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    Could anyone enlighten me as to what (or where i could find) the international prefix i have to add onto a number to dial the US from the UK?

    Also, I have surfed around a couple of sites and found a variety of formats for US telephone numbers? Could anyone out there in the US tell me if there is a difference in the formatting of mobile numbers to landline number .etc.

    A couple of sample numbers i have seen so far are the likes of;
    888-XXX-XXXX
    (281) XXX-XXX
    1-XXX-WORD-XX

    Lastly, (seriously) what is the relevance of the words in the telephone numbers such as in the last example above. Is it the letters on the telephone eg. 1 = abc, 2= def .etc. and jsut for branding and ease of remembering?

    Sorry for my naivety, i just have no experience of that kind of thing.

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    The Internation access code for the USA, Canada and many countries in the Caribbean is 1.

    You probably have to preface that with a couple of 0's to dial from the UK.

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    Hi JQ,

    You would dial 00+1+number. For example, if the number is 888-555-1212 you would dial 001-888-555-1212. Some places put a 1 in front of the number such as 1-888-555-1212. In that case you wouldn't put the one again. It would just be 001-888-555-1212.

    There is no difference between cel and landlines or the actual numbers. It's all just formatting.

    In a phone number where there is a word such as 800-WORD-TOO it is just used to make it easier for people to remember. The words correspond to the numbers on the phone pad. Here is the breakdown:

    2=abc
    3=def
    4=ghi
    5=jkl
    6=mno
    7=pqrs
    8=tuv
    9=wxyz

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    It's 1.

    So, the format should be:
    (xx)-1-(Area Code)-xxx-xxxx

    xx = Code to dial international from your country
    Area Code = 3 digit number
    xxx-xxxx = US phone number

    But,
    I don't think you can dial the TOLL FREE numbers from outside US (that is the 1-800, 1-888, 1-877- etc.). Since it's going to cost them lots of money if they allow that

    Regards,

    =xo=

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    *dials 0* . . . . "Hello" says the operator

    Me: "Could you please connect me to the United States?" and "Oh, by the way Miss, could you please give me the number?"



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    Toll free number can only be reach from US and Canada, outsite people have to get the normal number to call. Some company like overture post only the toll-free number, so you need to ask them to have a non-toll-free version.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RedFish:
    Toll free number can only be reach from US and Canada, outsite people have to get the normal number to call. Some company like overture post only the toll-free number, so you need to ask them to have a non-toll-free version.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Yes, this really is a PITA sometimes. All I get when trying these before realising was a 'please check the number & try again'.
    Sometimes hunting down non-toll-free #'s is quite annoying & time consuming.

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    I recommend PC2phone - it's cheaper and most pc2phone companies allow you to call toll free numbers for free from anywhere in the world!

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    Many countries offer a method for dialling U.S toll free numbers.

    Check your phone book for instructions.

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