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Buying SIM Cards in Iran

Buying SIM Cards in Iran

Iran is an Islamic Republic and can be found along the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. The country holds one of the most ancient cities in the world. If you’re interested in learning about the country’s rich history one place you must visit is the marvelous city of Esfahan where in you can find one of UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Another place you can visit is the charming and intricate town of Shiraz where in you can see the tombs of Sa’di and Hafez, one of the world’s greatest writers. You can also find beautiful vineyards in town hence offering one of the best wines in the world. If you’re looking forward on travelling to the beautiful country of Iran, we’ll help you get one thing off your mind. We will guide you on buying a SIM card for your travel in this beautiful country.

The First Thing You Need To Do

The first step to buying a SIM card actually doesn’t start itself but rather with our cellphones. Why? Most of the time, especially if you buy your phone from a particular service provider you can only use your phone exclusively with that provider hence you’ll need to get unlocked. An unlocked phone means that you can use it with any SIM Card.

It is worth mentioning that though most phones are now readily unlocked depending on its brand and who you bought it from, it’s necessary that you check your phone if it’s locked or unlocked. There’s a simple way of checking if your phone is locked, simply turn off your phone and replace the original SIM Card with the a different SIM card from a different SIM Card provider. If a message such as “Restricted” and “Contact your service provider” your phone is locked. If you can still operate your phone and make calls and texts, good, it means that your phone is unlocked. If it is no need to worry, simply contact your service provider to get it unlocked. If for any reasons (like a lock up period) your service provider declines to unlock your phone, simply seek help from an independent phone store or tech store and ask your phone to be unlocked, this usually costs only a small amount.

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Choosing A SIM Card

Getting a SIM card in Iran can be a lot of work as other Arab countries would have. Both locals and tourists are required to present the following: an official ID, your passport and proof of your visa, fingerprints and an accomplished SIM card registration form. So make sure that you prepare all of these documents before you buy a SIM card in Algeria to minimize the hassle. There are three major service providers in Iran:

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Hamrah-e-Aval

Hamrah-e-Aval is the largest service provider in Iran. They offer their SIM card along with two packages “Alpha” and “Alpha +”. Alpha packages offer: For IRR1000 you can have 150MB worth of data good for a day. For IRR5000 you can have 800MB worth of data good for a week. For IRR10000 you can have 2.5GB worth of data good for a month. Alpha + packages offer: For IRR4000 you can have 100MB worth of data during the day and an additional of 100MB worth of data good for a month. For IRR7000 you can have 300MB worth of data during the day and an additional of 300MB worth of data good for a month. For IRR13000 you can have 1GB worth of data during the day and an additional of 1GB worth of data good for a month. And for IRR17000 you can have 3GB worth of data during the day and an additional of 3GB worth of data good for a month.

Irancell

Irancell comes second to Hamrah-e-Aval as Iran’s largest service provider. They offer “Pay as You Go” SIM card along with these packages: For IRR40000 you get IRR10000 worth of credit that can be utilized for SMS and data use. For IRR50000 you get IRR20000 worth of credit that can be utilized for SMS, calls and data use. And for IRR100000 you get IRR20000 worth of credit that can be utilized for SMS, calls, data use and 4G/LTE connection. You can top this off with these several packages: For IRR25000 you get 6GB worth of data good for three months. For IRR37500 you get 12GB worth of data good for three months. For IRR35000 you get 9GB worth of data good for six months. For IRR60000 you get 30GB worth of data good for six months. For IRR42000 you get 12GB worth of data good for a year. And for IRR175000 you get 100GB worth of data good for a year.

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RighTel

RighTel is the smallest service provider in Iran they offer their SIM card for IRR200000which comes with 500MB worth of data, 10000 minutes of call to other RighTel users and 10000 text messages to other RighTel users good for 30 days. You can top it off with these packages: For IRR30000 you get 200MB worth of data which is good for a week. For IRR125000 you get 1.5GB worth of data which is good for a month. For IRR199000 you get 3GB worth of data which is good for a month.

When it comes to the coverage areas, all service providers are good especially in shorelines, highways and major cities, though there are weak spots especially in rural places.

Where do I buy one?

Due to the nature of the process (submitting an official ID, your passport and proof of your visa, fingerprints and an accomplished SIM card registration form) SIM cards are only available in official stores and resellers. This will also give you assistance in setting up the SIM card is readily available especially if you have limited knowledge of the native language. However top ups can be easily availed everywhere, from independent businesses, convenience stores and supermarkets.

Conclusion

Buying a SIM card in Iran can be a lot of work so make sure to prepare your official ID, your passport and proof of your visa, fingerprints and an accomplished SIM card registration form to minimize the fuzz of getting one. When it comes to packages there are a variety of choices so make sure what you’re getting will suit all your need.

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