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help with writing my mobile number PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE for kids ID bracelet

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RainbowJelly Thu 22-Oct-09 14:15:48

I'm buying an ID wristband for each of my DS's before we go on holiday next week, but I need to know how to write our mobile number on it so that people in Florida can ring the number if they get lost.

Please help ASAP because they are being engraved and I need to send the order off because of the postal strikes.....


WartoScreamo Thu 22-Oct-09 14:16:57

0044 then your number without the first zero

heavenstobetsy Thu 22-Oct-09 14:17:14

say your number begins 07813 you need to write

00 44 (0) 7813 ....

WartoScreamo Thu 22-Oct-09 14:17:48

so if your number was 0798 222 2222

You would write it 0044 798 222 2222

JJ Thu 22-Oct-09 14:22:50

In the US it'd be: 011 44 798 123 4567
(if your phone number is 0798 123 4567)

011 is the international dialling prefix there then 44 is the country code.

RainbowJelly Thu 22-Oct-09 14:35:16

Ah, thankyou, so my number would be writen as:

0044 078XX XXX XXX

But is is def 00 or 011??? I want to be able to use the wristbands wherever we go on holiday - should I write +44 instead maybe???

WebDude Fri 23-Oct-09 16:40:07

It should be +44 (00 may work in some countries, but not everywhere).

In USA it is definitely 011 as the "international" prefix, then 44 for UK and everything after the leading 0, so JJ's

011 44 798 123 4567 will work in USA

+44 798 123 4567 is best for anywhere outside USA/Canada as everyone else can cope with the "+" meaning "your international prefix" (remember that about 70% of Americans have never been outside USA, and have no passport.

"a long trip" might be to one of the US coasts, as that could be a couple of thousand miles.

WebDude Fri 23-Oct-09 16:44:23

One final point - be sure your mobile is registered to be able to be used abroad.

It depends where you are in the USA but some UK phones will still not work there, because they use 1900 MHz and ours (Orange/ T-Mobile networks) use 1800 MHz.

Phones marked as tri-band or quad-band should work - dual-band might not.

Check (search for your phone, see under "GENERAL" if it shows 1900 as well as 1800/ 900 MHz)

Might be worth asking a Florida tourist offices (by e-mail) about phone networks there, before you go.

ThisBoyDraculaDrew Fri 23-Oct-09 16:46:30

You should write 012345 67891023

As +44 12345 67891023

Valid in any country.

WebDude Tue 27-Oct-09 16:23:20

Agreed it is valid but the question is whether the locals in Florida will understand to replace "+" with 011

Odds are (in my view) very, very, low.

Since the visit is to Florida, then spelling it out and giving them the correct US-format number "on a plate" guarantees it will work, with the proviso that the mobile is going to work there, too...

luckyblackcat Tue 27-Oct-09 16:35:01

They are being engraved?

Surely would be much cheaper/more sensible to get some of the ones like hospital bracelets that you write on in biro? Especailly as if you have them done for ?USA, (011) they will be useless in other parts of the world.

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