There are a number of companies offering these services either individually or bundled together. Here we will try and give a basic outline of what is on offer, many companies have special offers from time to time, but we will deal with the basic packages.
There are many companies offering Internet services, some use a radio link others use a telephone line and a couple of the mobile phone companies are now offering “web and walk” via their mobile phone masts. Speeds are not as fast as in the USA or Europe, the standard is currently just 1 Meg (but other speeds are available), but this will change very quickly. It is expensive compared to the USA and Europe but prices are starting to come down as competition increases. You can expect to pay between R$80 and R$150 per month for a 1meg connection.
Have a look in the forum for peoples personal experiences with different Internet companies, it may not only save you some money but could also ensure you don’t go with a company where the service isn’t as good as the advertising.
There are a few channels available free on terrestrial TV that are free but only in Portuguese, for foreign language TV you will need to go for cable or satellite. The choice is between Sky, Jet, Big TV and other players are moving in all the time.
Cable or satellite will cost you between R$50 to R$180 per month depending on the package you subscribe to, it is worth taking your time to see what is on offer as the packages on offer are very different, unlike the UK you can expect to pay an installation charge for some services, so make sure you check the price of that before you place an order.
There are several companies offering mobile phone services in João Pessoa, just like everywhere else in the world there are more plans than you can shake a stick at, or you can use pay-as-you-go. You will need a CPF number to buy a mobile phone chip.
Fixed phones are also offered by a couple of companies, again it is worth spending time reading all the offers as some companies will offer free local calls and also free minutes to mobile phones and or national phone calls.