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Phone numbers (1)[edit]

Thanks for your phone number contributions.

However, we format phone numbers as they would be dialled internationally but in a way that separates the country code, area code, and part that can be dialled locally.

  • When an area code is required for local dialling, or an area code requires a prefix for local dialling (say a '0'), note that in the Contact section of the guide.
  • Information on toll-free, and premium prefixes should also go in the Contact section.
  • The number group(s) that can be (optionally) dialled locally are con-joined with hyphens.
  • Our formatting method may differ from that seen most in the country concerned but we prefer to use hyphens to only indicate the (con-joined) abbreviated part of the whole telephone number that can be utilised for local dialling.
  • Where a number can mostly not be dialled from outside the country concerned (eg: a New Zealand Freephone number), it should be listed in the prevalent local style (eg: 0800 737 000 for the Air New Zealand Freephone number only valid within NZ)

That means that, for the UK and dependencies, numbers should be listed like:

+44 20 3344-5566
+44 118 933-7788
+44 141 222-3344
+44 1280 556677
+44 1461 40888
+44 17683 56789
+44 16977 3399
+44 7700 963437
0800 747 7477

where "44" is the country code, the next 2 to 5 digits are the area code and the remaining digits are the subscriber number even though, for the first three examples with additional hyphens, this differs from common and recommended local practice. Note that international format is not used for the last two examples of non-geographic numbers since they generally cannot be dialled from outside countries that use the +44 country code.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the area code (of 20, 118, 141, 1280, 1461, 17683, 16977 or 7700 in these examples) to dial from outside that particular area code (but when still within the United Kingdom or a Crown Dependency) should be in the Contact section of the guide.

Thanks for listening! --singaporeAlice 17:50, 4 November 2012 (EST)

Phone numbers (2)[edit]

It would be great if you would register an account and, since you obviously have an interest in and knowledge about UK phone numbers, contribute to Wikitravel talk:Phone numbers --singaporeAlice 20:21, 4 November 2012 (EST)

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