Keeping in Touch in Jordan
With the country’s rapidly expanding telecommunications industry, keeping in touch in Jordan is easier than ever. From typing out a quick text message and uploading pictures to Facebook to sending a handwritten letter or parcel by post, expats have a variety of convenient and affordable ways to contact their loved ones back home.
Internet in Jordan
The latest estimates put Jordan’s internet penetration at over 70 percent – one of the highest in the Middle East. Although getting access to the internet is easy, expats from highly developed countries may find the speed a little slow. It is, at least, slightly above the average speed of other countries in the Middle East and Africa.
WiFi hotspots are easy to find in big cities, as are internet cafes.
Internet censorship in Jordan
Jordan is considered partially free when it comes to internet censorship and most websites can be visited easily. However, a law passed in 2012 made it a legal requirement for all news websites to apply for and obtain a government licence – without this licence, access to the website is blocked and charges are pressed against the offending news outlet. This has been seen as a move towards covert censorship.
Mobile phones in Jordan
As is the trend worldwide, mobile phone use has overtaken landline phone use in Jordan in recent years. Expats have the choice of signing up for either a prepaid or postpaid plan. Some postpaid plans include a set number of free international minutes, which can be particularly useful for those wanting to keep in touch with friends and family back home.
If bringing a mobile phone that was purchased in another country, expats should be aware that it may be locked to a particular network.
Postal services in Jordan
The Jordan Post is a state-owned countrywide postal service. They are considered to be generally reliable but it is recommended that important documents or packages be sent through one of the international courier companies operating in Jordan.