Just wondering if any anons can answer a question I have about country codes/mobile roaming.
Have a mobile number of someone I'm trying to get in touch with. They're foreign and their number is from their home country. But they're currently abroad living where I'm from.
So if I was to try and call them would I use my country code followed by their foreign number or what?
Any insight would be much appreciated:)
On a mobile, you enter "+ cc xxx nnnnnnn", where + is an actual key on the keypad that says "+", cc is the country code, xxx is their local area code without the number on the front that tells their local exchange that it's a local call, and nnnnnnn is their phone number.
Concrete example, if they're in the USA and their phone number is "555 1234567", you'd enter "+01 555 1234567". If they're in the UK and their phone number is "01506 484777", you'd dial "+44 1506 484777".
If you're on a snailphone, you do the same except you dial yor international escape prefix instead of the +, which is usually something like "00".
In your case, you'd be billed an international call to whatever country their number is from, and they'd be billed international roaming to wherever they actually are.
Unless they're on Three, where roaming is completely free.
Thanks for the help mate, much appreciated.
So basically it doesn't matter where they are originally from, in order to contact them I would enter the country code of whatever country they are currently in?
The country code of whatever country their mobile number is from.
Their telephone provider handles getting the call to wherever they've roamed to.
If they've bought a local SIM instead of roaming, they'll have a new number with a local country code.
Consider using something like Skype, because roaming and international charges can be expensive, particularly on cheap contracts.
This is irrelevent.
This is correct, though poorly explained. To call them you'd need to dial their number like they were at home. Their mobile network will know they are roaming and forward the call to the appropriate network.
Example; You are British, you're friend is visiting and roaming from America. To dial your friend, you'd need to use +1 123 456789. The call will hit your friends home network in the states and forward you on. This is why you turn your voicemail off while roaming as well, call diversions rape the shit out of you (you get charged for the incoming call when the diversion kick in, then you get charged for the outgoing diversion to the voicemail platform, which is technically a call from your number to the home network. That little money spinner might have been regulated into oblivion, but it caused a lot of complaints back when I was working in GSM.