The main postal service company
of Argentina is the Correo Central, however; there are
other private postal services that function similarly
and have various branches throughout the country. A couple
of them are Oca and Servicor.
A letter can take from 6
to 15 days to arrive to the United States from Buenos
Aires and 10 to 15 days to get to England if you use the
normal postal service. Sealing postcards in an envelope
is recommended so that they arrive faster. One can also
send mail using the express service which takes 3 to 5
days to arrive to any international destination. In order
to receive mail letters must be sent to a post office
box in the Correo Central of Buenos Aires.
code is 54, while the area code in Buenos Aries is 11.
All the telephone numbers in the city begin with 4 and
the area codes for making long distance calls vary according
to the region: 1, Buenos Aires and surroundings; 2, southern
interior regions; 3, northern interior regions.
When calling cellular phones
in Buenos Aries you must dial 15. To make a call within
the country dial 0 then the area code and for international
calls dial 00 then the country code.
All national and international
calls can be made from public telephones, telecentros
(telephone centers), locutorios (telephone offices) and
hotels, although hotels usually charge 30% more for telephone
calls. It is possible to find a public telephone on almost
every street corner, the majority of them function with
phone cards that you can purchase at kiosks and stores.
Only some public phones accept coins.
There is an abundance of
telecentros and locutorios in the larger cities. The advantage
to using them is that you pay only the amount of time
you have spoken. You can see how much time you are spending
on the phone and therefore you can control how much time
you wish to talk and how much money you wish to spend.
Police (Radio electric
Argentine Federal Police
Fax service is available
in telecentros and locutorios throughout Argentina.
and Internet Access
Internet services are becoming
more common and cheaper in Argentina as in all other Latin
American countries. It’s much easier to access internet
in the larger cities, but it’s possible to find Cyber
cafes or internet service even in the telecentros (call
centers). Prices tend to be competitive so it is a good
idea to quote prices in different places first. You can
also count on some hotels to provide internet service
and at times they provide the service free of charge.
Wherever you find internet
service you can send e-mails and access your own account
if you belong to an e-mail service such as Yahoo or Hotmail.