To call internationally from Panama, one must first dial "00" followed by the country code for the country they are calling. For example, an American phone number might be 480-555-1665. The country code for the USA is 1. One must dial 001-480-555-1665.
To call Panama from your country, you must first dial your country's international prefix, followed by Panama's country code 507, followed by the Panamanian number.
Calling within Panama
Panama does not have area codes. When calling within Panama, you simply dial the seven-digit number of the person you are calling.
The major phone providers in Panama are as follows:
To have a landline phone installed in one's home, one must make an appointment with a provider. The appointment to set-up the phone usually takes place within one week. One must have their residence contract and a formal identification, such as a passport, present.
Pay phones are scarce and outdated in Panama. Most people will use internet calling services like WhatsApp, Viber or Skype.
If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy sim cards in any country you travel to and use your unlocked phone to make local calls. In Panama, you can buy sim cards for as little as $5 USD.
Most people in Panama use free internet calling services to make calls to other people who have the same service on their phone. The most common options:
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