How To Dial Internationally
Almost everyone knows how to call their friends and family locally, but the average person probably couldn’t tell you how to dial internationally. In some cases, it may be required of you to know the steps to dial internationally. For example, you may need to make a business call or contact a loved one. It’s very easy to do this, however, and it should only take you a few practice tries to memorize it.
To dial internationally, you will need:
- A telephone or cell phone
- Pick up the phone and check for a dial tone. If there is one, you are ready to begin. If you are using a cell phone, then simply skip to step 2.
- You will want to begin by first dialing the international direct dialing number (IDD). This is essentially a number assigned to each country for use in international calling. It is assigned for the country you are calling from, not to. For example, the United States’ IDD is 011. Dial this special number in and move to step 2.
- You will now dial the international country code. This is the code assigned to the country that you are trying to reach. For example, the United States’ country code is 1. Once you’ve dialed this number, begin step 3.
- Dial the area code of the number you’re dialing. Please remember that, in some cases, there may be no area code for you to dial. This is just a required step if there is an area code.
- Lastly, dial the number you’re calling. Once you’ve dialed in all of the numbers from the steps above, you’re ready to dial the phone number. When you’re ready, select “Call” on your cell phone or simply wait if you’re using a standard telephone.