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Always dial the full number as written or printed, including area code, when you are in Spain. Numbers can be printed using the old prefix style 9X.XXX.XX.XX or with the new 9XX.XXX.XXX. Mobile numbers always start with "6" e.g. 612.345.678
Mobile coverage is almost excellent around all the country and there are three main companies: Movistar, Vodafone and Orange. There are a number of what are called MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) that "piggyback" on the larger carriers but cater to specific markets such as the local immigrants or tourists. Some of the larger ones are Lebara, Mas Movil and Yoigo. These smaller companies are perfectly suitable for the tourist as they offer pay as you go services that basically you can use for even a short trip. All you need is an unlocked GSM phone that works on the 900 and 1800 GSM networks. Most AT&T and T-Mobile phones these days are world phones but you may need to ask your carrier to unlock them. Otherwise, you can rent or buy and inexpensive handset. SIM cards are available throughout Spain. from SIMs for Spain - www.SIMsforSpain.com, also from Cellular Abroad in Los Angeles - www.cellularabroad.com and Mobi Passport in Australia and New Zealand. It is very convenient having the SIM card, along with the phone number, before your trip but it will cost a little more purchasing it before getting to Spain.
International discount calling cards are usually sold at prensas, tabacos or alimentacion stores, with major cities having dedicated calling booth businesses, though, discounted rates are usually only available for Latin America. Please note that many phone booths are broken and that often times, hotels will still charge you a fee to access their line, even if you are using a calling card.
00 is the International Access Code for dialling out of Spain.
34 is the International Country Calling Code of Spain.
|Jaen||953||La Coruna||981||La Rioja||941|
As in most countries, mobile network operators issue certain dialling codes to their subscribers. However, with number portability in Spain (portabilidad), these numbers are not now an accurate indicator of subscriber network in use.
112 is the pan-European Union emergency number and is recommended to all visitors and new immigrants. Local numbers do exist. However, to use these, you have to know which police or fire department deals with which situation.