How to Call Australia from the USA

Calling someone in Australia from the U.S. may seem like a challenge, but it is actually rather easy to do. You simply need to know the proper codes to dial before punching in the number. If you go slowly, and pay attention to what you're doing, you'll be chatting with someone in Australia in no time.

Method One of Four:
Calling a Landline in Australia

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    Locate the city code of the city you are calling. In Australia, each city has an individual city code. You will need to dial the area code during the calling process. You should be able to locate the area online with a simple Google search.[1]
    • For example, Melbourne's city code is 3. Sydney's city code is 2.
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    Dial the international exit code. Jot down the area code and begin your call. To start, you will need to dial the international exit code for the United States. This is a number that signals your call is going outside of the United States or Canada. The number is "011." Dial "011" to begin the call.[2]
  3. 3
    Dial the country code for Australia. For international calls, each country has its own code to direct the call. The Australian country code is 61. Dial "61" to direct your call to Australia.[3]
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    Leave out the zero. In Australia, a "0" at the beginning of a number is known as the "trunk code." Trunk codes are codes used for national calls that must be dialed prior to dialing the number. They are unnecessary for international calls. If a phone number begins with a 0, ignore it and dial the rest of the number.[4][5]
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    Dial the number. From here, you will dial the number you wish to reach. Include the city code first, and then dial the number. In Australia, phone numbers are 9 digits.[6]
    • To review, say you're calling Sydney. To make a call to a landline phone, you would dial 011-61, then 2, followed by the 9 digit phone number.

Method Two of Four:
Calling a Cell Phone in Australia

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    Dial the international exit code for the USA. The process of calling a cellphone is highly similar to the process of calling a landline phone. You would again start by dialing the international exit code for the US, which is 011.[7]
  2. 2
    Dial the country code. From there, dial Australia's country code. This signals the call should be directed to Australia. The country code for Australia is "61."[8]
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    Dial the number four. The number "4" indicates you are calling a cellphone. You need to dial the number "4" if the number you're trying to reach is not a landline.[9]
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    Dial the mobile phone number. From here, you can dial the phone number. As with a landline, ignore the number "0" before a phone number. This is a trunk code, which is only necessary for national calls.[10]
    • To review, to call a cell phone in Australia you would dial "011-61-4" followed by the cell phone number.

Method Three of Four:
Calling Over the Internet

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    Go for a cheap subscription service. There are many online calling services you can install that only cost a small subscription. These services may be cheaper and easier than making international phone calls, and may be worth the money if you must frequently phone Australia.[11]
    • Many of these services require a small attachment for your computer. YMax magicJack, for example, comes with a small attachment that must be plugged into a laptop's USB port.
    • Usually, you must purchase the software for a fee. Some fees are as low as $40, while others are as high as $250. Once you purchase the software, however, rates are fairly low. Some services only have a yearly subscription fee, which can be as low as $320.
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    Use something free, like Skype. Skype is free, as long as you sign up for an account, and can easily be used to make international calls. As long as the party you're trying to reach has Skype, this can be a free alternative to calling. Also, you will need to make sure your computer has speakers and a microphone. Many computers have these things built in.[12]
    • Log into Skype, click on "contacts," and then double click the party you wish to call.
    • There are two icons, one of which looks like a phone. You should press this button, which will allow you to make a voice call.
    • Skype also allows you to call multiple people at once if you need to do something like a conference call for work.
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    Try a Google voice account. Google voice is free to use, but international calls do cost money. However, rates tend to be much cheaper than they are for international calls, and adding credit to your account is fairly simple. You just log into your Google voice account, and click "Calling credit" and add credit if necessary.[13]
    • You can make an international call by clicking "call" on your Google voice account. You would then enter the number as you would normally enter an international number, including things like the calling code.
    • Keep time in mind, as Google calls are not free. While rates are cheaper, you still to make sure you do not let the call go on too long.

Method Four of Four:
Managing the Cost of Calls

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    Buy an international calling card. International calls can get expensive, especially if you have to make them frequently. You can save some money by investing in an international calling card online or from your phone provider.[14]
    • With a calling card, you pre-pay for the minutes. This can stop you from receiving high fees as you'll have to make sure you do not let calls run too long.
    • However, read calling card contracts closely. Some have a variety of hidden fees, and you can rack up extra fees fast. You do not want to end up spending the same amount, or more, on a calling card.
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    Scrutinize international calling plans carefully before signing up. If you need to make calls to Australia frequently, an international calling plan can help. Your service provider may offer a discount or specialized plan, depending on your services.[15]
    • A country specific calling plan is best. If your calling plan assures you can make calls only to Australia, it may not cost as much as a general international calling plan. If you only make calls to Australia, you will not need to pay for other services.
    • As with a calling card, be wary of hidden fees. Read any contract you sign closely and scan it for any fees that look suspicious or extravagant.
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    Consider alternatives to calling. If calling is getting expensive, look into alternatives. There are other ways to communicate besides over the phone.
    • Use social media to your advantage. Add international friends to social media accounts and communicate with them via things like Facebook and Twitter.
    • You can also email. You can agree to email back and forth with a friend to update him or her on your life. This can be a free way to stay in touch with a long distance friend.

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  • Be sure to calculate the time in Australia before you place your call to avoid calling at an anti-social hour. The time zone in Australia is UTC/GMT +10 hours.
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