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Trinidad and Tobago - Communications

Most of the public call boxes in Trinidad and Tobago take phone cards rather than coins, and these are widely available in local shops. The national telephone company is TSTT, who provide the cards and the boxes as well as land lines. The increased use of mobile telephones means that call boxes are being used less frequently.

Those using a mobile phone in the country will find that phones brought from their home country will work quite well as there are international roaming agreements in Trinidad and Tobago and coverage is quite good. Those wishing to stay in the country are advised to buy a local phone and sim card to keep costs down.

There are several internet cafes on the island and the use of the internet in homes is increasing. There is a number of internet service providers working on the islands and it is advised that before you chose one, you compare prices and ask friends and neighbour to recommend a company, to ensure you get the best deal.

To arrange to have internet, telephone or satellite/cable television services connected, it is up to the consumer to contact the company directly. Some providers may require proof of residency and identification before services are installed and deposits are normally payable. If renting a property you may be able to have this arranged through the estate agents, though this is not normally part of the service.

The postal service (TTPost) is not one of the fastest. Outgoing airmail to Europe can take up to two weeks to arrive, airmail to the US and Canada is around 7 days and that sent to Australasia can be as long as a month, while mail coming into the islands can take several weeks to process. Post offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm, although they do close at lunchtimes for an hour. There are many post offices spread across the islands and the majority of people have mail delivered to their home. Post office boxes are available for those who wish to collect their mail, but they are not compulsory.

The local newspapers tend to have a free hand with what they print and there is little government interference. There are several English language newspapers on the islands, both dailies and weeklies. The government runs the Caribbean News Media Network and two radio stations, but it is a privately owned television station, TV6, which garners the highest ratings.

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