Tools & User Guides

International Texting Destinations

Sending text messages to overseas mobiles from your mobile is an easy way to keep in touch. In most cases, the recipient can reply to your text too. Find out where you can text to and get replies from using the table below:

Select the country you'd like to text to:

Two way means overseas users can initiate to and receive a text from New Zealand.

One way means you can text to a mobile in that country, but they can't reply.

One way with reply path means you can text to a mobile in that country, but they can only reply to one you send (within 2 days of you sending the initial text).


How much does it cost?

If you're on a Prepaid plan sending a text message overseas costs 30c per message.
If you're on a monthly plan, sending a text message overseas costs 20c per message.

It's easy to text overseas

To send a text overseas simply follow these steps:

  1. Enter the country code for the country you're texting to
  2. Enter the mobile prefix (without the zero)
  3. Enter the mobile number you want to text

For example, if you're texting someone who lives in Australia, whose mobile number is '444 123 4567' you simply dial:

0061
(the country code for Australia)
- 444
(the mobile prefix without the zero)
- 1234567
(the rest of their mobile number)

On the XT network the 00 can be replaced with the + sign

+61
(the country code for Australia)
- 444
(the mobile prefix without the zero)
- 1234567
(the rest of their mobile number)

Important things to know about international text messaging

  • International texting is only applicable to texts being sent from New Zealand. Texts you send while you are roaming will be charged at the applicable roaming rate
  • Due to the complex nature of international text messaging involving a number of international carriers and intermediaries outside the control of Telecom New Zealand, while Telecom does its best to ensure technical reliability of the interconnection, Telecom cannot offer any guarantee of message delivery to the international mobile
  • This is particularly important when sending EMS (Enhanced Message Service), long text messages or non English character sets and the sending and receiving of these is dependant on the capability of the distant network and receiving handset
  • The time stamp on the message received by the overseas handset may not show the New Zealand time zone
  • Don't get confused between South African numbers starting with the digits 27XXXXXXXXX and our own mobile numbers starting with 27XXXXXXX. The South African numbers are two digits longer and our network is intelligent enough to be able to tell the difference
  • If you have any problems with International Texting please contact *123
  • For local texting, make sure you enter the area code for New Zealand. Acceptable formats for this are +642xx xxxx, or 02xx xxxx
  • For international texting, make sure you enter the applicable country code and international access codes. Acceptable formats for this are +61 444 1234567