Telephones used to be the main mode of long-distance communication until supplanted by cellphones at the turn of the millennium. Fixed line or landline phones are still around though and continue to be used in many households and offices, but most people now use mobile phones to connect with their friends and loved ones. In this article, we’ll teach you how to call a landline number using either your Smart or Globe cellphone or a telephone.
Calling a landline number in the Philippines is not as simple as dialing the 7-digit telephone number. That is because you may have to include the area code to the telephone number you are calling. However, if you are calling a telephone number within the same area code, you don’t have to include the area code. But if you are calling from a different place with a different area code, you will need to include the area code.
For example, if you are in Manila and you want to call someone in Davao, you will have to insert the area code 82 before the telephone number. So if you want to call 221-3575, you should dial 82-221-3575 instead.
If you are calling from overseas, you must also include the country code +63 along with the area code. So the landline number 221-3575 with the area code 82 should become +63-82-221-3575.
It can all be quite confusing at first but you’ll soon become familiar with the steps in calling a landline number in the Philippines, no matter where you are located.
How to Call Landline Using Your Smart or Globe Cellphone
Cellphone calls to a landline number must always use the area code, with no exceptions. So even if you are calling someone within the same place or area code, you must still include the area code.
Telephone numbers under the area code 2, which includes Metro Manila, Bacoor City and San Pedro, Laguna, have been migrated to 8 digits as mandated by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). Globe subscribers have to add “7” to their existing telephone numbers while PLDT subscribers must add “8.”
Check out this article for the list of telephone area codes in the Philippines.
Cellphone Call to Provincial Landline
To call a landline number in the province using your Globe or Smart cellphone, just follow this format:
Area Code + 7-Digit Landline Number
For example, if you want to call 221-3575 which is in Davao City (area code 82), just dial 82-221-3575.
Cellphone Call to Metro Manila Landline
The format for calling a Metro Manila telephone number using your Smart or Globe cellphone is:
2 + 8-Digit Landline Number
For example, if you want to call the PLDT telephone number 8920-6401, you should dial 2-8920-6401 instead.
How to Call Local Landline Using Your Telephone
It’s easy to call a local landline number using your telephone. Just place “0” and the area code before the landline number you want to call.
Telephone Call to Provincial Landline
To call a landline number in the province or outside Metro Manila, just follow this format:
0 + Area Code + 7-Digit Landline Number
Let’s say that you are in Davao City and you want to call 232-7520 which is in Cebu City (area code 32). What you should dial is 032-232-7520. Note that the domestic long-distance prefix 0 is being added.
Telephone Call to Metro Manila Landline
To call a Metro Manila landline number from the province, take note of this format:
0 + 2 + 8-Digit Landline Number
For example, if you are in Cebu City and you want to call the PLDT number 8920-6446 in Quezon City, you should dial 02-8920-6446.
Telephone Calls Within the Same Area Code
You don’t need to use any prefix or area code when calling someone within the same area code. If you are in Makati City and you want to call someone in Quezon City, you simply dial the 8-digit telephone number straight away, because they are both in the same area code.
How to Call Philippine Telephone Number From Overseas
Are you currently overseas and you want to call a landline number in the Philippines? All you have to do is to insert the Philippine country code 63 as well as the area code of the number you want to call.
Overseas Call to Provincial Landline
To place an overseas IDD call to a telephone number outside Metro Manila, follow this format:
+63 + Area Code + 7-Digit Landline Number
Let’s say that you are in Singapore and you want to call 232-7520 in Cebu City (area code 32). Just dial +63-32-232-7520.
Overseas Call to Metro Manila Landline
To call a Metro Manila landline number from outside the Philippines, just remember this format:
+63 + 2 + 8-Digit Landline Number
For example, you want to call 8920-6446 in Quezon City. Since its area code is 2, just dial +63-2-8920-6446.
That’s pretty much it. You’ve just learned how to call a landline number in the Philippines using your cellphone or telephone. Don’t forget to check out our list of area codes for your reference.
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