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How to call the US from the Philippines: The simplest way

How to call the USA from the Philippines

If your company is starting to work with more US clients and you’re in the Philippines, you’re likely looking to call them in the most efficient way possible. And good news: while international calls are more complicated than local ones, calling the US from the Philippines is way easier than you think.

This guide will show you how to make phone calls to the US from the Philippines in just four easy steps. We’ll also look at other things you should know before getting started, like time zone differences, calling rates, and how to make phone calls to the US without paying extra fees. 

How to call the USA from a Philippines number

You just need four things to call the US from the Philippines: the exit code, the country code, the area code, and the recipient’s phone number. Let’s walk through these steps one at a time.

1. The exit code

Every international phone call will start with your country’s specific exit code. In the Philippines, your exit code will be 00.

2. The country code

Also called international access codes, country codes route inbound calls from one country to another. The ISD code for the US is 1. Once you punch this in after the exit code, you’ll be halfway done.

3. The area code

Call USA from the Philippines: OpenPhone US and Canada map

There are hundreds of three-digit area codes in the US — 325 at the time of writing. 

Thankfully, there’s a good chance your contact will provide their area code and telephone number at the same time. If not, you’ll be glad to know US area codes are super easy to look up. 

A few of the most popular area codes in the US include:

CityArea Codes
New York City, NY347, 917, 212, 646, 718, 929
Los Angeles, CA213, 310, 424, 661, 818, 323
Chicago, IL312, 773, 708
Houston, TX281, 346, 713, 832
Phoenix, AZ480, 623, 602
Philadelphia, PA215, 267, 445
San Antonio, TX210, 830, 726
San Diego, CA619, 858
Dallas, TX214, 469, 972, 945
San Jose, CA408, 669

You can find a full list of American area codes on sites like All Area Codes.

4. The phone number

The last step you need to call the US from the Philippines is to enter your contact’s phone number. This is typically seven digits for landline and mobile numbers  (123-4567).

And with that, you’re done. You have everything you need to start making calls to the US in seconds.  

Your final dialing format will look something like this:

00 (exit code) 1 (country code) 123 (area code prefix) 4567890 (phone number)

Looking to call the Philippines from the United States instead? Check our guide on how to call the Philippines from the US.

How to factor in time zone differences calling the US from the Philippines

Graphic showing Philippines time is 18 hours ahead of Hawaii.
Graphic showing all the US timezones in a table.

There’s a considerable gap between Philippines time and the six major US time zones, which are important for you to keep in mind before setting up any meetings, conferences, or catch-up calls. 🕣

Assuming you’re calling during daylight savings time in the US, here’s what you can expect:

  • Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): You are 12 hours ahead of callers on Eastern time. Phone calls at 12 PM will reach the US at 12 AM the previous day.
  • Central Daylight Time (CDT): You are 13 hours ahead of callers on Central time. Phone calls at 12 PM will reach the US at 11 PM the previous day.
  • Mountain Daylight Time (MDT): You are 14 hours ahead of callers on Mountain time. Phone calls at 12 PM will reach the US at 10 PM the previous day.
  • Pacific Daylight Time (PDT): You are 15 hours ahead of callers on Pacific time. Phone calls at 12 PM will reach the US at 9 PM the previous day.
  • Alaskan Daylight Time (AKDT): You are 16 hours ahead of callers on Alaskan time. Phone calls at 12 PM will reach the US at 8 PM the previous day.
  • Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST): You are 18 hours ahead of callers on Hawaii-Aleutian time. Phone calls at 12 PM will reach the US at 6 PM the previous day.

Booking international calls around everyone’s schedule is no easy task. Tools like World Time Buddy can make this a little easier on the fly. 

How much does it cost to call the US from the Philippines?

Traditional service providers don’t have standardized prices to call the US from the Philippines.

If you’re on a set calling plan, you’ll likely pay a few cents to a couple dollars per minute — hitting $180 per hour on the high end. This might be more than you want to spend, especially if you make international calls on a regular basis.

Calling cards are another way to pay for calls to the US, although the price point isn’t much better. You can expect to pay upwards of a dollar per minute (and that’s on the low side). Remember that if you run out of prepaid minutes, you might get cut off halfway through your conversation.

It’s frustrating to settle for less efficient and more expensive methods of calling the US from the Philippines. But steep fees and per-minute pricing aren’t the norm for every platform. 

With OpenPhone, you can make free calls and texts to the US from the Philippines for just $15 per month — no contracts, hidden fees, or red tape. 

Calling a US number from the Philippines via a virtual US number using the OpenPhone desktop app

Calling from your new OpenPhone number is also more efficient because you don’t need to dial an exit code or country code to reach anyone in the US. Just dial your contact’s phone number. 

By getting a US number with OpenPhone, you also appear local and more relevant to any clients you work with in the States. 

How to call the USA from the Philippines and avoid paying long-distance fees

OpenPhone lets you make free calls and texts to the US and Canada by getting a local number in any US state or Canadian province. 

Unlike Skype, you won’t need to buy a calling card to reach numbers that aren’t managed by our platform. And unlike Google Voice, you can easily set up and use OpenPhone from the Philippines.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for an account with OpenPhone
  2. Decide if you want a local US number, a Canadian number, or a toll-free number
  3. Verify your current phone number with our team 
  4. Download and use OpenPhone on the web, in your browser, or on Android or iOS phones
  5. Connect to the internet to reach US callers from anywhere in the Philippines

If you get stuck and need a little help, fill out this form to reach our support team.

In just five steps, you could make free calls to the US and Canada with nothing but a WiFi connection. But that’s not the only reason callers in the Philippines love working with OpenPhone:

  • It’s just $15 per month per user to get started on the Starter plan, with free access to phone calls, texts, and MMS to the US and Canada
  • You can make international calls to hundreds of other countries, and see exactly how much it will cost beforehand by browsing through our calling rates
  • Get as many numbers (team numbers, toll-free numbers, or local numbers) as your team needs to support specific team departments or locations or give each teammate their own unique phone number
  • Feel free to use your OpenPhone number on the devices you already own, like your personal cell phone, laptop, or tablet 📲
  • Port your existing phone numbers into OpenPhone for free — including mobile, toll-free, and landline numbers
  • You’ll always have access to voicemail transcriptions, and call routing even on the basic plan, which means you only need to upgrade when you’re ready
  • You can use integrations to make your calling routines even easier, and plug into platforms like Zapier, Gong, HubSpot, and Slack

Ready to call the US in a cost-effective way? Try OpenPhone free for seven days.

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