National operator of mail service in Ukraine is "Ukrpochta". Its offices can be easily found in any town of the country - in big regional center, as well as in small settlement. Main offices of "Ukrpochta" work from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. on work-days and from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Saturdays; regional branches close a little bit earlier - at 6 p.m. and not always work on Saturday.
Letter or wrapper delivery lasts up to a week on the territory of Ukraine, one to two weeks - to Europe, from three weeks to a month - to America or Australia. The most reliable way is to send your correspondence via airmail.
Moreover, many international mail and messenger services of express-delivery, including DHL, FedEx, UPS, have their representative offices in Ukraine.
Internet develops in impetuous rates in Ukraine, and therefore, today it is no problem to get access to the World web - both wired and wireless. There are more access points in big cities, nevertheless there are also some in small settlements.
The majority of Ukrainian hostels and hotels of different level have Wi-Fi points, which allow visitors to use high-speed Internet. Most Ukrainian restaurants and many cafes are equipped with internet access points, there are also Wi-Fi zones in terminals of the international airports. You may also access Internet from your cell phone, if your device supports GPRS or one of the 3G standards. All cellular carriers in Ukraine offer access to the mobile internet.
Moreover, it's usually no problem to find Internet-cafe in Ukrainian cities. "Ukrtelecom" company offers Internet access as well. Its offices are easy to find in any town of Ukraine. The cost of one hour of Internet access usually doesn't exceed 1-2 €.
Stationary connection. In order to make an international call from the stationary phone in Ukraine, dial 0, wait for a beep, then dial 0 again, then - country code, city code, and telephone number. To make a long-distance call within Ukraine, you need to dial 0, wait for dial tone, and then dial the code of the needed city and the telephone number without pauses. If you make a call within one city, you don't have to dial city code.
You'll generally meet three-digit codes in Ukraine. They operate, if the dialed number is seven-digit. If the number has six digits, you have to add "2" to the code, if the number is five-digit - "22".
Besides stationary phones, you may use services of "Ukrtelecom" public telephones, which can be found in each town, in order to make international and long-distance calls. Most of them work round-the-clock.
Mobile connection. As a rule, when crossing the Ukrainian border, your cell phone will be automatically registered in the network of Ukrainian cellular operators. If this didn't happen, we recommend contacting your operator and ordering roaming service. However, roaming is pretty expensive on the territory of Ukraine, therefore, it is more convenient to buy a local SIM-card. Moreover, the starting packages of Ukrainian cellular operators are quite affordable - they are sold at the airports, in mobile connection shops, in kiosks and at street vendors and cost up to $5. You don't have to show passport or any other documents, when buying a SIM-card. All you have to do is to replenish the account. You may do this through buying a replenishment voucher in the mobile connection shops or in kiosks, as well as through special terminals, which can be found in supermarkets, at public transport stops, in shopping malls.
The most popular cellular operators in Ukraine are - "Kyivstar", "MTC", Life:), Beeline and "Djuice".
Wherever you call - within Ukraine or abroad - dial the number in the international format: for instance, all Ukrainian numbers will start with +38 (38 is the code of Ukraine). If you call from cell phone to the stationary phone, you need to dial city code first. For Kyiv the number will look like +38 044 (city code) + subscribers number.
Public telephone. You may call from pay phone with the help of telephone cards, which are sold at post offices, in large shops, and in newspaper kiosks. At present new pay phones that accept coins as call payment are being widely installed as well.