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Photo by Silviano for ipanema.com.  All rights reserved.  Todos os direitos reservados.There are public phones everywhere in Rio, and they are hard to miss. Orelhão (ou-ray-lyaun) is how locals call them. Cariocas sometimes give funny names to things, and this one literally translates to "floppy ear".

Now that state-owned Telerj was privatized you no longer see the traditional orange cups. They have turned blue, and pop up in the most curious places. There are phones even on the sand of the beaches!

To use a public phone you need a calling card, coins are no good. They can be purchased at newsstands all over the city. Each card is good for a predetermined number of calls, usually 20 or 40. The digital display on the phone shows how many calls you have left. Table and celular phones in Rio are always eight-digit numbers.

For calls within Greater Rio and Niteroi, dial the number directly. If you want to reverse the charges (collect call), add 9090 before the phone number. For long distance domestic calls using Embratel (one of the operators) first dial 021, then the city code, followed by the actual phone number. To call São Paulo, for instance, you would dial 021-11-****-****. To reverse the charges dial 9021-11-****-****.

To make international phone calls you start with 0021, followed by the country code, area code, and phone number. To call London, for instance, you would dial 0021-44-171-***-****. If you do not know your country code (a lot of people don't) call 0800313131 for assistance of an international operator (Telemar). They speak English, and are very helpful.

If you are calling Rio de Janeiro from abroad, you have to dial your international access number, followed by the country code 55, the city code 21, and phone number. If you are in New York, for instance, you would dial 11-55-21-****-****. Call your local operator for more details.

cyber cafes in rio de janeiro:
Black Belt Lan House Ipanema Rua Farme de Amoedo, 80B
2523-9832
Letras e expressões Ipanema Rua Visconde de Pirajá 276
2521-6110
Netty Internet Ipanema Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 281 / 302
2513-1410
Letras e expressões Leblon Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1292 Lj.C
2511-5085
Conexao Copacabana Copacabana Av. N.S.Copacabana, 374 sl. 302
2256-4596
Cyber Copa 5 Copacabana Rua Djalma Urich, 183G
2522-1279
Gamesplace Copacabana Rua Barata Ribeiro, 720 A
2235-4646
Loc. Cabine Telef. & Net. Copacabana Rua Francisco Sá, 26
2522-6343
Tudo é Fácil Copacabana Av. Prado Júnior, 78
2543-7229
Tudo é Fácil Copacabana Rua Xavier da Silveira, 19
2522-3970
Timer Café Catete Largo do Machado, 29, sobreloja 213
2285-8038
Internet Café Barra Av das Américas 500, bloco 08 lj 132
2492-2489
Brechó só Traças Botafogo Rua V. da Pátria 445, sl 203 e 204
2539-8938
Chaser Botafogo Rua V. da Patria, 357 Lj B
2579-5756
Cyber Coffee & book Botafogo Rio Sul 3° andar– Saraiva Megastore
2543-6886

Important Phones:

Long Distance Phone Operators
Brasil Telecom 014
Embratel 021
Intelig 023
Telefonica 015
Telemar 031

Emergency Contacts
Reporting Crimes: 2253-1177
Police: 190 or 22312020
Fire Dept: 193 or 22211234
Woman Dept.: 2233 0113
Federal Police: 2291 2142
Tourist Police Dept: 2511 5112
Violence Against Gays: 3399-1303
Violence Against Women: 2299-2121

Radio Taxis:
Coopertramo: 25602022
Coopatur: 2573-1009

Hospitals
Rocha Maia Hospital: 2295 2121
Samaritano Hospital: 2537 9722
São Lucas Hospital: 2545 4000

Official Tourism Contacts
Alô Rio (English Spoken) 2542 8080 or 0800 7071808
Turisrio: 2215 0011 (Rua da Ajuda, 5, 6th floor)
RIOTUR: 2217 7575 (Rua da Assembléia, 10 , 9th floor)
Centro de atendimento ao Turista: 2541 7522 (Av Princesa Isabel, 183)

Bus Companies:
Viação 1001: 0300 – 3131001
Viação Cometa: 4004 9600
Costa Verde: 2233 3809
Fácil: 2263 8792
Unica Petrópplis: 2263 8792

Brazilian Airlines:
Gol: 0800 701 2131
Tam: 0300 123-1000
Varig: 4003-7000

Consulates in Rio:
Argentina: 2553 1646
Australia 3824 4624
Austria: 2522 2286
Belgium: 2543 8558
Bolivia: 2552 5490
Canada 2543 3004
Chile 2552 5349
China 2551 4578
Colombia (0xx11) 3078 0322 (SP)
Russia 2274 0097
Denmark : (0xx11) 3061 3625 (SP)
Egypt 2554 6318
Ecuador 2491 4113
Spain 2543 3200
France 3974 6999
Germany 2554 0004
Great Britain 2555 9600
Greece 2552 6849
Irland 2501 8455
Israel (0xx61) 2105 0500 (Brasília)
Italy 2282 1315
Japan 2240 2383
Mexico 2553 2059
Paraguai 2553 2294
Peru 2551 9596
Portugal 2544 2444
Switzerland 2221 1867
United States 2292 7117
Uruguai 2553 6030
Venezuela 2551 5248

Airports:
Antonio Carlos Jobim: 3398 5050
Jacarepaguá: 2432 7070
Santos Dumond: 3814 7070

Ferry Boat:
2533-7524 / 2532-6274

Consumer Defense:
1512

Municipal Guard:
0800 211 532

Tourism Information :
City of Rio de Janeiro: 0800 7071808
State of Rio de Janeiro: 0800 2822007

Subway:
08005951111

Road Police:
Estadual: 2625 1530
Federal: 2471 6111

Bus Station:
Niterói: 2620.8847
Novo Rio: 3213-1800

Life Guard:
2253 6572

Sanitarian Surveillance:
2503 2280

 
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