Giffgaff Goody Bags Abroad Assignment

Find out your international phone number so you can receive phone calls and texts from abroad.

If you’d like to receive a phone call from someone in another country, you’ll need to convert your UK phone number into an international phone number. The easiest way to do this is to replace the zero at the start of your phone number with +44.

Your International Phone Number

Enter your UK phone number below to convert it into an international phone number:

Please enter your phone number:


Enter a UK number. For instance, 07123 456 789.

Your international phone number is:

+44 [UK number without leading zero]

Your contacts who are calling from another country will also need to add the relevant international direct dial (IDD) prefix in their country. If you’ve already entered your phone number above, the table below will show the exact phone number your contacts will need to dial:

Alternatively, if your contacts abroad are calling you from a GSM mobile phone, they can input the +44 prefix directly into their handset (to get the plus sign, you’ll need to long-press on the zero button in your mobile phone’s dialler).

If you’re using a UK-based SIM card in the UK or Europe, it will always be free for you to receive an incoming phone call (to be clear, there are no additional charges for receiving an incoming international phone call).

If you’re travelling outside of Europe, the normal roaming charges might apply for receiving an incoming phone call.

Frequently Asked Questions

Travelling Abroad

If you’re travelling abroad to another country and roaming on your UK-based SIM card, your international phone number will still remain the same. The +44 at the beginning of your international phone number refers to the fact you have a UK-based number (you don’t necessarily need to be physically inside the UK).

If you’re using a different SIM card when travelling abroad, you may have a local phone number in the country where you purchased your SIM card. In this case, you’ll also have a new international phone number.

For more information and for useful tips about using your mobile phone abroad, please see our in-depth guide to this topic.

Leading Zero

When you convert a UK phone number into an international phone number, you should remove the zero at the start and replace it with +44. A common mistake is to leave the zero in place – this is incorrect and will lead to the phone call failing to connect.

UK phone numbers are sometimes written with the leading zero in brackets: for instance, +44 (0) 7123 456 789. If you see a phone number written in this format, you should remove the zero that’s in brackets to get your international phone number.

Call Costs

Your contacts who are calling you from abroad will need to pay their phone company for an international phone call to the UK.

Typically, a different rate is charged for calls going to a UK landline and to a UK mobile. UK landline phone numbers begin with either +44 1 or +44 2, whereas UK mobile phone numbers begin with +44 7. The interactive tool above will tell you about the type of phone number being called.

If you’d like to call internationally from the UK, see our guide to the best mobile phone networks for international calling.

Visiting The UK

If you’re visiting the UK on a short-term trip, it may possibly make sense to get a UK-based SIM card. If you do this, you’ll be assigned a new UK-based phone number. Any contacts living outside the UK will need to call you on your international phone number (use the form above to find out your international number).

For more information, read our in-depth guide on the best SIM cards for visitors to the UK.

More Information

Ken’s Tech Tips is an independent website helping you to use your mobile phone in the UK. You can read our numerous guides to better understand the UK mobile market and to discover the best value mobile phone deals.

A note about your privacy: The phone numbers you enter on this page never leave your computer. Your phone number is converted into an international phone number locally on your computer, and as such, is never communicated with our servers.

  • Which countries and territories are included in the "Roam Like Home" agreement?

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (South), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland (including Aland Islands), France (including Corsica, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion, Saint Martin and additionally, Saint Barthelemy), Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (including all islands), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (including Sardinia, Sicily, and additionally, San Marino, Vatican City), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands (but NOT Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten), Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores, Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla), Sweden.

If you need further clarification on the country you're travelling to or want to check out the costs when you are visiting other countries, see our roaming page.

  • Which countries and territories within and adjacent to continental Europe are NOT included?

Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus (North), Faroe Islands, Greenland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.

Both calls and texts made and received along with data usage while visiting these places are all charged at giffgaff's "Rest of World" rates.

  • What about Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey or Switzerland?

From November 2017, visiting Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey or Switzerland will be charged at preferential rates: 15p/ min, 5p/ text and 20p / MB. However, receiving calls and texts is free.

Please note: The preferential rates will be charged from credit and not goodybag allowances.

If you require further clarification for the country you're travelling to, see our roaming page.

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