There's a communication revolution going on in Thailand and the kingpin is our own prime minister - who is a communications billionaire. Mobile phones have widely penetrated the urban population, however, the landline network is sub-standard and though it works mostly, internet services aren't quite as cutting edge as they are in Europe or North America.
There are internet cafés everywhere and it's easy and practical to even pick up your own SIM card (and phone) while here. If you have your own computer and a phone line in your apartment, you can be online minutes after picking up a pre-paid ISP card from convenience or computer stores.
Mobile phones in Thailand
Thailand has an obsession with mobile phones, and to almost all urban Thai people, their phone is an important status symbol and essential accessory. Many foreigners come here to escape and opt not to carry a phone. But getting one is easy, they are cheap and pre-paid cards are widely available, meaning you can get connected in less than an hour of shopping.
Even short-term visitors find it practical to buy a SIM card and slip it into their existing phone, making it convenient for making bookings and enquiries while travelling in Thailand. A mobile phone is also useful for contacting other travellers and SMSing home to let your mum know you're still alive. For 1000 baht you can get the card for free and airtime equal to the value of your purchase.
Phones are found everywhere and a compact, reliable phone can be had for as little as 2000 baht, even end of line brands such as Nokia, Siemens and Motorola are no more than 3000 baht. Since they are manufactured in Asia, even the most sophisticated colourful interface, onboard camera models with Bluetooth, such as the Nokia 6600 cost only 17,000 baht and they are widely available at numerous shops all over the city. There is also a thriving second-hand phone market. Calls cost about 5 to 10 baht a minute, depending on your plan.
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