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

Local SIM card. - Oct 19, 2017
Buy a local sim card. The rates are quite cheap. - Oct 7, 2016
Pre-pay. We use Activ and pay a monthly flat-rate for data and then per call/text. We put approximately 5000 KZT on my phone every 3-4 months. - Jun 18, 2014
Bring a quad-band phone and purchase minutes as you need it. - Sep 13, 2010
You will be provided with an Embassy cell phone if you are USG personnel. You should be prepared to buy a phone for any of your family members who are coming with you. You can bring an unlocked U.S. cell if you want, and pop a sim card in. - Jul 20, 2008
Cell service is dominated by two companies. I've never had a problem with calls; however, I only make local calls. - Jan 29, 2008