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You may be away from friends and family, but they are only at the other end of a phone line. Keep in touch with them and your new friends and colleagues in Spain by plugging into the country’s extensive and highly developed telecommunications network. Take your pick from the many landline and mobile operators and monthly and yearly plans they offer. 

Do your research to discover the best phone package options for your needs and budget. You might find some information to help you make your decision on the Spain forum.

Landline options in Spain

If you are planning to stay longterm in the country, a landline might be a good option for you. The majority of landlines are installed by Movistar, a major telecommunications company owned by Telefonica. However, there are lots of phone service providers up and down the country. In many cases, you will need a landline installed to use the internet at home, although some telecoms providers can get you online without the need for a landline.

The Spanish telecommunications market is highly competitive. Therefore, devote some time to comparing offers. Check out the websites of different providers or visit one of their branches. 

To apply for a landline in Spain, you will need to produce your passport and provide proof of your address. You will also have to submit your bank account details if you wish to pay your bills by direct debit.

Note that installation can take at least a week, depending on the company and the region where you live.

 Warning:

While installation is generally free of charge, there may be a small monthly fee to pay for the rental of the line.

Calling abroad from Spain

International calls are quite expensive with most service providers. Therefore, to cut down on your phone bills, use internet services such as Skype and WhatsApp. International prepaid cards are also available.

 Good to know:

Important numbers in Spain include 112 (all emergencies - operators speak in multiple languages, including English) and 092 (local police).

Mobile phones in Spain

Spain's mobile phone network has been expanding steadily in recent years and as of 2019 stands at more than 41 million users. This is one of the biggest mobile phone markets in Europe.

The country operates on a GSM network and so if you are relocating here from a country that does not use GSM you will have to get a SIM card for Spain. In some cases, you may have to unlock your mobile to accept a Spanish SIM card. Alternatively, change your phone once you're in the country.

There is a lot of choice between different providers and plans. If you don't want to lock yourself into a contract, buy prepaid cards for your mobile. You can top them up online or in a variety of locations such as shops and supermarkets.

 Good to know:

WhatsApp is the most popular messenger service in Spain, used by more than 80% of people with Smartphones. 

Payphones in Spain

According to figures from 2019, there are more than 16,000 public payphones dotted around the country. They are rarely used and can be quite challenging to find. To make a call, you have a choice of coin-operated phones or those that use prepaid phone cards. You can purchase these cards from post offices, tobacconists and newsagents.

 Useful links:

Telefonica
Vodafone
Orange
Movistar
Amena
Pepephone
Yoigo

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