Regardless of the country you wish to visit, you will definitely have to communicate with your relatives and friends, both abroad and in your host country. So if you are planning to move to Spain, whether for long-term or short-term, you will be able to benefit from its wide telecommunications network consisting of landline and mobile phone service providers. The Spanish telephone network is highly developed with over 40 million mobile phone users in 2017.
Different telephone operators offer various types of packages for all tastes. But you are advised to choose the best according to your needs and means. The Spain forum may help you in this regard.
Fixed landline options in Spain
A landline could be more appropriate if you are planning to make a long stay in Spain. You can choose between Telefonica, which is the national telephone company, and many other regional operators, no matter where you have settled. Note that a landline is compulsory for the installation of ADSL, optical fiber or Wi-fi afterwards.
Note that the Spanish telecommunications market is very competitive. Hence, it is best to compare offers beforehand. You can check out the different service providers' websites or visit one of their branches. To apply for a landline, you have to produce your passport and proof of address. You will also have to provide your bank account number if you wish to settle your phone bills by direct debit.
Installation can take at least a week, depending on the region you live in.
Installation is generally free of charge. However, the device and related equipment rental may be charged on a monthly basis.
Calling abroad from Spain
International calls in Spain are quite expensive with most service providers. Therefore, to avoid spending a lot on phone bills, most people use internet services such as Skype or Whatsapp. You can also use international prepaid cards.
Good to know:
To connect with the information service, call 11-888 and 112 for the European emergency number.
The use of mobile phone is widespread in Spain, as in most European countries. However, the country uses GSM technology. Hence, expatriates coming from European Union countries can use their mobile phone by purchasing a new Spanish sim card, but they will need to unlock their mobile phone before traveling. Otherwise, they will have to buy a new mobile phone.
Spain has a competitive market with several mobile network operators offering various services and packages. You may also subscribe to a postpaid mobile line. If you opt for prepaid mobile phone, you can buy prepaid cards in shops, electronic stores and supermarkets, or pay online where available.
Good to know:
Whatsapp has become a preferred form of communication in Spain. It is widely used to keep in touch with friends and family, and as initial contact, especially when searching for accommodation.
Pay phones in Spain
Phone booths are available in all major Spanish cities, although they are rather difficult to find these days. Most of these require prepaid cards, but you can still find a few coin phones. Prepaid cards are available in shops and supermarkets as from € 5.