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Buying SIM Cards in Jordan

Buying SIM Cards in Jordan

Jordan is located in the east bank of the Jordan River and holds marvelous natural wonders, rich historic ruins and beautiful cities. One place you can visit is the world-renowned Petra which was built in 4th Century BC. It’s famous for its astounding ruins and contemporarily famous as films like Indiana Jones has filmed in the area. Another famous ruin is Al-Maghatas as it is a considered as a biblical site. If you want to learn about Jordan’s contemporary culture, you should visit the city of Amman which also holds an ancient Roman Theatre, remains of Ammonite and a number of mosques and churches. The country is also famous for its sweeping panoramic view of the Dead Sea. If you’re looking forward on travelling to the beautiful country of Jordan, 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

In order to buy a SIM card in Jordan you will need to show your passport and fill out a SIM card registration form before your SIM card gets activated. Jordan has three major service providers:

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Zain

Zain is the largest service provider in Jordan. They offer their SIM card for JOD5 called “Al Kul” and you can top it off with packages called “Mish Tabee3i” and comes with calls and data plans. For JOD2 you can have unlimited access in Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram, which is good for a month. For JOD2.5 you get 250MB worth of data good for a month. For JOD3.5 you get 500MB worth of data good for a month. For JOD5 you get 1GB worth of data good for a month. For JOD8 you get 2GB worth of data good for a month. For JOD12 you get 4GB worth of data good for a month. For JOD15 you get 7GB worth of data good for a month. For JOD20 you get 10GB worth of data good for a month.

The company also offers data only SIM cars called “EzNet” and you can choose from these packages: For JOD6 you can have 3GB worth of data during the day and an additional 3GB worth of data at night. For JOD10 you can have 6GB worth of data during the day and an additional 6GB worth of data at night. And for JOD20 you get 32GB worth of data.

Umniah

Umniah is second to Zain as Jordan’s largest service provider. They offer SIM cards for JOD5 which you can top off with these packages: For JOD 0.01 you get one minute of call time and unlimited data for only a minute. For JOD 0.1 you get unlimited data for only an hour. For JOD 0.35 you get unlimited call time and 130MB worth of data for a day. For JOD 0.50 you get unlimited call time and 500MB worth of data for a day. For JOD1 you get unlimited call time and 200MB worth of data for a week. For JOD1.5 you get unlimited call time and 400MB worth of data for a week. For JOD2 you get unlimited call time and 500MB worth of data for a week. For JOD3 you get unlimited call time and 500MB worth of data for a month. For JOD5 you get unlimited call time and 1GB worth of data for a month. And for JOD7 you get unlimited call time and 2GB worth of data for a month.

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Orange

Orange is the smallest service provider in Jordan though is quickly catching on with their competitive rates and packages. They offer the most affordable SIM card out of the three service providers for JOD1.72. You can choose from these packages: For JOD2 you get 1GB worth of data, 60 minutes of call and 60 text messages good for a week. For JOD6 you get 2GB worth of data, 150 minutes of call and 150 text messages good for a month. For JOD7 you get 4GB worth of data, free access of Facebook and Twitter, 400 minutes of call and unlimited text messages good for a month. For JOD9 you get 5GB worth of data, free access of Facebook and Twitter, 500 minutes of call and unlimited text messages good for a month. For JOD11 you get 7GB worth of data, free access of Facebook and Twitter, 700 minutes of call and unlimited text messages 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 (showing an identification such as a passport and accomplishing a 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.

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Conclusion

Buying a SIM card in Jordan is easier compared to other Arab countries and has minimal requirements. When it comes to packages there are a variety of choices so make sure what you’re getting will suit all your need.

Written by Gear Up To Travel

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