Barbados Telephone Guide
Barbados Telephone Guide
As with any overseas country, Barbados has particular telephone codes and protocols specifically related to making calls both locally island-wide and internationally.
On this page, you’ll find comprehensive information about:
— Dialling instructions (local, cellular, and international calls)
— How to find telephone numbers in Barbados
— Emergency numbers in Barbados
— Responsibility tips
— Safety tips
When calling Barbados, the international area code to dial for the island is +1 246, followed by the Bajan number you are calling to.
Local And Cellular Phone Calls
Local telephone numbers are seven digits long and you’ll be pleased to know there is no charge incurred when dialling from one landline telephone to another.
The telecommunications market in Barbados is now quite competitive and as a result, the main service providers of FLOW (Cable and Wireless) and Digicel offer various cell phone deals with different billing options. They both operate on a GSM network and offer international roaming options.
Note: It’s worth remembering that when calling a cellular phone from a landline in Barbados, it will charge the person receiving the call – something to keep in mind as many local people don’t answer their cell when they see a landline calling, because of these additional charges.
International calls are billed according to the rates charged by the local telephone company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited.
Hint: Hotels generally add a service charge to overseas calls. Please confirm with your accommodation what their telephone policy is, prior to making any international calls.
It can often be more economical to purchase prepaid phone cards or to use your credit card when making long distance calls. Using a prepaid phone card also allows you to make international calls from lines that are usually barred from making such phone calls.
— To call an international number direct, dial: 1 + Area Code + Number
— For operator-assisted dialling, dial: 0 + Area Code + Number
Note: You will not be charged for an international call if you:
— hang up before you dial the complete number
— if there is no reply
— if the number you are calling is busy.
How Do I Find A Telephone Number In Barbados?
If you’re looking for a telephone number in Barbados but are not quite sure of the company or business name you are looking for, or are just looking for something generally, try using our Local Listings Directory.
Here, you will find categories of listings like ‘accommodation’, ‘restaurants’ and ‘entertainment’. You can browse through these listings to find the contact details to suit your needs.
You can also try the Barbados Yellow Pages directory.
What Are Barbados’ Emergency Numbers?
— Police Emergency: 211
— Fire: 311
— Ambulance: 511
Whether staying in a hotel room or a villa (or anywhere on the island, for that matter), please remember to use caution when offering the use of your telephone. Keep in mind you will be held personally responsible for any calls made from your number while you are in residence.
Your safety on the island is of upmost importance. Keep the following points in mind when using telephones in Barbados:
— Remember to follow international safety rules when using your telephone.
— Do not use the telephone while you are in the shower, bathtub or swimming pool. Should your phone be immersed in water it can cause an electric shock.
— Avoid using the telephone during stormy weather. Should you need to do so, keep your conversation as brief as possible.
The local telephone company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited takes precautionary measures to limit electrical surges, however total protection is impossible.
— In the event of a suspected gas leak, do not use your telephone until it has been checked or repaired.
Telephones in fact contain electrical contacts that generate sparks when the handset is lifted or a number dialled. And, while this is a rare situation, it is important to note this can cause an explosion if the gas leak is concentrated.
Do Not Disturb
All telephones have some kind of volume control switch. Should you not wish to be disturbed, advise your hotel reception desk or villa personnel to hold your calls or alternatively, you can turn the volume on the handset down low.
Note: It is never advised to take your phone completely off the hook.
Author: Brett Callaghan
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