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

There is no data service here, so smart phones only work with wireless networks and wireless networks are rare. That said, I would not invest a lot of money into a smart phone. A good phone that talks, texts and takes pictures is really sufficient.

It is also difficult to get a SIM card. Embassy employees have this done for them through the Embassy. However, SIM cards have to be obtained by providing the Eritrean government information about who you are, where you are staying, etc. Most visitors do not have mobile phones.

Outside SIM cards do not work in Eritrea. - Dec 23, 2016

If you work at the Embassy, you are issued one. If you come here as a tourist, the government will not allow you to have one. - Aug 8, 2007