A large Movistar store can be found right in front of El Corte des Inglés in Barcelona and other Movistar and Vodafone stores can be found all over the city, especially in Ciutat Vella (the old city). An Orange store is located on Passeig de Gracía. You could also visit a PhoneHouse or go to www.phonehouse.es to compare prices as PhoneHouse sells contracts with different providers. To see which store is most close for you check
- for Vodafone
- for Movistar
If you want to have a fixed telephone contract you should head for one of the Telephonica stores in Barcelona or get connected through their website. You can also call 1004 in order to reach them (English spoken).
To get a prepaid (prepago in Spanish) mobile phone
In order to get a prepaid mobile telephone you need a to have a:
- Passport (or NIE)
To get a mobile phone just head for a shop of one the telephone providers mentioned above in the list and bring your passport (or NIE) along.
To get a mobile phone with a contract
In order to close a mobile phone contract you´re required to have a:
- Passport (or NIE)
- Spanish bank account.
If you have the things mentioned above, go to one of the telephone provider shops and bring your passport (or NIE) and a (copy of a) bank statement along.
To get a fixed telephone line
For the fixed line you´ll need to have a:
- Passport number
- Spanish bank account details
If you got the things required just go to one of the Telefonica stores, go to their website telefonica.com or call 1004.
Costs may vary due to different deals made by mobile phone providers, on the website of PhoneHouse you can compare prices (phonehouse.es). To give you an idea of the prices: for a Vodafone or Movistar prepaid mobile phone you pay about 20-25 Euro, with 5-15 Euro credit. Keep in mind the telephone costs are in Spain reasonably high in comparison to other European countries.
For national calls made in Spain with a fixed line you pay a starting rate (about 7 cent) and amount per minute. The costs per minute vary due to the length of the call, the destination and the time of day. Most providers have different packages to choose from all with their own rates. If you´re planning to get a fixed line take your time in order to get the package most suitable for you. Also keep in mind making calls with internet (Skype) are free. Calling to mobile phones with landlines is quiet expensive; about 20 cent per minute.
- Compare the terms of the different providers extensively and choose for the one that is most beneficial for you. It might happen you suddenly find out you need to charge your mobile every month for at least 8 Euro or that sending text messages to foreign countries is ridiculously expensive and the provider can not guarantee that they will arrive.
- If you don´t know the exact length of your stay in Barcelona it is advised to take a prepaid mobile phone and get a contract later on.