How to Dial Overseas Calls

By Kenneth W. Michael Wills

If you need to make overseas calls, first you must understand how to dial international numbers. Making an overseas call involves standard rules for dialing, including knowing the correct country codes. Keep in mind that calling a cell phone overseas typically will cost more than calling a landline number. Dialing steps are the same from your cell phone or your landline, although the charges vary.

Things You'll Need

  • Country calling code
  • Country exit code

Step 1

Check with your telephone company to determine your ability to make international calls. You will need an overseas calling plan, and you should verify the rates to both cell phones and landlines in the country you are planning to call.

Step 2

Ask your telephone company for the necessary country code. You can find this information online (see Resources) or by looking in your phone book.

Step 3

Dial "011" first if you are located in the United States and making a call overseas. If you are in a different country, you will need to check with your local phone company to learn that country's exit code for international dialing.

Step 4

Dial the country code of the country you are calling, following your country's exit code. For example, if calling the United Kingdom from the United States, dial "011" followed by "44."

Step 5

Complete your call by dialing the rest of the number. If the overseas number you are calling begins with a "0" after the country code, you will need to drop the "0" and dial the rest of the number. The "0" is only for calling within the country. If you were calling a number in London, United Kingdom, from the United States, the complete dialing sequence would resemble "011-44-20-9999-9999."