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Telephones

Mexico has 10-digit telephone numbers, the same format used in the US and Canada.  

Phone numbers consist of an area code, which generally relates to a city, and then a 7-digit local number.

Area codes:

664 - Tijuana

661 - Rosarito

646 - Ensenada

665 - Tecate


There are some difference in dialing and prefixes to call land lines, and for calling to cellphones, see below for how to dial.

 

Note that calls to Mexican cell phones incur a  charge to the caller.  Incoming calls to cellphones are usually free to the called number, the caller pays for the call.  In the case of calls to a Mexican cell phone from a US cell phone, standard rates apply.  US cell phones roaming in Mexico are charged based on the calling plan subscribed in the US.

 

When calling from a Mexican land line - Telnor

Note: As of January 2015, calls to most countries worldwide are included in Telnor calling plans.  Check your specific plan terms at Telnor.com for exceptions.

To call:

  • emergency: 
    • Dial 066 for police, fire or ambulance
  • a local land line within the same area code:
    • Dial only the 7-digit local number (ex: 123-4567)
  • a Mexican land line in a different area code:
    • Dial 01 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:01-xxx-123-4567)
  • a Mexican toll free number:
    • Dial 01 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:01-800-123-4567)
  • a Mexican cell phone in the same area code:
    • Dial 044 plus the full 10-digit number (ex: 044-xxx-123-4567)
  • a Mexican cell phone in a different area code:
    • Dial 045 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:045-xxx-123-4567)
  • a US or Canadian land line or cellphone number:
    • Dial 001 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:001-xxx-234-5678)
  • a US toll-free number:
    • Dial 001 plus the substitute area code (see list below) then the last seven digits of the called number.  (Ex: to call 800-234-5678 you would dial 001-880-234-5678)
    • Note that charges MAY apply when calling US toll free numbers from Mexico same as if you were calling a regular US number, based on the Telnor calling plan of the phone used
      • For 800 substitute 880
      • For 888 substitute 881
      • For 877 substitute 882
      • For 866 substitute 883
      • For 855 substitute 884
      • For 844 substitute 885

 

When calling from a US or Canadian phone (from US or Canada) or a US or Canadian VoIP phone (such as Vonage) anywhere - may vary by VoIP provider

To call:

  • a Mexican land line:
    • Dial 011 plus 52 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:011-52-xxx-123-4567)
  • a US or Canadian land line or cellphone number:
    • Dial 1 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:1-xxx-234-5678) - dialing may vary by VoIP provider
  • a US toll-free number:
    • Dial 1 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:1-800-234-5678)

 

When calling from a US cellphone roaming in Mexico - may vary by US carrier and network on which cellphone is roaming

Note: To enter the Plus symbol (+) on most mobile phones, press and hold the Zero (0) and a Plus will appear.

With most US mobile carriers, if you enter the full number with country codes in your address book, the same address book entry will work in the US or Mexico.  However, an incoming call may not work if you select "Call back" because the incoming number info is not correctly formatted for international dialing.

To call:

  • emergency:
    • Dial 066 for police, fire or ambulance
  • a Mexican land line:
    • Dial the full 10-digits of the number called (ex: xxx-123-4567)
    • or
    • In your address book enter +52 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:+52-xxx-234-5678)
  • a Mexican cellphone:
    • Dial the full 10-digits of the number called (ex: xxx-123-4567)
    • or
    • In your address book enter +52 plus 1 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:+52-1-xxx-234-5678)
  • a Mexican toll free number:
    • Dial 01 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:01-800-123-4567)
  • a US or Canadian land line or cellphone number:
    • Dial +1 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:+1-xxx-234-5678)
  • a US toll-free number:
    • Note that charges MAY apply when calling US toll free numbers from Mexico same as if you were calling a regular US number, based on the calling plan of the phone used
    • Dial +1 plus the substitute area code (see list below) then the last seven digits of the called number.  (Ex: to call 800-234-5678 you would dial +1-880-234-5678)
      • For 800 substitute 880
      • For 888 substitute 881
      • For 877 substitute 882
      • For 866 substitute 883
      • For 855 substitute 884
      • For 844 substitute 885

When calling from a Mexican cellphone in Mexico or roaming in US - may vary by carrier and network on which cellphone is roaming

Note: To enter the Plus symbol (+) on most mobile phones, press and hold the Zero (0) and a Plus will appear.

With most Mexican mobile carriers, if you enter the full number with country codes in your address book, the same address book entry will work in the US or Mexico.  However, calling back of an incoming call may not work if you select "Call back" because the incoming number info is not correctly formatted for international dialing.

To call:

  • emergency:
    • Dial 066 for police, fire or ambulance
  • a Mexican land line:
    • Dial the full 10-digits of the number called (ex: xxx-123-4567)
    • or
    • In your address book enter +52 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:+52-xxx-234-5678)
  • a Mexican cellphone:
    • Dial the full 10-digits of the number called (ex: xxx-123-4567)
    • or
    • In your address book enter +52 plus 1 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:+52-1-xxx-234-5678)
  • a Mexican toll free number:
    • Dial 01 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:01-800-123-4567)
  • a US or Canadian land line or cellphone number:
    • Dial +1 plus the full 10-digits of the number called (ex:001-xxx-234-5678)
  • a US toll-free number:
    • Note that charges MAY apply when calling US toll free numbers from Mexico same as if you were calling a regular US number, based on the calling plan of the phone use
    • AT&T Mexico (a Mexican phone company, different from AT&T US calling plans that include Mexico) allows direct calls to US toll-free numbers without the conversion below, (Ex: Ex: to call 800-234-5678 you would dial +1-800-234-5678)
    • Dial +1 plus the substitute area code (see list below) then the last seven digits of the called number.  (Ex: to call 800-234-5678 you would dial +1-880-234-5678)
      • For 800 substitute 880
      • For 888 substitute 881
      • For 877 substitute 882
      • For 866 substitute 883
      • For 855 substitute 884
      • For 844 substitute 885

 

 

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