the need for an exit code – in which case, omitting the exit code might be mandatory.

You should also check whether the number you want to call requires an area code. In most countries, one of the notable exceptions being the United States, cell phone numbers adhere to a national format and, therefore, do not use area codes. Typically, a cell phone number will instead have a starting digit which does not appear in a landline number.

We can help you to cut the costs of international calls

One common dilemma with making international calls is that they can be surprisingly expensive. This can prove an especially big issue if you want to make regular and frequent such calls – perhaps to keep in touch with a friend or family member who lives abroad, or negotiate with international clients if those calls are part of your corporate routine.

However, turn to Planet Numbers and you can soon start benefitting from less pricey calls. We can, for example, allow you to make calls to Pakistan at just 4p per minute, whether from a landline or mobile phone. With our help, you can regularly make low price calls to various other parts of the world, like India, Australia and Canada, too.