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

Most people bring an unlocked phone and then get a SIM card with prepaid data and airtime plans. I use Airtel and spend about $10 a month on my phone bill. Most people text. WhatsApp is big too. - Jul 21, 2017
If you work for USG you are provided a work phone but often people bring their own unlocked smart phones for personal use. Its easy to get an Airtel or MTN sim card and you can buy credit scratch cards on most corners in town. You can also get data bundles for the phone. - Oct 16, 2016
Very good Airtel coverage and the data package will give you internet almost anywhere in the country. - Sep 17, 2013
Everyone has a cell phone here. They are cheap pay-as-you-go phones. Zain and TNM are the two carriers. Some people recommend that you have a SIM card for each one since service usually goes out with one or the other. I've just had Zain and it's been fine for me. - Sep 26, 2012
I used Zain and found it to be fairly good and not too expensive; although service could be inconsistent. - Sep 17, 2009
Essential, but the networks are over-subscribed and have frequent blackouts. - Jul 27, 2009