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Phones in Brazil

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Mobile operators in Brazil offer different types of package. These allow you to make local, regional and international calls at competitive rates.

If you are moving to Brazil, you will definitely want to keep in touch with your family and friends. The country has many operators of fixed and mobile telephony which offer attractive packages at very competitive rates. Note that the numbers of mobile telephony in Brazil exceed those of fixed land lines.

If you are making a short stay in Brazil, it is best to use your mobile phone or payphone which you can find almost everywhere. You can also use hotel phones, but call charges can be quite high.

Get a land line

Visit any branch of the service provider of your choice with your identification documents and proof of address. You should probably produce your residence visa if you are a permanent resident in Brazil. In general, installation and the device are free of charge.

In addition, your service provider may offer attractive packages for certain periods, especially for overseas calls at reduced rates.

Useful links:

OI www.oi.com.br
TIM www.tim.com.br
Telefonica Brasil www.telefonica.com
Telebras www.telebras.com.br

Mobile phones

If you already have a mobile phone, you are advised to activate the roaming option before leaving. If you plan to spend several months in Brazil, you must get your mobile phone unlocked with your network operator. You can then buy a Brazilian SIM card for around ten reals. SIM cards and prepaid cards are available in all supermarkets and mobile shops.

Useful links:

Sercomtel www.sercomtel.com.br
Company Telephony Center Brazil www.ctbc.com.br
TIM www.tim.com.br

Make phone calls

Brazilian phone numbers contain eight digits. The most commonly used codes to make calls to different cities are "021", "023" and "031" followed by the phone number.

To make calls abroad, you must dial the following codes:

  • US: 00 number of your operator 1 phone number without the initial "0"
  • UK: 00 number of your operator 41 phone number without the initial "0"
  • Switzerland: 00 number of your operator 41 phone number without the initial "0"
  • Italy: 00 number of your operator 39 phone number without the initial "0"
  • Australia: 00 number of your operator 61 phone number without the initial "0"
  • Canada: 00 number of your operator 1 area code phone number without the initial "0"

Good to know:

You can find prepaid cards allowing you to spend endless hours on the phone. "Latino" and "Minutes", for instance, offer innovative systems for calls, a toll free number, local rate number, or a call-back allowing you to save on your package. 

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