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 Bangladesh

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Telephone The country code for Bangladesh is 880. Add a 0 to make a call to any Bangladesh city or region outside the national capital. It is not possible to access international information (directory assistance) from within Bangladesh. If you need international directory assistance, check the Internet telephone directories.

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Landlines are a rarity in Bangladesh, and aren’t reliable even when you can find them. Bangladesh Telephone Company Ltd. (BTCL or formerly BTTB, known generally as T&T) is the public sector phone company and the only landline service in the country. Mobile phones are a better bet and widely available. In most towns they’ll be your only option, and many shop owners let theirs double as PCO’s / ISD’s. Banglalink and Grameenphone are the most widely available, followed by Citycell , Robi , Teletalk and Airtel .

Except Citycell all work on the GSM network and offer prepaid packages at reasonable prices – usually about Tk 140 ($2) to get started. International calls are possible, and often more reasonably priced than you would expect if you’re calling the US or major European countries although prices can rise drastically as you get more off the beaten path. E-ISD facility offered by different mobile phone service providers can reduce the cost significantly. For the E-ISD service dial 012 instead of 00/+.

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