Please sign in to post.

Which contact phone number to provide to European B&B hosts?

With the help of many on this forum, I have installed Google Voice on my phone and also purchased a Vodafone SIM card to use while I am abroad. I think I'm clear on what to use when I'm connecting back home to the US. But which number should I provide to the two B&Bs which have asked for my contact information while traveling -- the Vodafone card number or the Google Voice number?
Thanks!
Ruth

Posted by
23545 posts

Which one will have voicemail if you don't answer? Which one will ring on your phone when you are out and about?

Posted by
4686 posts

You can give them both.

Your Dutch Vodafone number starts with 31, right? If your number is 31627411234 give them the number as +31627411234. Incoming calls and texts should be free; outgoing are not but you get a free free calls in your bundle to Dutch phone numbers. Sounds like you got some extra Vodafone credit so you would have some left over after buying your bundle to make a few calls and texts per-minute or per-text if you need to get ahold of someone.

Give them your US Google Voice number as +1 and the area code and phone number. You may not be able to reply to text messages from international numbers in Google Voice, FYI. (And you will receive Google Voice texts in the Google Voice app not your regular texting app.)

You could tell them SMS:(Vodafone number) and VOICE:(Google number) because I know you'll have Google Voicemail but maybe haven't setup the Vodafone voicemail. (I never did - it's in Dutch!).

Posted by
450 posts

Hi Andrew -- I don't see a 31 at the start of the Vodafone number. starts with 0627 and is a total of 10 digits long?

Posted by
4686 posts

Are you getting that phone number from the back of the SIM envelope?

I just looked mine up from my My Vodafone account, and it showed the 31 at the start then 627.

In any event...you'd use the one with the 0 in front of the local 9 digit number in the Netlerhands (dial the 0 first). When calling the number internationally, you drop the 0 and add the country code. So drop the 0 from the front and add the +31 to the remaining digits that start with 627 - Europeans will know what that means.

Posted by
450 posts

Andrew, I just checked on line and the number is 10digits and definitely starts with 06. Now I’m freaking out that somehow I got sent an Australian card and it won’t even work in Europe??? I followed the eBay link to buy the card and it said Europe?

Posted by
4686 posts

I see my Dutch Vodafone number in several places when I login. One of them shows it with 31 in the front. Another shows it this way:

Mobiel nummer 06 27 41 XX XX

(I've XX XX'd out my real digits.)

That's the local Dutch number.

The European number for international calling would be +31 62741XXXX . Notice I dropped the leading zero and added +31 instead?

I can't imagine you don't have the Dutch SIM if you have the same 0627 that I have...

Posted by
450 posts

OK, thanks! It's just weird there's no 31 anywhere, but you're right the 627 does make it sound like it might be the same. It's too bad it's so hard to navigate the language challenges on the Vodafone site. I might still try to contact them to ask/verify, but I'm not going to hold my breath that they respond.

Posted by
4686 posts

Ruth, I would find something else to worry about! If you are logging in on a website that ends in Vodafone.nl, you have the Dutch SIM!!!

Posted by
5308 posts

I also bought a NL Vodafone SIM as suggested by Andrew H. and the instructions (welcoming you) were definitely in Dutch, so I have been giving out the +31 6xxxxxx number for text responses.