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

Kinshasa



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

Come with an unlocked iPhone or equivalent. Most people communicate locally via WhatsApp which works well. - Dec 21, 2017
Get one through the US embassy if you are an employee. - Dec 4, 2017
Everyone ends up with 2 phones. Work phone (or Embassy provided for spouses) and personal phone. Must be unlocked to use a local SIM card. - Mar 2, 2017
The best local provider depends on your specific location/building. Most people use Airtel, Vodacom, or Orange and refill credit monthly. You can try them all out since SIM cards are cheap. Bring an unlocked phone. - Jan 21, 2017
Vodacom had the best network. - Sep 26, 2016
Airtel, Vodocom and Orange are all here. We brought our own phones (one Android and one iPhone) that were unlocked and bought SIM cards here - we refill them monthly and the cost is not prohibitive (I put US$40/month on my phone for calls and 3G). The Embassy also provides phones to both employees and EFMs here (with a small monthly allowance for the EFM - USG employee gets work calls paid for and gets a monthly bill for personal calls). We used Airtel and have been very pleased. - Apr 26, 2016
Embassy personnel, direct hires and family members, are assigned cell phones for business and personal use. There are no landlines in homes. - Jan 6, 2014
Most people who work have two numbers with either Vodacom, Tigo, or Airtel, as network coverage varies. - Nov 24, 2012
We had Vodacom, provided through the embassy. There aren't many options. - Feb 13, 2012
Vodacom -- very pricy. - Nov 13, 2011
Buy your simcard and start calling: it's cheap and network coverage is surprisingly large. Don't forget to bring your blackberry to have instant mails - Aug 4, 2011
There basically no landline phones here. What ones there are are limited to specific locations: inside the Embassy or JAO. Everyone (locals and non- Mission people) here has a cell phones and uses phone cards/SIM cards. Everyone has at least one cell phone. - Jan 19, 2011
There are a few cell phone companies; service is good. - Jan 21, 2009