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TELEPHONE

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The telephone network in Crete is now of comparable quality and efficiency with the rest of Europe. The mobile phone network also provides excellent coverage

 

PUBLIC CARD PHONES


The public card phones are very prolific in populated areas and probably the phone2easiest and cheapest means of making calls, both local and abroad. You can buy phone cards, ranging from around 4euro upwards from many shops, and from all the kiosks. Instructions in English are displayed on the phone booths and on the digital readouts on the telephone. The cards can be used as many times as it takes to use up the credit. The cost of calls to Europe from Crete is about 0.35euro / minute.
To use a card phone, put the card in the slot and pick up the receiver - the display will show how much credit is on your card. Dial your number and make your call, then hang up when you have finished. Wait until the beeping stops before you remove your card. You will be charged more if you remove it before then.
For instructions in English - pick up the phone and press the key marked with letter "i"

TELEPHONE OFFICES


Calls can also be made from the telephone office where private cabins with meters are provided. The national telephone company is called OTE, though this facility is only available in towns.

KIOSKS

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Kiosks also have telephones with meters, but the price can be up to 20% more than the card phones.

MOBILES


Keener pricing, I’m informed is making phoning home from abroad a viable option. You need to check with your provider that you have this facility, and check pricing and code procedures before you go.
If you make a call to a local number whilst in Crete on your mobile, it will be charged as an international call. If you intend making a lot of local calls it may be worth purchasing a Greek pay as you go sim card ( from around 9 euros for the card and 5 euros for the minimum credit allocation). Your phone must be unlocked for this to work, if it isn’t the shop where you buy the sim should be able to do this for you for a small fee.

HOTELS


You can always make phone calls from hotels, but check the rates before calling abroad, or indeed calling local, as hotels the world over tend to look upon this facility as licensed robbery.

 

PHONING ABROAD FROM CRETE


To phone a foreign country from Crete you must first enter the international dialling code of the country, then the area code missing off the first zero, then the number of your choice.
If for example if you felt the need to phone Leeds city council dog warden, you would use the following numbers:- UK 0044 LEEDS (0)113 DOG WARDEN 2476477
The number to dial would therefore be - 00441132476477

 

INTERNATIONAL CODES

UK ……………………..…..0044
DENMARK…………….……0045
FRANCE……………….……0033
GERMANY…………….……0049
ITALY……………………….0039
NORWAY…………………...0047
SWEDEN……………………0046