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How to Call Ecuador: Locally and From Abroad

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While it isn’t hard to call Ecuador, it is probably different than you’re used to. In this post, you’ll learn how to make a local call in Ecuador. And how to call Ecuador from another country.

The phone system is very simple in Ecuador. Just follow these simple directions, and you’ll have no problems when calling from within the country.

How To Make a Phone Call From Within Ecuador

How to Make a Local Ecuador Phone Call

Calling an Ecuador cell number? Make sure that there is a “9” after the first zero and it will work.

  1. Ignore the country code of 593
  2. Dial the one-digit area code. Each region has a different code. A “0” must be dialed before the one-digit area code:
    • Ambato: 3
    • Cayambe: 2
    • Cuenca: 7
    • Esmeraldas: 6
    • Guayaquil: 4
    • Ibarra: 6
    • Loja: 7
    • Machachi: 2
    • Machala: 7
    • Manta: 5
    • Portoviejo: 5
    • Quevedo: 5
    • Quito: 2
    • Salinas: 4
    • Santo Domingo: 2
    • Tulcan: 6
  3. Then dial the seven digit number (XXXX-XXX). That’s it – you are connected.
    For example: to call a landline in Cuenca, you would dial 07-XXXX-XXX. Many businesses (and their ads) take the area code for granted and don’t include it in print – you will need this code even to dial numbers in your own city.

Cell phones have a 08 or 09 area code, for the country, followed by a seven-digit number.

How to Call Ecuador From Abroad

How to Call Ecuador From Abroad

Making an international call to Ecuador is very simple. The phone system within the country is reliable, including the cellular system.

But sometimes there are connection problems when calling or sending faxes when calling from another country. Patience is required.

Just follow these simple directions, and you’ll have no problems when calling Ecuador from another country.

    1. Dial the international access code for your country. 011 from USA and Canada, 0011 from Australia and 00 from New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland. If you aren’t sure, check with your phone provider.
    2. Dial the country code of 593
    3. Dial the one-digit area code. Each region has a different code:
      • Ambato: 3
      • Cayambe: 2
      • Cuenca: 7
      • Esmeraldas: 6
      • Guayaquil: 4
      • Ibarra: 6
      • Loja: 7
      • Machachi: 2
      • Machala: 7
      • Manta: 5
      • Portoviejo: 5
      • Quevedo: 5
      • Quito: 2
      • Salinas: 4
      • Santo Domingo: 2
      • Tulcan: 6
    4. Then dial the seven-digit local number (XXXX-XXX). That’s it – you are connected.

    What about Skype?

    Other options for calling include VOIP providers (like Skype) which can connect you for a fraction of the price of a landline.

  1. Both Skype and a land-line provide less than desirable connections – they are muffled and delayed at best. Because of costs and call quality, many chose email over phone calls.

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