Programming Your Mobile Phone
for International Calling
Things you should know about your phone
International Country codes
- ITU World Numbering Plan Reccommendation E.164
- 1 - North America (followed by the Area Code)
- 2 - Africa & Atlantic Islands
- 3 - Southern Europe
- 4 - Northern Europe
- 5 - Central and South America
- 6 - Southeast Asia and Oceania
- 7 - Russia and Kazakhstan
- 8 - East Asia and Special Services (Inmarsat, etc)
- 9 - West, South and Central Asia, Middle East
The Plus Sign "+"
- Business Cards in the 1970's
- Mobile Phones in the 1990's
- +1 311 555 2368 (+1 NPA NNX XXXX)
- +44 (0) 778 148 8126 ("0"Used in the National Service)
- +44 778 148 8126
- Wireless Carriers
- They tell you to dial it, but not to put it into your Contact List/Addressbook that way.
- Verizon, as always, Verizon hasn't got it right. (See my talk at HOPE six years ago). then again, you can't use Verizon phones overseas.
Using Phone Cards
- Dial the Toll Free Number (NEVER call it an "800" number - 888, 877, 866, 855 are also Toll Free)
- Dial the Exit Code (011) followed by the Country code and the number, as you would for an international call from that country
- It is not a good idea to talk on your mobile phone while it is plugged in.
- You should only do this if your battery is so low that you feel the call will be cut off unless outside power is provided.
- Bluetooth headsets use low power to talk to the phone, while the phone uses higher power to talk to the towers.