I’d like to use my one phone call. On second thought, never mind…

I’ve lived in Mexico for over 11 years. I’ve never understood the phone system. I’ve sometimes tried to dial a number and gave up because I couldn’t seem to make the call go through. Until 2 minutes ago, I’d never seen any instructions that included more than a couple of the rules below.

What follows is why I prefer to just email:

From your Mexican land phone:

– To dial to a Mexican local number (same area code):
Dial 7 digits (no area code necessary)
– To dial to a Mexican long distance number:
Dial 01 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits).
– To dial to a Mexican cell phone number:
Dial 044 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits) (when in same area code)
Dial 045 if the cell phone is a different area code than where you are (LD cell phone)
– To dial to a U.S. phone number:
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-800 U.S. number: (international rates apply)
Dial 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-888 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-877 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-866 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a Mexican 01-800 number:
Dial 01 + 800 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to other countries:
Dial 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To a US cell phone while is in Mexico (some companies have that as default):
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

From your Mexican cell phone:

– To dial to a Mexican local number:
Dial directly the área code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
– To dial to a Mexican long distance number:
Dial area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
– To dial to a Mexican cell phone number
Dial area code (3 digits) + phone number
– To dial to a US phone number:
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-800 U.S. number: (international rates apply)
00 + 1 + 880 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-888 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-877 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-866 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to a Mexican 01-800 number:
Dial 01 + 800 + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To dial to other countries:
Dial 00 + country code (1, 2, or 3 digits) + phone number (usually 7 digits)
– To a US cell phone while is in Mexico (some companies have that as default):
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

Also, to call from a Mexican cell phone while in the US to a Mexican cell phone in Mexico (believe me, it happens):
Dial 011 + 52 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

From your US cell phone:

You can make calls from your U.S. cell phone to Mexican numbers while you are in Mexico. The most confusing thing about this is that some US companies have arrangements with local Mexican carriers (TELCEL or MOVISTAR for example). In this case, the Mexican carrier takes over and your cell phone becomes “Mexican,” so you will use the “from Mexico” option below. Other carriers have no arrangement with any Mexican company, so you’ll use the “from the U.S.” option below. Unless you have an international plan, it is not cheap to use your U.S. cell phone in Mexico, but some times it is necessary. Contact your cell phone company before leaving the U.S, or try to dial the following ways:

– To dial to a Mexican local or long distance landline number:
From the U.S: 011 52 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
From Mexico: 01 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
– To dial to a Mexican cell phone number:
From the U.S: Dial 011 52 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
From Mexico: Dial 01 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
– To dial to a U.S. phone number:
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
– To dial to a 1-800 U.S. number: (be aware: international rates will apply)
Dial 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number
– To a US cell phone while is in Mexico (some companies have that as default):
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

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