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Internet provider in Poland - signing a contract with my foreign passport

sinanalhabobi 2 | 2
19 Feb 2016 #1
I will come to lodz, Poland I want to make a contract with an internet provider for my notebook can I sign the
contract with my passport I am a foreigner or my ID
kpc21 1 | 763
20 Feb 2016 #2
Contact the provider and ask.

Theoretically they shouldn't make problems, but I have heard about different strange procedures. I think they may want from you some documents that confirm that you have constant income, so that they can be sure that you are able to pay the monthly fee.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
20 Feb 2016 #3
Based upon my experience (tel + several Internet/Cable tv providers) they expect residence status in Poland and it makes sense. I remember that until I had permanent residence status, I could not get tel "abonament". Such companies will not sign contracts with people likely not to remain in Poland long (logical).
Cardno85 31 | 976
21 Feb 2016 #4
Completely agree with this, I've never been asked for ID when signing up for TV or internet. They do always ask for a PESEL (or NIP I suppose are they are pretty interchangeable on these things). Without this I think you would either be out of luck, or would be in for a nightmare of paperwork.

Just a slightly out of the box suggestion, if you have no PESEL, but a relatively good relationship with your landlord, might be worth having him get the internet in place and add that cost to the rent.
kpc21 1 | 763
21 Feb 2016 #5
NIP is now only for companies (and single-person businesses), private people have PESEL only.

Orange states on their website that foreigners to sign up the contract with them need:
- for EU citizens (and from countries having agreements with the EU): document allowing to cross the border (passport, ID) and one of the documents: residence card ("karta pobytu") or document of stay, which is valid at least a month longer than the contract with Orange that you are going to sign

- for non-EU citizens, you need additionally an extra identity document, for example an original ID from your home country
veikkopl 2 | 19
21 Feb 2016 #6
I took a subscription from UPC a few weeks ago with just my passport. It was a bit more expensive as it's "bez zobowiÄ…zania" meaning no fixed contract. I can just cancel it anytime with one month's notice.

Very fast and reliable connection, probably a bit overpriced for this country but everything went so smoothly that it doesn't bother me at all.

And don't believe any of that you need a PESEL. That's simply outdated information.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
21 Feb 2016 #7
You may have found an easy-going employee to start with (it happens ;)) and like you say it is more expensive than a regular contract would be. However, if as per the employee's goodwill, I suppose that it depends where your passport comes from. If you are let's say from Belgium, I suppose you had an easier time to deal with them than if you had been from Pakistan, Zimbabwe or Tanzania ;).
veikkopl 2 | 19
21 Feb 2016 #8
Haha, that's what I've heard that it really can depend on the employee. So, if someone refuses to serve you just go to another branch.

Sure enough though, I've got a EU passport.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
21 Feb 2016 #9
@Veik: so if you have a EU passport and are white, easier to deal with them ;). Yes, true, very often things are different from one employee/civil servant to another and quite often I need to keep looking until I find the "right" person who will agree with me.... It is amazing but it is a reality in Poland. However I doubt that someone not European will be successful.....

PS @Veik: it does NOT work for everything ;)

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