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How to call a phone number in London from the United States


The number you have for London might be presented in a number of different ways:

+44 (0)20 5555 5555 (this has the UK country code)

020 5555 5555 (this assumes you're calling from within the UK)

5555 5555 (very unlikely, because it doesn't include the area code)

In each case you'll need the country code (44 for UK), and the area code, minus the leading zero (20 in the case of the example above).

To call any international number from the US, start with 011 first (from a landline phone) or hold down the 0 button until it turns into a + (from a cellphone).

011 44 20 5555 5555 (from a regular landline phone)

+44 20 5555 5555 (from your cellphone)


Nelson Rood on May 08, 2012:

Thank you. I had forgotten both processes and this worked perfectly.

kelly on February 22, 2012:

I have verizon and it will not call london at all ugh also. he has the same problem for some reason. Can someone help me cause I had pushed down 0 and i pushed type in * to. I do have international calling on my cell phone. I don't see what i am doing wrong. :/

Lawrence on June 01, 2011:

How do you use Magic Jack to call UK from your computer. I have already prepaid into my account using credit card.

nick on March 31, 2011:

Motorola) you have to.03332467669.03422208412*01*04*2011

glittes on January 17, 2011:

thanks for this update. What a hassle to call Europe. sometimes I always think we are still living in a dark world

DeeJ on September 19, 2010:

I am trying to text a friend in london on his celly, n i cant seem to figure out what codes i need to add before this number :S like do i need to add +44 AND 20? :S can someone help me out plss!

Tiffany on August 27, 2010:

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Im frustrated Im trying to call London using a cell phone through a calling card ugh!!!

John on August 23, 2010:

Elaine, on my phone (a Motorola) you have to hold * for the +, not 0. Maybe yours is the same way.

Elaine on April 08, 2010:

Holding down the 0 did not change into a +. What am I doing wrong? I want to call a cell # and must use the +44. This is very frustrating

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on May 06, 2009:

Matthew - maybe your cell phone is not enabled by your carrier to send international text messages.

Matthew on May 06, 2009:

This however did NOT work for sending a txt or a pix message. tried all ways possible, and said invalid destination address...

shyone on March 16, 2009:

To call London from the us using any phone its 011 44 20 + 8 digits

okp on September 29, 2008:

how to call from US using the internation phone card from my cell phone?

Jacob on September 03, 2008:

These always confuse me.

Pepino on July 15, 2008:

Thank you very mych for this website. It really helped. All the other websites had a bunch of weird numbers. Thanks for keeping it simple and to the point. Thanks it really helped a lot.

KnitChick on March 25, 2008:

Ah thank you!!! I need to call a store in the UK and I was trying to figure that out! This helps BIG TIME!!!! :)

Hal Licino from Toronto on July 14, 2007:

If you think this is confusing, Italy uses the same system with the 0 before the number, and it was like the UK so that you'd have to eliminate the 0 when calling from overseas. Then they changed it so that now you do have to put the 0 in. Unless of course, you're calling a cell number in which case you don't use 0. Oh fer cryin' out loud!!!:)

cgull8m from North Carolina on July 09, 2007:

It takes time to adjust, now I don't that much mostly e-mails and chat with overseas friends. This is a good one for those who want to call UK, same priniciple for other countries also.

Isabella Snow on July 07, 2007:

Gawd, calling between countries over here is such a PITA. Though, at least here they write it +420, so you don't have to wonder what the friggin 0 means! The first time I ever called Europe from the US (to AMS) it took me 5 tries to figure it out. I could have used this hub then, lol. :)

Lorna Lorraine from Croydon on July 07, 2007:

Thanks...I didn't know about the cell phone dialing.

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