Learn how to place international phone calls and save money on the rates.

In order to make a long distance phone call, there are several bits of information you need in order to begin. You must first know the international call prefix. This code allows you to dial outside of the country that you are calling from and is unique for each country. Once you pick up your phone and hear a dial tone, you dial this code. This step and each following step are illustrated toward the middle of the page.

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The next digits that you dial are the country code of the country that you are trying to call. In some countries, the country code varies depending on whether you are calling a mobile phone or a fixed phone. Some countries have different country codes based on geography. The country code can be anywhere from 1 to 3 digits.

After dialing the country code, you must dial the area or city code. This too can be anywhere from 1 to 3 digits and narrows down your call to a smaller geographic region within the country you are calling.

Finally, you dial the local number and you are then finished dialing. Here is a summary of all the steps:

Step 1: Dial International Call Prefix
Step 2: Dial Country Code
Step 3: Dial City Code (area code)
Step 4: Dial Local Number

So let’s say you are trying to call a local number in Sao Paulo, Brazil from Miami, Florida, USA. In this example we will say the local number is “234-5678”. We know that 011 is the international call prefix when dialing from inside the USA. The country code for Brazil is 55. The city code (or area code) for Sao Paulo is 11. This is all the information we need. To make the call, we would dial 011 55 11 2345678.

As you can see we dial the international call prefix 011, followed by the country code 55, then the area code 11, and then the local number 2345678. It’s that simple.

Saving money on international calls

Now that you know how to place an international call, it’s important to know how to save money on the call. Calling internationally can be very expensive if you do not use the right carrier. There are, however, methods to find the best and cheapest carrier for each international call you make. One such method is known as international callback.
Some carriers charge higher rates than others to some countries and lower rates to other countries. Having one carrier will not ensure that you always get the lowest international calling rate. When using international callback, the provider chooses the cheapest carrier for each call you make.

How this works is you dial a unique access number given to you by your provider and hang up. You are not charged for this call. The provider then calls you back and when you answer, they prompt you for your PIN number and the international number you are trying to call. Based on where you are calling, the provider selects the cheapest carrier for that call and that is what you are charged. Using the international callback method to place international calls can save you up to 80% on the call.

 

Country Code
Afghanistan 93
Albania 355
Algeria 213
Andorra 376
Angola 244
Anguilla 1264
Antigua & Barbuda 1268
Argentina 54
Armenia 374
Aruba 297
Australia 61
Austria 43
Azerbaijan 994
Bahamas 1242
Bahrain 973
Bangladesh 880
Barbados 1246
Belarus 375
Belgium 32
Belize 501
Benin 229
Bermuda 1441
Bhutan 975
Bolivia 591
Bosnia & Herzegovina 387
Botswana 267
Brazil 55
Brunei Darussalam 673
Bulgaria 359
Burkina Faso 226
Burundi 257
Cambodia 855
Cameroon 237
Canada 1
Cape Verde 238
Cayman Islands 1345
Central African Republic 236
Chad 235
Chile 56
China 86
Colombia 57
Comoros 269
Congo 242
Congo, D.R. 243
Cook Islands 682
Costa Rica 506
Cote dIvoire 225
Croatia 385
Cuba 53
Cyprus 357
Czech Republic 420
Denmark 45
Djibouti 253
Dominica 1767
Dominican Republic 1829
Ecuador 593
Egypt 20
El Salvador 503
Equatorial Guinea 240
Estonia 372
Ethiopia 251
Faroe Islands 298
Fiji 679
Finland 358
France 33
French Guiana 594
French Polynesia 689
Gabon 241
Gambia 220
Georgia 995
Germany 49
Ghana 233
Gibraltar 350
Greece 30
Greenland 299
Grenada 1473
Guadeloupe 590
Guam 1671
Guatemala 502
Guernsey 44
Guinea 224
Guinea-Bissau 245
Guyana 592
Haiti 509
Honduras 504
Hong Kong 852
Hungary 36
Iceland 354
India 91
Indonesia 62
Iran 98
Iraq 964
Ireland 353
Isle of Man 44
Israel 972
Italy 39
Jamaica 1876
Japan 81
Jersey 44
Jordan 962
Kazakhstan 7
Kenya 254
Kosovo 377
Kuwait 965
Kyrgyzstan 996
Laos 856
Latvia 371
Lebanon 961
Lesotho 266
Liberia 231
Libya 218
Liechtenstein 423
Lithuania 370
Luxembourg 352
Macau 853
Macedonia 389
Madagascar 261
Malawi 265
Malaysia 60
Maldives 960
Mali 223
Malta 356
Martinique 596
Mauritania 222
Mauritius 230
Mayotte 262
Mexico 52
Moldova 373
Monaco 377
Mongolia 976
Montenegro 382
Montserrat 1664
Morocco 212
Mozambique 258
Namibia 264
Nepal 977
Netherlands 31
Netherlands Antilles 599
New Caledonia 687
New Zealand 64
Nicaragua 505
Niger 227
Nigeria 234
Norway 47
Oman 968
Pakistan 92
Palestinian Territory 970
Panama 507
Papua New Guinea 675
Paraguay 595
Peru 51
Philippines 63
Poland 48
Portugal 351
Puerto Rico 1
Qatar 974
Reunion 262
Romania 40
Russia 7
Rwanda 250
Samoa 685
San Marino 378
Sao Tome & Principe 239
Saudi Arabia 966
Senegal 221
Serbia 381
Seychelles 248
Sierra Leone 232
Singapore 65
Slovakia 421
Slovenia 386
South Africa 27
South Korea 82
Spain 34
Sri Lanka 94
St Kitts & Nevis 1869
St Lucia 1758
St Vincent & the Grenadines 1784
Sudan 249
Suriname 597
Swaziland 268
Sweden 46
Switzerland 41
Syria 963
Taiwan 886
Tajikistan 992
Tanzania 255
Thailand 66
Timor-Leste 670
Togo 228
Tonga 676
Trinidad & Tobago 1868
Tunisia 216
Turkey 90
Turkmenistan 993
Turks & Caicos Islands 1649
Uganda 256
Ukraine 380
United Arab Emirates 971
United Kingdom 44
United States 1
Uruguay 598
Uzbekistan 998
Vanuatu 678
Venezuela 58
Vietnam 84
Virgin Islands, British 1284
Virgin Islands, U.S. 1340
Yemen 967
Zambia 260
Zimbabwe 263