Communications in the Philippines

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Official Language
Filipino and English.
Other Languages Spoken
There are nearly 70 languages in the islands, but the most prevalent minority languages are Visayan (Cebuano), and Ilokano. Spanish is hardly used by the population.
Business Language
English. One may however meet Spanish speaking people.
Getting Some Knowledge
The Tagaloglang site (in English) offers an initiation into the Filipino language.
Free Translation Tools
ATS Group : English - Tagalog translator
Your dictionary : English - Tagalog translator

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Quality of Communications
The cities and many islands are served by the national airline company. Sea transport is well developed: ferries, catamarans and for short crossings, motorized bancas, outriggers. Road and rail infrastructures are not so developed and there are traffic jams every day. For short distances, jeepneys, a sort of gaudily painted "jeep-taxis", and tricycles, the local "side-car", are fast and cheap (count 0.20 euros for a quarter of an hour, a tariff to be negotiated before setting off!).
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From the Philippines, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in the Philippines, Dial +63
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
Dial -00- (international access) -63- (country code) -(0)2 or other according to the  regional code -number of the person called-
Mobile Telephone Standards
National Mobile Phone Operators
The main operators are Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Sun Cellular, Next Mobile, Extelcom.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
Bayan Telecommunication, Global Destiny Cable, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications
Access in Public Places
Broad band Internet is available in the main business districts of the Manila metropolitan area, and access by network is available in most big centers in the country.
Access in Hotels
Most large hotels offer Internet access.

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