International Phone Calls
Be sure to check the rates for International calls before dialing
from your hotel room. Many hotels have special deals with phone companies
that will charge you exorbitant rates for International calls.
There is also the option of using a payphone to make your international
call . . . Beware of phone booths that don't list their rates but
will readily take your credit card. Phone booths that think they
are Vegas style one armed bandits will always take your money and
you won't be getting any of it back.
You will often see stores that sell phone cards with a chip which
you insert into a phone. Watch how fast the meter runs and that $10
card runs out in under 5 minuets!
-- I can tell you first hand that my brother called the US from a phone booth in Mazatlan while there and time that added up to an hour added up to over $600 dollars when my parents got the bill ( and they were very upset with the fact that those Mexican phone companies get away with rates that are better described as robbery ! )
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TELEPHONE OPERATION NUMBERS
||Local Operator / Information
||Direct dialing within Mexico (01 + Area Code + Number)
||Direct dialing to US, Canada, or Caribbean (001 + Area Code
||Direct dialing to the rest of the world (00 + Area Code + Number)
||Emergency number (like 911 in the US)
||To Dial a Cell Phone from a Payphone or Landline (044 + Area Code + Number)
TELEPHONE AREA CODES
Beginning in 1999, Mexico began converting its phone numbers to a uniform seven-digit format (previously numbers ranged from 5-7 digits). While the system may take years to fully implement, here’s an easy way to make local calls while in Mexico: add the appropriate number of digits from the city’s area code in order to make all local calls contain seven digits. The major exceptions are Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey; here all local calls require eight digits.
Example: when in Acapulco, a number that appears as 74 41 23 45 67 would be dialed as 1234567 from local landline or cell to a local landline; 7441234567 from cell to cell and 0447441234567 from landline to cell... so you need to figure out if the phone you're calling is a landline or a cell.
CODES WITHIN MEXICO
Note: When calling from the U.S. or Canada, first
dial 011-52 when dialing a land line and 011-521 when dialing a cell, followed by these area codes and local number.