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Chile has a state of the art telephone system with a large number of competing companies in all areas, fixed lines, cellular telephones and long distance services. The telephone numbers are usually 7 digits and the area codes have only 2 digits. The country code for Chile is 56. Two (2) is the code for Santiago (02 in Chile). Public telephones are common and there are numerous telephone call centers in the larger towns and cities. The rates are low, but local calls are charged by the minute. Cellular telephones are more widespread in Chile than in the U.S.
This year long distance was abolished within Chile. All calls within Chile are now local calls. You still need to include the are code when making a call. For international calls, you need to choose a carrier. To call somewhere abroad, 171 + 0 + country code + city code + number. Call centers and public phones will have their carrier number displayed and you will have to use them.
Some hotels have a multicarrier contract and you can access long distance by dialling 00 + country code + city code + number. Always ask if this option is available and the cost.
International calls by public telephone are by phone card, local calls by card or coins. Cards can be bought in shops or supermarkets.
From celular to fixed line, a 0 plus the city code must be added. A "02" must be placed before the number for Santiago, for instance. From fixed line to celular, add 09 and then the number (09-82XXXXXX). Celular numbers can begin with 7, 8 or 9. From celular to celular you simply dial the celular number.