How to Call India From the US and Canada

How to Call India From the US and Canada

Thanks for visiting us on this page. Because you are unsure on how to call India it might mean that you are new to this country or visiting or attending school. So although you may have already met with friends or families we at Dial91 want to also extend a warm welcome to you and hope you enjoy your stay. We will make calling to India easy for you.

Dial91 also wants to make your India calling and communication with your friends, family and/or business associates as easy and inexpensive as possible. If you haven't yet purchased a calling card we are certain that you will be most satisfied with the Dial91 card because of the low price, quality of call and the superior customer service. We have exceptional customer service 24/7 in the US and India.



REMEMBER THIS: At all times, you must first dial country code then phone number. For example: Canada, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda and other Caribbean nations. Dialing to those countries is an international call and the rate per minute may be much higher, even though dialing a "1", area code and a 7 digit number. If you are calling to India, you will need to use country code 91.

DIALING FROM A HOTEL: If you are dialing from a hotel, DON’T DO IT! Hotels charge very high rates for the privilege of direct dialing from your room. We just saved you a lot of money. Use for calling to India!

DIALING FROM A BUSINESS OR SCHOOL: If you are dialing from a company or school you may be required to dial a “9” or and “8”. That first digit is required by the phone system of that company or school. It is used to identify which telephone made the call. The “8” or “9” is called an “Access Code”. After dialing the Access Code, then


  • Dial Access Number, Enter PIN(if not register for PIN Less dialing)
  • Dial 91 (Country Code for India)
  • Dial the Phone Number
    a. For Landline, dial STD Code (without 0) + phone number.
    b. For Mobile, dial Phone number.

Detailed Information

If you are from, say, Calcutta, and all your calls were to your friends and family in Calcutta landline/fixline phone you may not be familiar with long distance dialing. Calcutta has an 8-digit telephone number, like 72369472. But when calling home to Calcutta landline/fixed line phone from the US or Canada, you would have to first add 33 in front of the 8 digits. So you would need to dial as follows:

91 33 72369472

In India all cell phones begin with 9, 8 or 7. All mobile numbers are 10 digits long. The first four digits are the Network operator and the last six numbers are the customer’s subscriber numbers.

So to dial a cell phone in India it would be as follows:

91 8002 532746

How Do I Call India From an iPhone, Android and Windows App

Dial91 has developed an outstanding cell phone application for dialing India. The app works on an iPhone, Android and Windows. You know how to get it from the app store since you already have a smart phone. And we have some outstanding instructions for the iPhone, Android and Windows operating systems to show you how to set up an account. But here are some key points that are common on all the apps.

  • When calling from your phone you do not use up your cellular minutes, so you never have to worry about going over your plan.
  • The application always chooses to use Wi-Fi if it is available. So you can even login at Starbucks, for example, and the access cost you nothing.
  • If Wi-Fi is not available, then the app uses data from your data plan.
  • From the same app you can do SMS text messaging to anywhere in the world. This is a great service and feature. Plus, it is free!

How to Call India Using Skype

First of all, why would you want to use MagicJack with Dial91? Doesn't MagicJack have a long distance service on its own? The answer is yes, you can call internationally using MagicJack. But there are certain advantages - one of them being cost.

The cost to call using MagicJack from the US to India is 2 cents. If using Dial91 the cost is only 1 cent per minute. So if you are a MagicJack user and need to reach someone in India or other countries then you call Dial91 access. Once connected you enter your Dial91 PIN and then the destination number using the same method as above:

  • Dial 91 (Country Code for India)
  • Dial the Phone Number
    a. For Landline, dial STD Code(without 0) + phone number.
    b. For Mobile, dial Phone number.