Call Internationally – Top 5 ways to Make a Quick and Easy International Call

The Pocketdial guide to making that Cheap and Easy Call Abroad

Do you have friends or relatives abroad and find it a challenge to call them? Calling people abroad or calling when you yourself are in a foreign country is costly and often difficult – trying to top up a card for a payphone or battling a bad connection. These are problems of the past, as there are now whole hosts of ways to make calls quick, easy and cheap.  The development of social networking and video conferencing, as well as calling companies such as pocketdial have drastically improved international calling options. Here is our Pocketdial guide to making cheap and easy international calls.

1. Call Internationally through Skype for Free

Skype is a video calling service, which anyone can use on a computer or phone. Video calls on Skype are simple and easy to do. To get an account is simple, install the free Skype call software onto your computer. Next, enter your name and profile information to create a Skype account. You can add friends and relatives who also have a Skype account to your contact list. Then, provided that the person you want to contact is also logged on at the same time as you, you can contact anyone anywhere in the world for free. Skype also has the ability to share the screen, chat and send files. Skype makes money by charging for calls to landlines and mobiles.

2. Video Call through Facebook

Facebook launched video chat in August 2011, it is an additional feature to a standard Facebook account, if you do not have an account, click here. To use make a Facebook video conference, you must set up the facility.  You will be prompted to do so if you try to call a friend or if they try to call you. To call a friend, go to their page/timeline and click call.

3. Call through Facetime with Apple

If you are an Apple user wanting to communicate with other Apple users then Facetime is for you. Facetime is a feature of apple products; iPad, Macbook, iPhone, which allows users to video call one another – free of charge. You can use Facetime from your iPhone in the same way you would if you were making a phone call. You will also get to see the person you are calling. Facetime makes calling from aboard free as you are using the Internet connection not the phone line.

4. Call through Google Plus Hangouts

Google Plus Hangouts are a great feature of Google plus accounts.  If you are not already on Google Plus, click here to get a Google Plus Account. When you log in to Google Hangouts, click on the ‘more’ icon at the bottom left of the screen (last in the menu) and several other options will appear, including Google Hangouts.  In this YouTube video, Wallace and Gromit hangout with their pals on Christmas Day!

Google Plus is similar to Skype as it provides customers with free video messaging technology, yet appears to have fewer connections problems than Skype. As you can see from the video, up tp to ten people can be involved in a conversation at a time making it brilliant for business use. Google Plus Hangouts has many features such as screen and document share and can be used on Android, iPhone and iPad.

5. Call through Pocket Dial UK

You can call your friends and family abroad using packages from Pocketdial. With Pocketdial UK you do not require a data connection or internet access to call internationally and reliably from landlines and mobiles. You can even set up a speed dial to your phone so that you do not have to dial the Pocket Dial access numbers each time (click here for details).

International Dialling Codes for making International Calls

Making international calls to both landlines and mobiles can be confusing. With so many different international dialling codes, how do you know which ones you need? Don’t worry, Pocketdial UK is here to help. We have summarised the dialling codes that you will need when making an international call. We have also researched the most frequently used dialling codes.


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What International Dialling Codes will I need?

If you are making an international call, you will need two international dialling codes. Firstly, you will need the exit dialling code for the country that you are in.  Secondly, you will need the international dialling code for the country that you are calling to.  For example, to call India from the UK, you would need the following international dialling codes…

UK exit dialling code: 00

India International dialling code: 91

Complete phone number: 00 + 91 + ### ####


Top Ten Most Popular International Dialling Codes

Destination Exit code (dialling out) International Dialling code (dialling to)
Australia 0011 61
Brazil This will depend on the provider of your phone service in Brazil. 0014 (Brasil Telecom)

0012 (CTBC)

0021 (Embratel)

0025 (GVT)

0023 (Intelig)

0031 (Oi)

0015 (Telefonica), 0041 (TIM)

China 00 86
India 00 91
Pakistan 00 92
Philippines 00 63
Poland 00 48
Saudi Arabia 00 966
Syria 00 963
USA 011 1

How to find out International Dialling codes and Exit Codes

At Pocketdial UK, we recently found a great gadget on  This is a quick and easy way to find out exactly what international dialling codes you need to dial one country from another, mobiles included. You can simply enter the country that you are calling from and the country you are calling to. After one click, the exit calling codes will appear.  It will also give you the international mobile dialling codes and city codes.

Don’t forget, if you are in the UK, you can make cheap international calls from a mobile using Pocketdial’s instant international call service.

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Which country do you call most frequently? Do you find it easy or difficult to make an international call? Do leave your comments on our blog, we’d love to hear from you.