One of the first requirements of each person when entering a country is access to telephone and mobile phone Tourist prepaid Sim card is designed by Iranian mobile operators for tourists or merchants who travel to Iran. This kind of SIM card covers all the needs of the call, SMS and Internet of tourists throughout the country. Also allows them an easy and high quality communication in Iran with outside of Iran. Follow to know about Iranian mobile operators.
Hamrah-e Aval (MCI)
Hamrah-e Aval (Persian: همراه اول) is the largest telecommunication company in Iran, mostly abbreviated as MCI. It has over 65 million subscribers. There are two SIM card offered by this operator to tourists. Obviously, the prepaid SIM cards is the best options for travelers because it could be charged based on your required pattern.
The price of the prepaid SIM card varies between 1 to 2 €.
Services: Except different kind of Data connection, there are special services provided to the subscribers including, call transfer, call waiting, caller ID, FDN services, call restriction, fax connection, SMS, VMS systems, international call and international roaming.
Activation: to activate MCI internet, you should follow these steps:
send a blank SMS to 8088 or dial USSD code *10*231# then the operator will send you the essential setting by an SMS then you should install it. Check this address http://mci.ir/notrino-settings and find your cell phone settings.
Consumption control: to purchase and control data usage, dial USSD code *100# or go to MCI webpage for internet packages http://www.mci.ir/notrino-plans. Pay attention, you need an Iranian credit card to charged it online but you can ask it from certified MCI offices.
- Install MCI app to get 1G free internet data, follow the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ir.mci.ecareapp
- If you have any questions about your SIM card in English, you can also call 9990 (for Hamrah-e Aval customers) or 09129990 (for other numbers)
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Irancell (Persian: ایرانسل) the other Iranian operator is the second largest telecommunication company. Two types of SIM card provided for traveler users by this operator, prepaid and Data SIM. They are available through the Irancell offices, service center or dealer shops all around the cities. Prepaid is better for travelers because it is cheaper and you can always have a control over your usage. Data SIM cards are also well provided for those who only use text messaging, MMS and data.
Services: Data connection, call transfer, call waiting, caller ID, SMS, VMS, international call and international roaming.
Activation: Dial *555*4*2# or check out online internet configurations page to get setting https://irancell.ir/Portal/home/?83081/irancell-high-speed-3g-and-4g-mobile-internet1#Setting
Consumption control: To know the data packages, their price and online purchase check the link: https://eform.irancell.ir/Portal/home/?172776/online-purchase-of-internet-packages
For prepaid SIM cards, 1.5GB data for 15 days’ costs 1€ or 5GB data for 7 Days is only 2€.
- Download Irancell application to get 1GB internet for free:
- For questions about your SIM card in English, you can also call 09377070000 or 09377000000.
Rightel is the third mobile phone network operator of Iran. This operator also offers three kind of SIM card to costumers, prepaid, post-paid and Data SIM. There are RighTel certified Stores in all cities of Iran and the data connection is acceptable and the price is reasonable. For prepaid SIM cards, 2.5GB data for 7 days costs 1€.
Services: Data connection, call transfer, call waiting, caller ID, SMS, international call and international roaming.
Activation: To activate RighTel data, check this address https://www.rightel.ir/en/setting-internet.
Consumption control: to purchase and control data usage, dial USSD code *142# or go RighTel webpage for internet packages. Pay attention, you need an Iranian credit card to charged it online but you can ask it from certified RighTel offices.
- To know the data packages, their price and online purchase check the link:
- For questions about your SIM card in English, you can also call 200