Cyprus Communications - Phones

Cyprus International country code is 00 357.

With so many advanced mobile phones on the market nowadays, home user land line phones are not much in demand on their own, mainly only for internet connection. The cost of land line rental went up significantly over the past few years, which prompted many people to opt just for mobile phones.

There are several fixed line phone providers in Cyprus, however not all of them will offer just a phone line, instead some offer the phone line rental-free when incorporated with a broadband internet and digital tv package.

If you are moving to Cyprus and want to bring your own phone set from the UK, it should work, however some models may not have ringing sound when used as an extension phone, however this is not the case for all phones. If you choose to buy a new phone once you get to Cyprus, there is a good choice on offer and at reasonable prices.

Mobile phones seem to have taken over our lives, who can live without one! I know some people simply hate them, but the majority of the population have at least one mobile phone, and some have as many as six! Some people go round with a mobile phone permanently stuck to their ear, whilst others can be seen shouting seemingly to themselves, but are wearing a discreet headset. A lot of business in Cyprus is done over the mobile phone, and seemingly anywhere; in the office, at home, at the pub, in the car (actually illegal whilst driving but frequently seen) or even whilst shopping with the family.

If you wish to bring your UK mobile phone to use in Cyprus, but it is locked to your service provider, there are mobile phone unlocking services available in all of the major city's.

There are now several mobile phone service providers in Cyprus, and although the cost of calls do not differ vastly, the subscriber packages do, so check out what you are getting and what you have to pay before taking on a contract. The easiest way is to have Pay As You Go, which is offers a good service, and reasonably priced both for the sim cards and the top up cards. PAYG packages also differ between providers, so it is best to ask what you get before you buy the sim card. Up to now one could have anonymity with a PAYG phone, however the government is looking at making it compulsory to register ID when purchasing a mobile phone number, this was requested by the Cyprus Police, and was scheduled to come into effect during 2010. Currently in 2015, it is high on the agenda to be made law.

You can find just about all makes of mobile phones in Cyprus, and most brands have a service agreement with companies in Cyprus in case anything goes wrong, however in some cases the phone may have to be sent to Nicosia for repair, which can result in delays, so be prepared to wait.

There are also companies in Cyprus that offer mass mobile phone sms messaging services to businesses, to enable them to get their brand name out directly to hundreds of thousands of locals.

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