Chile Phones, Cell Phones, and Communication
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A Chilean landline phone number (numero fijo), excluding its area code, has six, seven or eight digits.
Chilean fixed line area codes are usually two digits; Santiago is one digit, "2".
In November 2012, all Santiago area phone numbers had a "2" added to the front, so these nubers are now 02 2xxx xxxx, when including the area code.
Additional information regarding fixed phone line number changes can be found at this post: http://www.allchile.net/chileforum/topic8258.html?hilit=phone#p105865
A Chilean cellphone/mobile (celular) number has eight digits; the first digit is always a 6, 7, 8 or 9.
The code (similar to an area code) used to access Chilean cellphones is a "9".
A phone number with a "600" in the front is charged the same as a local phone call; it can be used form fixed phones and some mobiles.
A phone number with an "800" in the front is a free call from a fixed line.
How to dial phone calls
|From a landline||From a celular|
|To a landline|| If in the same area code: dial only the phone number.|
If in a different area code: carrier code + area code + phone number.
|0 + area code + phone number|
|To a celular||09 + eight-digit phone number||eight-digit phone number|
|To international||carrier code + 0 + country code + area code + phone number||same as for a landline|
Some of the most used carrier codes are:
Movistar(formerly Telefonica): 188
Telefonica Manquehue : 122
Telefonica del Sur : 121
Chile phone area codes
Some are on this map:
- The carrier code to use will depend upon which company provides services to that landline. Usually calling centers have the carrier they are using published on the wall.
- If you have a landline in your home, it is usually better to have a long distance and/or international phone call plan. You can probably make long distance and international phone calls without contracting a plan, but prices will be much higher.
- If you are programming a phone, you might need to insert one or more pauses, for example: 09 P 76200259
- VALPARAÍSO AND VIÑA DEL MAR phone numbers: Several years ago, a two was added to the front of these numbers. If a phone number from these areas does not work, try adding a "2" in front of the phone number.