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1. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

I want to add the emergency number(s) for Italy and Greece to my cell phone before I go. Seems the european equivalent to the USA's "911" is "112". T-Mobile told me I should put it in my phone as "countrycode"112 so for Italy it would be 39112 and Greece would be 30112. Can anyone confirm this for me? thanks!

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

112 is a recognised emergency number across pretty much all of the European Union. 112 is also recognised on GSM mobile phones as an emergency number, and in other countries (not sure how many) it often redirects to the emergency services (e.g. 000 in Australia, 911 in Canada etc..).

Not sure if you need to put in the country code or not before it. But anyway, you'll need the + symbol before the country code, so it would show is +39112

3. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

I even asked if I needed the plus and he repeated the version without the plus as correct. UGH! That's why I don't trust customer service and I ask "real" people like you guys.

4. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

Actually, I checked the T-Mobile site and it says calls within a country don't need a + . BUT, it says to do the CITY code plus the number, no country code. I suppose 112 is not a local number so it would get the country code instead?? Sheesh, I guess I might have to hope I get in trouble near a pay phone!

Calling back to the US (add the plus (+) sign)

  • Dial the plus (+) sign
  • 1
  • area code
  • local number

Calling to another country

  • Dial the plus (+) sign
  • country code
  • city code
  • local number

Calling within the country

  • city code
  • local number

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 16, 2008, at 8:24 PM by laurim ]

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

I didn't think you would need the country code. However, using the country code while in the country you're calling on a mobile won't hurt any more financially!

6. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

I read somewhere else that just 112 should get the job done (like mojorob said previously). Guess no + or code is necessary. thanks!

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 16, 2008, at 8:54 PM by laurim ]

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

No, country code is not required. 112 is a short code that is recognised by all European telcos and can be used on any phones in the region.

For the UK, the default emergency number is 999. However, 112 can also be used on any phones.

In fact, 112 is the default emergency number for all GSM mobile phones (since the technology is from Europe). If you have a GSM phone, try making a call to 112. The display on your phone will show "Emergency" or something similar. The telco you're on *should* redirect all 112 calls to the emergency number of that country if it's other than 112.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 16, 2008, at 9:19 PM by Hien ]

8. Posted by mobal cell (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

No, a country code is not needed-
On our GSM World Phones this is not the case.