How to Call a Cell Phone in Mexico

Dialing cell phone numbers in Mexico is confusing because there are different dialing rules than for regular phones. Mexicans tend to specify when the number they are giving you is for a cell phone, though locals can usually tell by the numbers if it is probably for a cell phone. When someone in Mexico gives you a phone number to call, listen for their indication about the type of phone it is, or double check with them. Then use the rules listed below to dial successfully.

How to Dial a Cell Phone Number from Outside Mexico

011-52-1– (_ _ _) _ _ _ -_ _ _ _

To call a cell phone in Mexico from outside of Mexico you first dial the standard 011 plus country code (52), then you insert a “1” before the area code and number.

How to Dial a Long Distance Cell Phone Number from Inside Mexico

045- (_ _ _) _ _ _ -_ _ _ _

To call a cell phone in Mexico from inside Mexico, but outside your calling area (in other words, it’s a long distance call from inside Mexico), you replace the standard “01” with “045” then follow that with the area code and number.

How to Dial a Local Cell Phone Number from Inside Mexico

044- (_ _ _) _ _ _ -_ _ _ _

To call a cell phone in Mexico which is in your area, first dial “044” (which is like saying, “Hi Telmex, I’m going to dial a cell phone number now”), then dial the area code and the rest of the number.

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