Posted on January 24, 2019 by Otubio
Wondering how to call Jamaica from the United States? Whether you are in New York, Texas, California or any of the beautiful states in America, the mode of calling Jamaica is the same. There are three (3) basic options for calling Jamaica from the U.S and each will be discussed. The three modes include:
You can call Jamaica directly from either your cell phone or land line. Most phone providers in the U.S provide direct international calling and you typically want to have this feature disabled or you may end up with a surprise bill. Calling using your phone provider plan is usually the most expensive albeit the most convenient.
To call Jamaica, you will need to know the U.S exit dial code, the Jamaican country code, and the destination phone number in Jamaica. The U.S exit dial code in this case will be 1. The country code for Jamaica is 876. Lets say you want to call someone in Kingston with the phone number 876-111-1111, you would enter the number in the following manner: 1-876-111-1111. You could also dial the number as +1-876-111-1111.
Remember, even though the Jamaican numbers look like local U.S numbers, they are not. They are charged as international calls and the rates vary from network providers. A cost effective option is the second mode mentioned above which we will describe below.
International calling apps serve as an alternate way of calling Jamaica from the U.S. They are much cheaper and extremely convenient. All it takes is a simply download from the Apple and/or Google Play stores. Once downloaded on your cellphone, you are able to make calls to Jamaica. One drawback is that these mobile apps can only be downloaded on cell phones.
Considering the rate at which mobile phone ownership is increasing, we doubt most people would consider this a setback. Most mobile apps are very easy to use and the learning curve is very quick. The apps offer an interface that looks just like the native phone dialer. To call Jamaica, simply dial as you would your regular cell phone. Most mobile apps require you to add credit balance to your account to make the call.
As described earlier, to call a sample number : 876-111-1111, simply dial +1-876-111-1111 in the mobile app.
The third way of making calls to Jamaica involves the use of calling/pre-paid cards. Some people find that this method is cheap but is often inconvenient and unreliable. Calling cards are purchases via store fronts all over the U.S or sometimes purchased online.
The process involves purchasing a calling card, scratching if off to reveal the pin number and then calling an "access number" that routes the call. To use a calling card to call Jamaica, you reveal the pin number from the card, call the access number listed on the card and listen to the prompts. To call the example number listed earlier, you will simply dial 1-876-111-1111 after the IVR prompt.