send SMS to an English mobile abroad

  anchor 12:51 13 Sep 10

This may be a silly question, but I wish to send a SMS text message to a friend currently in Greece.

Do I enter 0044, followed by the number, omitting the first zero.

OR, alternatively: just enter the normal number, as used in the UK ?.

  anchor 12:52 13 Sep 10

I should have added, he has a UK Vodafone account.

  dms_05 14:53 13 Sep 10

You just send a standard SMS to his account. Adding 0044 (or +44) won't achieve anything - it just confirms he has a UK number. You pay the UK end of the SMS and he probably pays something to Vodafone for receiving it abroad (but that may depend upon his Call Plan).

  Pineman100 15:45 13 Sep 10

If you (or a substantial number of your contacts) travel a fair bit, it's actually worth adding the country code to all your contact numbers.

You won't pay any extra for a call or text made to a mobile within the country concerned, but it saves a lot of faffing about if you're calling a contact in another country.

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