Electricity & Communication

Electricity

The most commonly used electric plug in the Philippines is the two-pin, Type A electrical plug (220V/60hz). This is different from what is commonly used in Australia and New Zealand.

We recommend bringing an adaptor along with you before reaching the Philippines. You could also buy these from the airport or a reputable hardware store. Or ask your hotel concierge about purchasing one.

Communication

We have two major mobile connectivity providers (Globe and Smart), and a number of smaller providers. It’s fairly easy to pick up a new pre-paid SIM card and use it right away. Top-ups are widely available from almost anywhere, just look for signs signs reading “LOAD DITO” (top-up here). “Load” is the common term for mobile connectivity credit.

Internet and email services are widely available at most hotels, with more and more offering them for free. Free WIFI is also popular, especially in the cities. You could also just duck into an internet café like most locals do. These can be found all over the country.

The Philippines is also wired with international and national direct dial phone and facsimile service. For domestic long-distance or calls to mobile numbers dial 0 followed by the city code (or mobile prefix) and then the seven-digit number. Useful dialling codes from landlines include:

  • Philippines country code: 63
  • International dialling code: 00
  • PLDT directory: 187 nationwide
  • International operator: 108

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