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

Updated on July 6, 2007

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)


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      Nelson Rood 

      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

      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. :/

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      9 years ago

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

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      9 years ago

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

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      9 years ago

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

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      10 years ago

      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!

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      10 years ago

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

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      10 years ago

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

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      10 years ago

      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

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

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

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      12 years ago

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

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      12 years ago

      These always confuse me.

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      12 years ago

      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.

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      12 years ago

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

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      Hal Licino 

      13 years ago from Toronto

      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!!!:)

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      13 years ago from North Carolina

      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.

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      Isabella Snow 

      13 years ago

      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. :)

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      Lorna Lorraine 

      13 years ago from Croydon

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


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