Subscribe to SmallPlanet

We Need Your Help

Five stars on Amazon! Don't miss Talesmag's first book of essays, on cross-cultural food experiences from Mexico to Mongolia (plus recipes!)
Submit a Real Post Report


Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Local provider. Both Malcom and Orange seem to have good service at competitive prices. I would avoid beMOBILE. - Apr 30, 2017
Nope - they are available and pretty cheap. Major companies are Mascom and Orange. - Mar 2, 2015
You can purchase them here. - Oct 12, 2014
You can use Orange or Mascom. Some people use both, depending on where they frequent around Botswana. Around Gaborone, either works. Contract service is not common. Most people simply buy airtime, which is available at most gas stations, malls, and even street vendors. - Nov 24, 2013
The Embassy provides them to direct-hire personnel. Orange and Mascom are available if buying your own. It is expensive. I think only Orange supports iPhones. I don't know anyone with one. I don't think even unlocked iPhones from the States work here. - Jul 27, 2013
Lots of options. - Apr 22, 2013
Botswana has the highest prevalence of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa.3G coverage is spreading, but usable normal coverage is available in all population centers. There are 3 or 4 carriers to choose from and they offer both contract and pay as you go plans. - Jun 6, 2010