Making Phone Calls, A Quick ReferencePosted: 06/09/2011
When I first arrived, I had no idea of how to make a phone call. Calling from cell phone to cell phone was the same, but nothing else made sense. I thought I would make a post to talk about the different ways to dial here in Vicenza.
DSN to DSN
If you are on post and calling another number on post, you can just dial the DSN number. The prefix 634 plus the last four digits. For example, if I am at the clinic and am dialing Vicenza Elementary School, I dial 634-7710.
Cell Phone or Home Phone to Caserma Ederle
If I am calling anyone on post from my cell phone or home telephone, I dial 0444-71 plus the last four digits. Unless I am calling the clinic, in which case I dial 0444-61 plus the last four digits. The last four digits mirror the last four digits of the DSN number. So to call VES from my (local) cell phone, I dial 0444-71-7710.
Another Country from Italian Cell Phone or Home Phone
To call any other country, make sure you use the proper country code. The only numbers I have used are for Germany or the United States. To dial a number in the United States, use the country code 011. An example would be 011-555-555-1212. To call Germany, I use the country code 049. If you are calling a different country, there is a handy tool to look-up country codes (with the time it is there) here. If you have a Vonage or other VoIP phones with an American number, you will dial it like an international call.
Cell Phone to Cell Phone
As I mentioned before, dialing another cell phone is the same as it is anywhere. Just dial the ten digits, same as in the United States. 555-555-1212. Pretty simple, even for me!
Calling Italy from America
If someone wants to call you in Italy, they will need to dial 011-39-0444 plus six digit number. To use my previous example of Vicenza Elementary, the number would be dialed 011-39-0444-71-7710.
Hope this helps! Happy calling.