Using Public Telephones
Brazilian public telephones accept tokens (fichas)
and telephone cards instead of coins. Phone cards are sold at bars, news
stands, bakeries, and at the telephone company, where they are cheapest.
A public telephone is called an orelhão
- which means big ear. Generally the large yellow ears are for local
calls and the large blue ears are for long distance calling. Calls are
free when made to the police, ambulance, and fire department and when
Making Long Distance Phone Calls
It is easy and expensive to
call overseas from Brazil. Collect and credit card calls are billed at
the rates of the country called and an itemized bill will be generated.
There are instructions in English in the telephone book under
International Long Distance. Here are some of the basic instructions:
For international operator and collect
calls, dial 000111.
Long distance dialing using AT&T
International (call 000-8010) is much cheaper than direct dialing
from Brazil. USA direct may be used only to and from the United
The telephone company in Brazil provides a
phone book (Lista Telefônica) which is indexed by addresses
rather than by name.
There is a free information service for
foreigners (Informações Internaçionais ) which can provide
the telephone number of a company or person located anywhere in the
world. Travelers can obtain this service by dialing 000-333.