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INTERNET

Barcelona is a city where Wi-Fi connection is available in almost all hotels. There are many bars and cafes where we can connect to the internet; these are usually identifiable by a logo displayed on the window of the establishment.

One of the most central Internet cafés is the “Easy Internet Café” at the top of the Rambla, open every day with more than 300 computers available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m..

It is important that you bring your own adapter as plugs in Spain have a round and not flat pin connector. Most cyber cafes do not have the equipment to log your laptop online, however Wi-Fi is common throughout Barcelona.

PHONES

If you need to make a phone call, remember to do so from your hotel as public phones can be rather costly. Prepaid cards purchased at international call shops are the best choice as long as they are purchased locally. If you choose to use your own smartphone, it is best to make calls via Skype, being that these are free of charge.

The international code for Spain is +34. If you use the hotel phone or holiday apartment phone by inputting the code 00, you get access to an international line. The country code for the United States is +1, for Canada +61, for Australia +64 and +44 for the UK.

The telephone system in Spain is efficient and direct dialing is the norm everywhere. Mobiles compatible with the European GSM standard are the only ones to operate in Spain.

All Spanish area codes begin with 9; for example, 93 is the area code for Barcelona and 94 for Bilbao. The 900 code indicates a toll free number. Numbers starting with 6 or 7 indicate a mobile number; note that calls from landlines to cell phones (and vice versa) are much more expensive.

If you need information of any kind of the city of Barcelona you should dial 010, and if necessary, you may request an English speaking operator.

Calling Outside Spain The best way to call home is to use a pay phone that accepts pre-paid cards (available mostly at tobacconists and newsagents) or make your call from a call shop (call centre). Call shops are usually quiet, some even include private cabins and accept payment by Visa or MasterCard if your call exceeds 5 €.

Calls via card Pay phones operate with a prepaid card (in Spanish this is known as Targeta Telefònica), of which there are many different types available that can be purchased at any tobacconist (estanco) or kiosk. The Euro Card, again sold in many tobacconist stores for 6 €, allows for about 350 minutes for international phone calls.

MOBILE PHONES

If you have a multiband phone and your service provider uses a global standard GSM network, (like T-Mobile, Cingular and Verizon) it is highly likely that you are able to use your phone almost anywhere abroad, however roaming fees can be quite high.

To avoid roaming charges completely, select airplane mode or turn off data roaming until you are in a Wi-Fi zone, where you can check your email or surf the Internet at much lower rates (often free).

If what you simply want is to make local calls, you should consider buying a new SIM card (please note that your provider may have to unlock your phone in order for you to be able to use a different card) and a prepaid tariff at your destination.


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