Communications in Cambodia
PHONES IN CAMBODIA
Cambodia Country Calling Code : 855
Sihanoukville Area Code : 034
International telephone service for $1.50
- $5.00/minute is available in most of the hotels, internet
shops and some convenience store. Most of the internet shops
also offer international internet telephone calls for around
Telephoning notes: You may notice that
Cambodian telephone numbers begin with a ‘0’ (e.g. 034-000000)
When dialing domestically, it is usually necessary to dial the
‘0’ at the beginning. When dialing from outside Cambodia to a
Cambodian telephone number, you must use the country code but
exclude the ‘0’ at the beginning (e.g. 855-34-000000). When
dialing internationally from Cambodia, you must precede the
number with ‘001’ or ‘007’.
MOBILE PHONES IN CAMBODIA
There are three mobile
phone service providers in Cambodia: M Phone code (T) 011,
MobiTel (T) 012, Bee Line (T) 090, Smart Mobiel (T) 010, Star
Cell (T) 098, Cube (T) 013. MobiTel is the most widely used
network and has transmitters in all major towns, although
reception is still limited to within the town boundaries. Mobile
phones can be rented in the arrivals hall at Phnom Penh
International Airport for around $28 per week. Usage is by
pre-paid phone card, available in values from $5 to $100; in
most towns, you'll find outlets displaying the logos of the
various providers. When you get your card, scratch off the panel
on the back to reveal your PIN, then call up the top-up
number-also given on the card-and enter the number to activate
the card. Call rates are around $0.20 per minute within the same
mobile network number or out to a local landline.
Cheap SIM cards for GSM phones are
available on almost any major street. A vendor should have an
activated test card to be used to make sure your phone will
operate on that network. Calls between mobile networks can be be
spotty and Skype calls from abroad to mobiles in Cambodia
are sometimes dropped, so be prepared to redial frequently.
It's now easier than ever to buy a
card in Phnom Penh, just have your passport and expect to pay no
more than US$5. There are plenty of phone stalls around central
market. Mobitel has the best coverage around the whole of
Cambodia and seems to have cheaper calls. Be warned when sending
and receiving international SMS and calls as it does not have a
100% success rate of being recieved.
INTERNET ACCESS IN PHNOM PENH
In Phnom Penh or Siem Reap,
you're never far from an Internet shop or café and rates are
under $1 per hour. In the provinces it's a different matter. One of the best ways to keep in touch while traveling is
to sign up for a free email address that can be accessed from
anywhere, for example Yahoo Mail, Hotmail or Skype. Once you've
set up, you can send mail from any Internet Café, or from a hotel
with Internet access.
There are Internet
Service Providers in Cambodia such as Online, Telesurf,
AngkorNet, Mekong Net, WirelessIp with reasonable price. Prepaid
Internet Card providing access via Wi-Fi Hotspots can be
purchased at any shops and super markets and
price starts from $5 to $100.
There is no shortage of Internet cafés
in Phnom Penh. Most are in the 1,500 riel/hour bracket (a little
under US$0.50), but provide slow service, suffer occasional
power outages and do not run firewalls or anti-virus programs.
Sunny Internet, 178 Street
(opp Foreign Correspondents' Club), also Sisowath
Quay (next to the Riverstreet restaurant). Provides a
faster service at US$1/hour and is popular with tourists and
Galaxy Web, Street 63, near
Sihanouk Boulevard. Excellent service, popular with
Wireless and wired connections for
laptops are available at a number of outlets - most five-star
hotels (which provide high-speed broadband access, but at a
premium), and a number of cafés along Sisowath Quay including
the Foreign Correspondents' Club (expensive), Fresco Café (under
the FCC, also expensive), K-West Café (at the Amanjaya Hotel),
the Jungle Bar and Grill, and Phnom Penh Café (near Paragon
Hotel) and Metro Cafe (free).
Recently, there are
many restaurants and café shop like the M Café, the Corner
restaurant, Café Sentiment and more offers free internet access
with WI-FI - there you just bring your own laptop only.
148 & Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: (855-23) 222 275
Internet access from opening until 6pm at this stunning
riverfront venue. Surf the web in air-conditioned luxury with
great food and an extensive cocktail list yours for the asking.
A popular spot for obvious reasons.
Correspondents' Club of Cambodia
Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: (855-23) 724 014
WiFi access at
the legendary riverfront bar offered for US$3 per hour. However,
the FCCC is also losted as an OnLine "Hot Spot" so cardholders
should be able to gain access. A very pleasant place to surf the
130, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: (855-92) 289 068
British-run bar offering WiFi access through OnLine's" Hot Spot"
pre-paid card system, conveniently located just across the
street from the ISP "Online" HQ. Good value drinks , sports TV
and a full British pub menu.
INTERNET ACCESS IN SIHANOUKVILLE
Internet access in Sihanouk Ville is
relatively fast and inexpensive, most internet shops offering
access for $1.00/hour. Some places have a minimum charge. Many
guesthouses and hotels offer internet access (some with Wifi)
and there are several internet shops scattered across the town.
A growing number of restaurants and bars are offering wifi
access. Some have free access, though downloads may be limited.
Some have an Online Hotspot, requiring that you purchase a PIC
card for access, but the access is fast and unlimited and can be
used at places across town.