Communications in the U.K.

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Official Language
English. Welsh in Wales.
Other Languages Spoken
Welsh in Wales.
Business Language
Getting Some Knowledge
Useful English business phrases can be found at
Free Translation Tools
WorldLingo : Free online language translator
Systran : Free online translation box
Promt : Free on-line translator

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Quality of Communications
The UK telecommunications system is excellent; its mobile network is highly developed. Despite competition, cost is fairly high. There are numerous public telephones, some coin-operated, some taking phone or credit cards.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From the United Kingdom, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in the United Kingdom, Dial +44
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
The UK has an open numbering plan, with up to 11 digits (0 + local area code + number). For detailed information, see
To call the UK , dial 00 + 44 + number (zero omitted).
The NumberingPlans website gives the full list of UK regional codes.
Mobile Telephone Standards
International telephone standards GSM 900 and GSM1800. See Mobile-phones-uk.
National Mobile Phone Operators
O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
The largest ones by subscriber size are: BT Retail, Virgin Media, Carphone Warehouse, Tiscali, Sky Broadband, Orange etc. See Ispreview.
Access in Public Places
There are Internet cafés and centers in most urban areas. Some multimedia phone booths, often located at main railway stations and airports, offer touch-screen access. Hotspots providing Internet access include Wi-Fi cafés, where would-be users need to bring their own wireless-enabled devices. These services may be free to all, free to customers only, or fee-based.
Access in Hotels
Many hotels now also have public terminals, though these are usually fee-based. Some hotels are equipped with Wi-Fi facilities.

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