What is the appropriate (polite) way to ask someone to call me? Could I say:

Please give me a phone call when available.


Please contact me when you have a chance.

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    Combine the two and use: "Please call me when you have a chance." You don't give any context and the answer can change greatly depending on the circumstances. Your two directives and my suggestion all work well for a boss to subordinate or co-worker to co-worker request. They might not be appropriate for a student to professor request, for example. – Jim Mar 1 '14 at 6:11

Please give me a phone call when available (who?)

Probably you want to say...

Please give me a phone call when you are free.

Your sentence is...

Please contact me when you have a chance. The word contact does not always mean through phone! See the difference - I contacted detective to spy on her. AND I called detective to spy on her.

You may keep it simple -

Please give me a call whenever you get a chance/are free.

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    I think it's worth expounding on how or why "get a chance" sounds more natural than "available" (or even "when you are available"). If I was talking to someone on the phone, I'd have no problem asking "We need to meet face-to-face; when are you available?" But leaving a voice mail, I agree with this answer; I don't think I'd say, "Please call me back when you are available," although I can imagine myself saying "Please call me back when you get a chance – around noon would be ideal, I should be available then." – J.R. Mar 1 '14 at 11:11
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    @J.R.: Exactly: you are available for me to call you, but you become free to call me. – StoneyB Mar 2 '14 at 12:40

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