Phone boxes are the most common public telephones and accept pre-purchased phone cards.
Internet cafés exist in larger tourist areas, but are not common in rural areas.
Previously, the government did not allow Skype and forced tourists to use their own public phone company to call out of the country. In a recent change, the main phone company, Belize Telemedia Limited, has lifted the blocks on all Voice over Internet Protocol services. Applications such as Skype and Vonage can now operate in the country and may be a cheaper way to make calls to the home country.