December 16, 2014

Making international calls can be an intimidating process. Keeping track of the various international dialing codes and their proper order can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time making an international call. On top of that, monitoring the overall price can be a bit worrying. This guide will show you how to make these calls, and what magicJack brings to the table in terms of lessening or circumventing the complications and costs of international calling.

 

The Step-by-Step Breakdown

1. Dial your country’s exit code. This will be 011 for the US and Canada. Other exit codes can be found here.
2. Add the country code for the country you’re calling. If the phone number you have been given is written with a + in front of it, it likely already contains the country code. If not, find the country on this list and add the code to your dial.
3. Make sure the number you have been given does not have a trunk code attached. A trunk code is a leading digit (usually a 1 or zero) attached to the phone number, which is normally used only for dialing within some countries. If the person you are calling is unfamiliar with international calls, they may have left this trunk code attached to the number they gave you. If you are unsure, have the person who gave you the phone number confirm that the trunk code is removed.
4. Dial the rest of the number as given.

 

The Price

International calls can be expensive, particularly when made to a mobile phone in another country. Your phone service provider should have a list of the fees (which are usually charged by the minute) for calls made outside the country. Look on your phone service provider’s website, or call their customer support line directly for more information on the specifics of international calling under your plan.

 

magicJack

magicJack offers several features that improve the international calling experience, making it easier and cheaper than using a traditional phone service.

 

Calling into the US or Canada

If you’re from outside North America, using magicJack can allow you to completely avoid many parts of this process – for one simple reason: When using a magicJack, any calls to a US or Canadian number are completely free. There are no extra fees added to your service. What this means is that if you live elsewhere and purchase a magicJack, you can call to the US or Canada at any time, as often as you want, free of charge. magicJack must first be activated inside the US or Canada, but once activated it functions everywhere, so if you’re regularly making calls into North America, it can be a great investment.

 

Calling into the US or Canada

If you’re from outside North America, using magicJack can allow you to completely avoid many parts of this process – for one simple reason: When using a magicJack, any calls to a US or Canadian number are completely free. There are no extra fees added to your service. What this means is that if you live elsewhere and purchase a magicJack, you can call to the US or Canada at any time, as often as you want, free of charge. magicJack must first be activated inside the US or Canada, but once activated it functions everywhere, so if you’re regularly making calls into North America, it can be a great investment.

 

Calling Other magicJack Subscribers

Calling into the US or Canada isn’t the only service that magicJack users get for free. A user can make calls to any other magicJack, anywhere in the world, free of fees and charges. This service is provided even if both people are located outside the US and Canada. The use of this feature cannot be understated. If you’re an American or Canadian magicJack user who regularly makes calls to a specific person outside of North America, having that person subscribe to magicJack or even purchasing one for them and sending it to them could save you a large amount of money in the long run. If you’re outside North America, purchasing one for yourself and your international correspondent can save you quite a bit if you make frequent calls to one another.

 

magicJack International Call Costs

Even if you can’t get a magicJack for the person you’re calling abroad, or you’re making calls to many different numbers, it still may be a good option. There are fees to dial out to an international number, but compared to many providers these fees are quite low. The complete list of fees to call various countries can be found at this site. In your account, you can add funds to your international calling wallet to call any international number. When the call begins, you’ll be informed how much time the money in your account covers, so you’ll never lose track of your international call fees and end up paying more than you had planned.