How to Call the UK from the United States

If you want to stay in contact with people in the United Kingdom, you can give them a call from the United States with ease. To call someone in the UK you'll have to dial "011", then "44," followed by the person's number. When you call the UK, there are a couple of other things you should also keep in mind, like the additional fees you may incur from making an international call. If you follow the right steps and dial the right numbers, you'll be talking to someone in the UK in no time.

Part One of Three:
Dialing the Phone Number
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    Dial 011 or the “+” key. 011 is the number that you dial to make a call outside of the United States. Some cell phones require you to dial + instead of 011 to dial outside of the country. Try either method if calling from a cell phone.[1]
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    Dial 44. This number is the country code for the United Kingdom. After dialing 44 you’ll be able to call any number in the UK.[2]
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    Enter the area code. The UK is made of different area codes that can have anywhere from 2-5 digits in the number. If the area code has a 0 in front of it, do not dial this number. Enter the rest of the numbers after the 0.[3]
    • Popular area codes include 020 for London, 0113 for Leeds, 0161 for Manchester, and 01452 for Gloucester.
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    Enter the rest of their phone number. The rest of the phone number should be anywhere from 4-8 digits. The area code and phone number combined will make up a 10-digit number. This is the length of all phone numbers in the UK.[4]
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    Wait for the phone to ring. Once you’ve dialed the full 10-digit number, the phone should start ringing on the other side. Wait for the person in the UK to pick up their end of the phone.
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Part 1 Quiz

How many digits total do you have to dial?

Nope! A regular phone number in the UK is made up of 4-8 digits. However, remember that you have to dial a country code and an area code first! Pick another answer!

Not quite! The area code and the phone number will add up to a total of 10 digits. This is the same for all numbers in the UK. Don’t forget to add a code to dial out and a country code. Try another answer...

That’s right! To call the UK from the US, you’ll need to dial a code to dial out (011), the UK country code (44), the area code (2-5 digits), and the phone number (4-8 digits). Don’t forget that the area code and the phone number always add up to 10 digits! Read on for another quiz question.

Part Two of Three:
Considering Other Practicalities
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    Calculate the time in the UK. The UK uses BSD, or British Standard Time, during the summer and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) for the rest of the year. The continental U.S., on the other hand, has four time zones. Be mindful of the time differences so that you don't call the UK at inappropriate hours of the night.[5]
    • The time in the UK 5 hours ahead of EST.
    • The time in the UK is 6 hours ahead of CST.
    • The time in the UK is 7 hours ahead of MST.
    • The time in the UK is 8 hours ahead of PST.[6]
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    Schedule the call beforehand. Calculate the time difference between where you are and the UK and schedule a call-time with the person that works for the both of you. This will ensure that you aren't calling them while they are at work, sleeping, or doing something important.
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    Determine the extra fees. Many phone companies will charge extra fees for making international calls. Read and understand your phone plan so that you know how much extra you’ll have to pay.
    • Some mobile companies will have special plans created to make international calls, so you may want to investigate this if you’re calling the UK frequently.
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Part 2 Quiz

If it is 8:00 a.m. in New York, what time is it in London?

Not exactly! The UK is more than 3 hours ahead of EST. If you are ever in doubt, remember that you can simply search for a time converter online. Click on another answer to find the right one...

Try again! London is more than 4 hours ahead of EST, or the time zone that New York is located in. Choose another answer!

Correct! The UK is 5 hours ahead of EST. Remember, that the UK is 6 hours ahead of CST, 7 hours ahead of MST, and 8 hours ahead of PST. Read on for another quiz question.

Not quite! The UK is less than 6 hours ahead of New York and EST. Try to plan your call beforehand so you make sure to schedule a convenient time for both parties. Click on another answer to find the right one...

Nope! Neither BSD nor GMT isn't quite that far ahead of EST. Remember, BSD stands for British Standard Time and GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time. Choose another answer!

Part Three of Three:
Exploring Cheaper Alternatives
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    Chat online. Avoid excessive international calling fees by using video chatting applications like Skype or Google Voice. To avoid the international fee, make sure that both people have an account registered with the application and use the local internet to connect to one another. You can also use chat programs to talk through text rather than making expensive calls.[7]
    • Popular chat applications include Gchat, Yahoo Messenger, and Facebook Messenger.
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    Use international calling cards. You can purchase an international calling card at some department stores, online, or through your phone provider. You can load money onto these cards and use them to make calls to the UK at a much lower rate than long-distance calls typically cost.[8]
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    Utilize email and social media to communicate. While sometimes a slower means of communication, email and social media is a great way to stay in contact with people without having to call them often. Consider using this option if you want to save some money.
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Part 3 Quiz

Which option lets you load money onto a prepaid account?

Not quite! Online chat services are great ways to contact people around the world, and they're even often free! Gchat allows free calls to other Gmail members. Other services include Skype and Yahoo Messenger. Some of these allow you to add money for certain types of calls, but there is almost always a free option. Pick another answer!

Great! International calling cards let you call internationally from your phone for much cheaper than it would normally cost. You can prepay them and use the money as you go. Buy an international calling card at a department store or online. Read on for another quiz question.

Not exactly! Most social media outlets are free and have a varying range of communication options. Some have video and voice chat, while others allow messaging. Social media is a good way to stay in touch for free and can even replace a phone call! There’s a better option out there!

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  • How much does it cost to call the UK from America?
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    • It depends on your plan. On average, it's $1.59 (U.S. dollars) per minute.
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  • How do I call a London number from an American cell phone while in London?
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    • Switch the sim or go get a new London sim card and transfer your numbers to your new sim. If this doesn't work, you can follow the steps in this article.
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    • It depends on your provider. If your provider does allow it, they may charge you international calling fees.
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  • What is the USA code I should dial when calling from London?
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    • The code for the USA is 001. Use this, then the area code, plus the number you wish to reach.
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  • How do I call a United States number from England?
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    • Dial 00, Europe's international access code, or enter + from any mobile phone. Dial 1, the country code for the US and Canada. Dial the phone number, including area code.
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  • What do I do if the operator says the line is busy while calling another country?
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    • You can wait a bit, and call back. It probably only says that because they're calling someone else at the time.
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  • How do I call the UK from the U.S. and hide my number?
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    • Dial 141. Enter this prefix before dialing a phone number to prevent the person you are calling from seeing your phone number on Caller ID.
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    • Yes, you would need to dial 011 44 and then the number you want to reach.
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