Phones, Fax, InternetThe once-antiquated phone system in Uzbekistan has rapidly been brought up to date, with satellite and digital lines and direct dialing worldwide. Three major cellular (>???) companies are present on the market. All of them offer decent rates for mobile Internet too.
International calls, faxes and Internet services are offered at hotels. However, they are often considered as too expensive by travelers. It is recommended to seek your guide's advice on how to make use of local Internet access at hotels.
Television and RadioUzbek TV is represented by multiple channels. There are several channels that broadcast in English, being mainly oriented on foreigners.
Also, Russian TV channels are available through satellite dishes and local TV networks. Western channels are available via Sat dishes, including CNN, BBC, Sports, Music, etc.
The number of radio stations is rapidly increasing, with more than a dozen local FM stations, of which several are nationwide. The broadcasting is in Uzbek and Russian.
Newspapers and MagazinesIn addition to Uzbek language and Russian language press, there is a number of English-language newspapers and magazines published in the country, they are available in major hotels.
Also, foreign newspapers and magazines can be bought at slightly inflated prices from the major hotels or at specialized kiosks.
PostcardsIn order for you to send postcards from Uzbekistan to your friends, you will need to stick stamps which are sold at post offices to your envelope/postcard and put it into a mailbox in the post offices or at the reception of your hotel.
AddressesLike in other former SU countries, addresses are given in reverse order: index/zip code, city, street name, house number, apartment number and name of person.
Courier ServicesIn Uzbekistan there is a dozen of courier companies. Some of them are listed in the Directory below.
Electrical AppliancesThe current is 220V, 50 Hz, AC two pin plugs. Sockets in some of the old buildings do not take modern European plugs which have slightly thicker pins. To deal with this, adaptors are widely available locally.
With American appliances you will need a 220:110 current adaptor which is a little more difficult to find.