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The Telephones

First buy a card

Most pay phones say Ladatel (or Telmex which is the same thing) on them. They only work with a phone card, even for collect or toll free calls. Cards can be purchased at pharmacies, grocery stores, or most likely at a store in sight of the phone. You can buy cards as small as 10 pesos.

Most towns will have telephone operations where you can pay to make a call you pay for or a collect call. They are relatively inexpensive compared to the international collect call telephones on the streets.

Beware the collect call phones

Tourist towns have phones all over - usually near bars to catch homesick drunks. Well marked with "call home collect" and "international collect calls" they seem like a traveler's dream. If you care about the person you are calling, don't use them. Some of these phones charge $10 a minute to call the US compared to $2 Puerto Aventuras, Mexicowith a Ladatel card. No matter how much they love you, nobody wants to pay that kind of bill.

Hotels also charge high rates and service charges, so ask before calling so you won't get a surprise bill.

Know the codes

To call anywhere else outside Mexico: first dial 00 then the country code for the country you are calling. Dialing 09 gets you an international operator who can tell you your country code.

Mexico's country code is 52. To dial Mexico from the USA or Canada, dial 011 52, then the number.

To call the USA or Canada from Mexico: first dial 001, then the area code and number you are calling.

01 gets you long distance within Mexico. You only need to dial it to call numbers outside the city you are in. Each city also has its own area code, which you only need to dial when you calling another city. So to call from one Mexican city to any other city in Mexico you dial: 01 - 3 digit area code - 7 digit number.

For example:

  • Cancun numbers are 998 123 4567. From within Cancun, dial 123 4567. From outside Cancun dial 01 998 123 4567.
  • Same goes for Playa del Carmen, inside Playa del Carmen 123 4567, outside 01 984 123 4567.
  • So if you are calling Cancun from Playa del Carmen you dial 01 998 123 4567.

Know the NEW codes

November 7, 2001, the telephone numbers in Quintana Roo all changed to 10 digit numbers. For example...

City Old Number New Number
Cancun 9 123 4567 998 123 4567
Playa del Carmen 9 123 4567 984 123 4567
Cozumel 9 123 4567 987 123 4567
Puerto Morelos 9 123 4567 998 123 4567
Isla Mujeres 9 123 4567 998 123 4567
Akumal 9 123 4567 984 123 4567
Puerto Aventuras 9 123 4567 984 123 4567
Chetumal 9 123 4567 983 123 4567
Xpu Ha 9 123 4567 984 123 4567
Tulum 9 123 4567 984 123 4567

This change looks easier than it is because when the codes before changed the numbers were actually more like this... an old Cancun number was 9 8123456 and the new one is 998 8123456. An old Playa del Carmen number was more like 9 8712345 and changed to 984 8712345. So they threw part of the old prefix in with the number and stuck a new area code in front. Anyway, Cancun Map has all correct numbers if you need to call someone.

See the Mexican telephone company, Telmex, for help with dialing codes.

The People's Guide to Mexico
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