If I take my UK mobile (cell) phone to Italy how do I call an Italian phone number? I have an iPhone 5s but generic advice appreciated.

I know from the UK I would prefix the number with 00 39 but what about when I'm in Italy? Do I still need to add this?

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    From personal experience, yes you do. That's why I always include international calling code for all my contacts in my address book, regardless of the country they're in.
    – gerrit
    Sep 29, 2017 at 10:14
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    I took the habit of entering all phone numbers, regardless of their country, following the international standard +XX (country code), in my mobile phones. So far it has proved a reliable way to dial any [regular] number from any place.
    – user67108
    Sep 29, 2017 at 15:53

2 Answers 2


Yes, if you are roaming from the UK, then you should usually dial a foreign country exactly as you would at home.

Bear in mind that prefixing with +39 is more likely to work on mobile than 00 39.

Note that to add a + on iOS 10 for iPhone you have hold the 0 key for one second.

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    The +39 worked but it is no charged as an international call, there was an article recently saying how ironic it is that's it's cheaper to call Spain from France on a uk mobile than from the uk on a uk mobile. I did also try 0039 but that didn't work.
    – Notts90
    Sep 29, 2017 at 11:06
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    As discussed above, this answer is correct for the question being asked. This may be a quirk of roaming with UK operators however. Sep 29, 2017 at 13:30
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo, I do not agree with you, I see this answer as the correct one and yours as the wrong one (for my phone, my experience.) Better delete your comment and let the voters (or OP) decide.
    – Willeke
    Sep 29, 2017 at 15:50
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    @Willeke that comment was left before the answer was edited to remove a significant section.
    – Notts90
    Sep 29, 2017 at 15:54
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    @MarkPerryman from the comments on that answer I think it actually varies depending on phone operator (BT apparently you don't need +39, vodaphone and o2 you do)
    – Notts90
    Sep 29, 2017 at 16:05

Depending on your phone company, your phone will either work as if it was in Italy, or if it was in the UK. If you enter +39.... in your contact list, an iPhone will automatically dial the right number. You can enter +39... on the keypad, which will have the same effect, the phone will do the right thing. I think 0039... will also work; I tried 0044 with my own phone number and it worked (that was O2, other companies might be different). If you just dial the Italian number, your phone might end up calling the UK, as I said, depending on your phone company.

Summary: Dial +39 if you are using an iPhone.

  • This is plain wrong information. Oct 3, 2017 at 5:02

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