Using the Phone

•    All European cellphone networks use GSM (Global System for Mobiles)
•    If you already have GSM, then there is no need to do anything else with your phone while in Barcelona 
•    If you are unsure how to use your phone overseas, you should call your wireless operate and ask for “international roaming” to be activated on your phone account
•    Buying a local prepaid SIM card are often the best way to go so that you do not end up paying ridiculously high per-minute roaming charges (they are very high in Europe)
•    For those who are planning to stay in Barcelona for only a few days, you may want to consider renting a phone via local airport kiosks from the company “Rent A Phone” (Carrer Numancia 212 / tel. 93-280-21-31)
•    If you plan to stay in Barcelona or Spain for an extended amount of time, then you may want to consider buying a phone as there are a ton of local kiosks who sell them very cheap (60 euro or less for a phone and SIM card)
•    If you happen to have an iPhone, then you can enjoy sending iMessages using WiFi at local shops, restaurants, cafes and very likely your own accommodation. Internet is plentiful throughout Barcelona and if you don’t need your phone on all the time, this would be the cheapest option by far. 
•    If at all possible, avoid using the telephones in your hotel rooms as they impose a surcharge on all calls made from them
•    If you are going to make an international call from Barcelona, dial 00 and then the country code of wherever you are calling tousing-the-phone-in-barcelona.jpg

 

•    All European cellphone networks use GSM (Global System for Mobiles)
•    If you already have GSM, then there is no need to do anything else with your phone while in Barcelona 
•    If you are unsure how to use your phone overseas, you should call your wireless operate and ask for “international roaming” to be activated on your phone account
•    Buying a local prepaid SIM card are often the best way to go so that you do not end up paying ridiculously high per-minute roaming charges (they are very high in Europe)
•    For those who are planning to stay in Barcelona for only a few days, you may want to consider renting a phone via local airport kiosks from the company “Rent A Phone” (Carrer Numancia 212 / tel. 93-280-21-31)
•    If you plan to stay in Barcelona or Spain for an extended amount of time, then you may want to consider buying a phone as there are a ton of local kiosks who sell them very cheap (60 euro or less for a phone and SIM card)
•    If you happen to have an iPhone, then you can enjoy sending iMessages using WiFi at local shops, restaurants, cafes and very likely your own accommodation. Internet is plentiful throughout Barcelona and if you don’t need your phone on all the time, this would be the cheapest option by far. 
•    If at all possible, avoid using the telephones in your hotel rooms as they impose a surcharge on all calls made from them
•    If you are going to make an international call from Barcelona, dial 00 and then the country code of wherever you are calling to

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