Buying a phone and using it was a huge hassle in the days when all connections were fixed-line. You contacted the phone company (usually in person, since you didn’t have a phone you could use to call them), then waited until a representative had time to come to your house and install the phone. Voice mail didn’t exist. You had to wait by the phone for a call you were eager to receive. If the person you wanted to reach was already on the phone, you had to call over and over again, until the line was free. Fortunately – especially for newcomers to the Czech Republic – that’s all in the past. Anyone wanting a phone, or wanting to use the services of a mobile operator here, can just walk into one of the many offices around town and sign up for a plan, or for a number for which he/she can buy prepaid cards. The major operators are Vodafone, T-Mobile, and O2. Vodafone The three tariffs for individuals are Red Full 5 GB, Red Full 10 GB, and Red Full 20 GB. The monthly prices for these tariffs are CZK 777, CZK 1,077, and CZK 1,777. These prices are valid for a 24-month contract, and include value-added tax. Wi-Fi connections are also available. Prepaid minutes can be purchased through the website, and you can set up automatic purchases of credit whenever your phone has less than CZK 60 remaining. The website is in Czech and English. T-Mobile Five mobile tariffs are available: Mobile S, Mobile M, Mobile L, Mobile XL, and Mobile XXL. Tariffs range from CZK 499 per month (Mobile S) to CZK 2,499 per month (Mobile XXL). Each tariff comes with a discount on a mobile phone purchased from T-Mobile. An SMS (text message) can be sent free of charge from the website; this page is in Czech. Internet can be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis. The website is in Czech and English. 02 O2 has individual, family, and youth tariffs. Individual tariffs range from Free O2 60 for CZK 349 per month, to Free 20 GB for CZK 1,699 per month. These tariffs are lower when combined with O2 Internet. A 24-month contract is required. Those wanting a fixed line can get one through O2, as well as transferring the number from your old fixed line to your new one when you move. Mobile and fixed-line phones, tablets, accessories, and other telecommunications gadgets can be purchased from O2. Several virtual mobile operators also exist, including TescoMobil, Mobil.cz, LAMA mobile, Relax Mobil, and 99 Mobile. All of these operators have websites that are in Czech only, so if you’re determined to learn the language the hard way, this is one way to try it. Only one of these operators has a multilingual website: Opencall As the website says, “Powered by O2”. The highest-priced voice package is CZK 799 per month. Data packages can be purchased for CZK 20 (25 MB) up to CZK 449 (3 GB). The website is in Czech, English, Russian, Vietnamese, and Bulgarian.