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In acronym-happy India, a phone booth is known as a '''PCO''' (Public Call Office) and they usually offer '''STD/ISD''' (Subscriber Trunk Dialing/International Subscriber Dialing), or national and international long distance respectively. These are usually staffed, and you dial yourself but pay to the attendant after the call is over. Metering is done per pulse and a service charge of Rs 2 is added to the bill. Larger cities also have Western-style unmanned public phones, which are usually red in colour and accept one rupee coins.
Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5 to 8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 11 digits long.Cellphone numbers are 10 digits long and usually start with '9'.You will be advised to prefix '0' to a cellphone number, while making an STD call. When calling from a landline phone, the syntax varies based on where you are calling to, as India is divided into '''circles''' that are almost, but not quite, the same as states. For example, for phone number 12345678 in area code 22 (Mumbai):  {| cellpadding=3 cellspacing=0 border=1align=right
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! Calling from || Price || Syntax || Example
| Overseas || ISD || align=right| '''+91'''-''area code''-''number'' || align=right| +91-22-12345678
|}
 
Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5 to 8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 11 digits long.Cellphone numbers are 10 digits long and usually start with '9'.You will be advised to prefix '0' to a cellphone number, while making an STD call. When calling from a landline phone, the syntax varies based on where you are calling to, as India is divided into '''circles''' that are almost, but not quite, the same as states. For example, for phone number 12345678 in area code 22 (Mumbai):
Toll-free numbers start with '''1-800''' or '''1-600''', although toll-free numbers can be dialed from any landline operator certain numbers are ''operator-dependent'': you can't call a BSNL/MTNL toll-free number from an Airtel landline, and vice versa. Toll-free numbers may not work from your cellular phone. Other National Numbers that starts with '''18xx''' or '''19xx''' may attract Local or Special call charges as specified by the service provider.
Dial codes for popular towns and cities in India:
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|-
! Area Name || Area Code+<big> '''Major city area codes'''</big>
|-
| Ahmedabad || 79
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