How to make phone calls from the Dominican Republic and get connected to the Internet? Find out in this article.
If you are moving to the Dominican Republic, like anywhere else in the world, you will definitely want to keep in touch with your family and friends abroad. Thanks to the country's developed communications department, you can not only make phone calls through land lines and mobile phones but surf the Internet as well, anytime you want at affordable rates. In fact, the telecommunications network is supported by US technologies.
Obtaining a land line is quite simple and does not involve much time and major costs. You just have to check whether your dwelling has ever been connected to the land line network in the past before proceeding. In case it isn't, visit any branch of your preferred phone service provider with your identity documents such as your passport and visa, as well as proof of accommodation, a rental contract for instance.
Once you have duly filled and signed the request form, you will have to wait a few days for the installation. However, this will be done by professionals.
Mobile services are provided by three main operators, namely CLARO, which has the largest number of customers, Orange Dominicana, a subsidiary of Orange and Trilogy Dominicana, which is a subsidiary of Tricom.
Procedures to obtain a mobile phone are the same as in the case of a land line. Note that you can also enjoy number portability if ever you wish to shift from one service provider to another.
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Procedures are quite simple, but a passport or driver's license, as well as proof of accommodation, are compulsory.
Nowadays, almost nobody gets used to a home without Internet. In the Dominican Republic as well, Internet is easily available thanks to three main service providers, namely Tricom, Orange and Claro, which offer high speed connection through ADSL and 3G connection via USB.
Claro is more popular in rural areas. Moreover, it provides a combination of phone and Internet services along with television, just like Tricom. In short, the three service providers offer interesting packages at affordable rates. However, make sure to opt for the best type of connection according to your needs and budget.
To get connected, you can simply visit your favorite service provider's branch with your identity documents, such as your passport or resident permit, and your lease contact. There, you are required to duly fill and sign the application form before producing it to the agents.
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