Belgium has a modern phone system with nationwide mobile phone coverage and several internet access points in all cities, which are free in most libraries. Wi-Fi is also available in many petrol stations, NMBS stations and motorway service stations.
- Nowadays, many cafés offer free Wi-Fi but for some reason don’t put it on the door .
- If you can’t find one, you can always fall back on Quick, McDonalds, Lunch Garden, Carrefour Planet or Starbucks, all of which offer a free Wi-Fi connection.
Belgium uses the GSM standard for mobile phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands), which is used in a large part of the world, except for certain regions of America. Three major companies (Proximus, Orange and Base, as well as a large number of MVNOs) provide mobile services. The country is almost completely covered.
If you are staying for a while, it may be advisable to buy a prepaid mobile phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard in the 900/1800 MHz bands. With these cards, incoming calls and text messages are usually free. SIM cards for the three main companies are available in phone shops. SIM cards for MVNOs are readily available in supermarkets (Carrefour, Aldi and Colruyt, to name a few, all have their own brand).
All networks offer UMTS and HSDPA (3G) mobile internet coverage and are currently building a 4G network, mainly in major cities.