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Phones and Internet Usage

Phones and Internet Usage

  Laos has kept abreast of the latest developments in communications, in particular the Internet and mobile telephony. 

Phones and Internet Usage
 

Laos has kept abreast of the latest developments in communications, in particular the Internet and mobile telephony. Barring remote areas, cell phones are widely used. Although the offices of Lao Telecom can make overseas call for you, it is better to use either a VOIP system available in Internet cafes, or to bring along a cell phone. Laos uses the GSM system, so those who have an unlocked tri-brand phone and simply buy a local SIM card from any cell phone shop or street kiosk. There are four major telecom companies in Laos namely Lao Telecom, ETL, Beeline (ex Tigo) and Unitel, all of them provide pre-paid services.

 

Internet cafes abound in Laos. Their prices are moderate and connection speeds are generally adequate for checking email and surfing the Internet. Wi-fi is also a common feature in numerous hotels, cafes and restaurants in Vientiane as well as in Luang Prabang. However, the service is rarely free of charge. Those traveling with a laptop or smartphone will find Wi-fi more convenient than using Internet café.

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