How to Call United States from Philippines?

As technology is taking new shapes, things are getting easier. From Pheidippides making a long run from the town of Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C. to today’s communication services, Telecommunication changed the world. Invention of telephone by Alexander Graham Bell marked the beginning of the telecommunication network. And now, you have the access to make a call to any person in any part of the world from any other part of the world.

In this article we will be discussing about how can you make a phone call from Philippines to USA? It is easy just like making a regular long distance call. All you need to know is the proper access code. It will be really useful if you keep time difference in mind. It will help with cheap call to Philippines and also with not disturbing someone’s sleep.

Let’s talk about the time zone issue first.

United States is a vast country. There are 4 standard time zones observed over the continuous part of USA. 5 US dependencies have their own time zone. These are the 9 official time zones in USA.

4 standard time zones include Pacific Time (UTC -08.00), Mountain Time (UTC -07.00), Central Time (UTC -06.00), Eastern Time (-05.00)

There is nearly 9 to 12 hours of time difference between Philippines and USA. So, if it is 12 p.m. in Manila then it means 12 a.m. on the east coast and 9 p.m. on the west coast.

Saving money

There are certain ways in which you can get cheap calls to Philippines. This can help you minimize the cost and maximize convenience.

If you activate the international calling plans by consulting your telephone service provider then you can actually reduce the cost by 50% or even more.

Make sure you go through the rates charged by your hotel for international call. They generally add some stiff surcharges which will cost you more.

Keeping the time difference in mind and planning your call in such a way that it does not disturb the other person, if you choose to make a phone call during off-peak hours or during weekends, you get a much lower rate than normal working days and peak hours.

Making the phone call

So now that you know about the time zones and ways to reduce the international calling cost, let’s come to the most important part, How to make a phone call to the United States?

Understand these things first and then with the help of an example things will be clearer.

There is a numbering plan called North American Numbering Plan (NANP). All the countries who are a part of NANP follow the same numbering instructions. United States follow this numbering plan.

In order to start your international call from the Philippines to the States, dial the international access code ‘00’. Then write the country code of USA, that is ‘1’. And now dial the 3 digit area code followed by the 7 digit landline number. If you are using your cell phone to make a call, after ‘1’ dial the 10 digit mobile number.

EXAMPLE – Calling somebody in New – York from Philippines.

All phones numbers in USA are all of the same format. Be it a landline number of phone number. It is not possible to tell, just by seeing the number, if it is a landline or a mobile number. But this does not matter while making a call.

All the numbers in US are in the 10 digit format. The first 3 digits being the area code and the next 7 digits being the local subscriber number. Well, same region can have more than one area code. Manhattan alone has 3 area codes. New York in total has 10 area codes. Some of them are 212, 646, 917. Within a single region, local subscriber number is unique for every user.

‘1’ is USA’s country code which is mandatory to be included while making the international phone call.

  1. Calling a landline number

The format which you will have to follow is AAC XXX NNN NNNN. Here A is for ACCESS CODE, C is for COUNTRY CODE, XXX is the THREE DIGIT AREA CODE and NNN NNNN is the SEVEN DIGIT LOCAL SUBSCRIBER NUMBER.

  1. Calling a mobile number

The format remains the same as above with a little difference. You will follow AAC NNN NNN NNNN. You will have a 10 digit mobile number so you will not have to worry about the area code.

So this is how a number will look – 001 646 1234567.

If you are calling a landline number make sure you choose the correct area code or else you might end up calling somebody else with same local subscriber number and different area code. You can also find the off-peak hours to make a call, online.

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