The international phone number is +43.
A number that starts with area code 01 (formerly 0222) means that you are in Vienna. Omit these four digits, then dial the rest of the telephone number. Replace these four digits with a 1.
If the number doesn’t start with 01, just remove the first zero from the area code and dial the rest of the digits.
In post offices, public phones are available. Telephone booths are becoming less and less common because people are more and more likely to use their mobile phones these days. Phone boxes usually work with pre-paid cards that can be bought at post offices and kiosks (in German: Trafik).
Telephone numbers start with an area code and then the phone number itself. In order to make a cell phone call, you need to put the prefix “0650,” “0660,” “0664,” “0676,” “0699,” “0680,” or “0681.” There are freephone numbers that start with 0800, service lines that cost the same as a local call start with 0810, and service lines that cost up to €3.63 per minute start with 0900. There is one exception: 05133 is the area code for the Austrian Federal Police. This means that the cost of calling this number will be higher than if you were to call a landline or a cell phone. 0720 is a virtual telephone number (VOIP) that is usually billed at the same rate as a landline, no matter where the person is.
To make cheap international calls from Austria, you can use low-cost services like pennyphone, austriaphone, or fuchstarife, which all charge a fee. The numbering services can be used from any fixed network connection in Austria. In this case, there is no contract or registration that needs done. Most numbering services let you call the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and many other countries for the price of a local call. This means that you can easily save money on your phone bill. This word is most relevant. They also use public phones to do work.
Austria has a GSM and 3G (UMTS) network that almost all of the country is covered by. Check your phone to see if it works on 900MHz or 1800MHz or 2100MHz (3G WCDMA). In the United States, there are phones that work on 1900 MHz. Austria doesn’t support these phones, so you can’t use them. To buy a new phone with a pre-paid card from an Austrian mobile phone provider may make sense if you plan to stay there for longer. Note that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) don’t yet have network coverage. This is the exception, not the rule, but it’s important to keep this in mind. Even the underground lines in Vienna are covered.
Even though Austria is a small country, there are a lot of mobile providers, like A1, T-Mobile, Orange, Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob, Yesss, and Vectone Mobile.
Bob, Vectone Mobile, and Yesss are three of the most cheap pre-paid cell phone providers right now. A pre-paid card costs 15 euros and comes with 100 minutes of talk time. After that, you pay 6.8 centimes per minute to all Austrian networks, and 70 centimes to all other major countries. This is how it worked in June 2008. The Yesss SIM card can only be bought at the Hofer counter. No, not only does Yesss sell cheap UMTS data cards, but it also sells them for a low price (which are different from normal SIM cards). If you want to start, you’ll get 1 GB of traffic in the starter kit for 20 euros! To keep the SIM card from going bad, you have to recharge it once a year. There is no charge for the Vectone Mobile Sim card. It doesn’t need to be preloaded. It can be bought on the website.
If you have a bank account in Austria, you can buy a registered (non-prepaid) Bob SIM card, which means you can use it. To call other Austrian networks then, the price will be only 4 cents per minute for each minute. There is no set price and no minimum charge, so there is no charge at all.
For a pre-paid SIM card, the new service provider, Eety, charges only 13 cents to send a text message to Germany and 9 cents to send a short message (SMS) anywhere in the world. It can be bought online at www.eety.eu. It can also be found in some stores in big cities.
Many times, you can buy an Austrian prepaid SIM card online before you leave, which can be convenient because you will get instructions in English and your cell phone number before you leave, which can be very helpful.
Internet cafes can be found in bigger cities. People who stay at a hotel in a city usually have internet terminals, and more expensive hotels have internet access in the rooms. They have “Gratis WLAN,” which means there are many places where you can get free WiFi (unlimited time and traffic). For example, every McDonald’s has free WiFi (unlimited time and traffic).
There are many cheap and fast mobile broadband providers in Austria. 3G coverage is very good in the most populated areas, and it’s very good in the cities. There are a lot of companies that let you pay for things as you go, even if you’re not a resident of the country. These don’t need to be registered and can be added to with vouchers that can be found in stores, at ATMs, or online.
If you want to buy a SIM card or a micro-SIM with 1 GB of data, Bob has one for sale. You pay for it as you use it. There is a “data package” that allows you to buy extra traffic for a fee of 4 euros per GB. Please be aware of the higher prices for traffic (6.8ct/MB) if you don’t book a data plan. All post offices and some supermarkets have them. “Bob Breitband Startpaket,” which costs $14.90, is what you should ask for. SIM cards come with a working cell phone number and can also be bought with a contract-free USB modem.
You can get SIM or micro SIM cards with 1 GB of traffic for €9.90 from Yesss, which is an Orange subsidiary. You’ll pay for what you use. In order to get more traffic, you can pay €20 for 2 GB of extra space. In Hofer supermarkets, you can find it (ask for the “Yesss Start Package” at the checkout). SIM cards come with a working cell phone number and can also be bought with a contract-free USB modem.
A1 has an online shop where you can buy prepaid data SIM cards for mobile internet – internet with a prepaid card – and they can send them to any address in Austria. (Hotel pick-up service) It’s possible to pay with a credit card, and the package can be tracked as well. At 10 euros for 3GB/30 days at 4/2 Mbit/s, you get a lot of space and speed.