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Phoning Spain from the UK and phoning the UK from Spain
When calling Spain from the UK or calling the UK from Spain, it's handy to bear this page in mind, it could not only save you time, but money as well!!
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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!).
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
In numerical order :
91 - Madrid
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
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
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;
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
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;
Useful secrets to using your mobile telephone :
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.
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.
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established, how would you like to easily save all of the address book on your SIM card to your computer, so that you can
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