Gaborone - 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 use my work phone, but it's easy to buy phones on the local economy. Most people use WhatsApp anyway because it is ore reliable than the phone system. - Dec 2023

I used the Embassy phone. - Jul 2019

Local provider. Both Malcom and Orange seem to have good service at competitive prices. I would avoid beMOBILE. - Apr 2017

Nope - they are available and pretty cheap. Major companies are Mascom and Orange. - Mar 2015

You can purchase them here. - Oct 2014

You can use Orange or Mascom. Some people use both, depending on where they frequent around Botswana. Around Gaborone, either works. Contract service is not common. Most people simply buy airtime, which is available at most gas stations, malls, and even street vendors. - Nov 2013

The Embassy provides them to direct-hire personnel. Orange and Mascom are available if buying your own. It is expensive. I think only Orange supports iPhones. I don't know anyone with one. I don't think even unlocked iPhones from the States work here. - Jul 2013

Lots of options. - Apr 2013

Botswana has the highest prevalence of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa.3G coverage is spreading, but usable normal coverage is available in all population centers. There are 3 or 4 carriers to choose from and they offer both contract and pay as you go plans. - Jun 2010

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