Jamaica's telephone systems are not hard to understand, and are in fact so similar to those in the United States that you won't have any issue making phone calls while on vacation.
Most hotels permit travelers to make telephone calls from the hotel with direct-dial services. Pay phones are dispersed throughout the island if vacationers choose to use this method to generate local or long-distance calls. However, be cautious when making "local" calls in Jamaica because calling between towns counts as long-distance.
Like the United States, Jamaica is a part of the North American Number Plan, and the island's country code is "1." Unlike the United States, which has over 250 different area codes, "876" is the only area code in the country. To call Jamaica from the United States, dial 1, then 876, then the number you are trying to reach. In order to place a call outside of Jamaica, to a foreign country such as those in Europe, Asia, or Africa, you would first dial the "011" exit code, then the number you are trying to reach.
Business travelers who require fax facilities are in luck because most local businesses allow travelers to send and receive faxes for a small fee. Additionally, the Cable & Wireless Caribbean Cellular office in Kingston at 26 Trafalgar Road provides fax equipment and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Call their office at 876-968-4000 or fax them for information at 876-968-3999.
Mobile telephone service on Jamaica is available through the local GSM 900 network, Digicel. To learn more about Digicel's network services, check out their website at www.digiceljamaica.com. Cable & Wireless Caribbean Cellular rents mobile handsets but requires a deposit, registration fee, per-day access charge and per-day hire charge. Travelers may register for a rented handset prior to arriving in Jamaica to save time. Contact Cable & Wireless at 888-225-5295 or visit their website at www.cwjamaica.com for more information on renting mobile telephones.
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