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  Telephones  
     
  You Better read this  
 
 
  International calls are no longer very expensive from Brazil. And now that more private phone companies are appearing, there's more competition and prices are becoming lower. However, this has also meant that making a phone call has become more complicated. If you call from abroad, you still normally dial +55 followed by the area code (ex. 21 for Rio or 11 for Sao Paulo) and then the number. Should the phone be busy, you won't hear the usual engaged tone. A recorded message tells you that the caller can not be reached and gives the friendly advice that you should try later. For those who do not understand Portuguese, this may be confusing. It is often confused with a strange answering machine or / and your fax machine doesn't know what to do with it. Calling within Brazil also has its complications: Different telephone companies are now offering their services and in each city you must choose the most appropriate one of them so you have to specify first through whom you will place the call. To make things easier, we suggest to use always the operating company code 21. It operates throughout Brazil whereas all the others options vary from each location.

Examples :
- You are in Rio and you want to phone to Sao Paulo on a mobile : You dial 0, then the company code , then you dial 11 (eleven stands for the area code São Paulo) followed by the number.
- You want to phone to France from your mobile : You dial 00 (the company code ) 33 followed by the number.

Ok, now it gets better : You are in Rio and want to call the neighbouring town of Petropolis , which is in the state of Rio and has the same area code 021. Now you dial 0 21 21 (first 21 for the operator, then you dial 21 for the area code) plus the number. It is amazing, even though you are calling from the same area with the same code, you still need to dial the area code. Only the locals seem to understand how it all works. If that is not confusing enough, with mobile phones none of the above rules apply as again there are different companies here again.

Examples :
You are in Rio and you want to phone to Sao Paulo on a mobile : You dial the company code , then you dial 011 (eleven stands for the area code São Paulo) followed by the number.
- You want to phone to France from your mobile : You dial 00 (the company code ) 33 followed by the number.

The important difference to some European countries is that the codes for mobiles are not the same all over the country. That is, if you call your friend who has his mobile in Rio too, you just dial the eight-digit number. If your friend bought his mobile in another city, in Salvador for instance, you dial 071, the code for Salvador, and then the eight digit number.

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  Collect Calls  
 
 
  You can make a collect call (local or international) just by dialing 9090 in front of the number. You always have to dial the area code, even when it is a local call.

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  Public Phone  
 
 
  You can make international and national phone calls from Telephone Offices, which are found in every town. The phones found in the street, nicknamed "big ears", work with phone cards, which are widely available.

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  Other Services  
 
 
  The bigger post offices have fax services, and telegrams can be sent from and received in every office.

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  Calling though the operators  
 
 
  If all this just sounds too much and you are unable to seek local advice, you may decide to pay the extra to make a call through the operator. For international operating information dial 000333. For the international operator dial 000111. We suggest going through the international operator in your own country for collect calls. This can be done by dialing 00080 then the country code; for example, to call England collect dial 00080 44 and you will be connected to the international operator in England. For Italy dial 00080 39.

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  OperatorAssisted Access Codes  
 
 
 

ARGENTINA (UON)
(UON)
(UOS)
(UOS)
(UOS)

000 8054
000 800 5411
000 800 5421
000 800 5422
000 800 5423

AUSTRALIA

000 800 61 12
000 800 61 13

BELGIUM

000 800 3211
000 800 3212
000 800 3213

BOLIVIA

000 8059 111

CANADA

000 8014

CHILE (ENTEL)
(CTC MUNDO)

000 8056
000 8037

CHINA

000 8086

COLOMBIA

000 800 2233 8376 (UIFN)
000 8057

COSTA RICA

000 8050 611
000 800 225 25114(UIFN)

DENMARK

000 8045

FINLAND

000 803 5811

FRANCE

000 8033

GERMANY

000 800 0049 0049 (UIFN)
000 8049

GREECE

000 800 30 11

HONG KONG

000 8085 212
000 8085 211

HUNGARY

000 800 3611
000 800 3612

ISRAEL   (GOLDEN LINES)
                  (GOLDEN LINES)
                  (GOLDEN LINES)
                  (BELZEQ)

000 80 972 21
000 80 972 22
000 80 972 23
000 80 972 11

ITALY

000 800 3911
000 800 3912
000 800 3913

JAPAN  (KDD)
(KDD)
(TELECOM)
(TELECOM)
(IDC)
(IDC)

000 800 8111
000 800 8112
000 800 8141
000 800 8143
000 800 8132
000 800 8131

LUXEMBOURG

000 803 5211
000 803 5212
000 803 5213

MEXICO

000 800 5211

MONACO

000 8033

NETHERLANDS

000 8031

NEW ZEALAND

000 800 6411

NICARAGUA

000 8019

NORWAY

000 800 4712
000 800 4713

PANAMA

000 805 0711

PARAGUAY

000 8018

PERU

000 800 4652 7378 (UIFN)
000 8051
000 800 5112

PHILIPPINES (I) (PLDT)

000 800 63 11

POLAND

000 800 4811

PORTUGAL (7)

000 8035 112
000 800 0351 0351(UIFN)

PUERTO RICO (TLD)

000 8078 721

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

000 800 0711
000 800 0713

SINGAPORE

000 800 6512
000 800 6513

SOUTH AFRICA

000 800 2711

SOUTH KOREA  (KT)
(KT)
(KT)
(DACOM)
(DACOM)
(DACOM)

000 800 8211
000 800 8212
000 800 8213
000 800 8221
000 800 8222
000 800 8223

SPAIN (2)

000 8034

SWITZERLAND

000 800 4112
000 800 4113

SWEDEN

000 800 4612

TAIWAN

000 8088

URUGUAY
URUGUAY

000 8059 811
000 8059 813

UNITED KINGDOM       (BT)
                               (C&W)

000 8044
000 800 44 22

USA (3) (MCI)
(WORLDCOM)
(SPRINT)
(ATT)

000 8012
000 8011
000 8016
000 8010

VENEZUELA

000 8058

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