# what does 44 mean at the front of a phone number?

Posted 5th Aug 2009
i know im being dumb, ive been given a number to call and i can get it. The number begins 44, there must be another number to go in front.
What does +44 mean at the front of a phone number?

+44 is the international dialing code for the United Kingdom. Using +44 at the start of a British number allows you to call this number from outside of the UK.

How can I convert a phone number to an international format?

If you’re abroad and want to call a British number, you’ll need to use the international calling code to do so. Here’s how to do so in 3 simple steps:

• Take the local number you want to convert and drop the first 0 (e.g. 020 7946 0018 becomes 20 7946 0018).
• Add + 44 to the start of this number (e.g. +44 20 7946 0018)
• If you can’t find the + symbol on your phone, you can also use 0044 (e.g. 0044 20 7946 0018). This will also let you call the number from abroad.

What is the difference between 07 and +44 at the start of British numbers?

The difference is simple. 07 is the prefix used when dialing a British number inside the UK, while +44 is what used when dialing a British number outside the UK.

You might ask whether +44 and 07 are the same. This isn’t the case. They are two different prefixes used for two different situations. So to convert phone number to international format, you just need to take off the 07 prefix and add +44.

How do you call a +44 number from the UK

It isn’t necessary to use the +44 prefix to call British numbers inside the UK, although doing this will still let you call a number normally. For example, for the number (020) 7946 0018, you could also call +44 20 7946 0018 or 0044 20 7946 0018 inside the UK and the call will be made successfully. However, you couldn’t call (020) 7946 0018 from inside a foreign country to call this British number. So essentially does +44 mean 07? Yes!

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1. [deleted]
Well, they're at least 14 years old - as that's how long since they asked the question.
2. 44 intl dialing code for the uk
3. the sedge;5941253

44 intl dialing code for the uk

We have a winner!
4. Resurrection of perhaps the most stupid question ever submitted. Google did exist back then.
5. craig guy;5941264

thanks so much, why dont they just put a 0 ?

Generally because if you include the country code in a number, it will work anywhere...
6. joyf453617/06/2020 08:18

00 44 then drop the 0 at the start of the phone number from abroad. 00 …00 44 then drop the 0 at the start of the phone number from abroad. 00 does not work from some places so use +44

Good job you replied, I'd have thought after 11 years they may have got the answer....
7. Uk number? Replace the 44 with a 0
8. +44
also means
0
9. craig guy;5941264

thanks so much, why dont they just put a 0 ?

In case you're calling from overseas I would think? +44 will still work uk to uk...
10. If your number already starts with a 0, eg 02567892, then for international calls to the UK where you have a +44 you remove the 0 so it would be +442567892 for calling from the Uk or overseas. If you only want uk to uk calls, then you can remove the +44 part completely if you want and then just have the 02567892 number.
11. deleted219601510/03/2019 19:36

"+44" is the country code for UK but there are different ones for …"+44" is the country code for UK but there are different ones for different countries obviously and you don't need to replace the +44 you can just add the number your dialling instead of placing the "0" just start with the next number.

Well, it was back in 2009.

I wonder if it is still the case now this thread has been resurrected.
12. 0044 or +44 is the international dialling code from overseas to the UK, it is used as a prefix to a UK number replacing the first 0.

0034 or +34 is the one for Spain.
13. Russia has the most distinctive code

007

I always suspected he was a double agent
14. Abiabi27yolo

+44 mean 0 as some people say but I have tried it and it dose not work. I … +44 mean 0 as some people say but I have tried it and it dose not work. I tried it 3 times and it wouldn't accept it at all

Check the rest of the number you're dialling then... +44 is the international dialling code for the UK. Just remove it and replace with a 0, that's all you need to do.
15. ibiza16/09/2021 17:49

Russia has the most distinctive code007I always suspected he was a double …Russia has the most distinctive code007I always suspected he was a double agent

Wow, you've been working on that joke for 15 months?
16. +44 for the UK is the international dialling code for both mobile and landline,,,lose the first '0'.
eg landline LEEDS from within UK is 0113 1234567,,from abroad its +(or 0) 44 113 1234567.
That is only valid within the European union.Americans have to dial 121 113 1234567. Dont hold me to the 121 but I've recently been phoning various countries and 121 pops to mind.
17. spoo16/09/2021 18:14

Wow, you've been working on that joke for 15 months?

more like 12years!
18. i thought it was +44 i think you will find its a mobile number
19. ttwcd;5941245

i thought it was +44 i think you will find its a mobile number

nope....its a number from the UK...as said above
20. Author
thanks so much, why dont they just put a 0 ?
Because this has been changed more than once over x-Year's basically. :-(

Eg. 044, then became 0044.

And come Tomorrow it might literally become 00044, and/or ...

Yeh?

Simply put, putting zero after zero after zero, after ... is a LOT of flaffing about, right?

Whereas the "+" symbol account's for allllllll, literally!!

Eg. Whether 044, 0044, or 00000000044, none of that would matter, because that simple 'addition' of +44, would quite LITERALLY account for allllllll 'instances' of zero' before it - irrespective of the amount of zero's, or whatever.

The + symbol in computing accounts for missing anomalies in 'data structures', etc.

In a similar vain to how thing's like, eg. ?, as well as * were from back in the Day - more commonly known as 'wild cards'.

Eg. A search for Word?.doc, would give you allllllll instances of Word documents, from Word0.doc, all the way up to Word9.doc, or WordA.doc, all the way up to WordZ.doc - the ? (question mark, replaced one number/one letter only - as can be derived via Amy above example, etc, fine).

The + in the International telephone 'numbering system' though, was more synonymous with that of the MORE powerful wild card, in computing, from wayyyyyyy back in the Day, etc.

In that, as the + in +44 replaced BOTH 044, as well as the now 0044, the * in computer's work's in the exact mirror image same!

Eg. *.doc, will LITERALLY find any/all instances of a doc document (1, 10, 100, 1001 long, and counting), irrespective of what it's first naming convention is, or whatever.

Bob.doc will be found in the same way as Zelda.doc would.

And in a similar vain, 1.doc would be found, as that of 10000000001.doc too.

And yes, as would BOTH abc123.doc, as well as xyz1001.doc also.

In a nutshell, a Wild Card, 'encompasses' all, all, ALLLLLLLL basically, yeh? - no exceptions ...

Hehehehehehe.

Hopefully that explains that whole 'flaff' of the 0, or 00, over that of the wayyyyyyy more simplistic 'addition' of a more straightforward + thing, instead, and suchlike's, for you a wee bit more, or something?. :-)

Etc etc etc etc ...
21. +44 mean 0 as some people say but I have tried it and it dose not work. I tried it 3 times and it wouldn't accept it at all
22. Billy_Casper05/08/2009 16:05

Uk number? Replace the 44 with a 0

"+44" is the country code for UK but there are different ones for different countries obviously and you don't need to replace the +44 you can just add the number your dialling instead of placing the "0" just start with the next number.
23. 00 44 then drop the 0 at the start of the phone number from abroad. 00 does not work from some places so use +44
24. + = 00
44 = International Direct Dialling Code for UK (edited)
I'd have thought they would have the answer after 13.5 years
25. 2009, wow thats a long time a go now
26. Sry ppl it’s only been 2 and a half months since the last comment, I guess I’m just trigger happy.
I’ll come back in a couple of years.
27. Oh, i assumed the +44 always replaced the leading 0, even if its a mobile number. Did something change?

re the description “So to convert phone number to international format, you just need to take off the 07 prefix and add +44.“
Yes, and no ...

+44 is the UK's International calling code.

+1 is the US's International calling code.

+1-876 is Jamaica's International calling code.

And so on, and so forth.

Case in point:

Only part of the 'local' code/codes, are removed, only.

Eg. 0207 555 1234, would now = +44 (0) 207 555 1234, or as +44 207 555 1234, and nothing else.

And a similar fashion would follow that of mobile phone number's also ...

Eg. 07956 123 000, would now also = +44 (0) 7956 123 000, or as +44 7956 123 000, and nothing else also.
28. Side question, why does the US get +1 ?

Why are they so special they get 1, did they invent the international dialing concept?