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Number to dial to reach a german cell # that is in the US

by adisander / August 22, 2014 8:39 AM PDT

My mother has her phone with her, with both a german cell phone number and SIM card, and both of us are currently in the USA. When trying to reach it, using the normal 011 49 (phone number) method fails. What do we have to dial to call her (from a USA landline connection)?

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Clarification Request
Doesn't it need more? The mobile carrier code?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2014 9:05 AM PDT
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I include the carrier code as part of the phone number
by adisander / August 23, 2014 12:15 AM PDT

I include the carrier code as part of the phone number, as you have to dial it in Germany as well, in fact I cannot recall ever having seen a mobile number without the carrier code included. Using the method on the linked site fails though, resulting in a (German) message saying the number is not available, even though texts from the mobile have worked.

As to the charges, we mostly just want it in case of emergency, and are aware of the potential costs. Thank you nonetheless.

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Then it's not on a roaming plan.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2014 1:06 AM PDT
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It's entirely possible that the German/Euro carrier offers..
by Pepe7 / August 23, 2014 4:21 AM PDT

...a north american number for support. YMMV. If not, using the online chat option from their support pages is often a great workaround while travelling and dealing with carrier related issues/feature changes.

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Thank you
by adisander / August 23, 2014 6:32 AM PDT

very much both of you, this goes a bit beyond what we had hoped for as a quick solution in case of an emergency, but we'll definitely keep it in mind for next time.

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I'm German too...
by mr-simonski / August 25, 2014 6:39 PM PDT

Hallo mein Freund,

Ok, the answer is really easy: you have to call her cell phone number in Germany, then the signal is routed back to the US. So you have to call for example +49 171 23456789. If she wants to reach your cell phone, the same rule apply.

Of course it's very expensive to call from a US landline to a German cell phone. Additionally your mom will be charged for routing the phone call back to the US, up to 2€/min. I would suggest you get a prepaid sim card.

Viel Spass noch in den USA,

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Re-read the whole thread
by Pepe7 / August 26, 2014 6:12 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm German too...

We covered that quite nicely Wink

You are missing the point that she doesn't have roaming turned on, hence her not being able to be reached, not being able to connect to US cellular sites.

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