This post is to cure myself of a block I was having about how to use the phone in México.
And its not just me. In putting this together, Sergio, who was born and raised here, learned something new about how to make local calls. During the 2015 Telecomm reforms, Mexico made some major changes. The good news is, it is much cheaper and less confusing (believe it or not) than it used to be to use the phone in Mexico.
The bad news is, for first timers, it will take a little getting used to because the syntax for Mexico numbers is different than the US.
Because a big chunk of tourists and expats visit and / or live Mexico City, and this blog is about, yes, Mexico City, I decided to create some simple infographics on how to call to and fro between the USA and CDMX. (By the way, the info for how to dial the US from Mexico also works for Canada.)
If you are here temporarily, using a roaming plan with your US carrier, your phone may think it is a US phone even though you are in Mexico. Check with your carrier before you leave for exact instructions. Verizon and ATT both have very competitive roaming plans set up for Mexico.
If you are staying awhile, consider an ATT plan - I prepaid for a year and it works out to $12 USD per month for the same coverage and data that I was paying $70 to Verizon in the US. (note: I'm not getting anything from either of those companies for mentioning them, just passing along my experience.)
There are some great blog posts about how to use the phone throughout the country of Mexico in general. Big kudos and gracias to SolyMarWeb.com for this excellent post that I used as a reference to create the graphics above. They also include information on dialing 1-800 numbers.
For information on making calls within Mexico (see second table, below) and a review of the 2015 Telecomm reforms, go to this equally great post from Mexperience.com.
Here are the rules, adapted for Mexico City, which has area code 55:
Dialing Summary - Calling To and From Mexico City
Dialing To and From CDMX with a Mexican Phone
(If you are calling a number outside Mexico City with a Mexican phone, simply replace the 55 with the correct area code. )
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