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6 May 2021

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25 Jan 2022

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Calling Home from Brazil

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Brazil-wide

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Description

Once you arrive in Brasilia and you want to call your home country you will realize that this can be a rather frustrating experience. Brazil has several mobile phone networks operators and each of them has a different phone operator code.

To call a foreign country from Brazil you must dial the following:

00 (exit code) + your Brazilian operator code (see list below) + the country code + the phone number (dropping the first 0).

Example from Brazil to Australia: 00 15 61 2 xxx xxx

00 is the Brazilian exit code
15 is the operator code (see below)
61 is the Australian country code
2 is the area code for Sydney

List of Brazilian operator codes:
Vivo: 15
Claro / NET / Embratel: 21
Oi: 31 (14 in the Southern region)
TIM: 41
CTBC / Algar: 12
Sercomtel: 43
Nextel: 99


Other cheap ways to call home: if your call recipient has WhatsApp (very commonly used in Brazil), you can use the phone or video chat buttons on the top right of the screen. If you are calling a business or a land line, you can use Skype for free for quite a while, then you can buy an unlimited monthly package for less than $4/mo. This is useful if, for example, you have to call a government agency and they put you on hold for an hour!

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