Telephones in Spain
If you visit Andalucia frequently, then you could buy a Spanish mobile phone and a 'prepago' pre-paid SIM card for when you are in Spain. On a Spanish SIM card, you will be tied to that particular… More →
Phone and broadband internet connection is now commonplace in the large cities and in the highly populated coasted areas of Andalucia. However, there are still some far-flung rural areas where… More →
Whether you have been in Spain for just a few days or for years one of the things which confuses many foreigners is telephone numbers. There is a logical system of numbering in.
When you take your mobile to another country, this usually means that you no longer have coverage from your service provider even though this is about to change under new EU rules. If you have a… More →
When you first come to Andalucia, you will need a contact number to be easily located. Since Spain operates on a GSM network, your UK mobile phone will probably work in Andalucia. If you are… More →
The majority of land-line telephone connections in Andalucia are provided by the best known telephone company in Spain, Movistar. They used to be called Telefónica and are often refered to as… More →
Although there are some regional and national fixed-line providers in Andalucia, the previously state owned monopoly, Telefónica, is still the main provider of the basic telephone line and is… More →
Telephoning from Spain is not difficult. The international direct dial access code is 00. Dial 00 plus the country code plus the area code and phone number. (Don't forget you may need to drop an '… More →
Telephoning from Spain is not difficult. The international direct dial access code is 00. Dial 00 plus the country code plus the area code and phone number. (Don't forget to drop an '0' before the area code) Thus a London number from a Spanish phone becomes: 00 44 208 1234.
Cheap Calls Abroad from Spain
De-regulation and the increase in competition in within the telephone market in Spain has led to much more consumer choice. There are now many companies providing competitive cheap international calls from the Spanish mainland and islands. Many of these companies provide a cheap and cost effective service for low rate local, national and international calls.
Dialing Numbers in Spain
Inland phone numbers to fixed lines mostly begin with a 9 and have 9 digits. Some newer number begin with a 8. Local calls always require the area code beginning in 9. Almost all numbers in Andalucia are 95 plus seven digits. You may see some phone numbers still advertised on shop signs that don't display the full 9 digit number but the old local seven digit number, try adding 95
- Numbers beginning in 900 are freephone numbers
- Numbers beginning in 901 are local call rate numbers
- Numbers beginning in 902 are national call rate numbers
- Numbers beginning in 906 are premium rate numbers (chat lines etc)
- Numbers beginning in 6 are mobile phone numbers
More about 900 901 902 Numbers
Mobile Phone Numbers
All mobile phone numbers now begin in a 6. This changed a several years ago from beginning in a 9 so if you see an old mobile phone number written as 907 123456 or 970 123456 or 909 123456 or 909 123456 the first '9' should be changed to a '6'
At telephone call centers you make your call from the individual cubicle and pay at the desk afterwards. There are often public telephones in bars. These can be more convenient to use but often cost more to use.
Movistar telephone cards, "tarjetas teléfonicas", can be purchased from the tobacconist and post office in units of 6 Euro, 10 Euro and 20 Euro. These are inserted into the slot of a public phone, and though they do not offer any cost savings, are more convenient than coins. Some modern public phones only accept cards as payment.Telephone booths, "cabinas telefónicas", in the street are hard to find.
Other local and international telephone companies now sell discount call telephone cards. These can be purchased at newsagents and other retail outlets. You do not place them in the phone but call a free-phone number and enter your card number.
Telephone shops sell mobile phones with or without contracts. You purchase the phone and at least 30 Euro worth of calls for about 50 Euro. It is necessary to have photo ID such as passport to purchase a mobile phone and SIM card.