A few public pay phones operated by Movistar and Claro are still around, especially in small towns. They work with coins or phone cards which can be purchased at supermarkets and groceries. Often internet cafes have ‘net-to-phone’ and ‘net-to-net’ capabilities (such as Skype), to talk for pennies or even for free.
Local SIM cards (and top-up credits) are cheap and widely available, and can be used on unlocked triband GSM 1900 world phones.
Called tarjetas telefónicas, these cards are widely available and are made by many companies in many price ranges, with some designed specifically for international calls.
When calling Peru from abroad, dial the international access code for the country you’re in, then Peru’s country code (51), then the area code without the 0 and finally, the local number. When making international calls from Peru, dial the international access code (00), then the country code of where you’re calling to, then the area code and finally, the local phone number.
In Peru, any telephone number beginning with a 9 is a cell-phone number. Numbers beginning with 0800 are often toll-free only when dialed from private phones. To make a credit-card or collect call using AT&T, dial 0800-50288. For an online telephone directory, see www.paginasamarillas.com.pe.