Saturday, September 18, 2021

Internet & Communications in Taiwan

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Getting online

There are plenty of Internet cafés, but you may have to look around before you locate one. Instead, Internet cafes in Taiwan should be referred to as game cafés. These are often located on the first or second floors of a building and are outfitted with very comfy seats and big screens. Although individuals do browse the Internet, the majority of them go there mainly to enjoy a pleasant online gaming experience. Each hour of Internet access/game play is inexpensive, costing about $20. Some devices at internet cafés accept coins. Try your local library for free internet access in major cities. Furthermore, a wireless internet accessing network spanning all of Taipei City is accessible (payable at handy shops in Taipei City), and Kaohsiung City is presently under development; it already operates in certain large MRT stations and at some specific locations. You’ll need to create an account. There is also a shared wifi network accessible at all McDonald’s locations. The login page is partially in English.

If you wish to connect your smartphone to the internet, you may get a prepaid 3G data sim card from Chunghwa Telecom for TWD250 for three days or TWD450 for seven days. To apply, just go into any official Chunghwa Telecom office counter. They will need your passport as well as identity papers from your country of origin. (Identification card or driver’s license)

Telephone

For international calls from Taiwan, the usual prefix is 002, but some other firms may use other prefixes at cheaper prices. For additional information, contact your telecom provider. International dialing is required for calls to mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau. Calls to Taiwan are dialed using the country code +886. Most payphones accept telephone cards, which may be purchased at any convenience shop.

Lines beginning with 0800 are commercial toll-free numbers, similar to 1-800 numbers in the United States.

With the exception of certain isolated mountainous regions, mobile phone service in Taiwan is usually good. Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone, and Vibo are among the main operators. Taiwan has both GSM 900/1800 and 3G (UMTS/W-CDMA 2100) networks, and roaming may be allowed for users of such mobile phones, depending on operator agreements.