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.
thanks for all your help
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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.


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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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