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How to Call the UK from the US

Having trouble with your call to the UK? Vonage can help.

Whether you’re calling relatives in Liverpool or planning a trip to London, Vonage World® can help your call to the UK get through. Vonage makes it easy to enjoy low-cost, reliable home phone service with unlimited¹ UK calling, so you can call the UK from the US anytime.

When you add Vonage Extensions™ to Vonage World®, you can extend your home calling plan to any phone, including mobiles, at no extra charge. So you can call the UK from both your home and mobile phones on the same plan. You’ll also be able to make unlimited¹ calls to landlines in more than 60 countries and mobile phones in more than 10 countries and territories. Now you can call the UK from the US whenever and however you want.

To call the UK from the US, just follow these simple dialing directions:

  1. First dial 011, the U.S. exit code.
  2. Next dial 44, the country code for the U.K.
  3. Then the area code (2–5 digits).
  4. And finally the phone number (4–8 digits; area code plus phone number equals 10 digits).

Do you live in the US and miss hearing from your friends and family in the UK?

With Vonage, you can add a local Birmingham number to your account. That way, your friends and family in Birmingham can make a local call that rings right to your home phone in the US. It’s called a virtual number and is inexpensive and easy to use; you get a phone number from a different domestic or international location that rings to your home phone. By adding a virtual number to your Vonage World® plan, you can save your friends in the UK from expensive international calling charges when they call you. Of course, with Vonage World® you can make unlimited landline calls to them.

Give Vonage to your Family in the UK

Here’s an idea: Why not give Vonage World® to your friends or family in the UK? It’s easy… just sign up for a Vonage World® account for them and ship them the Vonage Box™*. That way they can make unlimited¹ calls to landlines and mobiles in the US. Imagine your brother in London having the same US area code as you. You and anyone in the US can reach him on a US number, rather than paying international rates to call the UK. And if you both have Vonage, calls between you are included at no additional charge! Vonage works anywhere there’s a high-speed Internet connection.

Need more help calling the UK?

If your call isn’t going through, watch out for these common dialing errors:

Blocked international calls

Many phone service providers offer the option to block international calling or even have it as a default. Check this setting before trying to place a direct international call. With Vonage World®, your calls to the UK will never be blocked.

Cell numbers without area codes

Area codes shouldn’t be added to international cell phone numbers. Cell phone numbers in most countries also have an allocated starting digit that isn’t used for landlines.

Drop the trunk code

If the number you are dialing starts with zero, you must drop this first digit. The zero is called a “trunk code” and is used when calling within certain countries.
For example, if the number you are calling is 021 XXXX XXXX:

  • the wrong way to dial from the U.S. is 011 + 44 + 021 XXXX XXXX
  •   the right way to dial from the U.S. is 011 + 44 + 21 XXXX XXXX

Here is a list of major area codes and UK city calling codes

UK CALLING CODES
Aberdeen 1224
Belfast 28
Birmingham 121
Blackburn 1254
Blackpool 1253
Bolton 1204
Bournemouth 1202
Bradford 1274
Brighton 1273
Bristol 117
Cambridge 1223
Cardiff 29
Colchester 1206
Coventry 24
Derby 1332
Dundee 1382
Edinburgh 131
Glasgow 141
Gloucester 1452
Huddersfield 1484
Leeds 113
Leicester 116
Liverpool 151
London 20
Luton 1582
Manchester 161
Middlesbrough 1642
Newcastle 191
Newport 1633
Northampton 1604
Norwich 1603
Nottingham 115
Oxford 1865
Plymouth 1752
Portsmouth 23
Preston 1772
Reading 118
Sheffield 114
Southampton 23
Stoke-on-Trent 1782
Sunderland 191
Swansea 1792
Swindon 1793
Wolverhampton 1902
Worcester 1905
York 1904

VoIP (Internet phone) connections

Some VoIP service providers allow you to skip dialing 011 before placing an international call. If this feature is turned on, just leave out the 011 US exit code.

Are there any international calling apps?

Check out Vonage Mobile for international calling apps for Android™ & iPhone® devices.

¹Unlimited calling and other services for all residential plans are based on normal residential, personal, non-commercial use. A combination of factors is used to determine abnormal use, including but not limited to: the number of unique numbers called, calls forwarded, minutes used and other factors. Subject to our Reasonable Use Policy and Terms of Service.

*You sign up for an additional account and remain responsible for all charges and activity on each account, as well as shipping for the adapter and for compliance with the laws of the country outside of the U.S. where the Vonage adapter may be used. Vonage customer support is in English and Spanish only. Vonage 911 service does not operate outside the U.S.