Barcelona Communications, KEEPING IN TOUCH WHILE ON VACATION IN BARCELONA.
Media & Communications
With theSpanish telephone network deregulated in the last few years like the rest
of Europe, but still the major player in land lines is Telefonica who operatemost
of the public pay phones in Barcelona. Pay phones either work using coins or phone
cards which you can buy in post offices and most newsagents and tabacco shops.
Frequencies for mobile phone use in Spain are GSM 900 and GSM 1800. Most Euiropean
phones will work in Barcelona but many visitors from the USA and Canada will not
receive a signal and will need to get a sim card from a phone shop and use this to
make calls while in Barcelona and the rest of Europe.
Before you travel it is best to contact your service provider for details of their
roaming agreements wiht Spain and Europe. If you wish to hire a mobile during your
stay you can do so from Viva Voce located at La Rambla 113 (Phone 302 1016).
The main general post office (Correus) is located at Plaça Antoni López at the bottom
of Via Laietana and is open 0800-2200 Monday to Friday and 0800-2000 Saturday. Closed
Stamps can be bought from any post office or from most tobacconists and newsagents
National and international courier services are provided by all the major players
like TNT, DHL, UPS and are based at the airport.
Access to the world wide web is available at an increasing number of locations around
the city as well as a number of wi-fi zones. Most if not all hotels now offer internet.
The national English language daily is The Iberian DailySun but other English and
American English-language news papers are readily available around the centre of
TV and radio:
All TV stations are in Spanish so unless you have satilite TV you will not have anything
to watch and understand unless of course you speak Spanish. Televisión Española
(TVE) is the national television broadcasting company who operate five national channels
which broadcast to the entire country..
Radio - Barcelona has several national radio stations as well as Catalunya Ràdio,
which broadcasts in Catalan. You can also pick up the BBC World Service and Voice
Barcelona City code: 93
Spanish Country code: 34
Outgoing international calls code: 00
Directory enquiries: 1003
International directory enquiries: 1008 (within Europe); 025 (outside Europe)