Communications in Holland
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Communications in Holland
For a list of telecom and broadband providers, please click the 'Communication Providers in Holland' tab located above.
The international dialing code is 31.
All landlines services are provided by KPN Telecom in Holland. You have to subscribe to them for at least a year, and will have to provide proof of identity and address. Also, unlike some countries, you will need a valid residence permit and pay a deposit of a few hundred Euros which is refunded after you have received a certain number of bills.
Mobile phones are in prolific use. Many Dutch people use their mobiles, not only for calls and texts, but internet access too. Coverage is very good.
Voice over Internet Protocol
VoIP is a new technology which allows users to verbally communicate through their computer. Essentially a telephone call made using the internet, VoIP is becoming increasingly more common in the business world due to its low costs, and easy set-up and maintenance.
Forget installation engineers and phone number changes, as long as you have a broadband connection, you can use VoIP any time, any where.
For businesses, this software is sure to eventually phase out the traditional phonecall. For as low as 4p for local and national calls, the economical potential is vast. With international calls often even less than that, VoIP is perfect if you are prone to long-distance telecommunication, or have offices, clients, partners, etc, overseas. What's more, calls made between VoIP users are typically free all you pay for is the standard internet service.
Mail within Europe takes between one and five days. The rest of the world, up to a week.
Post office hours are generally Monday to Friday 0900-1700. There are all night offices in the capital, Amsterdam, and also Rotterdam.
There are Internet Service Providers (ISP) operating in the Netherlands. There are actually more than 100 companies that can provide you with internet, and can accommodate your particular access requirements. Shop around to find the most suitable and economic package. Dial-up is available, and broadband is widespread.