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Making international calls can be a great way to stay connected with friends and family abroad.

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Here's a breakdown of the steps involved:

1. Know your exit code and country code:

  • Exit code: This is a number you dial before the international number to indicate you're calling outside your country. The exit code is specific to your country. For example, the exit code from the United States is 011. You can find your country's exit code with a web search or by checking your phone carrier's website.

  • Country code: This is a unique number assigned to each country. You can find country codes online or through your phone carrier. For instance, the code for France is 33, and for China it's 86.

2. Dialing the number:

Here's the general format for dialing an international number:

  • Exit code + Country code + City/Area code + Local phone number

Example: Let's say you want to call someone in Paris, France. You would look up the following:

  • Exit code for your country (US): 011
  • Country code for France: 33
  • Paris area code: 1 (assuming the phone number is in Paris)
  • Local phone number: 12345678

Dialing the complete number: 011 (exit code) + 33 (France) + 1 (Paris) + 12345678 (local number) = 011 33 1 12345678

3. Using your phone:

  • Mobile phones: Most mobile phones allow you to directly dial international numbers. Simply follow the dialing format mentioned above and hit call.
  • Landline phones: Check with your landline service provider for specific instructions on making international calls. You might need to use a calling card or dial an access code before the international number.

4. Consider calling apps:

There are various calling apps available for smartphones and computers that often offer competitive rates for international calls. These apps typically require an internet connection (Wi-Fi or data) and may have different pricing structures, so be sure to check their rates before using them.

5. Cost factors:

  • Phone carrier: Check your phone carrier's plan or website for international calling rates. They may have different charges depending on the destination country.
  • Calling apps: As mentioned earlier, research the rates offered by calling apps before using them.

Remember: International calling rates can vary depending on your location, phone carrier, and chosen method (traditional phone line vs. calling apps). It's always wise to check the costs involved before making an international call.

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