Roaming with Ncell: All You Need to Know

Roaming used to be extremely expensive, especially Pay-As-YouGo rates or on prepaid packages. In some destinations, roaming costs have been going down. In others, prices have stayed the same (or even gone up). What about at Ncell? Today, we will explore all the roaming options you with Ncell. Let’s dive into it.

Can I roam with Ncell?

Roaming is possible with Ncell on both Ncell Pro plans and Ncell Prepaid packages. If you wish to data roam with Ncell Prepaid, then you need to enable the Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Roaming Pack, which starts at NRs 100 (Nepalese Rupees) per and allows you to roam in 59 destinations. Ncell Pro users can roam with or without the pack.

No idea how roaming works? I made this comprehensive guide about what roaming is and how it works. It is worth the read – promised!

Both Ncell Prepaid and Ncell Pro users have the option to call internationally from within Nepal starting from NRs 1.99/min (NRs 2.54 if TSC (13%) and VAT (13%) are added to the price).

What do I need to know about Ncell Prepaid Roaming?

The Ncell roaming service allows you to stay in touch with your friends and family when away from home in 83 destinations. The service allows you to send text messages, make aind receive calls, obtain your balance information, and recharge your account while abroad. Data roaming requires the Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Roaming pack.

The roaming service is automatically enabled for all prepaid users. However, default roaming is not available in Bangladesh, India, and China. If you wish to roam in any of these destinations, then you have to dial *17129# and follow the instructions to activate roaming. Activation is free of charge.

What are the international roaming charges for Ncell Prepaid users?

Below are tables to which Ncell Prepaid users can roam in 83 destinations.

The following dialing rules should be taken into consideration:

When calling Ncell customers, dial the following:

  • +977 980 *** ****

When calling to someone on another mobile network, dial the following:

  • +977**********

When calling to a landline phone, dial the following:

  • +977 * *******
Phone showing apps.

Where can I roam with Ncell Prepaid?

Ncell prepaid customers can roam in over 80 destinations. Below you can find the destinations and roaming rates grouped from A to L and M to Z.

Tip: Looking for cheap flights? Book with AirWander and add stopovers! Not in a hurry yet? Set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog and get notified when ticket prices for your preferred route(s) drop!

Ncell Prepaid Roaming Destinations – A-L

Notes:
1. All prices are in NRs and exclusive of taxes. 13% Telecom Service Charge (TSC) and 13% VAT will be added to the rates below. In total, 27.69% government tax will be added.
2. The above mentioned Roaming Tariff rates are based on the calculation of tariff schemes provided by roaming partners, which on their part are subject to constant changes.
3. Incoming SMS is free.
4. Charging interval for voice calls is 60 seconds. The mentioned rates are charged per minute.
5. The table is best viewed in landscape mode or desktop view (mobile)

Destination Call to Nepal Local Outgoing Call Outgoing Call-Other Destination Incoming Call Outgoing SMS
Afghanistan 48483985919
Albania 27271593919
Algeria 3195931915947
Argentina 3989939811947
Australia 9999159197
Austria 272715927 19
Azerbaijan 3131159397
Bangladesh 11111591111
Bahrain 478119 518 219 79
Belgium 438 139 438 119 59
Bhutan 279 159 279 159 71
Brazil 358 119 478 99 47
Brunei 358 59 398 59 59
Cambodia 11 11 159 11 11
Canada 279 139 637 139 39
China 19 19 159 19 7
Croatia 99 99 159 39 19
Czech Republic 23 23 159 23 7
Egypt 637 99 438 99 59
Estonia 39 39 159 19 7
France 79 79 159 11 11
Finland 39 39 159 19 7
Germany 23 23 159 11 11
Ghana 31 31 159 47 11
Greece 23 23 159 11 11
Hong Kong 47 19 199 11 11
Hungary 23 23 159 11 11
Iceland 319 39 319 79 39
Ireland 23 23 159 11 11
India 19 19 79 19 7
Indonesia 12 12 159 12 12
Iran 279 79 558 79 39
Israel 23 23 159 11 11
Italy 23 23 159 11 11
Japan 319 159 637 179 39
Jordan 757 239 757 378 99
Kazakhstan 39 39 159 19 7
Latvia 39 39 159 19 7
Lebanon 159 71 219 179 39
Lithuania 39 39 159 19 7
Liechtenstein 617 179 617 179 59

Ncell Prepaid Roaming Destinations – M-V

Destinations Call to NepalLocal Outgoing CallOutgoing Call-Other DestinationIncoming Call Outgoing SMS
Macau418794189999
Madagascar3987139815931
Malaysia11111791111
Maldives 338 39 956 179 63
Malta 23 23 159 11 11
Mauritius 398 79 478 99 47
Mongolia 498 99 498 27 39
Mozambique 279 99 358 319 39
Myanmar 49 49 279 39 19
Netherlands 23 23 159 11 11
New Zealand 23 23 159 11 11
Nigeria 219 59 438 79 47
Norway 39 39 159 11 11
Oman 39 39 518 39 15
Pakistan 59 59 159 11 19
Portugal 23 23 159 11 11
Puerto Rico 279 79 956 79 55
Qatar 39 39 159 47 11
Romania 23 23 159 11 11
Saudi Arabia 438 159 1195 159 71
Singapore 19 19 159 19 11
Slovakia 27 27 159 15 11
Slovenia 319 59 319 99 31
South Korea 478 139 478 139 39
Spain 39 39 159 11 11
Sri Lanka 11 11 179 11 11
South Africa 23 23 159 39 11
South Sudan 219 79 677 31 39
Sweden 39 39 159 11 11
Taiwan 597 99 757 119 55
Tajikistan 39 39 159 19 11
Tanzania 578 139 578 179 79
Thailand 79 79 159 11 23
Turkey 31 31 159 15 11
Tunisia 677 338 677 279 99
United Kingdom 23 23 159 11 11
Switzerland 617 179 617 179 59
United Arab Emirates279 159 1195 239 79
Ukraine 797 139 797 179 47
USA 39 39 159 23 19
Uzbekistan 59 59 159 11 11
Vietnam 239 71 757 79 39

What do I need to know about Ncell Pro Roaming?

The Ncell roaming service allows you to stay in touch with your friends and family when away from home in 114 destinations. The service allows you to make calls, send texts & MMS messages (only between Ncell customers), and use data while abroad.

Three women using their phones

In case you want to roam as a Ncell Pro user without an unlimited data pack, you have to visit a Ncell Center and deposit NRs 10000 on your account as a deposit. Additionally, you need to fill in the Roaming Activation Form (PDF). This deposit will allow for a week of roaming service.

However, self-activation is possible if you want to visit any of the 28 destinations below. With self-activation, you do not have to visit a Ncell center nor fill in the Roaming Self Activation form.

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States (US)

Activating roaming through Self Activation is a quick process. Dial *17129# and follow the instructions.

If you want to enable data, you have to send “A” to 900224 before you leave Nepal. If you are already abroad, you can dial *100# to activate data roaming.

The following dialing rules should be taken into consideration:

When calling Ncell customers, dial the following:

  • +977 980 *** ****

When calling to someone on another mobile network, dial the following:

  • +977**********

When calling to a landline phone, dial the following:

  • +977 * *******

What are the international roaming charges for Ncell Pro users?

Below you can find the roaming charges of each destination grouped from A to L and M to Z.

Notes:
1. All prices are in NRs and exclusive of taxes. 13% Telecom Service Charge (TSC) and 13% VAT will be added to the rates below. In total, 27.69% government tax will be added.
2. The above mentioned Roaming Tariff rates are based on the calculation of tariff schemes provided by roaming partners, which on their part are subject to constant changes.
3. Incoming SMS is free.
4. The charging interval for voice calls is 60 seconds. The mentioned rates are charged per minute.
5. Once I manage to obtain the On-The-Go data roaming charges per destination, it will be added to the roaming charges table below.
6. The table is best viewed in landscape mode or desktop view (mobile)

Ncell Prepaid Roaming Destinations – A-L

Destination Call to Nepal Local Outgoing Call Outgoing Call-Other Destination Incoming Call Outgoing SMS
Afghanistan 48 48 398 59 19
Albania 27 27 159 39 19
Algeria 319 59 319 159 47
Argentina 59 59 159 19 19
Armenia 637 119 637 139 39
Australia 99 99 159 19 7
Austria 27 27 159 27 19
Azerbaijan 31 31 159 39 7
Bangladesh 11 11 159 11 11
Bahrain 478 119 518 219 79
Belarus 119 119 159 39 19
Belgium 438 139 438 119 59
Bhutan 279 159 279 159 71
Brazil 358 119 478 99 47
Brunei 358 59 398 59 59
Bulgaria 59 59 159 19 19
Cambodia 11 11 159 11 11
Canada 279 139 637 139 39
Chile 358 79 358 79 39
China 19 19 159 19 7
Croatia 99 99 159 39 19
Cyprus 438 59 478 79 19
Czech Republic 23 23 159 23 7
Denmark 59 59 159 19 19
Egypt 637 99 438 99 59
Estonia 39 39 159 19 7
France 79 79 159 11 11
Fiji 279 79 279 179 47
Finland 39 39 159 19 7
Gambia 319 139 319 59 79
Georgia 31 31 159 39 7
Germany 23 23 159 11 11
Ghana 31 31 159 47 11
Greece 23 23 159 11 11
Hong Kong 47 19 199 11 11
Hungary 23 23 159 11 11
Iceland 319 39 319 79 39
Ireland 23 23 159 11 11
India 19 19 79 19 7
Indonesia 12 12 159 12 12
Iran 279 79 558 79 39
Iraq 279 79 956 59 31
Israel 23 23 159 11 11
Italy 23 23 159 11 11
Japan 319 159 637 179 39
Jersey 59 59 159 23 11
Jordan 757 239 757 378 99
Kazakhstan 39 39 159 19 7
Kenya 637 99 637 159 39
Kuwait 797 119 1195 338 119
Kyrgyz Republic 518 99 518 219 39
Laos 398 47 956 59 39
Latvia 39 39 159 19 7
Lebanon 159 71 219 179 39
Lithuania 39 39 159 19 7
Liechtenstein 617 179 617 179 59
Luxembourg 319 99 319 99 31

Ncell Prepaid Roaming Destinations – M-V

Macau 418 79 418 99 99
Macedonia 79 79 159 47 11
Madagascar 398 71 398 159 31
Malaysia 11 11 179 11 11
Maldives 338 39 956 179 63
Malta 23 23 159 11 11
Mauritius 398 79 478 99 47
Moldova 39 39 159 39 7
Mongolia 498 99 498 27 39
Mexico 438 159 438 159 79
Montenegro 478 63 478 47 27
Morocco 1116 239 1116 319 71
Mozambique 279 99 358 319 39
Myanmar 49 49 279 39 19
Netherlands 23 23 159 11 11
New Zealand 23 23 159 11 11
Nigeria 219 59 438 79 47
North Cyprus 59 59 159 19 11
Norway 39 39 159 11 11
Oman 39 39 518 39 15
Pakistan 59 59 159 11 19
Papua New Guinea 319 79 358 239 55
Paraguay 378 119 378 99 31
Philippines 438 39 578 63 39
Poland 438 71 637 139 31
Portugal 23 23 159 11 11
Puerto Rico 279 79 956 79 55
Qatar 39 39 159 47 11
Romania 23 23 159 11 11
Russia 876 179 876 239 71
Saudi Arabia 438 159 1195 159 71
Serbia 47 47 159 47 15
Singapore 19 19 159 19 11
Slovakia 27 27 159 15 11
Slovenia 319 59 319 99 31
South Korea 478 139 478 139 39
Spain 39 39 159 11 11
Sri Lanka 11 11 179 11 11
South Africa 23 23 159 39 11
South Sudan 219 79 677 31 39
Sweden 39 39 159 11 11
Taiwan 597 99 757 119 55
Tajikistan 39 39 159 19 11
Tanzania 578 139 578 179 79
Thailand 79 79 159 11 23
Turkey 31 31 159 15 11
Tunisia 677 338 677 279 99
Turkmenistan 677 99 797 99 39
United Kingdom 23 23 159 11 11
Switzerland 617 179 617 179 59
United Arab Emirates 279 159 1195 239 79
Ukraine 797 139 797 179 47
United States 39 39 159 23 19
Uruguay 199 139 259 119 39
Uzbekistan 59 59 159 11 11
Vietnam 239 71 757 79 39

What is Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Roaming?

The Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Roaming allows you to data roam in 59 destinations at a set price starting from NRs 100 (excluding tax). Ncell Prepaid users are required to get this pack if they wish to roam abroad.

You can activate the pack before roaming or when you are roaming already.

You will be charged on your first data usage and the day resets at midnight Nepal Standard Time (UTC +5:45).

The renewing cycles will continue until you are back in Nepal, go to a non-Daily Unlimited Data Roaming destination, or until it has been renewed for 15 days (whichever comes first). If the pack has been renewed for 15 days, then the pack will automatically be deactivated. You can then reactivate it.

To activate Daily Unlimited Data Roaming, you have to dial *17129# and follow the instructions. Activation is free of charge.

Where can I use Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Roaming?

The Daily Unlimited Data Roaming destinations can be split into three zones. Zone 1 destinations will cost you NRs 100/day (all prices are excluding tax). Zone 2 destinations will cost you NRs 442/day. Zone 3 destinations will costs you NRs 844/day.

Below are the Ncell Daily Unlimited Data destinations grouped by their zone.

Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Zone 1 Destinations

  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka

Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Zone 2 Destinations

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Ncell Daily Unlimited Data Zone 3 Destinations

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Israel
  • Jersey
  • Kazakhstan
  • Moldova
  • Oman
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan

Want to visit multiple destinations within one trip? Try adding stopovers instead of buying multiple plane tickets. AirWander takes the guesswork out of the equation!

Can I roam on planes with Ncell?

In-flight roaming is not possible with Ncell.

Can I roam on cruise ships with Ncell?

Maritime roaming is not available with Nell.

Is roaming with Ncell worth it?

Ncell gives its customers many roaming options. As a result, it can be overwhelming to make a decision on what option you would like.

I would not recommend to roam on Pay Per Use rates, as that can add up quickly. However, Ncell Data Roaming unlimited is something that may be of interest to you, as the prices are fixed.

Then again, after a certain number of days, it may be cheaper to get a local SIM card instead of using Ncell, even though it may be more convenient. Especially if you are not in a zone 1 destination.

You can also decide to get a local SIM card or an international SIM card like OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, or SimCorner instead of roaming – those options can be cheaper than roaming. Or you can connect to free WIFI hotspots.

In short, I would consider the Ncell Data Roaming Options if you want to roam abroad. Pay Per Use roaming gets expensive quickly and should be avoided.

What is next?

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation. Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Book Your Flight

It is time to book your flight. Find cheap flights with AirWander so that you can add free or cheap stopovers in destinations you have not considered yet. If you are not ready to take off yet, set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog, and they will notify you once ticket prices for your preferred destination drops.

Book Your Accommodation

I am a huge fan of Airbnb because it allows me to live with a local or get a local place for myself. Staying in someone’s house or apartment feels much different than being in a ho(s)tel. At least, that is how I see it. Moreover, Airbnb can often be much cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Get Your Travel Insurance

You will regret not having travel insurance once you actually need it and “forgot” to get it. Nowadays, travel insurance is cheap and comprehensive unlike back in the days. World Nomads is by far the best travel insurance for adventurous travelers like yourself. You can even get insured WHILE already traveling, which is not something many insurance companies allow you to do.

Get a Travel Debit Card

Travel Cheques are outdated. Paying with your credit card or debit card can be expensive because of all the exchange commissions banks charge you. TransferWise allows you to convert your main currency to the currency of your destination for a small fee (up to 8 times less than with your bank!) Getting a Transferwise Borderless account is FREE, so you will get an instant return on your investment.

Enjoy your trip!


Sources:

https://www.ncell.axiata.com/Mobile/Pro/Pro-Roaming
https://www.ncell.axiata.com/Mobile/Prepaid/Prepaid-Roaming

Disclaimer: Information and prices are current as at the date of publication and are subject to change. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for our Content Disclaimer.

Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 6 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region in Asia, in particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Tainan, Taiwan, and plans on exploring Oceania and more of East and Southeast Asia.

Recent Content