How to create click-to-call links

How to create click-to-call links for mobile browsers

The first de facto standard (copied from the Japanese i-Mode standards) is to use the tel: scheme. It was proposed as a standard in the RFC 5341, but be careful because most of the parameters proposed there do not work on any device.

Today, we can find support for tel: URI-scheme in almost every mobile device, including: Safari on iOS, Android Browser (image above), webOS Browser (image above), Symbian browser, Internet Explorer, Opera Mini and low-end devices browsers.

The very basic and simple syntax is:

I recommend inserting the phone number in the international format: the plus sign (+), the country code, the local area code, and the local number. We do not really know where our visitors will be located. If they are in the same country, or even in the same local area, the international format will still work.

Autodetecting phone numbers

The BlackBerry browser and Safari for iOS (iPhone/iPod/iPad) automatically detect phone numbers and email addresses and convert them to links. If you don’t want this feature, you should use the some meta tags.

For Safari

For BlackBerry

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