Niamey - Post Report Question and Answers

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

I just use the work phone unless I'm home and on wi-fi. - Aug 2022

I bought an unlocked phone with me and purchased an Airtel SIM card at post. Many people used Google Fi without issue. - Apr 2020

I use an Embassy-provided phone. - Jul 2019

Bring an unlocked GSM phone. Sim cards are cheap and easy to purchase. You can top up data/voice at any corner store, or any guy on the street by buying a scratch-off card. - Oct 2017

There are two options - Airtel and Orange. Neither works 100 percent of the time. - Oct 2017

You will need a cell phone to always text someone where you are and where you are going next in order to be safe. You can also use it to call a restaurant or store which is reportedly open during their posted hours yet call because maybe they decided to open late or close early on a whim. Buy a local SIM card for a dollar and buy scratch off cards to load time which are used for talk and text and data; there are no plans to buy (take that Verizon!) - Aug 2015

SIM cards here are cheaper than anyplace I've lived- 50 cents to a dollar will buy you a new one, and you can recharge them easily. If you want to play it safe, go to the actual store (Orange, Airtel and Moov are the main providers) and register your number so it won't get shut off -- which may happen if you buy your SIM card on the street. - Jul 2013

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