Abidjan - 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?

Google Fi works here. The local plans are affordable and fairly reliable as well. - Mar 2021

We always get a local phone, but I also have a GOOGLE FI account with a USA number that also stays with us wherever we go. - May 2020

MTN is the best; if one is with the US Embassy then they will help one establish an account at a very reasonable rate. Otherwise most people have Orange or MTN; the LTE signal depends on where one is within the country, but in general it is not bad. I personally recommend MTN, if only because they have slightly better customer service. There are others, but I wouldn't bother. - Feb 2020

Many people use Orange or MTN. - Mar 2017

Lots of folks have smartphones, and data plans are affordable and pretty robust in Abidjan. Less so out in the country. - Aug 2015

The embassy issues cell phones. - Jun 2009

The Embassy provides cell phones to all employees. There are quite a few providers in town. Most have spotty coverage outside of Abidjan, with no service in rural areas. There are a few days a month when dropped calls and a busy network can be problematic. - Jan 2009

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