When we first moved to Mexico, we ended up getting a home phone with unlimited international calls as part of our Internet package. We quickly figured out how to dial our friends and family members back home, but we had trouble dialing many numbers within Mexico.
The reason is that the rules change when you’re dialing a cell number from a landline. You have to actually add a prefix to the number, and the prefix changes depending on whether it’s a local cell number or not. Crazy, huh?
So, if I’m dialing a local cell number from my home phone, I add the prefix 044 (e.g. 044-555-555-5555). If it’s the cell number from another part of Mexico, I have to use 045 instead: (e.g 045-555-555-5555).
The problem is that I have to know in advance if the number I’m calling is for a cellphone or a landline. Many small businesses in Mexico use a cell number as their primary business number.
But, all of that confusion comes to an end next month.
Mexico Adopts 10 Digit Calling
On August 3, 2019, Mexico gets rid of all of the prefixes (01, 045, 044) and goes to standard 10 digit numbers: 3 digit area code + 7 digit phone number. Life couldn’t be easier!
By the way, I didn’t mention that 01 earlier, but that was used for long distance.
Here’s a short video in Spanish explaining the change.
You folks who are calling Mexican numbers from foreign numbers will still have to add some digits (i.e. country code).
Let’s Wrap This Up
Special thanks to one of our readers, Bob, for bringing this change to our attention and suggesting that we do an article on it.
Well, that’s enough blog talk for today. It’s a gorgeous morning here in the Riviera Maya and the beach is calling our names. Hasta luego.