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My "internet gf" (LOL rolls eyes) tells me that she can't call a local PH landline with her mobile phone.
What's up with that, please?

In Montreal, where i am, a phone is a phone - phones can call other phones.
She says "I can't call that number because i am using a mobile."
I think she said her phone is a 4k phone.

Can anyone shine some light on this, please?
I don't get what she is saying.
Does it cost extra? Why can't a mobile call a local landline? 

Besides, i am not a cell phone owner. I, personally, do not like that technology.

I found this on the net:
Phone Codes
For domestic long-distance calls or calls to mobile numbers, dial 0 followed by the city code (or mobile prefix) and then the seven-digit number.

Useful dialling codes from landlines include:

Philippines country code 63

International dialling code 00

PLDT directory 101171

International operator 108

Domestic operator 109

Land Lines
The Philippine Long-Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) operates the Philippines’ fixed-line network. International calls can be made from any PLDT office for US$0.40 per minute. Local calls cost almost nothing, and long-distance domestic calls are also very reasonable.

Mobile Phones
Mobile (cell) phones are found everywhere, and half the country spends much of its time furiously texting the other half. Local SIM cards are widely available and can be loaded up cheaply with data and phone credit. Roaming is possible but expensive.

More Information
Prepaid SIM cards cost as little as P40 and come pre-loaded with about the same amount of text credits.
The two companies with the best national coverage are Globe ( and Smart (
Text messages on all mobile networks cost P1 to P2 per message; local calls cost P7.50 per minute (less if calling within a mobile network).
International text messages cost P15, and international calls cost US$0.40 per minute.
To dial a landline or mobile number from a mobile phone dial 0 or +63 followed by the three-digit prefix and the seven-digit number.
Mobile prefixes always begin with a 9 (eg 917, 906).
Roaming with your home phone is another, though likely very expensive, option.

PLDT cards such as ‘Budget’ (for international calls), ‘Pwede’ and ‘Touch’ cards can be used to make calls from any PLDT landline or from card-operated PLDT phones located in hotel foyers, commercial centres and shopping malls. Calls to the US using the Budget card cost only P3 per minute; other international destinations cost slightly more. Pwede and Touch cards allow dirt-cheap domestic calls from any PLDT landline or payphone.

Theoretically, wi-fi and 4G internet access is available in much of the Philippines. However, the reality is a different story. It's frequently not working, intermittent or very slow, especially in the provinces (Palawan being the poster child for dysfunctional wi-fi).

That huge caveat aside, most hotels, cafes and restaurants in touristy areas and provincial centres provide free wi-fi.

For smartphone users, local SIM cards with data (4G) are easy to purchase, and data is cheap at less than P50 per day.

Not travelling with a computer? You can still find internet cafes in most decent-sized cities. Business hotels and an increasing number of boutique hotels and hostels have computers for guests to use.

On average, it takes two weeks or so for mail sent from the Philippines to reach the North America or Europe. Mail sent from abroad to the Philippines is slower and less reliable and you're better off sending via FedEx or UPS.


Steve & Myrlita:
Can't call local? Yes a familiar question but I know the solution.
When Filipinos try to call the local number, it doesn't go through because they tend to dial only the 7 digit number. Don't forget, cell phones in the Philippines use their own city (Area) codes like 0928 (Smart). If for example in Bacolod they want to call 434-0000, the would need to precede the number with the area code 034 so they need to dial 034-434-0000. Of course if you live in another area like Cebu the code is 032 and so forth. I hope this helps.

It could depend on the package she has from the carrier. She may have free calls to phones within her network, but if she calls another network, there is an added price per minute that she doesn't want to pay. Maybe she can tell the landline is with another carrier? Or she's not dialing the full number with the area code?

The Manila area added another digit and I forgot what it was but in order to call Manila and surrounding area from outside the region you have to dial 02 then the exit digit (?) and then the phone number but it sounds like she will need you to add more credit to her account.

I'm with User444 and MCA on this.

Networks providers will allow you to call everywhere/anywhere in the Philippines, if you have the correct area codes. But it will cost BIG BUCKS to call across providers, and even more to call a landline from a mobile.

You can call international as long as you're as rich as Daddy Warbucks.

Most folks I know, utilise Promo packages, with which they can call unlimited (Unli) on their own provider. Some have promos to call across networks. ie Smart to Globe, or Smart to PLDT landlines. You get the picture.

Promos have limited life, depending on how much you want to pay. Some 24 hours, some 3 days, some 7 etc. etc..

It costs money to call everywhere, so most will go 'unli' on their own network, unless they have an urgent need.

I refuse to call outside my Smart network, as the "load" just disappears "toot sweet!" It sucks away quicker than an acid drop sucks your cheeks in! (Old fashioned British sweetie - aka candy.)



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