Landline telephone service is usually around NT$100 a month for the basic fee.
Local phone numbers are 7 - 8 digits. The number + area code total 8 digits except for Taipei and surrounding area with 9 digits.
To dial long-distance, you must first dial the long-distance prefix of "0".
Mobile phones use the prefix (0)9.
Country Code: 886
Dial the country code, followed by one of the prefixes above, then the number.
The standard prefix for international calls from Taiwan is 002 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 00244 for the UK). Calls to mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau require international dialling. A helpful guide to calling can help find international codes.
Public Phones are popular in Taiwan. There are generally two types: coin and card.
Coin phones- accept coins in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, and NT10. For local calls, NT$1 buys one minute of phone time.
Phone cards- There are two types. One is divided into magnetic strips, and IC stored value cards. Magnetic strip cards sell for NT$100 each, and IC cards are available in NT$200 and NT$300 versions. The cards are sold in railway stations, bus stations, scenic spots, and convenience stores.
To call someone and charge the call to them, dial the number with a prefixed special code. The person receiving the call will hear a message asking them to accept the charges and if the person being called hangs up within the first six seconds of hearing the caller's name, nothing is charged.
Calling cards can enable you to call long distance or internationally at a lower rate then by using a landline or mobile. They are perfect for travelling or if you only need to make an occasional long distance call. Here are several different online companies offering cards:
Skype is an extremely inexpensive way to call over the internet to phones, or call other computers for free. The cost is $.02 to call Taiwan landlines, and $.01 to other Taiwan subscriptions.
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