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

We used a local provider. - Oct 2019


If you are here with a diplomatic mission, the biometric requirements can make it difficult to get a SIM card. Check with your work sponsor. - Mar 2019


Office will provide a phone for you. Always practice good communications discipline. - Jan 2019


STC - Nov 2015


They have three providers. - Oct 2015


Local options for unlocked phones available. Local phones available to purchase as well. - Aug 2015


The consulate gives you one, but for the spouses STC is very reasonable about US$10 per month. If you want internet on your phone, you pay about US$6 per month. All the phones you buy here are unlocked. - Feb 2014


You can bring anything that's unlocked and just buy a sim card here. Expect to pay US$50-$100/month for calls and data. The three main companies are STC, Mobily, and Zain. I use Zain and I think I pay more than I should. Friends who use STC get the same service as me and pay less. But there's a Zain store walking distance from my house, and since online bill pay is unreliable, it's worth it to me to be able to just walk to the store to pay my bills and other weird, unexplainable charges that come my way. - Dec 2013


Cellphone shops are often the scene of hilarious conversations between attendants and their bewildered expat customers. If you bring your smartphone from the U.S., get it unlocked before you come. - May 2013


You'll get a cell issued by the CG. - Nov 2010


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