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Mobile phones

Mobile phones

The Brazilian mobile phone infraestructure is complex. There isn’t a single company operating on the whole of the territory. Each state has a number of companies active on that state. Some companies can be found in several states, others can’t (Telemig, for instance, is a company active only in the state of Minas Gerais). To complicate things even more, some companies work with GSM technology, others with TDMA o CDMA.

The main operators active in quite a number of states are Claro, Tim and Vivo.

Careful with mobile phone cloning. It’s a common occurrence in Brazil.

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March 17, 2007 | By More
Phone cards

Phone cards

SpeakMax is a company that sells phonecards, similar to the ones common in so many other countries, cards used to make phone calls abroad – I am not connnected in any way to the company. Their rates, when the calls are made from land-based lines, are much cheaper than the ones charged by the telephone companies. A phone call to the States costs R$0,10 a minute. R$0,15 a minute if you are calling the UK.

They are more expensive than Skype, cheaper than any other alternative. You can buy SpeakMax cards from newsagents in Rio and São Paulo.


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March 15, 2007 | By More
Phone calls

Phone calls

The process of privatization of the telephone services in Brazil gave way to a complex system of companies and codes. As a result, the simple act of making a phone call has become a complex and bewildering operation.

Local calls. Just dial the number.

Long-distance calls. Dial 0, then the two-digit code that identifies the company you want to use to make the phone call, and then the number you wish to talk to.

Often you will see the phone numbers expressed in the following fashion:

0XX11 3333 3333

The number 0 identifies a long-distance call.

The XX must be replaced by the number of the company you want to use to make the phone call (a two-digit number). Number 15 belongs to Telefonica; number 21, to Embratel; number 31, to Telemar; and so on and so forth.

International phone calls.

Dial 00. Then, the two-digit code that identifies the company you want to use to make the phone call, then the country code, and then the number you wish to talk to.

Although phone boxes/phone booths are widespread, you should not despair if the one you are trying to use won’t allow you to make international or long-distance calls. It happens. It’s an irregular practice by phone companies attempting to reduce losses – fraud is as widespread as the phone boxes/booths.

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March 15, 2007 | By More