Random tech things.

We don’t legally have Netflix, or Hulu Prime here. Any of the channel websites that offer streaming in the US and some other countries will not legally work here.

We do have cable, including HD options and basketball packages and football packages and World Cup packages. Sometimes TV shows from the US will air later in the year, or a week later, or 12 hours later. It really just depends on the show. We don’t get all the shows that air in the US. I haven’t seen any shows from countries other than the US on the main cable channels, though there are stations available from around the world that you can add to your cable service.

There are flat screen TVs of all sizes and price levels. Curved TVs recently arrived as well.

The internet is often much slower than the advertised rate. Usually this is in the evening when people are home from work and school. It can sometimes be very slow at other times, though, for no apparent reason.

There are several different cell phone companies. You can get iPhones and various Android phones. There is 3G, LTE, and 4G. The latter two are only in limited areas, though. You will never understand why you have certain qualities of connection in some places and not in others. (Surrounded by rice fields? LTE.  Random place in the center of Manila? Not even 3G. So don’t fret too much about it. Just accept it.) There are monthly plans, but a lot of people will “add load” to their phone as they need to.

We have Playstations and Nintendo 3DSs and Wiis and whatever-have-you. We have the games to go with them, or you can download them directly if the console allows for that. You may need to start a new account for downloading or contact customer service so they can change your country of origin, because of licensing and price issues. I recently had to do this for my Steam account, and they asked me to scan in an ID proving my residency and send it to customer support. I used my village ID, because I didn’t think it was a good idea to be scanning in government issued IDs to send via the internet.

We do not have Apple stores, but there are authorized Apple resellers. There is a Philippines iTunes store that is generally much cheaper than the US store and has most of the same stuff.

Every mall will have an area where there are a ton of small kiosks or counters selling cell phones of various types and costs. There will usually be people there who will handle repairs and battery replacements. We recently had some repairs done, and they forgot to reconnect my phone’s camera when they were done, but they fixed it for free when I took it back.

If any form of tech breaks here, there is a 99% chance that you will be able to find someone, somewhere who will be able to fix it. Filipinos are big on repairing things rather than just getting rid of stuff and buying new. Go to a store that sells the type of tech that has broken and ask them where you can get something repaired. If they don’t handle it, they will likely know someone who does.

Some tech will be much cheaper here. Some will be much more expensive. It really just depends. If you know you are going to be buying a lot of tech gadgets like cameras and things, it may be cheaper to make the flight to Hong Kong. Or it might not be, depending on what you are after. (Isn’t this so helpful?) Ask around and get online and do some investigating before you decide.


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