Sunday, March 7, 2010

Figuring Out How to Use the Dang Phone Around Here!

You know you've graduated to "local" status when you have some semblance of an idea of how to make a phone call.  While it would be a seemingly simple task, Mexico has managed to make it infinitely confusing!!  So, here's a cheat sheet.  Print it out and put it on the fridge ;)

The important thing to know when making a call is whether the number you are calling is a landline or a cell phone.  This will dicate the way that you dial the number.  Note:  There is one caveat to really throw a wrench in the deal -- If it is a NEXTEL cell phone number you are dialing, you will treat the number as if it is landline, NOT a cell phone.

Landline to a Local Landline Number: 
Dial the 7 digit phone number

Landline to a  Local Cellular Number:
044 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

Landline to a Long Distance Cellular Number:
045 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

Landline to a  Long Distance Landline Number (in Mexico):
01 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

Landline to a  Long Distance Landline Number (in USA/Canada):
001 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

Cell Phone to a Local Landline Number:
Dial the 7 digit phone number

Cell Phone to a  Local Cellular Number:
044 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

Cell Phone to a Long Distance Cellular Number:

045 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

Cell Phone to a Long Distance Landline Number (in Mexico):
01 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

Cell Phone to a Long Distance Landline Number (in USA or Canada):
001 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

USA or Canada to a Cell Phone:
011 + 52 + 1 + Area Code + 7 Digit Number

~ MISCELLANEOUS INFO ~

Area Codes:
998    Cancun to Puerto Morelos
984    Playa del Carmen to Tulum
987    Cozumel
999    Merida

International Calls:
00 + Country Code + Area Code + Number

Country Codes:
1    USA & Canada
44    Great Britain
39    Italy
49    Germany
33    France

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