How do I make a cell phone call, it's so frustrating with all the codes?
Making a cell phone call in Europe can be a bit different from what you're used to, especially if you're calling internationally. It’s true, it can be quite challenging, but generally if dialing internationally including within the EU, make sure the country code is complete.
1. Dialing Within Europe:
When making a call within the same country, you typically just need to dial the local number (including the area code if applicable). For example, if you're in France and the local number is 0123456789, you would dial it as is.
2. Dialing Internationally:
If you're calling a different country within Europe, you'll need to include the international dialing code. For example, to call from France to Spain, you'd dial Spain's country code first. The international dialing code for Spain is +34, so you would dial +34 followed by the local number.
3. Adding the "+" Sign:
The "+" sign is a universal symbol for indicating an international call. You can usually find it on your phone's keypad. To input the "+", press and hold the "0" key (zero) until the "+" sign appears.
4. Country Codes:
Every country has a specific international dialing code. For example, the country code for Spain is +34, for France is +33, and for Italy is +39. You can find a list of country codes online for reference.
5. Removing Leading Zeros:
Some countries have leading zeros in their area codes. When dialing internationally, you typically omit these zeros. For example, if a local number in Italy is 02-12345678, you would dial +39 2 12345678.
6. Emergency Numbers:
Throughout Europe, the emergency number for police, fire, and medical assistance is 112. You can dial this number for immediate help in any European country.
7. Using Roaming or Local SIM Card:
If you're using a foreign SIM card, follow the instructions provided by your service provider. If you're using your home SIM card with roaming, ensure that international calling is enabled on your plan.
8. Consider Apps:
You can also use messaging apps like WhatsApp, Skype, or Viber, which allow you to make voice and video calls over the internet. These apps can be more cost-effective for international calls.
Remember, if you're still having difficulty making calls, don't hesitate to reach out to your mobile provider for assistance. They can provide specific instructions based on your current location and service plan.