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Phoning Spain from the UK - To telephone Spain (including the Canaries and Balearic islands) from the UK, dial 0034 followed by the appropriate area code (see below) and then the number. The area code for Spain, plus the telephone number is nine digits, plus the international dialling code to Spain of 0034, therefore, you always need to dial a 13 digit number from the UK for any phone or fax in Spain.  (In some instances below, there's different variations in the names for the same places!).Phoning Spain from the UK and phoning the UK from Spain

For cheap calls to Spain simply dial 0844 720 6099 followed by the Spanish number starting with 0034. Calls are charged at 1p per minute to landlines and appear on your normal phone bill. Alternatively, you can call Spanish mobiles for 9p/min by dialling 0871 341 2046. Click here for full details

The area telephone codes for Spain are below :

In alphabetical order:

Aguilas  -  968
Albacete  -  967
Alcira  -  96
Alcoy  -  96
Algeciras  -  956
Alicante  -  96
Almeria  -  950
Alva  -  945
Arrecife  -  928
Asturias  -  98
avila  -  920
Aviles  -  98
Badajoz  -  924
Badalona  -  93
Balears  -  971
Barcelona  -  93
Benidorm  -  96
Bilbao  -  94
Burgos  -  947
Caceres  -  927
Cadiz -  956
Cantabria  -  942
Cartagena  -  968
Castellon -  964
Castellon de la Plana  -  964
Ceuta  -  956
Ciudad Real  -  926
Cordoba  -  957
Cuenca  -  969
Fuerteventura  -  928
Gandia  -  96
Gerona  -  972
Gijon  -  98
Girona  -  972
Granada  -  958
Guadalajara  -  949
Guipuzcoa  -  943
Huelva  -  959
Huesca  -  974
Ibiza  -  971
Irun  -  943
Jaen  -  953
Jerez de la Frontera  -  956
La Coruna  -  981
La Rioja  -  941
Lanzarote  -  928
Las Palmas  -  928
Leon  -  987
Lerida  -  973
Linares  -  953
Lleida  -  973
Logrono  -  941
Lorca  -  968
Lugo  -  982
Madrid  -  91
Mahon  -  971
Malaga  -  95
Marbella  -  95
Melilla  -  95
Merida  -  924
Murcia  -  968
Navarra  -  948
Orense  -  988
Ourense  -  988
Oviedo  -  98
Palencia  -  979
Palma de Mallorca  -  971
Pamplona  -  948
Pontevedra  -  986
Reus  -  977
Sabadell  -  93
Sagunto  -  96
Salamanca  -  923
San Feliu de Llobregat  -  93
San Sebastian  -  943
Santa Cruz de Tenerife  -  922
Santander  -  942
Santiago de Compostela  -  981
Segovia  -  921
Sevilla  -  95
Seville  -  95
Soria  -  975
Tarragona  -  977
Tarrasa  -  93
Tenerife  -  922
Teruel  -  978
Terval  -  978
Toledo  -  925
Torremolinos  -  95
Torrevieja  -  96
Tortosa  -  977
Valencia  -  96
Valladolid  -  983
Vigo  -  986
Vitoria  -  945
Vizcaya  -  94
Zamora  -  980
Zaragoza  -  976

In numerical order :

91    -  Madrid
93    -  Badalona
93    -  Barcelona
93    -  Sabadell
93    -  San Feliu de Llobregat
93    -  Tarrasa
94    -  Bilbao
94    -  Vizcaya
95    -  Malaga
95    -  Marbella
95    -  Melilla
95    -  Sevilla
95    -  Seville
95    -  Torremolinos
96    -  Alcira
96    -  Alcoy
96    -  Alicante
96    -  Benidorm
96    -  Gandia
96    -  Sagunto
96    -  Torrevieja
96    -  Valencia
98    -  Asturias
98    -  Aviles
98    -  Gijon
98    -  Oviedo
920  -  avila
921  -  Segovia
922  -  Santa Cruz de Tenerife
922  -  Tenerife
923  -  Salamanca
924  -  Badajoz
924  -  Merida
925  -  Toledo
926  -  Ciudad real
927  -  Caceres
928  -  Arrecife
928  -  Fuerteventura
928  -  Lanzarote
928  -  Las Palmas
941  -  La Rioja
941  -  Logrono
942  -  Cantabria
942  -  Santander
943  -  Guipuzcoa
943  -  Irun
943  -  San Sebastian
945  -  Alva
945  -  Vitoria
947  -  Burgos
948  -  Navarra
948  -  Pamplona
949  -  Guadalajara
950  -  Almeria
953  -  Jaen
953  -  Linares
956  -  Algeciras
956  -  Cadiz
956  -  Ceuta
956  -  Jerez de la Frontera
957  -  Cordoba
958  -  Granada
959  -  Huelva
964  -  Castellon
964  -  Castellon de la Plana
967  -  Albacete
968  -  Aguilas
968  -  Cartagena
968  -  Lorca
968  -  Murcia
969  -  Cuenca
971  -  Balears
971  -  Ibiza
971  -  Mahon
971  -  Palma de Mallorca
972  -  Gerona
972  -  Girona
973  -  Lerida
973  -  Lleida
974  -  Huesca
975  -  Soria
976  -  Zaragoza
977  -  Reus
977  -  Tarragona
977  -  Tortosa
978  -  Teruel
978  -  Terval
979  -  Palencia
980  -  Zamora
981  -  La Coruna
981  -  Santiago de Compostela
982  -  Lugo
983  -  Valladolid
986  -  Pontevedra
986  -  Vigo
987  -  Leon
988  -  Orense
988  -  Ourense

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Using a mobile phone in the UK - It's very useful to have your own mobile phone when on holiday in the UK. However, remember that some mobile phones will not work abroad. Check with your provider before you go. Also, find out about text messaging and how to get your voice messages, as this will almost certainly be different than at home. In particular, find out about charges, it may cost more to use your mobile phone abroad and you may have to pay to receive calls as well as make them!!!!  Click on the picture link further down below for good ways around this problem.

Useful telephone numbers in the UK
Operator - 100
Directory enquiries - 118 500
International directory enquiries - 153
International operator 155 - There is no charge to speak to the operator but if they connect your call you will be charged a higher rate.
Alarm call - 100
Talking Pages - This 24-hour free service lists the numbers of thousands of businesses in the UK. Dial 0800 600 900 and say what type of business you require, and in what area of London
Speaking Clock - 0871 789 3642
Weather - National UK - 09068 500 400
The weather in Avon - 09068 500 405
The weather in Bedfordshire - 09068 500 407
The weather in Berkshire - 09068 500 406
The weather in Buckinghamshire - 09068 500 406
The weather in Caithness - 09068 500 426
The weather in Cambridgeshire - 09068 500 408
The weather in Central Scotland - 09068 500 421
The weather in Cornwall - 09068 500 404
The weather in Cumbria - 09068 500 419
The weather in Derby - 09068 500 412
The weather in Devon - 09068 500 404
The weather in Dorset - 09068 500 403
The weather in Dumfries - 09068 500 420
The weather in Durham - 09068 500 418
The weather in the East Highlands - 09068 500 424
The weather in East Riding - 09068 500 417
The weather in East Yorkshire - 09068 500 417
The weather in Essex - 09068 500 407
The weather in Fife - 09068 500 422
The weather in Galloway - 09068 500 420
The weather in Gloucestershire - 09068 500 405
The weather in Grampian - 09068 500 424
The weather in Greater London - 09068 500 401
The weather in Hampshire - 09068 500 403
The weather in Herefordshire - 09068 500 410
The weather in Hertfordshire - 09068 500 407
The weather on the Isle of Man - 09068 500 419
The weather on the Isle of Wight - 09068 500 403
The weather in Kent - 09068 500 402
The weather in the Lake District - 09068 500 419
The weather in Leicester - 09068 500 412
The weather in Lincolnshire - 09068 500 413
The weather in Lothian - 09068 500 422
The weather in Mid Wales - 09068 500 414
The weather in Norfolk - 09068 500 408
The weather in North Wales - 09068 500 415
The weather in the North West of England - 09068 500 416
The weather in North Yorkshire - 09068 500 417
The weather in Northants - 09068 500 412
The weather in Northern Ireland - 09068 500 427
The weather in Northumberland - 09068 500 418
The weather in Nottingham - 09068 500 412
The weather in Orkney - 09068 500 426
The weather in Oxon - 09068 500 406
The weather in the Shetland Isles - 09068 500 426
The weather in Shropshire - 09068 500 410
The weather in Somerset - 09068 500 405
The weather in South Wales - 09068 500 409
The weather in South Yorkshire - 09068 500 417
The weather in Staffordshire - 09068 500 411
The weather in Strathclyde - 09068 500 421
The weather in Suffolk - 09068 500 408
The weather in Surrey - 09068 500 402
The weather in Sussex - 09068 500 402
The weather in Sutherland - 09068 500 426
The weather in Tayside - 09068 500 423
The weather in Tyne and Wear - 09068 500 418
The weather in Warwickshire - 09068 500 411
The weather in the West Highlands and Islands - 09068 500 425
The weather in the West Midlands - 09068 500 411
The weather in West Yorkshire - 09068 500 417
The weather in Wiltshire - 09068 500 405
The weather in Worcestershire - 09068 500 410
The weather in York - 09068 500 417
The weather in Yorkshire - 09068 500 417

Phoning the UK from Spain - Dial 0044, then the UK area code (without the initial 0) followed by the number. For example, to telephone the London number 0209 654 321 from Spain, you would dial 0044 209 654 321.

Phoning within Spain - Always dial the full 9 digit number (including the area code) even when calling from within the same area. If you are given a phone number that is less than 9 digits you will need to add the regional prefix (see the list above). Public telephone booths (locutorios) and street-corner telephones can be found throughout Spain. These take coins or phone cards which can be obtained from post-offices (estafeta de correos) and tobacconists (estancos). There are also central telephone offices (telefonicas) where you can make international calls and pay afterwards. Avoid using your hotel telephone, as this is likely to be more expensive to use than a public phone.

Useful telephone numbers in Spain
Directory enquiries 1003
International operator 1008
Alarm call 096
Weather 906 365 365

Using a mobile phone in Spain - It's very useful to have your own mobile phone when on holiday in Spain. However, remember that some mobile phones will not work abroad. Check with your provider before you go. Also find out about text messaging and how to get your voice messages, as this will almost certainly be different than at home. In particular, find out about charges, it may cost more to use your mobile phone abroad and you may have to pay to receive calls as well as make them!!!!

Control the cost of using your mobile in Spain - A convenient feature of the modern mobile phone is the ability to remain in contact whilst abroad. Mobile operators refer to this service as international roaming. However, this convenience comes at a cost and if you don't pay attention to how much you use your mobile phone you could be paying your phone bill off long after your tan has faded.

The article here has been written to help you avoid extortionate mobile roaming charges, however the potential to reduce costs greatly depends on your usage pattern.

Important differences to note whilst in Spain;
* You will have a choice of different networks to use. However, the call charges will vary dependent on the network you select.
* You will pay for receiving calls
* Your call charges will be different to those when using your mobile at home. Expect an increase of 300-1000%.
* The peak and off peak times of the foreign operator may differ from your UK operator.
* You may be billed in different increments i.e. per minute instead of per second.
* There will be a surcharge for calling free phone numbers and customer care lines.

Considerations before travelling :

Check the cost of calling with your mobile operator and the network coverage whilst in Spain.

Let potential callers know that you will be in Spain - In order to avoid receiving unnecessary and costly call, advise potential callers that you will be Spain. If you have a standard UK contract you may be paying as much as 75ppmin to receive a call.

Considerations when in Spain - There are several steps that you can take to use your mobile in the most cost effective way.

Send text messages instead of calling - A typical text message will cost 30p while abroad however a voice call will cost in excess of 60p. And remember whilst roaming you are charged per minute so if your call only lasts twenty seconds you will still get charged the price of a full minute.

Bar incoming calls or set up a UK divert - If you're confident that no one will want to speak to you, then you could bar incoming calls. Alternatively, divert all calls to a UK number and ask people to contact you via SMS or call if it is urgent.

Use your voicemail service - You can divert all incoming calls directly to your voicemail so that you do not need to pay to receive that call. You can then make one call to your voice mail and decide what calls require your attention. However, please note that conditional diverts such as diverting calls to voicemail when you're on the phone can be extremely costly. This is because you often pay to receive the call and then send it back to your voicemail in the UK

Manually select the cheapest network to roam on - When arriving in Spain your mobile phone should automatically select the cheapest network (partner network) to roam on. However, to avoid any costly mistakes, it is worth discovering the correct network before roaming and then manually selecting that network once you arrive.

Phoning Home - All phone numbers in your mobile's address book need to be preceded with the correct international dialling code. For UK numbers it is +44 followed by the national code minus the first 0.

Foreign SIM cards - For longer or repeat visits to Spain consider purchasing a foreign pay-as-you-go sim card. The SIM card is an electronic chip that ties you to a particular network. By changing the SIM, you are no longer roaming, you're considered to be a local number on a particular network. This brings considerable advantages; you are no longer charged to receive calls and you can make calls at a fraction of the roaming cost.

You can buy Spanish prepaid SIM cards before you go and then simply pay as you go when abroad. This has the added benefit of providing you with your new number before you travel and a set of English instructions. However, please be aware that your handset may need to be unlocked before it will accept a SIM card from another network, often this will cost around £10. To see details of free unlocking of mobile phones, when purchasing a Spanish SIM card, just click on the image further down below.

Tips for saving money on telephone calls - Depending on how often you travel and where you go you could save money by following these simple guidelines.

Annual Holiday Maker - Holiday phone bill is less than £20 - If you head overseas once a year and take your mobile phone with you, try the following;
* Subscribe to an international saver scheme and you could benefit form significant savings if you intend to use the phone for more than just emergencies.
* Whenever possible, text message rather than phone, but be aware it will cost around 30p per text
* Use local payphones to make national calls and buy a calling card to call home

A home in Spain / spending more than 3 weeks in Spain - If you're lucky enough to have brought a home in Spain, regularly visit every year or are intending to spend more than a few weeks in Spain;
* Purchase a Spanish SIM card. You should quickly recuperate the costs even if you have to pay for unlocking a mobile phone. You'll be able to receive calls for free and make telephone calls at local rates. For a UK supplier of Spanish SIM cards, just click on the image below.

Useful secrets to using your mobile telephone :
You probably thought that your mobile phone was just for making phone calls, texting and taking photos, that sort of thing, right? Well; your mobile phone can do other things as well :

1. The first one is simplicity itself and it's really useful. Anywhere the world, no matter where you are, you can dial 112 for the nearest emergency contact.
(The myth circulating around the world about how to open a car door using a mobile telephone, is just that, a myth!!  It usually goes something like, you lock yourself out of your car with the keys inside. Don't panic, call home, get somebody to hold your spare remote locking key to the phone, hold your mobile about a foot from your car door, then get them to hit the unlock button - and your car door unlocks. Except that it couldn't possibly because remote keys work on radio waves not sound. If anybody out there has tried it and it worked, please let us know).

2. This ones pretty good.  To find out your mobile telephones unique 15-digit serial security number, just punch in *#06# and the security code for your mobile telephone will then magically appear. Write this security code down in a safe place.  If your mobile telephone is lost or stolen, call your service provider, tell them the security code for your mobile telephone and they may be able to disable the mobile telephone so that someone else can't use it.

STOP - have you ever lost all of the contact details in the address book part of your SIM card?  Perhaps as a result of losing the mobile phone, maybe as a result of the phone being stolen or a damaged SIM card. How did it feel?  OK, now that we have that established, how would you like to easily save all of the address book on your SIM card to your computer, so that you can simply copy your complete address book / contacts back to your SIM card at a later stage?  For more details just email to:
Sim-Card-Easy-Backups@UKandSpain.com

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