Dushanbe - 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 used Google Fi, which worked great in Dushanbe and not at all in the far north. I think some people used T-mobile and others just used the Embassy-provided phone. - Aug 2021

Embassy employees and family members can get a local sim card through IRM, and they're cheap and easy to refill using kiosks found around the city. - Apr 2021

I kept my home-country plan. - Jun 2020

Local mobile phones are okay, not great. I use TCell. Call quality can vary and calls cut off automatically after 30 minutes, but it's not very expensive and gets the job done. - Dec 2016

Just use the embassy-issued phone. - Jun 2014

The Embassy provides cell phones. - Mar 2014

The Embassy provides for all employees and EFMs. - Oct 2013

The Embassy will give you a cellphone card, you make the monthly payment for the usage. They are very inexpensive. - Jan 2012

Get one! They are cheap and everyone uses them. I pay about $30/month for lots of talking. Calls to the U.S. are through VOIP and are less than 2 cents a minute. There are lots of providers and the system generally works well. - Jun 2009

You'll probably need one. Everyone has one and it's something of a status symbol. - Jul 2008

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