To Call Mexico From the US or Canada
  • To call land lines, dial 011-52 and then the # (example, 011-52-624-172-6431)
  • To call cell phones, dial 011-52-1 and then the # (example) 011-521-624-166-6887
  • If calling a US number that is located in Mexico, dial 1 and then the full number, including area code (example, 1-213-555-5555)
  • These dialing instructions apply if you are calling from the US or Canada to Mexico, using a telephone with a US or Canada number, whether it is a land line, cell phone or Internet phone.
    Calling U.S. Toll Free Numbers
    Those wonderful folds at Telmex block access to toll free numbers in the United States, but if you must call your bank or your credit card company while down here there is a work-around
  • to call an 800 number, change the 800 to 880
  • to call an 888 number, change the 888 to 881
  • to call an 877 number, change the 877 to 882
  • to call an 866 number, change the 866 to 883

  • You still need to dial 001 before dialing your new toll free number, and this call will cost you money.
    CALLING FROM MEXICO - Locally & back home
  • To call from Mexico to a US or Canada land line or cell number, please use the (Vonage Line #1 on any suite phone) in the suite & dial like you would normally dial a long distance call at home (example 1-800-555-1212). This is a free call if you are calling to the US or Canada. If you are calling an international number, normal long distance charges apply & we will bill your credit card at a later date. Please refrain doing so or use your calling card. The logistics to follow up at a later date are very time consuming.
  • To call from a local land line (Line #2 on any suite phone ) to a local cell (example 044-624-166-6887) This is considered a long distance call. You will be charged 50 cents per minute for this type of call & we will charge your credit card at a later date. Please refrain from making these type of calls from the land line.The logistics to follow up at a later date are very time consuming.
  • To call from a local cell phone to a local land line number, just dial the local seven digit number (example 172-6431) – the cost is about 30 cents per minute
  • To call from a local cell phone to another local cell phone dial (example 044-624-166-6887), the cost is 30 cents per minute.
    To call from a local land line to another local land line just dial the seven digit number (example 172-6431) The cost is free & included in your suite rental.
  • Please note; if you are using your Canada or US cell phone to call home, the costs are approx $3.50 per minute.
  • Telephone Communications in Mexico
  • Telephone Instructions From The Gringo Gazette

PS - Our Suite Numbers in #402 Villa 4 are;
778-786-8739 - Suite Vonage number Line 1 (from Canada or US - 1-778-786-8739)
172-6431 - Suite number Line 2 (from Canada or US - 011-52-624-172-6431)
044-624-166-6887 - Cabo Personal Cell ( from Canada or US - 011-521-624-166-6887)

Note: If you plan to be in Mexico for some time, a suggestion is to pick up a local cell phone from "Telcel" the local carrier. You can pick up a cheap phone for $50 including 200 minutes of air time. You can buy additional minutes at most grocery stores. They cost approx 30 cents per minute and you can buy them in $20, $30 & $50 denominations. The bonus is that all incoming calls on that cell are FREE - the caller pays for the call. Outgoing calls cost 30 cents. To call Canada or US from the cell is about $1 Dollar per minute but still a lot cheaper than using your US or Canadian phone at $2.50 per minute. Please note, when calling a Mexican cell phone from the US or Canada, there is the normal long distance charge + a "Mexican sur charge" for the cell call. This additional sur charge is usually around 30 cents per minute & would be charged to your home account on top of the long distance charge.

How to transfer Tel Cell minutes from one phone to other;
On your mexican cellular/telcel sim, open your SMS application and create a new message that needs to be sent to the number 7373, and in the body of the message enter nickie's telephone number and a single space and $100 pesos in credit, and press send e.g.- 6241742137 100.
The service costs you(the sender) almost 1 peso, and the recipient is charged 3 pesos. you can only send up to 10 transfers per 30 day period(month), and can only send a max of $100 pesos per transfer - it may only be 99 pesos, which is why i want you to try 100 pesos first... if the 100 pesos does not work then you'll need to send 99 pesos each time. sender can only send paid credit... bonus credit does not apply, meaning if you purchased a $1000 pesos phone card and got $1000 pesos in bonus, the $1000 in bonus cannot be transferred/sent to another sim/phone.

Transfering credits from One Telcel to another telcel number

  • you can only transfer $100 pesos at a time to another number
  • You can only do 10 transfers per month
  • Instructions:
  • Create a NEW SMS message and enter 7873 in the SEND field.
  • In the message body field enter xxxxxxxxxx (the cellular number you wish to transfer the credit to) (plus a space) xxx ( and the amount you want to transfer, max $100 pesos - eg. 100)


    • Customer Service 1-800-026-6845
    • *133# - to check Mins Balance
    • *264 - Customer Service
    • 066 - Emergency

    Emergency Phone Numbers

    Fire department 060 or 122- 0054
    Red Cross 060 or 122- 1111/ 122-1222
    066 - Local emergency help, pretty much like 911 in the US and Canada.
    074 - Green Angels highway help, Free of charge. Only requires payment if spare parts are provided.
    088 - Federal Police, Anonymous reports can be filed. Your call is received in Mexico City. They do follow up that action is taken. This is ideal to get rid of a "tiendita" or small drug dealing operation in your barrio
    089 - Also for anonymous reports on organized crime and drug dealing. Goes straight to Mexico City Army or Navy and they also follow up to see that action is taken.

    What To Do In An Emergency

    If you need help, especially emergency help, call 066, Baja’s version of 911. Lines operate 24 hours a day, all year long. When you call, the operator will ask for basic personal information and the nature of your call. If it’s an emergency, within a minute, even while taking your information, the team will get the wheels in motion to send help. Operators direct your call to the appropriate emergency vehicle or department. We are told unit response time averages between 15 and 20 minutes, so we’re going with that story.

    066 has a good database program, however there is no GPS locator system, which means they can identify the number and the area of the caller, but not the specific location. Calls are recorded, as is the phone number from which the call was made. You are not required to give your name, and you will not be pressed to do so, as in the United States. However if you really do not wish to have your name or phone number recorded, dial 089 instead, the anonymous line. In either event, be prepared to speak Spanish.

  • Les Twarog
    RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside)
    1428 W 7th Avenue Vancouver, BC,
    Canada V6H 1C1
    Office: 604-671-7000
    Fax: 604-688-8000
    E-mail: Les

    Sonja Pedersen
    RE/MAX Crest Realty (Macdonald)
    3215 Macdonald Street,
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 2N2
    Office: 604-805-1283
    Fax: 604-688-8000
    E-mail: Sonja

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