Guatemala Travel Tips to help your friends in the USA or Europe call you by telephone or fax you. Do not expect this to work first time, this is a trial and error process until you learn how to this from your present city in your country to the city in Guatemala.
1. Do not use USA country code:
You are NOT calling the USA; the USA country code is not needed.
The country code for the USA is either 001 or 1, you do NOT use this, you are not calling the USA, you are calling Guatemala.
2. 011 is Code to leave the USA
011 is the get me out of the USA number.
011 + country code + area code + local number
3. (+) Plus Sign means: Get me out of country.
Get me out of the country I am in, this normally works only on cell phones and Skype.com.
4. Caribbean and Canada is part of USA telephone system.
In some leap of confusion, Caribbean Islands or even Canada are treated by the telephone companies like the USA, you can dial 1 and not the complete 011, and this is confusing. Therefore, you believe you are calling overseas, but you truly never learned to call a country like Guatemala.
5. Call the person on Skype.com
It cost you about 2 cents U.S. per minute to call the USA, this is the best way, forget having them call, you call them.
Panajachel, Guatemala --- Tuesday, March 23, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
6. Call yourself first on Guatemala Number on Skype.com
My Tigo number in Guatemala is +50251890132
A person should be able to put that number into Skype.com and all me, or
011 - 50251890132
See how I added the get-me-out-of-USA telephone code of 011
7. Is the person calling from a cell phone or a landline?
The Plus sign should work on a USA telephone.
If it does not, then you need to use 011- 50251890132
Note, the USA telephone system is not standard with the rest of the planet, the USA system operates with many exceptions to normal rules, herein is your confusion.
8. E-mail them the good number -
Send the Plus number if they use a cell phone:
Send the full number if they are using a landline.
011 ---- 50251890132
9. Call them and make them repeat the telephone number.
When they are writing a number down, they must repeat it, and then you repeat it.
Then you make them repeat it again, if they do not, they are too lazy, you need to call them.
10. Caller ID, this allows them to call back.
I have a USA number, when I call the USA, this number shows up on the persons caller ID, they click on this and after about 20-30 rings it is forward to Guatemala.
19. Persistence, tell the person who call, they need to try about 20 times with different ways, they need to think, if they only try one time, if they are lazy, this is not going to work.
20. Stop Business Relations
If you are doing business with a person or company that is not capable of understanding how to do all the thinks above intuitively, than you need to cut them loose, and find better-qualified people.