- Get started
- What's new in Windows Phone 8
- 3 buttons: Back, Start, and Search
- Get connected
- Everything goes back to Start
- Microsoft account
- Sync my Windows Phone
- Ringtones, sounds, and volume
- Recommended settings during phone setup
- Use Data Sense to track data usage
- Moving from Android or iPhone to Windows Phone
- Tips and tricks
- Places to try tapping and holding
- Gestures: flick, pan, and stretch
- How-to videos
Make and receive phone calls
First and foremost, your Windows Phone 8 lets you make and receive phone calls to stay in touch with people. Whatever you're doing, you can make a call in just a few taps. To learn more about calling, including how to send text replies, make international calls, forward calls, or call someone from History, see Calling options.
To make and receive phone calls, you need an account with a mobile phone operator and a working cellular signal in your current location.
To make a call using the keypad
On Start , tap Phone .
In History, tap Keypad , enter a phone number, and then tap Call.
You can also make a call using Speech. Press and hold the Start button, and then say "Call" and the name of the person you want to call. To learn more, see Use Speech on my phone. Speech may not be available in your country or region. To make your life easier, consider going hands-free by using the phone speaker or a Bluetooth headset.
To call a contact
On Start , tap People .
Tap the name of the person you want to call, and then tap the number to call.
Have a friend you call a lot? You can pin a contact to Start, then tap their Live Tile to make a quick call or send a text. Their Tile will show you missed calls and more.
To answer a call
If your phone is locked when you get an incoming call, slide up, and then tap Answer. If your phone is unlocked, tap Answer. To send an incoming call directly to voicemail, tap Ignore.
Can't talk when you get a call? You can text a reply instead.
To make an emergency phone call
On Start , tap Phone .
Tap Keypad , enter the local emergency phone number, and then tap Call.
If your phone has a password, you or someone else can still make an emergency phone call without entering the password. Just tap Emergency call on the lock screen, and then dial the local emergency number.