Mobile SIM Card in Iran is offered on a wide range of operators and companies and choosing between them can become a bit confusing. Because today, staying connected to the internet plays a major role in whether you are going to have a delightful trip, or not.
So follow this Iran travel guide article to find out more about mobile SIM card in Iran.
Mobile SIM Card in Iran
There are three major providers available that offer mobile SIM card in Iran:
TCI (Hamrahe Aval)
TCI is the largest and oldest company providing people with mobile SIM card in Iran. They offer both permanent and prepaid SIM cards and cover a vast area of the country, such as villages, roads, and urban areas. If you are using a TCI SIM card and needed help, you can call 9990 and ask help from the customer service.
Web site: http://mci.ir/web/en/home
MTN is the second major SIM card provider in Iran. They also offer permanent and prepaid SIM cards. Their coverage is slightly weaker than TCI in remote areas, roads and villages, but their services and discount offers are way better than TCI. If you are using MTN and found yourself in need of help, you can contact customer support by dialing 700.
Web site: http://irancell.ir/en/
the third providing company of mobile SIM card in Iran is Rightel. they also offer prepaid SIM cards and permenant ones. the price range of their services are lower than the other two providers, but their coverage except for the major cities is not good at all. if you needed help, the customer support number is 200. and you can also manage your account online.
How to get a Mobile SIM card in Iran?
If you arrive to Iran by plane, you can get your hands on a SIM card from the Sim Card Booth in the airport. These booths are also available in some of the Tehran Metro stations such as Imam Khomeini metro station. You can also acquire mobile SIM card in Iran by going to each providers’ shop available in almost every city.
Once you’re there, you have to choose from the permanent and prepaid SIM card. The prepaid SIM cards can be charged either online via Iranian debit cards/ credit cards or using the top up cards. You can get these top up cards from almost every shop and newspaper stands. Then you have to scratch away the cover and enter the code. A 9% tax will be deducted from your balance. These cards are available in 10, 50, 100 and 200 thousand RLS.
Each SIM card costs about 150.000 RLS and you need to fill in a form and give a copy of your passport. The activation process usually takes between 24 to 48 hours. After that, you can make domestic and international calls, send SMS, use mobile data and etc.
How to Enable a data (Internet) plan for Prepaid Sim cards?
Data plans are offered on hourly, daily, weekly and the most reasonable one of them all, monthly. It is essential to set one because you might max out your prepaid SIM cards in a matter of minutes without it.
online: you can manage your prepaid SIM cards online by going to each providers’ website mentioned above. There you need to sign up using your cell number and a chosen password. Then you can recharge your balance, choose data plans, and use discount offers.
USSD codes: using *1# USSD code, you can access almost every service for your prepaid SIM cards. It especially comes in handy when you don’t have an internet connection.
In case of an emergency, you may Dial 911 or 110 from any SIM card even when your balance is zero. Also, 155 is for medical emergencies and 125 for fire department.
Now that you have your prepaid SIM cards and your data plan up and running, you might also want to check out this article on best mobile apps for visiting Iran.