Mobile phones and landlines in Spain

Posted by freemexy on August 14th, 2019

With more than 50 million users, Spanish mobile networks claim one of the biggest mobile phone markets in Europe. It is therefore relatively easy and affordable for visitors and expats to get a Spanish mobile number, by connecting to one of Spain’s mobile operators and getting a SIM card for Spain.fixed wireless gsm desk phone

In some cases you may need to unlock your phone to accept a Spanish SIM card, or buy a new Spanish mobile phone. Cellphone in Spanish is el teléfono celular or teléfono móvil, although just móvil or celular is commonly used. SIM card in Spanish is tarjeta SIM (pronounced tar-heta).

This guide provided by international sim card provider Sim Options discusses the basics around Spanish phones, including how to choose a Spanish mobile network and the documents required to get a Spanish SIM card or cell phone plan, including conditions for getting a Spanish prepaid SIM card as a short-term visitor. It also discusses the format for Spanish mobile phone numbers and calling codes for Spain.
Spain operates on a GSM network, so if you are relocating to Spain from a country that also uses GSM and have an unlocked phone, switching to a Spanish SIM card is straightforward and your best option.

Visitors arriving from countries that use networks other than GSM will not be able to operate their cell phone in Spain. In such cases, you can buy new and used Spanish phones on a contract or with a Spanish prepaid SIM card.

Likewise, if you have owned your mobile phone for less than a year and are locked into a contract with a service provider in your country, your phone will generally not work with a Spanish SIM card.In these circumstances, you will have to contact your current service provider or ask about a roaming data SIM for Spain. If you have had your cell phone for longer than a year, you should be allowed to get it unlocked so you can simply add a Spanish SIM card when you arrive.

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