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 Cambodia
Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Telephone Cambodia uses the GSM mobile system. Mobitel is the largest operator, although competition is stiff. Pre-paid SIM cards are widely available (USD1 and up), but require a passport to buy. A guest house or tuk-tuk driver may just buy one for you. Mobitel recently acquired one of their largest competitors, M-Phone, after M-Phone declared bankruptcy. This has expanded their coverage and service availability significantly. Smart offers good coverage and cheap prices, especially for mobile Internet. The service code *656*100# exchanges USD1 for a USD15 Internet balance which never seems to get lower when you use it (Feb 2014).
Internet Internet cafes are cheap (US$0.50-US$1/hour) and common, even small towns will have at least one offering broadband. In Kampot, Kratie and Sihanoukville rates are around US$1/hour. WiFi is increasingly popular, with signals available in some unlikely places: not just in coffee shops but also fast food restaurants, bars, and even gas stations. Domestic broadband prices range from $29.95 to $89.00. Always remember vat is added to all prices, and even the locals pay vat.
Fast wireless 3G/4G internet (3.5G or 7.2MBpS 3G/4G Modem usb stick, unlocked 3G/4G modem costs 30$) is now available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville/Kampot/Kep with slower Edge coverage in almost all other areas. Tourists can add 3G/4G mobile internet to their SIM for as little as $3/month (0.8GB max, LT3 package)(Metfone) or 1c/MB with Qbmore or unlimited data package for $25/month (Metfone), equipping another 3G router can form a WiFi hotspot to share internet in your house/neighbourhood. Khmer does not yet have a big presence in the electronic world as do Thai or Vietnamese. Phones and computers, and hence Cambodian text messages, emails, social network slobbering and web pages tend to be in English or Khmer transliteration, though Khmer Unicode fonts are becoming more popular and widely available.
Other tips on staying connected while in Cambodia? Please add your comments and tips.