How do you like to read a phone number?

Peter Strapp peter at
Mon Dec 29 13:54:24 CET 2008

In the UK the format varies depending on the length of the STD code (The
digits following the country code). Most STD codes are 5 digits long (4
when using international format). City STD codes can range between 3 and
6 digits. The most common formats are shown below. Wikipedia has an
excellent article on UK number formats -

+44 7xxx xxx xxx Mobile Phones
+44 1xxx xxx xxx Landlines
+44 2xxx xxx xxx Landlines
+44 20 xxxx xxxx London

07xxx xxx xxx Mobile Phones
01xxx xxx xxx Landlines
02xxx xxx xxx Landlines
020-xxxx-xxxx London


Michele Renda wrote:
> Hello to all
> I would like to know how do you like to read the phone number:
> I try to explain: when we read a phone number we usually like to separe 
> it with some spaces or signs:
> for example in Italy when someone give me a mobile phone number I 
> usually write:
> +39 347 123456
> Or if it is a fixed number:
> +39 02 123456 or +39 011 123456
> But I know in USA is more common something like: +1-212-123456
> Please, who has some time, can you please write your country (Italy, 
> France, etc.) and the way how usually is normal to read a phone number 
> in your country (with international prefix)
> The format I use to descrive is this: +39 ### * or +1-###-* (where # 
> replace a char, and * replace all remaining chars)
> Thank you a lot for your time
> Michele Renda
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