Question: I am calling a country with the country code “011-44”. What country is this? The phone number I have been given is “011-44-20-7486-xxxx.
“011-44” looks like it’s intended for a call to the United Kingdom, most likely from the United States or Canada.
“011” is the international exit code from the U.S. or Canada. This is the number dialed to reach the international switchboard.
“44” is the country code of the U.K. When this number is dialed from the international switchboard, it will connect the caller to the U.K. switchboard.
The remainder of the phone number “20-7486-xxxx” is consistent with the British numbering pattern. The leading ’20’ designates a phone number in the London area.
If this number was dialed from elsewhere in the U.K., the ‘011’ and ’44’ would be removed and replaced with a ‘0’. The exit code and country code are not needed when calling within the U.K., however the trunk prefix ‘0’ is needed.
This number should connect if called from the United States or Canada. Only dial the leading ‘011’ once when calling from these countries as ‘011’ is the exit code (and not the country code).
If this number was dialed from most of Europe, especially France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, as well as China or India, the leading ‘011’ would be replaced with ’00’.
If this number was dialed from Australia, the leading ‘011’ would be replaced with ‘0011’.
If this number was dialed from Japan, the leading ‘011’ would be replace with ‘010’.
If this number was dialed form Russia or many of the former countries of the U.S.S.R., the leading ‘011’ would be replaced with ‘8 – wait for the dial tone – 10’.