It can be useful to carry a cell phone with you when you travel in Mexico. Whether you want to call ahead to book a room for the night, find yourself running late to meet friends, or lose your way while exploring a new city - it is convenient and reassuring to have easy access to information without having to search for a local payphone. That said, even seasoned adventurers in Baja California may have a few questions about which US carriers and networks are the best to use while in Mexico, how to roam efficiently, and how to dial back to the United States.
If you're using your cell phone in Baja, chances are that you have one of the four main US wireless services: T-Mobile, AT&T (Cingular), Sprint or Verizon. You may have an easier time calling throughout Mexico with T-Mobile or AT&T, since they cover a lot more territory.
All of the major wireless networks will charge you extra to roam internationally, from as little as $0.59 to $1.49 per minute plus a monthly flat fee. More importantly, most plans require you to activate the international roaming service before you even leave the United States. To be safe, it is a good idea to check with your own wireless carrier before you leave for Baja to make sure that your phone has been activated for international roaming.
Once you are in Mexico with a successfully activated phone, you should have no trouble calling either locally or home to the United States.
Roaming - Sprint Phone
International Roaming -
Activate before you go, which you can do online if you like. You can activate it by calling 611 on your phone, or 1-800-937-8997 from any other phone
Activate before you go by calling 1-800-331-0500. If you have trouble roaming while in Mexico, call + 1-916-843-4685
Before you leave the USA, verify that your international roaming has been activated added by dialing *611 or (800) 922-0204.
Activate before you go by calling 1-888-226-7212.
Before leaving USA, call 1-888-226-7212.
|International Activation||Dial "+" plus 1-505-998-3793 from your cell phone or landline to reach T-Mobile Customer Care internationally.||Dial "+" plus 1-916-843-4685 to reach AT&T International Customer Care.||Dial 001 (800) 711-8300 to reach the Verizon Global Support Team.||Dial 001 (817) 698-4199 to reach Sprint International Customer Care Team||From your Nextel phone dial "+" (817) 698-4199 to reach Sprint International Customer Care Team.|
|Dialing to Mexico from USA||Dial "+" plus (52)(1) (10 digit local number)||Dial "+" or (011)(52)(1) (local number).||011 52 1 (10 digit local number)|
|Dialing Locally in Mexico||Dial "+" plus country code plus 10 digit local number.||
Land Line: Dial 011 52 (local number)
Mobile: 011 52 1 (local number)
|7 or 8 digit number||011 52 1 (10 digit local number)|
|Dialing Long-Distance within Mexico||Dial "+" plus country code plus 10 digit local number.||Dial 011 52 (local number)
If it is a land line.
Mobile 011 52 1 (local number)
|01 + city code + 7 digit number||Dial as if calling from a land line in Mexico||Dial as if calling from a land line in Mexico.
For Sprint-provided Nokia GSM phones, press the "+"key twice until a "+"appears on your phone's screen.
|Dialing to USA from Mexico||Dial "+" plus country code plus 10 digit local number||"+" plus country code or 001 plus 10 digit local number||Dial 001 + area code + 7 digit number||00 1 (area code) (10 digit local number)||Dial "+" key (this automatically dials Mexico's access code) plus 1 (US country code) plus 10 digit phone number.|
|Dialing Internationally from Mexico||Dial "+" plus country code plus 10 digit local number.||Dial "+" (country code)( ten digit local number)||Access Code plus Country Code plus 10 digit number||Access Code plus Country Code plus 10 digit number||Dial "+"key (this automatically dials Mexico's access code) plus country code plus telephone number|
Notes on carriers:
- With most T-Mobile and AT&T phones, the "+"key will appear on screen if you press and hold down the "0"key.
- Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey phone numbers consist of a 2 digit area code plus an 8 digit local number
- If you don't want to get an international data plan, or pay large roaming data fees, suspend your data while away or remove your SIM card from your cell phone. Call your service provider to find out the best way to avoid astronomical data charges.
Verizon Wireless customers calling local wireless subscriber in
044 + city code + 7 digit number
Verizon Wireless now also offers a "Nationwide Plus Mexico" with unlimited long distance to the US and Mexico
AT&T (Cingular) customers:
To check voicemail while roaming internationally:
- Press and hold voicemail retrieval key on your device (typically the "1" key)
- Interrupt your personal greeting by pressing "*"
- If requested, enter your voicemail password
- In some cases you may reach the main voicemail greeting. Just enter your 10 digit wireless number and then follow steps 2 and 3. International roaming charges apply.
To check voicemail while roaming internationally:
- You can access voicemail anywhere in the world by dialing plus sign ("+") followed by 1-805-MESSAGE.
- Interrupt the message by pressing the * (star) key
- If the star key does not work, hang up, redial and press # key
- Enter your four digit password
Mobile to Mobile minutes are only available through your T-Mobile USA network, not when roaming internationally.