TV / ELECTRICS / TELEPHONES
The Spanish main Phone Co is Telefonica
Land lines cost approx £110 to install with a monthly charge added to monthly bill
Expect to wait a few weeks to have a line installed although 10 days is common
A Spanish bank account and 12 monthly rental or residency papers may be needed
Rates tend to be less than the UKbut cost starts on connection
A BT link is available to reduce call charges to the UK ( recommended) There are many phone booths taking cash and cards ..use similar to the UK
There are many phone booths taking cash and cards ..use similar to the UK
Mobil phones are big business in Spain with Airtel or Movie Star (Telefonica) being the two big players offering low cost fixed contracts to residents or the ever popular card pay as you use phones .
Phone packages are cheaper than the UK and good offers can be found eg Buy a phone for £20 and get £40 of free calls this for a basic package.
Cards are available in £5 units upwards .
All systems work equally well and our advice is to simply shop around for the best deal.
TIP: A Mobil phone is invaluable on first arriving ...Put it on top of your list
TVs of around 8 years old should work fine
Older Sets may require adapting for sound in Spain
There are many Spanish Channels with a great deal being local networks of poor quality content
Sky TV is a big choice for most expats. A 1.3 meter dish will be required
Although not technically legal in Spain, Many firms offer the digital system but expect to pay around €500 euros to have installed
Bring lots of Videos with you. Blank tapes may cost you more in Spain
There are plenty of English based Video rentals to be found and old films etc on the car boot sales
There is NO TV License to buy in Spain!
The phone system is good and with new competition to Telefonica, improvements are constantly being made
ADSL is readily available as is Satalite Internet/Phones for more remote areas
To Phone Spain Dial 00 34 and then the number
To Phone the UK from Spain Dial 00 44 then the
STD code less the first digit (0) and then the number