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How to Call Ecuador From Abroad

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How to Call Ecuador From AbroadMaking an international call to Ecuador is very simple. The phone system within the country is reliable, including the cellular system.

Here’s how to make a call from within Ecuador.

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.

How to Call Ecuador From Abroad

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.

UPDATE (March 2013): A few months ago, all cell phone numbers received an extra digit. Just add a “9” after the first zero and it will work.

What about Skype?

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

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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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

3 comments… add one
  • Karen Adams Aug 3, 2014, 7:14 am

    What about cell phone numbers? I just picked up a Movistar SIM card in Tumbaco and, ignoring the last 7 numbers, I have a regional code of 098!

    • Bryan Haines Aug 5, 2014, 10:20 am

      To dial from abroad you’ll drop the 0 and use just the “98”.

  • Charley Oct 10, 2012, 11:53 am

    I use Magic Jack. With a wireless Internet connection it works like I am back in the U.S.

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