COSTALEGRE TRAVEL GUIDE WELCOME TO COSTA ALEGRE, JALISCO, MEXICO

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TELEPHONES  (An Introduction)

Although much improved from years gone by, Mexico's phone system is sometimes not as clear or reliable as what we are accustomed to in other parts of North America.  Calling to the Costalegre is usually straight forward once you learn their numbering system, and can speak a little Spanish.  Some people have the most difficulty and expense when calling back home, but this also is improving.

TELEPHONE PROCEDURES:  (Using the Telephone)

CALLS FROM CANADA/USA

To call Costalegre from a Canada/USA Land Line use the following procedure.  Dial the International access code from Canada (011), then the country code for Mexico (52), then the local area code (315), then the local number.  Note: Area codes can be one, two, or three digit numbers.

NUMBER BREAKDOWN    011.52.315.355.5399  (Police Station in Barra de Navidad)

011 International Access Code from Canada/USA
52 Country Code for Mexico
315 Area Code (claves)
355.5399 Local Telephone Number

 

To call a Costalegre CELL PHONE from Canada/USA dial a "1" between the Country Code and the Area Code.

CALLS TO CANADA/USA

Long distance calls to Canada/USA are accessed by dialing Canada's International access code (001), then the area code and the seven digit number.  001.(604).268.9302 (Air Transat, Vancouver)

LOCAL CALLS IN MEXICO

TELEPHONE REPAIR VEHICLEIn 1999 the phone numbering system was changed to match up  with the rest of North America.  Local telephone numbers will be seven digits, with a two or three digit area code.  It will probably take a few more years before the whole country is converted.  In Costalegre often only five digit numbers are listed, but from a pay phone you must dial all seven numbers.  For example to call the tourist bureau in Barra de Navidad from Canada or the USA you would dial 011.52.315.355.5100, but locally you would only dial 355.5100.  In some local areas, you only have to dial the last five digits.

LONG DISTANCE WITH-IN MEXICO

To call long distance with-in Mexico, you have to dial the national long distance code (01) before dialing the one, two or three digit area code, and then the number.  For example to call the Hotel de Legazpi in Melaque from Puerto Vallarta dial 01.315.355.5397.  For cellular telephones dial (01), then the eight digit number.

CELLULAR PHONES

It is recommended that you leave you personal cellular telephone at home. If you happen to loose it, you would pay a premium to replace it on returning home. If it was compatible with Mexican Cellular systems, the operation costs would be prohibited as all calls to your USA or Canadian number would be long distance. You may be able to activate your cell phone with a Mexican number for local calls by purchasing a new chip at a local cellular store.

Many tourists buy a Pay-As-You-Go cell phone which can be purchased from $300+ Pesos. Usually 50 to 100 minutes are included in this No Contact deal. Make sure you are joining the same company network (Telcel, Movistar, etc) as your friends or relatives. To dial a local cellular number from a Landline Phone within the (315) area code, dial (044), then the number.  Use (045) when phoning other area codes.  There are over 100 million of these phones operating in Mexico.

Telcel Customer Service (Mexico City)  Weekdays 8am-8pm, Weekends 9am-6pm.
From the USA: 1.888.350.4035,  From Canada: 1.877.837.5618.

MAGICJACK

MagicJack is an internet based Voice over IP telephone system. A hardware device is required for computer operation, and an App for smart phones is available. One device plugs into computer USB port, or another plugs into ISP modem (you need only one or the other).  A regular handset phone is plugged into the hardware device.  For a flat yearly fee MagicJack provides Canadian and USA telephone numbers.  Calls can be placed from Mexico for free, and friends/relatives can easily call your home number which you answer in Mexico.  For calls to Mexican phone numbers you need to pay an extra yearly fee for International calling.  Then you can dial using this format: 011.52.1.315.355.6777.

PRE-PAID PHONE CARDS

Pre-paid Mexican phone cards can be purchased at small stores and shops in $30, $50, $100 peso amounts.  The are normally used for local calls at Pay Phones to avoid packing lots of peso coins.  Tel-Mex charges a peso per minute.  These cards are highly recommended for local calls from phone booths.  To use a prepaid phone card, pick up the receiver, insert your card and wait for the balance to show on the display before dialing.  Normally there are instructions on the phone booth.

ASSISTANCE NUMBERS

Directory assistance dial (040).  For collect or person-to-person calls within Mexico dial (020).  For collect or person-to-person calls to outside of Mexico, dial the international operator at (090).  Bear in mind that the operators will probably not speak English.

FACSIMILES

Fax numbers are dialed the same as phone numbers.  Many fax numbers in Costalegre are regular voice telephones with a fax machine plugged in parallel.  If a person answers, you have to ask them to start their fax machine.  "Quiero enviar un fax por favor"

CALLING CARDS

If you are going to be using Canada Direct to call home to Canada, be sure to take you provincial telephone company's calling card with you.  This will save you money if you're making many calls.

COSTALEGRE AREA CODES     TelMex Info

CITY or TOWN AREA CODE
PUERTO VALLARTA  322
PERULA  315
CHAMELA  315
CAREYES  315
TENACATITA  315
BOCA DE IGUANAS  315
LA MANZANILLA  315
CUASTECOMATES  315
MELAQUE  315
BARRA DE NAVIDAD  315
CIHUATLÁN  315
COLIMILLA  315
MANZANILLO  314
COLIMA  312
TLAQUEPAQUE & TONALÁ 33
GUADALAJARA 33
LA HUERTA 357
AUTLÁN 317

 

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