Telephone service here in the Philippines is a little different than what you are used to if you live in the USA, Canada or other Western countries. Let’s look at a few of the differences:
- When you sign up, it can take weeks, even months before the service is connected! If you know somebody at the phone company, or maybe a local person of importance and they are willing to “put in a word” for you the delay can be shortened to only a few days. But, for the average application, I would say that if you can get it installed within a week you are doing very well. On average, I guess that the wait maybe 2 to 3 weeks for installation of your phone service.
- When your phone is connected, it is only for local calls. You will not be able to make any long distance calls (domestic or international) unless you applied for that separately. When you make your application, you must select NDD (National Direct Dialing for domestic long distance calls) and IDD (Inernational Direct Dialing) if you want to make long distance calls. If you apply for these services, they will have to look into your credit or may require you to make a deposit against expected charges. Personally, I do not have NDD or IDD. I have a Vonage IP phone, so I can call anywhere in the world with that for a very minimal charge, and I have a US phone number with the Vonage service!
These are a couple of the differences you should expect when it comes to phone service. Nothing huge, but something to keep in mind. I highly recommend that you get DSL internet service, and with that, sign up for Vonage or one of the other VOIP solutions for your international calls.