Internet in Spain
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Whether for work or play or keeping in touch with friends and relatives abroad, getting online should be one of your priorities once you have settled in Spain. The country boasts high-quality and fast internet services with high coverage and access to the internet via 3G and 4G networks. Many Spanish people have internet connections in their homes and are also permanently connected through their mobile devices.

Numerous internet providers serve the country. Start your search by checking out the various plans they offer. Pop into one of their branches or visit their websites.

Types of Internet connection in Spain

The most common types of internet connections in Spain include ADSL, WIMAX and Wi-Fi. Fibre optic connectivity is still developing and becoming more widely available, delivering some of the fastest internet connections in the country. However, note that whichever connection type you opt for connection speeds are often slower in some rural areas than they are in towns and cities.

Devote time to researching internet providers for the best deals and packages. Some offer cable and broadband TV as well as special plans with unlimited phone calls to local landlines.

You will also be able to choose the type of access you want - billing according to the number of hours used, a monthly subscription with a fixed data plan or unlimited connectivity.

Getting connected in Spain

If the home you are living in has previously been connected to the internet, a new installation is usually not required. You simply ask to reactivate the service. Otherwise, you will need to get the internet installed. 

Once you’ve signed your contract, you may have to wait a week or two weeks before an engineer comes to your home, depending on the company. 

To sign up for a service, you will need to provide:

  • Your N.I.E. (Foreigners' Identity Number)
  • Your identity card or passport
  • Some providers may also want the details of your Spanish bank account

The typical length of a contract for connectivity is one year. If you cancel before it expires, you may have to pay a penalty.

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You will probably have to pay installation fees at the time of registering. However, during promotional periods some suppliers will waive this cost, or they could offer you discounted monthly payments for a couple or more months.

Internet cafés in Spain

If you don't have access to a computer or the internet, you can get online at an internet café. These can be found in every major town and city. There are also small shops or call centres known as locutorios, where you can access the internet and make international calls. Internet rates usually range between one and two euros per hour.

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You can also get access to computers and the internet at your local library in Spain. Take your N.I.E. card with you to register for free.

Wi-Fi Access

There are lots of free Wi-Fi spots all over the country, in coffee shops, bars, plazas, airports, shopping malls, city centres and so on. More are coming online all the time. You can search for them using Wi-Fi finder apps.

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