Mobile Phones in Spain
If you are planning to learn Spanish in Spain, you need to know a few things about the mobile phones in Spain.
It is something you should purchase right away if you don’t have a mobile device already. There are a few different ways you can buy a phone. One way is to buy a prepaid SIM card compatible with your phone, which will give you a Spanish phone number. This way, you will be able to text and/or call from anywhere in Spain that your provider has service. This is the cheapest route, because assigning a new contract as well as continuing to use your foreign phone contract can be very expensive.
LlamaYa might be a compatible provider, since they offer cheap calls abroad (if you want to talk to family and friends at home) as well as reasonable charges for calls and texts within Spain. This option also calls for ‘unlocking’ your phone.
If you don’t want to use your phone abroad or if it isn’t ‘unlocked’ for new SIM cards, you can buy a cheap pay-as-you-go phone in Spain. Vodafone and Orange are good choices for reasonable prices and have stores in Sol, which is very close to the metro station. The cheapest pay-as-you-go phone will cost around €20-€30 and will allow you to text and call in country. If you have access to a compatible computer and internet connection then Skype would be the best choice for talking to family and friends back home.
How Do I Unlock My Phone?
Unlocking your phone sounds harder than it is. Make sure your phone is updated. Once it is, type “unlock my ‘(phone type here)’” into youtube.com, and follow the steps in the video. It should be easy from there.