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How to make an international phone call from US to London.

Dec 3rd, 2003, 10:24 AM
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How to make an international phone call from US to London.

I've never made an international call and, frankly, i'm confused by all the #'s involved.
I'm interested in calling a London restaurant which has it's # as: 020 7251 1515.

I think I'm supposed to use 011 44 and then the city code, either 171 or 181. It just seems like too many #'s. Thanks in advance.
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Dec 3rd, 2003, 10:28 AM
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011 44 20 7251 1515

That's it. The 20 is the area code. 171 and 181 died a few years ago

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Dec 3rd, 2003, 10:30 AM
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Some of the local codes (171 and 181) have changed. I know the 011-44 part is right, but it might actually be 011-44-207-251-1511 (the zero in front of 020 might need to be dropped). Anyone else????
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Dec 3rd, 2003, 10:41 AM
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That's exactly right Heidi.
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Dec 3rd, 2003, 10:47 AM
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Well, almost right. But note that Heidi ended the number with a 1 instead of a 5. Both Flanneruk and Heidi have the right idea though, obviously!
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Dec 3rd, 2003, 11:01 AM
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I don't know what your local calling plan is, but I make a fair number of international calls, always using phone cards from corner stores. That way I only pay a few cents per minute.
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Dec 3rd, 2003, 11:03 AM
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Thanks so much, everyone! And so quick too.
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Dec 3rd, 2003, 11:07 AM
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Even better than a phone card is a 10 10 number..billed at a few cents a minute to your home phone.
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Dec 3rd, 2003, 11:43 AM
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I'm embarassed. I get the hard part right and screw up the easy one! Oh well, such is life past 40. I find myself making these mistakes more and more....
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Dec 6th, 2003, 08:21 AM
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Here is an example of what you need to dial:
011 44 222 333 5555 (don't dial the zero between my 4 and 2. It's just like our area code and 7 digit number, after you've dialed the 44.
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Dec 6th, 2003, 08:44 AM
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The best 101 service I have found for calls to land lines in the UK is 1016868...7.9 cents a minute, no monthly minimums, no monthly charges, billed directly on your local phone bill.

So, you call 1016868-011-44-20-7251-1515. 1016868 is very wide spread in the US but not everywhere. The only way to know if it works is to try it.

There are other 101 services that advertise lower rates US-UK but you have to read the fine print to see there are monthly charges and/or set up costs.

Incidentally, calls to UK mobile phones which are close to 30 cents/minute from most US carriers and 101 services are only 13 cents/minute using 1016868.
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Dec 6th, 2003, 09:22 AM
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FYI: The following web site, http://www.ldfacts.com/The%20Math%20of%2010-10-987.htm , will give you some comparisons to a number of calling plans so you can decide for yourself which one is a better deal. In this web sites example they show 10-10-987 where there rates are 3? per minute and a 39? connect fee.
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Dec 6th, 2003, 09:24 AM
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Sorry for the above post. It seems Fodors replaced my cent signs with question marks. ???????
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