Confused on how to dial an international number? Ever wondered how to use the + symbol on your phone? We’re here to help! We review how to call international phone numbers (both from your host country and while traveling) using international exit codes.

If you’ve traveled abroad or even had to call someone in another country, it can often be a confusing process. You’ll often see numbers listed with a plus sign and hear about country codes, exit codes, etc. It’s surprisingly confusing, and somewhat stressful when you’re trying to call a hotel abroad to let them know that you’ll be checking in late or trying to make alternative arrangements.

How to Dial an International Number

First of all, in order to dial a number aboard, you will need to use an international exit code (also known as an International Direct Dial Code). For simplicity sake, let’s assume you’re calling the following number ( +44 7??? ??? ???) from the US. If you’re in:

  • USA, you’ll dial: 011 44 7??? ??? ??
  • Germany, you’ll dial: 00 44 7??? ??? ??
  • Australia, you’ll dial: 0011 44 7??? ??? ??

Plus (+) sign

What about the plus sign? It’s actually a nice little trick! Most modern phones and systems recognize the plus (+) sign as a shortcut signaling that it’s an international call. It automatically adds the international exit code for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about figuring out which international exit code you need to use.

To use the plus (+) sign on your smartphone, just press and hold the 0 button. You’ll see that the plus sign is now activated.

Let us know if you have any tips or tricks when it comes to calling internationally in the comments section below. We’d love to hear your experiences.

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