Using the Phone in Cabo San Lucas - Calling Mexican Cell Phones, Landlines and International Calling

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HOW TO MAKE PHONE CALLS IN MEXICO

Ever try to dial a phone number while in Mexico only to get an automated message in Spanish that does little to let you know what you've done wrong? Us too. Too many times. That's why we put together a list of codes you'll need to know to call anyone, anywhere within Mexico or to call back home internationally. Special rules apply to landlines and cell phones both calling to or calling from. Without these you'll be getting lots of those "el número al que llama no está en servicio" (you did something wrong cause that number don't work) messages. The guide below should help you through just about any situation, but in case you need further help, we found a few cellular sales offices in Los Cabos that can help you out.

PHONE DIALING GUIDE FOR LOS CABOS, BAJA, MEXICO
FROM A U.S. CELL PHONE
This can get a little confusing as some U.S. cellular carriers have agreements with Mexican cell carriers like Telcel or Movistar and some don't. If your carrier has one of those agreements, then your U.S. phone actually becomes Mexican while in Mexico. That duly noted, the rules below may not apply correctly.

If you try the U.S. dialing code and it does not work, hang up and try the Mexico code – you'll most likely find out that it does. If that does the trick, congratulations, you've got yourself a dual-nationality phone! If you're still having troubles, stop in at one of the many TelCel or Movistar stores, a bit of advice or a proper sim card is all you probably need.

Mexico local/long distance landline
In U.S:
01152 + area code + 7 digits
In Mexico: 01 + area code + 7 digits

U.S. Numbers From Mexico
001 + area code + 7 digits
U.S. 800 Numbers from Mexico
001 + 880 + 7 digits

FROM U.S. CELL TO MEXICO CELL
In US: 01152 + 1 + area code + 7 digits
In Mexico:
01 + area code + 7 digits


ALL OTHER COUNTRIES
00 + country code + phone number

FROM A MEXICO LANDLINE
Local Mexico
Dial 7 digits
Long Distance Mexico
01 + area code (3 digits) + 7 digits
Local Mexico Cell
044 + area code (3 digits) + 7 digits
Long Distance Mexico Cell
045 + area code (3 digits) + 7 digits
Mexico 800 Number
01 + 800 + 7 digits

FROM A MEXICAN CELLPHONE
Local/Long Distance Mexico Landline
Area code + 7 digits
To Mexico Cell
Area code + 7 digits
Mexico 800 Number
01 + 800 + 7 digits

BELOW APPLIES TO BOTH MEXICAN LANDLINES AND CELL PHONES
U.S. Phone
001 + area code (3 digits) +7 digits
U.S. Toll Free Numbers
(international rates apply)
800 Prefix
001 + 880 + 7 digits
888 Prefix 001 + 881 + 7 digits
877 Prefix 001 + 882 + 7 digits
866 Prefix 001 + 883 + 7 digits

ALL OTHER COUNTRIES
00 + country code + phone number

TELCEL
Cabo San Lucas
Plaza Copán
Boulevard Lázaro Cárdenas Local 26
(across from the Chevrolet dealer)
Hours: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Phone: (624) 143-2222

PUBLICEL TELCEL
Puerto Paraíso Mall
Loc. # 281 2nd level
Hours: 10am-10pm
Phone: (624) 143-5001

WALMART
On the transpenninsular highway just before you make the turn into Cabo San Lucas. They carry Movistar and TelCel phones as well as lots of accessories. You'll also find a Movistar phone store in that same mall.