Find, in this article, all that you need to know about telecommunications in the Czech Republic: land lines, mobile phones, Internet...
On moving to the Czech Republic, you will definitely have to access to telecommunications, whether for work, research or keeping in touch with your dear ones. The country hosts a developed telecommunications network involving several service providers. You can thus easily obtain a land line, mobile or Internet subscription. As offers are quite attractive, make sure to choose the one which best suits your needs and budget.
The telephony market
Despite modernization and the use of smart phones which is becoming more and more widespread, land lines are still quite popular in the Czech Republic. In fact, service providers tend to include extras in their various packages.
Telefónica O2, Ceske Radiokomunikace, GTS Novera, CD-Telematika and VOLNÝ are some of the most popular land line service providers.
Most service providers offer packages that include calls to your favorite numbers at discounted rates. Moreover, rates generally vary according to hours. For instance, on week days, rates are higher during peak hours, unlike on weekend ends from 7 pm to 7 am the next day.
To apply for a land line, you can just drop by your favorite service provider's shop with your identity documents and proof of address such as your lease documents. Application can also be made online. Activation or installation generally cost around CZK 500.
In general, you will be made to sign a 12 months contract. However, you may terminate the contract provided you give a month's prior notice to your service provider. Moreover, in case the contract has not been terminated, it will be renewed one month before its expiry date.
Most service providers offer combined packages including land lines and Internet. In fact, the land line is compulsory for an optimal connection such as ADSL, for example. However, ADSL may hardly be accessible in some areas. In this case, you can opt for a shared connection from a mobile phone. You will thus be entitled to fast and satisfactory connection.
You can also access to the Internet via a TV modem. This service is offered by UPC for those who do not have a land line.
In general, you will be bound by a two years subscription contract.
Telefónica O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and U:fon are the main mobile service providers in the Czech Republic. If you have a smart phone, you can access to more services than just prepaid or postpaid subscriptions.
Prepaid cards costs between CZK 200 and CZK 500. As regards postpaid subscriptions, you will generally be bound by a 24 months contract. You will also be entitled to special offers such as free airtime and text messages.
You can purchase a local sim card at your favorite service provider's shop by producing your identity documents. In the case of a postpaid subscription, you will also need proof of address as well as your bank statements.
Make sure to unlock your mobile phone so that it can be compatible with any local sim card.