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How to Stay Connected While Traveling in the Philippines

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Service Providers

There are three main service providers in the Philippines: Smart, Globe, and Sun. Smart has the best coverage nationwide, but all three providers have good coverage in major metropolitan areas. You can buy a SIM from any of these providers at their outlets or at many convenience stores throughout the country. Just be sure to have your passport with you when you buy a SIM card.

Data Plans

The data plans in the Philippines are relatively affordable, especially when compared to those in developed countries like the United States. For example, 1GB of data will cost you around PHP250 (USD4.90), and 5GB will cost you around PHP1,200 (USD23.60). Keep in mind that most service providers require you to sign up for a minimum of 30 days. Also, be sure to ask about any potential surcharges or hidden fees as some service providers have been known to tack on additional charges for things like data overage or roaming.

Wi-Fi Access

If you want to stay connected while in the Philippines, you can take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots that are available throughout the country. Many hotels and restaurants offer complimentary Wi-Fi to their guests, so be sure to ask about it when making reservations. Additionally, many public Wi-Fi hotspots can be found in places like airports, government offices, and shopping malls.


It can be challenging to stay connected while traveling in the Philippines, but it is possible if you plan. Be sure to buy a SIM card from a reputable service provider and learn about the different data plans before you go. Additionally, take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots when they are available. With these tips, you can stay connected and enjoy everything this beautiful country has to offer.

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