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MEXICAN TELEPHONE INFORMATION
For some unexplained reason using a telephone in Mexico becomes somewhat of a challenge for foreigners. I do not know if it is the heat, the language or what, because it is simply a telephone, like the ones you have at home.
In your travels you will encounter pay phones, hotel phones, and caseta de telefona [caseta telefonica].
When making a long distance call using coins you first dial the number then the operator will come on and tell you how much the call will cost. You then insert the coins and the operator will connect the call for you.
Telephone operators in Mexico speak Spanish.
Caseta de Telefona
WARNING: Long-distance telephone calls from hotels can be very expensive. It is much cheaper to use a pay-phone. You need to purchase a Mexican phone-card, which you can get at most hotel stores or at local convenience stores.
CELL PHONE USE
In order to use your cellular phone on the Mayan Riviera - Cozumel - Cancun and throughout Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Yucatan you must first contact your cell phone company and tell them you are going to Mexico and that you will require International Calling. You can purchase one month's worth. Depending on your service you will be charged a set-up fee. The per-minute cost generally runs $1.00 +.
If you are using a Nokia you need GSM and TDMA capability or your phone will not work in Mexico.
AT&T, Nextel and Verizon all work in Mexico.
You must set up international calling with your cell phone provider. When calling out from Mexico you must dial "001 area code and phone" or you may not get a connection to the number you are calling.
Upon arrival in Mexico "update" your cell to locate tower *228.
If you are using Verizon you can add I-Dial to your number, which allows calls from Mexico to the U.S. for .99 per minute roaming charge. There is no charge for the I-Dial service. [Rate may change. Check before leaving.]
With AT&T when you get out of the airport turn your phone on and let it find that you are in Mexico. To call home press and hold the 0 (Zero) until you get the + than dial your number.
Every state in Mexico has its own area code, which is 2 digits. To make an out of state call you must dial 01 first.
Call To: Prefix Other state in Mexico 01 - Area Code - Phone Number Other Country 01 - Country Code - Area Code - Phone Number
If you have set up an account with a call answering service to have your telephone messages dumped to a source you can access via the Internet your only problem will be finding an Internet café that has speakers hooked up to their computers.
Some cafes have them, many do not. In time as this resource grows every café will have at least one computer with speakers. If you need this service and enter a café that does not have speakers mention it to the manager.