Telephone and internet
Local calls: Cost about 30 pesos per minute from a fixed line, with significant savings at night or on weekends. Public telephones cost around 100 pesos per minute.
Long-distance calls: Prices have been falling for a long time, and are now almost as cheap as a local call. When calling from a home or office, you will need to dial a carrier number first, so ask the owner which one they are using. The area codes in Chile are:
|Antofagasta 55||Curicó 75||Penco 41||San Bernardo 2|
|Arica 58||Iquique 5||Puerto Montt 65||Santiago 2|
|Calama 56||La Serena 51||Punta Arenas 61||Talca 71|
|Chiguayante 41||Linares 73||Puyuhuapi 68||Talcahuano 41|
|Chillán 42||Los Andes 34||Quillota 33||Temuco 45|
|Concepcion 41||Los Angeles 43||Rancagua 72||Valdivia 63|
|Copiapó 52||Osorno 64||Recreo 32||Valparaiso 32|
|Coyhaique 67||Ovalle 53||San Antonio 35||Viña Del Mar 32|
International calls: Once again, if you are calling from a fixed line, you must first dial a carrier number. The sequence is carrier number + 0 + country code + area code + telephone number. For calls to Chile, the country code is +56.
Call centres: No, we are not talking about the place you ring up to make a complaint! In all cities in Chile you will find shops with a number of private telephone booths, called 'Centros de llamados'. You can also send and receive faxes!
Mobile phones: Like most countries, competition in the mobile phone market is cut-throat and call plans are constantly changing and often hard to understand. If you are a foreigner you can buy pre-paid telephones, although the rates are not as good as with a plan. For the pre-paid versions there are no major differences between the Movistar, Entel and Claro, although be on the lookout for offers with free minutes. If you are bringing your phone to Chile, check roaming rates and availability with your home company before travelling.
Free wi-fi: You can find free wi-fi at the following places (please let us know if you know of other places):
|All||Starbucks, McDonald's, Pronto restaurants at Copec service stations|
|Arica||Universidad de Tarapaca, 18 de Septiembre street corner Edmundo Flores|
|Arica||Cafe del Mar, Cafe Tortas y Tartas, Cafe Di Mango, all located in 21 de Mayo street corner Colon (with purchase)|
|La Serena||Plaza de Armas|
|Viña del Mar||Mall Marina Arauco, Libertad street with 14 Norte, in the food court|
|Valparaiso||Port, near the Muelle Baron|
|Santiago||Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda. Basement level 1, Art gallery, beneath Plaza de la Ciudadanía.|
|Santiago||Metro stations: Baquedano, Universidad de Chile, Tobablaba|
|Concepción||Plaza de Armas|
Broadband: Chile has one of the best broadband ('banda ancha' in Spanish) services in South America, although it is somewhat more expensive and slower than parts of Europe or the USA. Mobile broadband services are variable, and no good for more demanding applications such as Skype.