Payphones are the most common public phones and accept pre-purchased phone cards.
Internet cafés can be found in larger tourist areas, but are infrequent in rural areas.
The government previously did not allow Skype and forced tourists to call out of the country using its own government-owned phone company. In a recent change the main telephone company, Belize Telemedia Limited, has removed blocks from all voice over internet protocol services. Applications such as Skype and Vonage are now able to work within the country and may prove to be a cheaper medium of communication when calling back home.