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Country Phone Code and International Dialling Prefix, Explained

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A country phone code (also called calling code) is a number made up of one to three digits which you have to dial to make a call to that country. International Dialling Prefix (IDD) is a prefix-number that you have to dial first when making an international call from your country without going through a telephone operator. This is referred to as subscriber dialing of international calls.

When you as a subscriber makes a direct international phone call, you need to dial an international call prefix before the country code. The order of dialling these codes is: your country’s prefix-number first, the destination country’s calling/phone code next, then the user number you are trying to reach in the destination country. If dialing a landline in the destination country, you have to insert an area code before the user number you are trying to reach.

Country Phone Code and International Dialling Prefix

What is the phone code for America (U.S.)?

The country calling phone code for America is +1. The International Dialing Prefix (IDD) for America is 011.

What is the phone code for Canada?

The U.S. and Canada share more than borders. They also share the country calling code: +1. The International Dialing Prefix (IDD) for Canada is also 011.

What is the phone code for the United Kingdom (U.K.)?

The country calling code for the U.K. is +44. The International Dialing Prefix (IDD) for the United Kingdom is 00.

What is the phone code for Australia?

The country calling code for Australia is +61. The International Dialing Prefix (IDD) for Australia is 0011.

What is the calling code for Germany?

The country calling code for Germany is +49, while the international Dialing Prefix (IDD) is 00.

Examples of how to use country calling code and international dialling prefix

For example, if you want to make a call from the U.S. to the U.K., you have to dial the prefix-number for the U.S., followed by the calling code for the U.K., then the area code (for landlines only; area codes do not apply to mobile numbers), and lastly the user number.

Example: +011-044-7748953. This dials a UK mobile number, as no area code is included in this example.

How to fill a phone number in international format

To write or fill a phone number in full international format, first type a plus sign (+) followed by the country code, city code (for landlines), and local phone number or mobile number.

Related Article: American Cell Phone Companies: Numbers, Coverage, and Services.

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