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Communication

Mobile Phones

Summary

All the numbers in Poland consist of 10 digits and start with 0 (except the emergency telephones - see SAFETY&HEALTH or radio taxi- see by taxi link and car aid - see car aid link ). Using the landline telephone, you must use this 0 at the beginning, but when you call using the mobile, you can omit it and leave only 9 digits.

There are also some specific numbers and you have to be careful, if somebody asks you to call them

  • 0á800 etc. means a free call (if you use the landline phone)
  • 0á801 etc. means a reduced fare, no matter for how long you talk, the cost is the same
  • 0á700 or 0 701 or 0 70etc. means a premium fare and is usually very expensive

An international direct number for Poland is +48 (when you use the landline phone it is 0048).

The most convenient way of using mobile phones in Poland if you stay here for a longer period is buying a pre-paid SIM card, which can be used in an every international mobile phone. Then, all incoming calls for Polish numbers are free and you get your own Polish telephone number, without having to register anywhere. A pre-paid SIM card costs around 10 PLN (depending on the provider) and is available in almost every supermarket, newsagent, post office or a bigger shop.

There are 4 main providers in Poland:
  • Plus (pre-paid called Simplus and SamiSwoi)
  • Orange (pre-paid: Pop and Orange Go)
  • Era (pre-paid: Heyah and TakTak)
  • Play

Plus and Orange have their websites where you can send free sms to the numbers of the provider.

For Plus it is http://sms.plusgsm.pl (the numbers begin usually with 601, 603, 605, 607, 609, 665, 691, 693 or 695)

For Orange it is http://sms.orange.pl (the numbers begin usually with 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508 or 509)

Public Telephone

There are a few telephone boxes (public booths) in every city and even bigger village, but they become less and less common. To use them, you have to buy a special card (cards for cheap international calls are also available) and use it in a call box. The cards are to buy in every post office and the telephone boxes are located also near to or in them.

Internet (Hot Spots)

The Internet access is available almost all over the country and Poles are used to it. In the cities a lot of cafes, pubs and restaurants have wireless LAN hot spots and using them is often free (it may be different in the hotels). There are also internet cafes, when the connection is not so expensive.

The most common internet communicator in Poland is an originally Polish program called GaduGadu. That is why not so many people use ICQ or MSN. But the international version of Skype is also very common. As we consider e-mail boxes, Poles usually choose those on www.wp.pl, www.gmail.com, www.poczta.onet.pl, www.poczta.o2.pl or www.interia.pl websites.

Post Office

Poczta Polska is an official company which takes care of delivering letters and packs. We can choose among sending them in a normal way, as a priority (quicker) or registered (may be given only to the receiver personally). Unfortunately, sometimes Poczta Polska does not work quickly, especially in the Christmas or Easter periods, when millions of Poles send cards to their families and friends. Then, it is safer to use the private company, which is more expensive, but also more effective. The examples are: DHL (www.dhl.com.pl), UPS (www.ups.com) or Siˇdemka (www.siodemka.com).