Singapore's postal system
is predictably efficient, with letters and cards often reaching their destination within three days. You can receive poste restante
beside Paya Lebar MRT
. There are other post offices across the state, with usual hours of Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm and Saturday 8.30am-1pm, though postal services are available until 9pm at the Comcentre on Killiney Road.
Local calls from public phones cost 10c for three minutes, with the exception of Changi Airport's free courtesy phones. Singapore has no area codes - the only time you'll punch more than seven digits for a local number is if you're dialling a toll-free (tel 1800-) number. Many businesses have mobile phone numbers - usually prefixed 011 or 010 - these are very expensive to call. Card phones are taking over from payphones in Singapore: cards, available from the Comcentre
and post offices, as well as 7-Elevens, stationers and bookshops, come in denominations of S$2 upwards.
International calls can be made from all public cardphones. Otherwise, use a credit-card phone. IDD calls made from hotel rooms in Singapore carry no surcharge. To call abroad, dial 001 + IDD country code
+ area code minus first 0 + subscriber number. Some booths are equipped with Home Country Direct phones
. Or you can use your BT or AT&T chargecard .
If you want to email somone, you'll have no problem in Singapore. Cybercafés are sprouting up across the island
for a selection of the most central ones.