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Communications in Chile
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- Correos de Chile is the company responsible for the postal service. Mail delivery is fairly safe and responsible, but a bit slow. The services offered by the company include letters, parcels and money orders, both within the country and abroad, with varying costs and delivery times.
- Post offices are open throughout the country Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 noon.
- There is a registered postal service which guarantees the delivery of letters and is not very much more expensive.
- Packages of up to 30 kgs in weight may be sent by the parcel service.
- Letters from overseas, for example from Europe or the U.S., normally arrive in seven to ten days, while mail posted in Chile takes two weeks or more to arrive at overseas destinations.
- The best way to send parcels within the country is by the long distance bus companies. They charge according to the size of the package for this service.
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- Fax services are available throughout Chile through a number of telephone companies, e.g. Entel, Telefónica, VTR and Telex-Chile.
- Chile has one of the most modern digital telephone networks in Latin America.
- Any call - local, long distance or international - may be made from a public telephone in the street or from a call centre (centro de llamadas).
- To make a call from a public telephone you will need to purchase a card or have a sufficient number of $100 coins to hand. Cards (tarjetas de llamadas) can be purchased at kiosks in the street or in call centres.
- Calls made from a hotel may be charged separately, depending on the rules of the establishment. You should check before making a call.
- Long distance and international calls are made using a carrier company. You should dial the three digit code for the carrier before dialling the number you wish to call. There are always special offers available for calls made with these carriers.
- In remote areas such as Patagonia you should always carry an ENTEL card, since telephone service is only available in these areas using the ENTEL satellite service.
- To find the number of a shop or business you can consult the yellow pages, which contain a huge range of businesses offering different products ands services.
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- Mobile phones are very extensively used in Chile; the majority of people have access to one. /li>
- Mobile phone numbers consist of 8 digits. If you are calling from a fixed telephone you will need to prefix the number with a 0.
- Mobile phones can be obtained easily, and cost between Ch$30,000 and 90,000. They can also be hired. Enquire in the telephone companies
- Internet service is widely used. Most cities usually have plenty of internet cafés, but in small villages they are not so easy to find.
- Hotels usually offer internet access in their business centres.
- The service is charged on a time basis, sometimes by the hour, sometimes by units as short as 10 minutes. The cost is around Ch$300 to $600 or more.
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