How dial from France, how to call local and international numbers from your US cellphone, use phone cards, sim-card deals, and the cheapest ways to call.
To dial a local French number from your cellphone, you still have to dial as if it were international: 00 then the country code (France is 33), then drop the first 0 of the local number. So a 10-digit local phone number starting with 04 or 06 would be a 9-digit number starting with a 4 or a 6.
For Americans, if you are having a problem reaching an 800 number from France (which is not free, by the way!), a little trick is to dial 001 then change the 800 to 880.
To give your hotel number to the folks back home, drop the first 0 and replace it with the French country code of 33. So a 10-digit local phone number that looks like this 04 xx xx xx xx would be dialed from the US as 011 33 4 xx xx xx xx.
And don’t forget, New York is 6 hours earlier, SF is 9 (so evening here is morning there).
Facetime or Skype: If you have a smartphone, the very cheapest way to call is to find a free wifi spot and use Facetime or Skype. With Facetime you are limited to other iPhones, but with Skype you can buy a tiny credit, and then call any phone in the world (even landlines and businesses) for just 2 cents a minute. Choose the Pay As You Go plan and pay for a $10 credit which gives you 500 minutes. Just tap ‘make a skype call’, choose the country you want to call, and dial away…
See Related pages:
- Free Wifi in Nice
- How to Stay Connected in France: Pocket Wifi Hot Spot vs French SIM Cards
- Best Free iPhone Apps for Nice
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