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 Pakistan

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Calling from Price Syntax Example Same city Local number 12345678 Same circle Local 92-area code-number 92-51-12345678 Different circle STD 0-area code-number 051-12345678 Overseas ISD +92-area code-number +92-51-12345678 The country code for Pakistan is +92 if you are calling from outside Pakistan. Phone numbers are seven digits long with two digit city code in larger districts, and six digits long with three digit city code in smaller districts, for a total of nine digits as a standard nationwide (except for Azad Kashmir).

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All mobile numbers, however, are seven digits long and begin with a four digit city code “03XX”, where XX indicates the cellular provider. Thus Pakistani mobile numbers are linked to one particular cellular provider, NOT one particular city as in some other countries. Therefore the city prefix should not be dialled in addition to the cellular prefix. As in many countries, omit the initial zero when dialing a city or cell code from outside Pakistan and prefix the ’92’ country code after dialling your country’s international access code.

Thus Telenor™ cell number 7654321 dialled from the USA/Canada would be 011-92-345-7654321 and Peshawar landline 2345678 dialled from France or the UK would be 00-92-91-2345678. The international access code for outgoing calls from Pakistan is 00. PTCL offers landline and wireless phone services. Public Call Offices can be found all over the country.

You will find a PCO in nearly 50% of the general stores where there is usually someone who operates the phone and fax. Fees will be charged according to the time spent, and you will pay when you have finished your call. Cell phone Major providers of mobile phone service (GSM) are: Mobilink Telenor Ufone Warid Zong – China Mobile One very convenient feature is that all Pakistani cellular operators use the GSM platform, so that cellular handsets nationwide are freely interchangeable between providers. Internet Cybercafes can be found on virtually every street corner and the rates are as low as Rs 15-20 per hour. They usually don’t have a very fast operating system, so don’t be too impatient! 14 inch monitors, Windows XP are usually installed and most of the cafes have an internet connection with a decent speed (usually 6Mbps to 10Mbps). 3G mobile services have recently been launched in Pakistan by four operators (Mobilink, Ufone, Zong, Telenor).

4G has also been launched on trial basis. Normally a 3G enabled SIM card will give you 1.5MBPS speed and will cost your around 20$ per month for unlimited data plans. If you need higher speeds while on the go, try the PTCL EVO USB modem; it will cost around 30$ per month for unlimited data at 9MBPS (http://ptcl.com.pk/pd_content.php?pd_id=204), but be sure to check the coverage map on PTCL’s website before you buy. Its available in almost all cities but the quality of service may wary. There are Wi-Fi hotspots all over Pakistan, in hotels, malls, cafes and restaurants.

Postal & Courier Postal & Courier companies can easily be found across Pakistan. Some popular postal & courier companies include TCS , Leopards , Pakistan Post , DHL , Fedex etc. For money transfer, you can use Money Gram or Western Union, both have partnered with local banks and money exchange companies to ease transfer of money and you can go to any bank branch to avail their services.

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