Understanding Mexican Telephony System
Mexican telephony system is not much different than the one in USA and Canada.
How to dial in / to Mexico:
To dial to USA and Canada from Mexico: 001+ ( 3 digits area code) + ( 7 digits phone number)
Fix line Providers:
Cell Phone in Mexico
Mexican Phone Book & Directory.
Options to regular Telephony in Mexico
Regular phone service is Mexico is extremely expensive specially if using a hotel line. Fortunately nowadays there are several options that are very cheap, if not free, to make phone calls from Mexico to the world for visitors and seasonal residents:
Option 1.- Bring your own cell phone.- Most USA cell phones from brand name carriers (Sprint, Verizon, etc) work fine in most Mexican cities. The con is that phone calls can be expensive due the roaming and that they only work in limited metro areas. Ask your company about the per minute cost for roaming in Mexico.
Option 2.- VoIP.- Is the abbreviation for Voice over Internet. This becoming the most popular way for traveler’s telephony or seasonal residents of Mexico. There is a big number of companies offering this service and they mostly offer the same at basically the same rate. Well known companies are Vonage, 8x8, Callture, etc (check the links in this page). They give you a small device that you just plug into any fast internet connection (at your house, cyber café, hotel or hotspot) and to a regular phone. You will have a regular phone line and your same phone number wherever you are ! Prices ranges from $9.99 to $24.99 for unlimited calls to USA , Canada and most European countries.
Option 3.- PC to Phone telephony. This service also is VoIP service but you need to have a computer where you connect the headphone and microphone and download a software (Sofphone) to make and receive phone calls. Calls are free or almost free (ridiculous prices, like 1 cent per minute to North America & Europe). The most well know companies are Skype, Net2Phone, Cordia, etc. This option is for the ones traveling with a laptop that don’t want to be tied to a fixed plan. Quality is not as good as option 2.
Option 4.- PC to PC communication. This option is always free. You use a software (Google Talk, MSN, MS Messenger, AOL Messenger, etc) where you add your contacts that uses the same software and you can talk to them using headset if they are available online at the same time. The inconvenience of this options is that you can call them only if they are connected at the same time as you are.
Option 5.- Phone Cards. This is the best options for those who need to make very few phone calls but be careful, some companies claim very cheap per minute deal but the could charge a very high conection price.
VoIP.- Technically speaking, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) uses Internet Protocol (IP) to route voice packets over an IP network. IP is simply a large group of specifications that define how data is transmitted over a data network. A data network does not require a constant connection like phone lines do so they tend to work more efficiently. By using VoIP, voice can be transmitted across any type of IP network such as the Internet, an intranet, or a LAN. Simply speaking, VoIP is a simple and inexpensive way to make and receive phone calls using your Internet connection rather than your standard phone line. We convert your Softphone calls into data that speeds through your Internet connection, arriving at the other end sounding like a regular phone call.
There are also advanced call-filtering options available from some carriers. These features use caller ID information to allow you make a choice about how calls from a particular number are handled. You can:
With many VoIP services, you can also check voicemail via the Web or attach messages to an e-mail that is sent to your computer or handheld.