This article provides information about how to make international calls.

There are several different ways to make international calls.

Dialling out from the UK

If you are telephoning from the UK to another country, you must dial the following code before dialling your number:

  • 00 (to get out of the UK) followed by your country code
  • Your city prefix without its first 0, then your number.

For example; to dial Berlin in Germany 004930 (and then your number).

Dialling in to the UK

The country code for the UK is 44. If you give your family and friends your telephone number, they need to dial:

  • 44 (to get into the UK)
  • 23 92 which is the code for Portsmouth from outside the UK (if you are dialling Portsmouth from inside the UK, the code is 023 92) then your number.

International dialling

You will find public telephones in most University buildings, at railway stations, Post Offices and in the street. These are coin or card operated. We recommend that you buy an international phone card from the Post Office or from a newsagent (shop selling newspapers) as these are much more economical.

Halls of Residence

University Halls of Residence fees include free internal telephone calls, access to cheap and sometimes free external calls using our internet-based telephone system, free broadband service and access to 25 TV channels (a TV licence is required). Please ask at your Hall of Residence Reception Desk for further advice.

Mobile phones

If you wish to use a mobile phone during your stay in the UK, the cheapest option is to buy a 'pay-as-you-go' phone. This allows you to purchase credit for your phone from many different outlets when you need it.

The other choice is a 'contract' phone. The contract will require regular payments direct from your bank account. Please note that mobile phone contracts are usually issued for a minimum of one year.

Remember that it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving, even when you are stopped at traffic lights or in a queue of traffic.

Please visit the British Council website for more useful information about communications.


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