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Africa > Egypt > Useful Info
Updated on Sep 01, 2019 Useful Info

How to get a SIM card in Egypt

  • There are 4 major leading telco service providers in Egypt, these are
  1. Vodafone
  2. Etisalat
  3. Orange
  4. WE

How to locate SIM card kiosks

  • Once you google any of the 4 service providers their websites have a feature that helps you locate the nearest kiosk.
  • If you are arriving at Cairo international airport, all of the service providers have kiosks at the baggage claim area in terminal 3.
  • Even if you don't know Arabic, literally all shops have someone who speaks Arabic.
  • Largest network provider: Vodafone has the highest coverage and is the most preferred network provider.
  • What you need to get a SIM card: Your passport and some few Egyptian pounds.

Costs

  • All SIM cards range between EGP 20 to EGP 25 (This is inclusive of standard voice and SMS plans, data is not included here.
  • Prepaid SIM cards come at a higher price than standard SIM cards, I had an orange prepaid SIM card which cost me EGP 35.
  • On average data across all networks costs approx EGP 0.25 to EGP 0.75 per MB.
  • Etisalat is one of the smallest service providers but it's the best option for people who want to communicate with people in the Arab region since it has very wide coverage in Middle East countries.