It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Syria

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Phone

The international calling code for Syria is +963.

Internet Syria has easy and cheap internet access. Internet is very common around the cities at internet cafes. Keep in mind that Facebook and YouTube have recently been unblocked but there are still some websites blocked such as certain news sites.

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The cafes are very friendly but in order to avoid being price gouged it is best to ask a local how much the internet costs per an hour before agreeing to sit down. It is usually 50 S.P per hour (1$ US), but can be anywhere up to 100 S.P per hour (2$ US). It is best to avoid political debates regarding the Syrian government, or reading Israeli newspapers or websites online. Prices for high-speed access are quite varied. As of November 2007, Aleppo’s Concord internet cafe was charging a hefty 100 S.P an hour, while in Hama the going rate seemed to be 75 S.P for an hour and in Damascus the price dropped to around 50 S.P an hour (less if you pay for several hours in advance).

Power net in Latakia was charging only 20 S.P a couple of years ago. Due to the ongoing conflict of the 2011 civil war, however, internet use in Syria is anything but reliable and useful

Other tips on staying connected while in Syria? Please add your comments and tips.