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Argentina Phones

Calling a Landline in Argentia from Outside of Argentina

International Access Code + Country Code + City Code + Local Number

Always start with your International Access Code. (In U.S. Dial 011). Then the Country Code, which in the case of Argentina is 54. Next comes the City Code and then the Local Number.

Example calling Buenas Aires from the United States:

International Codes (If you are in these countries and calling Argentina, use these numbers):

From the US and Canada: 011
From Australia: 0011
From most other countries including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the EU: 00

City Codes for Argentina

Buenos Aires 11

Formosa 3717

Neuquen 299

Salta 387

Santiago del Estero 385

Bahia Blanca 291

Jesus Maria 3525

Parana 343

San Juan 264

Santo Tome 3756

Catamarca 3833

La Plata 221

Posadas 3752

San Luis 2652

Tandil 2293

Comodoro Rivadavia 297

La Rioja 3822

Resistencia 3722

San Nicolas 3461

Trelew 2965

Concordia 345

Mar del Plata 223

Rio Cuarto 358

San Rafael 2627

Cordoba 351

Mendoza 261

Rosario 341

Santa Fe 342

Calling a Cell Phone in Argentina from Outside of Argentina

International Access Code+Country Code+9+City Code+Local Number

*Cell phone numbers in Argentina are generally organized like this:15 XXXX-XXXX.

When calling from abroad, don’t dial the 15, just the last 8 digits XXXX-XXXX.

Example calling a Buenas Aires Cell Phone from the United States:

011 - 54 -9 -11 - 4243 - 4328

*For calling from other countries, please use your individual country code

Using a Cell Phone in Argentina

When making a call from a cell phone in Argentina:

  • If you are dialing a place in Argentina with the same area code as which you are calling, just dial the number.

  • If the number is located around Buenos Aires, dial "0114," plus the phone number.

  • If the number is located in Southern Argentina, dial "02," plus the area code, plus "4," plus the phone number.

  • If the number is located in Northern Argentina, dial "03," plus the area code, plus "4," plus the phone number.

  • If you are calling home or outside of the country from your cell phone, follow the normal international calling convention;

    • International Access Code+Country Code+9+City Code+Local Number

Calling Home by Phone From Argentina

International Access Code+Country Code+Area Code+Local Number

Example: Calling the United States from Argentina

  • Argentina's International Access Code is 00
  • The Country Code for the United States is 1
  • The Area Code for New York City is 212
  • The Local Number is 453-5757

Every Country has its own specific Country Code. Some common Country Codes are listed below. Make sure you are aware of your country's code before you leave.

Argentina: 54
Germany: 49
Australia: 61
New Zealand: 64
United Kingdom: 44
France: 33

United States of America: 1

Methods of Calling Home from Argentina

  1. Skype or other Internet Based Calling—Skype, the internet based phone service provider, mostly dominates this market. Skype allows users to call other Skype users via the internet, landline or cell phone. Calling other Skype members over the internet is free and easy, as long as you have a head set and a fast internet connection. Calling a landline will cost you a reasonable amount and cell phones cost a bit more. Some competitors are entering the market and if you want to check out their services, Yahoo, the well-financed startup Jajah, and the big Web site Lycos have all released no-cost or low-cost VoIP P2P solutions.

  2. Phone Cards—Buying a phone card and using it on either a pay phone, hotel/hostel phone, cell phone or the popular locutorios is another option for calling home. Phone cards are very cheap, though the price is higher if you are calling a cell phone. You can also use your phone card with a cell phone, though that may change the rates as well. Check the phone card you purchase for its particular rates and specifications. You can purchase phone cards at kiosks and convenience stores.

  3. Buying a cell phone in Argentina—Cell phone companies include CitiMovil, Personal and Movistar. Your cell phone will have an Argentinian number and SIM card. Buy a rechargable plan which enables you to pay money as you need it instead of having an expensive plan. You can recharge your minutes at many kiosks and stores around Argentina, with the highest concentration of kiosks and stores being in Buenas Aires. Buying a phone card along with your Argentinian cell phone will allow you to save some money on calls.

  4. Buying a SIM card in Argentina—If you have a GSM enabled, unlocked cell phone, you can buy an Argentinian SIM card when you get to Argentina. You can then buy a rechargable plan from a cell phone provider in Argentina and recharge it as necessary from local kiosks. Cell Phone providers include CitiMovil, Personal and Movistar. Either buying a cell phone in Argentina or buying a SIM card are more expenive, but also more convenient options.

Cell Phones in Argentia

Buying a Cell Phone in Argentina

There are numerous cell phone providers in Argentina including CitiMovil, Personal and Movistar. Getting a cell phone isn't a difficult process, though buying a cell phone, SIM card and minutes might get expensive. Cell phone reception is stronger in and near cities. In undeveloped areas like Patagonia cell phone reception is spotty if available at all.

Buying a SIM Card in Argentina

If you have an unlocked, GSM enabled cell phone, you can bring your own cell phone and get a SIM card in Argentina. Make sure that your phone is compatable with the GSM frequency in Argentina, however. If your phone is from the US, most likely it will. If your phone is from Europe or Oceana, however, there's a chance it won't. If you have a quad-ban phone, it should support all of the GSM frequencies available and so work everywhere. Check with your sevice provider before you leave home.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Argentina: Post Office, Public Phone and Internet, Argentina Mail and Internet Cafés.

30 Nov 2009

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