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Today in this article we will tell in details how to connect the Internet at home, about tariffs, where to buy a SIM card, how to check and replenish the balance. Today in Egypt there are four operators: Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat and WE. All providers have 3G and 4G coverage. Which telecom operator to choose - the decision is yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Internet. Where to buy a SIM card and what is needed for this

You can buy a SIM card immediately upon arrival at the airport. They will help you put the SIM card in your phone and connect it.

Or you can buy a SIM card at any of the branches in any area of the city. Do not forget to bring your passport. It is needed when buying a SIM card. Office staff will help you install and activate a SIM card.

Operators

Vodafone Egypt, half owned by Telecom Egypt, is Egypt's largest provider with 44% market share.

The SIM card itself costs 16 Egyptian pounds. On most SIM cards, the default off-package rate is 0.25 Egyptian pounds per MB. Vodafone offers the following monthly data packages as add-ons to all of its prepaid lines: 

 

GB

Price including Tax

1,5 GB

43.00 EGP

2.5 GB

64.50 EGP

3.5 GB

86.00 EGP

5 GB

107.50 EGP

8 GB

143.00 EGP

12 GB

214.50 EGP

20 GB

357.50 EGP

Activation takes place online or by phone * 2000 #. After using the data limit, access to the Internet will be blocked. To add more data to a monthly package, you can choose an add-on or pay at the default rate

5 Egyptian pounds: 150 MB, activation: * 2000 * 105 #

 20 Egyptian pounds: 500 MB, activation: * 2000 * 1020 #

Check the balance: * 868 * 1 #

By downloading “My Vodafone” -  the operator’s mobile application from the Play Market or from App Store, you can also check the balance, find out the number and track Internet traffic.

Orange was once the largest mobile provider in Egypt, in those days it was also called Mobinil. The SIM card itself costs 30 Egyptian pounds. If you do not replenish your account within a month, the SIM card will be blocked. The default rate is pay-as-you-go. The subscriber will be provided with 12 MB for 1.5 Egyptian pounds per day; after which a fee of 0.25-0.50 pounds per MB will be charged from the account, depending on the chosen plan. The following monthly packages are available:

GB

Price including Tax

1,5 GB

43.00 EGP

2.5 GB

64.50 EGP

3.5 GB

86.00 EGP

5 GB

107.50 EGP

8 GB

143.00 EGP

12 GB

214.50 EGP

20 GB

357.50 EGP

 

You can activate your Orange account online or from your phone by dialing # 100 #, select “Internet & BlackBerry”, then “Internet Packages”, after “subscribe” and select the appropriate Internet package. In confirmation of the activation of the selected package, an SMS notification will come, or you can call the customer support service. All packages are automatically updated.

Check the balance: #100#

Find out the rest of Internet traffic: # 136 #

By downloading «My Orange Egypt»  -  the operator’s mobile application from the Play Market or from App Store, you can also check the balance, find out the number and track Internet traffic.

        After spending the packet data limit, you need to choose:

        - update the package with the same price and the same amount of data

        - purchase an add-on for a package of 1.25 GB for 25 pounds, 3 GB for 50 pounds, 7 GB for 100 pounds or 15 GB for 200 pounds (each add-on is available only for an original package      of the same volume or higher).

•      - Continue to pay as much as 0.25-0.50 pounds per MB.

 

Etisalat is the smallest of the providers with a market share of 22%. Etisalat has many prepaid cards and starter packs. The cost of the starter pack is 20 Egyptian pounds with a loan of 10 pounds on the account. By default, the data transfer rate is 0.50 Egyptian pounds per MB. Or you can choose one of the monthly packages:

GB

Price including Tax

1,5 GB

30,00 EGP

3 GB

52,50 EGP

6,5 GB

97,50 EGP

10 GB

90,00 EGP

16 GB

150,00 EGP

25GB

450,00 EGP

 

All packages are automatically renewed if there are enough credits in the account. To cancel the subscription you need to dial * 566 #.

Find out the rest of Internet traffic: * 558 * 5 #

By downloading «My Etisalat» -  the operator’s mobile application from the Play Market or from App Store, you can also check the balance, find out the number and track Internet traffic.

 WE Telecom Egypt is a state monopolist with more than 6 million customers. There is an interesting system:  for 20 Egyptian pounds, you can buy 1,600 units, for 40 Egyptian pounds - 4,000 units. 1 unit = 1 minute, or SMS, or MB. Or purchase one of the monthly packages:

 

GB

Price including Tax

1 GB

15,00 EGP

2,5 GB

30,00 EGP

6 GB

60,00 EGP

18 GB

150,00 EGP

40 GB

300,00 EGP

 

Checking the balance of units * 414 #.

By downloading «My WE» -  the operator’s mobile application from the Play Market or from App Store, you can also check the balance, find out the number and track Internet traffic

Typically, the operator notifies you of the remaining traffic. When the consumed Internet approaches the threshold of 50%, you will receive an SMS in Arabic (50% will be written between Arabic words in numbers). There you will be notified when traffic reaches 80% and 100%.

Activation Codes:

For 1 GB * 999 * 10 #;

For 2.5 GB * 999 * 20 #

For 6 GB * 999 * 40 #;

For 18 GB * 999 * 100 #

For 40 GB * 999 * 200 # 

To make calls in Egypt you need to connect a separate package. As a rule, this is not more than 20-25 pounds per month, this applies to all telecom operators.

                        How to top up your mobile phone balance in Egypt:

- At the nearest operator’s office

- A telephone scratch card, which is sold in stores

- On the operator’s website with the same scratch card or Visa card

-Download the operator’s mobile application from the Play Market or the App Store and pay there using the same methods. Information about mobile applications is on the operator’s website.

Home Internet

USB modem

A good option would be a USB modem. It will be provided to you free of charge when connected to a network of mobile operators. The tariffs on the Internet in Egypt for all operators are approximately the same, starting from 150 EGP a month depending on the amount of traffic. When buying a SIM card for a USB modem, you will be asked for a passport and the address of residence in Hurghada.

You can replenish the balance and check the traffic by downloading the operator’s mobile application from the Play Market or the App Store, or in your account on the operator’s website.

 Wired Internet (DSL modem)

 If you have a landline telephone in your apartment, you can connect to the Internet using ADSL technology. To do this, you must have a regular city telephone line installed. To find out if this type of Internet is possible, you need to go to the WE Telecom Egypt office with documents for the apartment and the operator will check whether the telephone line is connected to your house.

When you connect, you get:

      - free DSL router (supporting Wi-Fi connection);

      - free installation;

      - The total bill for payment - telephone (about 40 pounds) and the Internet (from 150 pounds).

The connection has a traffic limit. When passing the paid threshold, the speed decreases.

You can replenish the balance and check the traffic in your account on the site or in the operator’s office.

In general, you can go online under any circumstances. But even the highest speed by local standards lags behind the speed of leased lines in Europe by 2 times.


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