Moving To the Philippines? How To Get Wifi Connected & Other Things To Know When Moving House


There is a common question asked by expats when moving to the Philippines: How do you get (and stay) connected? The internet and all the modern communications available that come with it are essential while working overseas in the Philippines. While the Philippines doesn’t have the best WIFI and LAN connections compared to other Asian countries, it is not that hard to remain online.

Technology has profoundly changed the world and the way people travel. Everywhere you go, you require the efficiency that technology provides. Whether you need be connected to stay in touch with your loved ones or your work requires you to be easy to contact, having access to the worldwide web has become a necessity.

When moving to the Philippines, consider the following points in order ensure the stability of your connection.

  1. Your new home’s location

    To secure a quality connection, you must take into consideration the vicinity of your new address. Connectivity in urban areas surpasses the rural so if you prefer to live in the province, your WIFI or LAN connection could be slower than usual.

    There are a number of internet providers to choose from. Each of them offers an exclusive internet plan so you will be able to find one to suit your needs.  When applying, assess the plan’s contract period, internet speed, the price and the signal. Sometimes, internet providers might not be available in your area so make sure you check the availability of your chosen provider prior to moving.

  2. Wireless Data Devices


    If you are moving to the Philippines as a professional who is always on the go, you can either choose a broadband stick or a pocket WIFI.

    1. Broadband Stick (or USB Dongle)

      Broadband Stick or USB Dongle lets you connect to the internet through a USB device. These handy lifesavers can get you connected by plugging into your laptop’s USB port. They are, however, not suitable for internet sharing. You can get a broadband stick from Globe or Smart Communications, each with a corresponding internet plan for you to enjoy.

    2. Pocket WIFI

      Pocket WIFI is similar to a router, only more transportable. Pocket WIFIs allow you to share your connection with other devices. Unlike the broadband stick, pocket WIFIs rely on battery life. Check out these five noteworthy pocket WIFIs available on the market.  

    3. Mobile Data

    The three major mobile service providers in the Philippines offer various mobile data plans and services. Most packages go with consumable data, plus unlimited call and text services. The flexibility of using mobile data packages is economical and can cost as little as USD$0.50 (PHP$26) for 2 days. 

Other helpful tips when moving to the Philippines

Know your neighbourhood. The National Capital Region (NCR) is the largest region, in which Manila, the Philippines capital and 15 other cities, are located. It is widely commercialised and busy with people so if you decide to move to the Philippines for some peace and quiet, NCR might not be the best place to stay. However, you can find your piece of heaven in the provinces.  

You might also want to consider the travelling hours and traffic situation in the vicinity, especially if you are moving to the Philippines for business.

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