Communication

International calling code: 63. Local codes may have 2 or 3 digits.

Telephones

Most major cities in the Philippines have a modern telephone system including Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT),Globe Telecom and Digital Telecommunications Philippines(Digitel). Most hotels provide International Direct Dialing for international calls but will charge a certain amount for this service. It is better to check prices before making a call to avoid high charges.

Mobile Phones

SMS or texting is very popular in the Philippines and they're regarded as the "texting capital of the world. It was a free service when it was first introduced and thus became very popular. Text messages typically cost P1 within the country but international SMS is charged at a higher rate of between P15-P25. There are currently three major mobile companies operating within the country namely: Globe Telecom (www.globe.com.ph), Smart Communications (www.smart.com.ph)and Sun Cellular (www.suncellular.com.ph).

Network coverage in the country is very good specially in populated areas. Reloading,otherwise known as recharging or topping-up is a breeze since its available almost everywhere, from a small corner store to big malls. Prepaid cards are also available with denominations from P100 to P1000.

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Internet access abound almost everywhere and is available at most hotels at a reasonable charge. Big malls like SM and Robinson's as well as some hotels also offer free wi-fi services within their area. Internet shops or  neighborhood cafe's can be found almost anywhere and internet access can be as cheap as P15 per hour. You may also want to consider buying a mobile broadband modem or USB dongle where service is provided by Globe, Smart and Sun. Mobile broadband signals vary depending on the available network infrastructure in your location.

Newspapers

Major newspapers are published in English and available throughout the country. Filipino, Chinese and other foreign language dailies are also available. The Philippines has about 20 daily newspapers and the largest among them are the Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Philippine Star.  There are also small scale publishing companies printing tabloids and magazines that is distributed widely.

Television

Almost all hotels and major commercial centers have cable or satellite TV which is widely available. There are several television networks but the 2 major networks are ABS-CBN and GMA Network. ABS-CBN's  cable news channel ANC provides 24/7 news headlines and updates almost always in English.