How to Call the United States From France

Whether you're an American traveling abroad or a French national conducting business with an United States colleague, calling the United States from France boils down to the same process as placing any other international call: dialling an exit code, country code, area code and then phone number.


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    Dial 00. This is the exit code that signals to your telephone provider that you're about to make an international call.
    • Not all countries have the same exit code, but 00 applies in most of Europe and quite a few other countries as well. For example, if you were calling from the United States, Canada or any other country that participates in the North American Numbering Plan, the exit code would be 011 instead.[1]
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    Dial 1. This is the United States country code. This number is universal, meaning you would be dialling this number to call the United States from any other country in the world.
    • The country code 1 also applies to any country in the North American Numbering Plan.
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    Dial the 3-digit area code. All US area codes are three digits long and are most likely included when phone numbers are displayed or given. If an area code is not provided, you will need to look up the ZIP code of the person you are calling. There are many online resources that will help you calculate possible area codes for each US ZIP code.
    • US mobile phones may be assigned to any area code. Usually a mobile phone's area code indicates the area in which service was first established. But an individual can keep the same cell phone number, including area code when he or she relocates. So the cell phone's area code doesn't always match the geographical location of the user.
    • If the 3-digit prefix is 800, 877, 866 or 888, this indicates that you're calling a toll-free number. The phone receiving a toll-free call could be anywhere in the country, or the call could even be routed to a call center in another country.
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    Dial the remaining 7 digits. In total, all United States phone numbers are exactly 10 digits long, including the area code.
    • Check the world times to ensure that whoever you are calling in the United States is available to take your call.

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  • How do I dial the US from Paris on a US cell phone?
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    • Dial 00 or "+" key, then 1 + area code and number. If you are using a French SIM card or if you are roaming in France, this pattern of dialing is required.
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  • How can I call an international mobile phone in the United States from a mobile phone in France?
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    • To place a call to a destination outside of the US that can't be dialed direct using 10-digit dialing, you must start with 011. Next, you must use the country code, and then the number you wish to reach. For example, if you would like to call a number in France, dial 011, the country code 33, and then the phone number.
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  • What is the cheapest way to call mobile-to-mobile from France to the USA (using a USA smartphone)?
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    • If your mobile phone is unlocked, then the best way to do that is to obtain a French SIM card and make calls from there. Most French carriers have international calling minutes to call most countries included in their prepaid tariffs.
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  • How do I call from USA to France?
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    • Dial 011, or "+" if calling from a mobile. Then 33 and the phone number, omitting the first 0 in front of the number.
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  • Can I follow this article's instructions if I am calling from a WiFi-supported cellphone connection such as Viber?
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    • Yes, it shouldn't be a problem.
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  • How do I call the US from France if I have a UK mobile?
  • How do I call the United States from a phone from another country while I am in France?
  • What is the approximate cost of calling the United States from France?
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  • When I dial as instructed, a French recording comes on (don't understand) - call does not go through?
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  • Check with your local telephone provider about the costs of placing an international call. You may be charged a fee or be billed by the minute.
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  • You can purchase telephone cards that allow you to place international calls at a flat rate.
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  • All public telephone booths in France have a "How-To" that explains how to make a phone call.
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