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Press the + key on the Phone app number pad
Authored by: lairdo on Jan 21, '13 08:20:19PM

Yes, + is generally considered the symbol for the international dialing prefix. So, in the US, it represents 011. In most other countries, it's 00. When the iPhone passes that along to the carrier, the carrier knows to substitute it.

Also, the carrier is smart enough to ignore it for calls to the same country. It is a little less obvious in the US, Canada and few countries that use 1 as their country code and also as their in country long distance code. But in the UK, for example, dialing +44 xxxxxxxx is the same as dialing 0xxxxxxxx (as the UK uses a leading 0 to dial within country). When I lived in the UK, the Vodafone rep told me to store all my numbers with the + designation, and I have used that format for 10 years.

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