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Public Phones
Public pay phones are becoming an increasingly endangered species but you can find them in most MRT stations. They are either coin-operated pay phones (10 cents for a three-minute local call), card phones operated by phone cards or credit card phones. Phone cards are available at all post offices and from phonecard agents. Most coin-operated pay phones are for local calls only, there are some which accept coins of larger denominations and can be used for overseas calls.

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SingTel public phone by Terence Ong

Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are carried by almost everyone in Singapore and coverage is generally excellent throughout the country. There are three main telecommunication providers in Singapore i.e. SingTel, StarHub and MobileOne (M1). All three service providers have both GSM 900/1800 and 3G (W-CDMA) networks, and international roaming onto them may be possible -  check with your operator before you leave to be sure. Prepaid SIM cards are sold in 7-Eleven convenience stores, phone shops and currency exchange counters. Just bring your own GSM/3G phone or buy a cheap handset in Singapore. You will need to show an international passport or Singapore ID to sign up.

International Calls
To make an international call from Singapore, dial the access code 001 for SingTel, 008 for StarHub or
002 for M1, followed by the country code, area code and contact number. Recently the providers have started offering cheaper rates for calls using Internet telephony routes. The access codes for this cheaper service are 019 and 013 for SingTel and 018 for StarHub. Make sure you input these codes instead of the "+" sign at the beginning of the number if you wish to use these services.

Internet cafes are scattered about the island but not particularly common since almost every Singaporean has internet access. Head to Chinatown, Little India or internet centres at the suburban shopping malls if you need to get online. The first phase of the nationwide free Wireless@SG system is now operating and visitors are free to use the system, although you must register and first receive a password via e-mail or a mobile phone. McDonalds, Coffee Bean and Starbucks cafes, offer free WiFi access. Mobile access is also available from the different telecoms, offering various packages.

SingPost operates post offices throughout Singapore, generally opening from 8:30 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The Changi Airport T2 (transit side) post office opens from 6:00 am until midnight daily, while the 1 Killeney Road branch opens until 9:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sundays. Service is fast and reliable. A postcard to anywhere in the world costs 50 cents and postage labels can also be purchased from the self-service SAM machines found in many MRT stations. Small packets up to 2 kg cost SGD3.50/100 g for airmail, or SGD1/100 g for surface mail. For larger packages, DHL may offer competitive rates.

Central Post Office by William Cho

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