Question: I am calling a country with country with country code “00254” – I do not recognize this number – what country is it? The phone number I was given is “00254 702 50xxxx.”
Answer: The number you are trying to call looks like Kenya. The phone number is likely a cellular phone number.
“00” is an international exit code (the number used to access the international switchboard) for many African and European countries. If ’00’ is dialed from a country that does not use that as its exit code (the U.S. and Canada use ‘011’, Australia uses ‘0011’, Japan uses ‘010’, many countries of the former U.S.S.R use ‘8’ – wait for the dial tone – ’10’), the call will not work.
“254” is the country code for Kenya. It is the number that is dialed to reach Kenya from the international switchboard.
The remainder of the number appears to be the format for a Kenyan cellular phone number. The ‘7’ signifies a mobile phone number within the Kenyan numbering system. ‘702’ signifies a mobile assigned to Safaricom.
See our “how to call Kenya” page for details on how to call Kenya from anywhere in the world.