It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Uruguay

Uruguay Phone photo

Photo by Vince Alongi

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Telephone The national landline telephone monopoly is Antel, which provides all public pay phones and is also the sole provider of landline Internet service. Although Antel pay phones only take Antel’s proprietary magnetic cards, it is possible to use international calling cards to call home by taking the phone off the hook, waiting for a dial tone, and dialing the correct access code.

However, note that many public pay phones are not properly maintained. If you do not hear a touch tone emitted for each key, that means the phone is defective and you must try another one. Uruguay’s country code is 00598. Montevideo and suburbs have phone numbers beginning in two, while the rest of the country has phone numbers beginning with 4. The national cellphone company is Antel, which competes with two private companies, Movistar and Claro. All three have numerous kiosks and stores throughout the country.

Other tips on staying connected while in Uruguay? Please add your comments and tips.