Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Burundi Guide

Getting your self a local prepaid SIM card when traveling in Burundi will save you a lot of money, mainly because Burundi is Africa's 6th cheapest country to buy 1 GB of data. In most cases, no international roaming plan can beat this deal because local data is so cheap.

Moreover, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases. However, it is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling around the world.

Are you wondering how roaming works? This article I wrote explains it in detail.

With four Burundian operators, Lumitel, Econet Burundi (formerly Econet Leo), Smart Burundi, and Onamob, the main question is which SIM card in Burundi is the best? What types of packages are offered by these operators, and which package will suit your needs?

In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Burundi. Let’s do this. 

Buying a SIM Card in Burundi Guide (Lumitel, Econet & Smart)

Telecom Operators, Networks, and Frequencies in Burundi

Burundi has four mobile telecom operators:

All four operators have at least a 2G network. Onamob currently focuses solely on voice calls and does not even have a 3G network, so they will not be covered in this article (because they cannot be recommended for travelers who want data). However, Onamob has plans to modernize.

3G is offered by Lumitel, Econet Burundi, and Smart Burundi. 4G/LTE is available with Lumitel and Econet Burundi – Smart Burundi has not announced when, or if, they will launch a 4G/LTE network.

The following frequencies are used by the Burundian operators:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)

The Best Prepaid SIM Card in Burundi

If you want to buy a SIM card in Burundi, then Lumitel is the best option. Not only do they have the best coverage throughout Burundi, especially rural Burundi, Lumitel is also, on average, cheaper than its competitors, particularly when getting their 4G-enabled SIM card.

ALSO: Want to get an excel sheet of the best SIM cards of over 230+ destinations around the world, updated monthly? Sign up for the Phone Travel Wiz Newsletter and get the excel sheet for FREE!

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Get Us In Your Inbox

Get regular phone-travel-related news, tips, and articles. I will also send you a FREE Excel sheet with the best operator(s) of 230+ destinations around the world, including why they are the best, SIM card prices, and more! 

We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use

SIM Card Registration Regulations in Burundi

Just like all countries in East Africa, and Africa in general, you have to register your passport details to buy a SIM card in Burundi.

Flag of Burundi

The State of the Telecom Market in Burundi

(This section is not potent to learn how to get a SIM card in Burundi, and the prices for the packages offered by the local operators. However, it does give you background information on how the Burundian telecom market is, and it explains why things are how they are. If you are simply interested in getting a SIM card in Burundi, click here to jump to the first operator.)

Burundi is a landlocked country in East Africa. Although the West part of the country is next to Lake Tanganyika, the country is still considered to be landlocked because it is not next to a sea or ocean.

This is important to know because, in general, landlocked African nations have slower (mobile) internet speeds, while also being more expensive compared to countries that have direct access to submarine cables.

Landlocked countries have to rely on neighboring countries for fiber-optic bandwidth. If the fiber infrastructure of the neighboring country, or countries, is terrible, then the internet speeds and quality of service in the landlocked country will be even worse. In the case of Burundi, they have to rely on Tanzania, which has direct access to several submarine cables (SEACOM, DARE, EASSy & 2AFRICA).

Luckily, Burundi Backbone Systems (BBS) signed a deal with Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation (TTCL) in late 2019 to “build a national fiber-optic network in the country – aimed at providing broadband internet connectivity to the east African nation (Burundi). This deal should improve internet bandwidth and speed in Burundi in the future.

[…] TTCL will provide first-class broadband internet services in Burundi through our stations in Kabanga and Manyovu in the border region of Kigoma. As a result of the agreement, landlocked Burundi will now be connected across the world and that access to new internet services will ‘ease and improve business’ between the neighbouring countries

Waziri Kindamba, Chief Executive at TTCL

Typically, I like to look at the Speedtest Global Index to see how a country is doing with their mobile internet speeds. Sadly, not enough users in Burundi have done speed tests with the Speedtest app on their phones for a representative average. However, we can see that the average download speed for fixed broadband was 8 Mbps in June 2020, placing Burundi 164 of the 174 countries indexed. That is not a good start.

However, according to a study done by Cable.co.uk, the mean download speed in Burundi is 3.03 Mbps, which puts Burundi on spot 142 of the 208 countries studied. Cable.co.uk also has a metric to make download speeds a bit more understandable, because looking at just the numbers may not mean a lot to many. With a mean download speed of 3.03 Mbps, it would take 3:45 hours to download a 5 GB movie in Burundi. That is not good news either.

The thing is, mobile internet rates are on the affordable end in Burundi when looking at them from a regional perspective and a continental perspective. According to Alliance 4 Affordable Internet (A4AI), 1 GB of data cost, on average, 6.45 GB in Africa. The average price of 1 GB in Burundi is 3.17 USD, which is half the continental average. This makes Burundi the 6th cheapest African nation to buy 1 GB of data, behind Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Nigeria.

When looking at the Eastern African average, 1 GB of mobile data costs 4.99 USD. Based on these numbers, you can say that mobile data is relatively affordable in Burundi.

Do note that A4AI considers Zimbabwe to be part of Eastern Africa. Zimbabwe, together with Equatorial Guinea, are the most expensive countries to buy mobile data. If we exclude Zimbabwe, then the average cost of 1 GB goes down to 4.27 USD, making Burundi still below the average.

So far, we have looked at averages. How expensive is mobile data for the local population? For the average Burundian? A4AI found that, when taking the Burundian average monthly income into account, a Burundian would spend 13.6% of their monthly income on 1 GB of data, which is high for African standards (African average is 7.12%).

Even then, more Burundians are getting more mobile subscriptions more than ever before. The mobile subscription penetration rate was 58% in 2018, while it was only 29% in 2014. It is, however, unclear how many of these subscribers use mobile data, as most users in Burundi use their phones for calling and texting.

In 2017, the fixed broadband penetration rate was 8.2%, but the mobile internet penetration rates are often significantly higher in Africa due to antennas being more accessible compared to the domestic broadband cable network.

As mentioned in the Best Prepaid SIM Card in Burundi section, Lumitel has the best coverage throughout the country (even though it is limited).

Lumitel Burundi Coverage Map (Speedtest)
Lumitel Coverage Map according to the Speedtest Network Checker
Econet Wireless Burundi Econet Wireless Burundi Coverage Map (Speedtest)
Econet Burundi Coverage Map according to the Speedtest Network Checker
Smart Burundi Coverage Map (Speedtest)
Smart Burundi Coverage Map according to the Speedtest Network Checker

Currency in Burundi

Burundi uses the Burundian Franc with the symbol BIF. In most cases, I like to use the currency symbol throughout the article when mentioning prices. However, prices in Burundi are listed in FBU or F. The symbol BIF is rather unknown, so I will use FBU throughout the article. For reference, below are some exchange rates between FBU and USD (US Dollars – Rounded):

  • 100 FBU = 0.05 USD
  • 1000 FBU = 0.50 USD
  • 10 000 FBU = 5.20 USD
  • 100 000 FBU = 51.90 USD
  • 1 000 000 FBU = 519.10 USD

For up-to-date BIF:USD exchange rates, search BIF to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Transferwise Borderless Account and Debit Card. Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Transferwise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks). I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Transferwise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Transferwise account FREE!

Transferwise Banner

Burundian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Lumitel, Econet Burundi, and Smart Burundi, and go through:

  • Background information about the operators
  • How to get a SIM card from each operator
  • How to recharge your SIM card
  • What type of data-featured packages are offered by the operators

What that being said, let's see what the Burundian operators have to offer to us.

Lumitel

Lumitel Logo

Lumitel is the largest operator in Burundi. They have the best 3G network throughout the country and were also the first operator to launch a 4G/LTE network.

Lumitel Burundi Coverage Map (Speedtest)

While Lumitel started 4G/LTE in the central parts of Bujumbura, Gitega, Makamba, Muyinga, Ngozi, and Rumonge first in 2016, 4G/LTE has been expended nationwide (mainly in populated areas) as of 2018.

Getting a Lumitel Prepaid SIM Card

You can get a Lumitel SIM card, called Ikarata SIMU YELLOW, for 500 FBU in Lumitel stores throughout Burundi. The YELLOW SIM card will come with 30 MB and 30 on-net SMS for 30 days. If you recharge at least 500 FBU within 30 days, you will get bonus airtime of 500 FBU for on-net use, also valid for 30 days.

Lumitel Yellow SIM Card

You may have to specifically ask for a 4G SIM card to take advantage of Lumitel's 4G/LTE network. You will still pay 500 FBU for a 4G-enabled SIM card.

If you have forgotten your Lumitel phone number, dial *100# and select option 1 to see your phone number.

It is also possible to get premium Lumitel SIM cards, which come with more initial perks. These are all the SIM cards Lumitel offers with their prices:

  • Ikarata SIMU YELLOW for 500 FBU
  • Ikarata SIMU YOUTH for 1000 FBU (only for those between 17 & 23)
  • Ikarata SIMU SILVER for 5000 FBU
  • Ikarata SIMU GOLD plus for 5000 FBU
  • Ikarata SIMU GOLD for 10 000 FBU
  • Ikarata SIMU NAVIGA for 20 000 FBU

Below is an overview of all the perks these SIM cards offer:

SIM CardPriceAirtimeInitial Data (30 days)Monthly Bonus Data (After 2nd recharge)Minimum Recharge for Monthly Bonus
YELLOW500 FBUN/A30 MBN/AN/A
YOUTH*1000 FBU1000 FBU300 MB300 MB1000 FBU
SILVER5000 FBU5000 FBU600 MB800 MB5000 FBU
GOLD plus5000 FBU5000 FBU1.5 GB2 GB5000 FBU
GOLD10 000 FBU10 000 FBU1.5 GB2 GB10 000 FBU
NAVIGA20 000 FBU20 000 FBU4 GB5 GB20 000 FBU

* The youth SIM card also comes with 150 on-net SMS. You will also get 150 on-net SMS each month when you recharge at least 1000 FBU, and unlimited Facebook.

As you can see, it only makes sense to get one of the more expensive SIM cards if you can commit to recharging at least 5000 FBU a month to get your bonus data.

The bonuses mentioned above will be applied from the 2nd month of minimum recharge until the 24th month (2 years). After that, the reward will go up (with 200 MB to 1 GB more than listed above, depending on the SIM card) from the 25th month to the 36th month. From the 37th month, the bonuses will sharply decrease, going much lower than the initial bonuses. 

If this whole system sounds complicated – I can understand. The premium SIM cards are only beneficial for those who are staying in Burundi for a prolonged period of wish to recharge a lot.

Otherwise, you are better off getting a YELLOW SIM card and purchase regular data packs if you only need data and do not want to call nor SMS a lot.

Topping-Up Your Lumitel Prepaid SIM Card

Lumitel recharge cards are widely available throughout Burundi. You do not have to go to a Lumitel store to get a Lumitel top-up voucher. Grocery stores, kiosks, and gas stations sell them too. Follow the instructions on the back of the scratch cards to top-up your SIM card.

Dial *131# to check your Lumitel balance.

Lumitel Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Lumitel offers several types of data-only packages, which are:

Click on the links above to jump to the package you are interested in.

Lumitel Classique/Classic Data
Lumitel Classic Data

The Classique/Classic Data packs are standard data-only plans. Those with a 4G/LTE enabled SIM card will get more data for the same price compared to those with a 3G SIM card. Below are the Classique/classic data plans, which can be activated dialing *150#:

PriceData (3G SIM)Data (4G SIM)Validity
300 FBU60 MB70 MB1 day
500 FBU100 MB140 MB1 day
1000 FBU200 MB1.5 GB1 day
1000 FBU180 MB300 MB7 days
1000 FBU100 MB150 MB30 days
1500 FBU200 MB300 MB30 days
3000 FBU450 MB675 MB30 days
5000 FBU1 GB1.5 GB15 days
5000 FBU900 MB1.3 GB30 days
9000 FBU1.8 GB2.7 GB30 days
14 000 FBU2.8 GB4.5 GB30 days
20 000 FBU4 GB7 GB30 days
38 000 FBU9 GB13 GB30 days
50 000 FBU15 GB23 GB30 days

Depending on the package you want, you have to choose either option 3, 4, or 5 after dialing *150#.

Lumitel Promotion Package
Lumitel Promotion Package

The Promotion Packages are data packages sold at a discount compared to the Classique/Classic Data plans. Unlike the Classique/Classic Data plans, 4G-enabled SIM cards do not get more data than those with a 3G SIM card.

The following promotion plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *150# and selection option 1:

PriceDataValidity
135 FBU40 MB1 day
550 FBU140 MB1 day
700 FBU400 MB1 day
770 FBU200 MB7 days
1000 FBU1.5 GB1 day
2100 FBU500 MB15 days
45 000 FBU25 GB30 days
Lumitel Unlimited Internet
Lumitel Unlimited Package

The Unlimited Internet packs are data packs that come with limited high-speed data, then unlimited data at throttled speeds. These plans are valid for 30 days. Those with a 4G/LTE enabled SIM card will get more data for the same price compared to those with a 3G SIM card. In some cases, no plans are offered for 3G SIM cards.

The following Unlimited Internet packages are available, which can be activated by dialing *150# and selection option 7:

PriceHigh-Speed Data (3G SIM)Unlimited Data Speed (3G SIM)High-Speed Data (4G SIM)Unlimited Data Speed (4G SIM)Validity
5000 FBU700 MB128 Kbps1 GB128 Kbps30 days
7000 FBU2 GB256 Kbps2 GB256 Kbps30 days
10 000 FBUN/AN/A2.5 GB256 Kbps30 days
20 000 FBUN/AN/A6 GB256 Kbps30 days
30 000 FBUN/AN/A10 GB256 Kbps30 days
50 000 FBUN/AN/A20 GB256 Kbps30 days
90 000 FBU20 GB512 Kbps30 GB512 Kbps30 days
120 000 FBU30 GB512 Kbps45 GB512 Kbps30 days
150 000 FBU45 GB512 Kbps70 GB512 Kbps30 days
200 000 FBUUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A30 days
Lumitel Night data package
Lumitel Night Package

The Night Data packages are data plans that can be used between 0:00-6:00 (12 AM-6 AM). These plans are valid for one night. Those with a 4G-enabled SIM card will not get more data than those with a 3G SIM card.

The following Night data packages are available, which can be activated by dialing *150# and selecting option 2:

PriceDataValidity
99 FBU200 MB0:00-6:00 (1 night)
299 FBU1 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)
499 FBU1.5 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)
999 FBU5 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)
1999 FBU12 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)
2999 FBU20 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)
3999 FBU30 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)
Lumitel Social internet package
Lumitel Social Package

The Social Internet packages are unlimited data packages for WhatsApp and Facebook. In most cases, the plans apply to both apps. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Those with a 4G-enabled SIM card do not get more data than those with a 3G SIM card.

These Social Internet packages are available:

PriceDataAppValidity
180 FBUUnlimitedWhatsApp1 day
180 FBUUnlimitedFacebook1 day
300 FBUUnlimitedWhatsApp & Facebook1 day
1000 FBUUnlimitedWhatsApp & Facebook7 days
2000 FBUUnlimitedWhatsApp & Facebook15 days
3500 FBUUnlimitedWhatsApp & Facebook30 days
Lumitel YouTube package
Lumitel YouTube Package

The YouTube packages are unlimited data plans for YouTube at designated time periods. The plans are the cheapest when used between 0:00-6:00 (12 AM-6 AM) compared to the evening plans or the plans that are valid all day.

These YouTube packages can be purchased by dialing *150# and selecting option 8:

PriceDataAppValidity
199 FBUUnlimitedYouTube0:00-6:00 (6 hours)
299 FBUUnlimitedYouTube1 hour (any time)
399 FBUUnlimitedYouTube0:00-18:00 (18 hours)
699 FBUUnlimitedYouTube18:00-0:00 (6 hours)
899 FBUUnlimitedYouTube1 day (24 hours)

Lumitel APN Settings

In most cases, your phone will retrieve the correct APN settings automatically. If you need to enter it manually, then you need the following details (do not add anything not mentioned below):

  • Name: Lumitel
  • APN: internet

RELATED GUIDES:

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Get Us In Your Inbox

Get regular phone-travel-related news, tips, and articles. I will also send you a FREE Excel sheet with the best operator(s) of 230+ destinations around the world, including why they are the best, SIM card prices, and more! 

We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use

Econet Burundi

Econet Burundi Logo

Econet Burundi, just Econet, is the second-largest operator in Burundi. They used to be called Econet Leo because of a merger between Econet Burundi and U-Cell Leo. However, the Leo part has been dropped recently.

For a long time, Econet was the largest operator until Lumitel managed to surpass them.

Econet has good coverage throughout Burundi. Although they have a 4G/LTE network, it can mainly be found in the capital area, Bujumbura. Econet has plans to expand 4G/LTE to other parts of Burundi in the future.

Econet Wireless Burundi Econet Wireless Burundi Coverage Map (Speedtest)

Getting an Econet Burundi Prepaid SIM Card

You can get an Econet SIM card for 500 FBU in Econet stores. Ask for their 4G SIM card to take advantage of Econet's 4G/LTE network. The official list price of an Econet SIM card is 5000 FBU, but they have been sold for 500 FBU to match Lumitel's SIM card price for a long time.

Topping-Up Your Econet Burundi Prepaid SIM Card

Econet top-up cards are sold all over Burundi. Grocery stores, kiosks, and gas stations sell them, in addition to Econet stores.

Econet Burundi Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Econet offers several types of data-only packages, which are:

Click on the links above to jump to the package you are interested in.

You can check your Econet data balance by dialing *405*0#.

Econet Burundi Internet Bouquets

The Internet Bouquets, meaning internet packages, are standard data-only plans. The following Internet Bouquets can be added by dialing *405#:

PriceDataValidity
199 FBU40 MB24 hours
250 FBU250 MB24 hours
330 FBU140 MB24 hours
500 FBU50 MB2 days
550 FBU250 MB24 hours
1000 FBU100 MB30 days
1000 FBU800 MB24 hours
1100 FBU200 MB7 days
2000 FBU250 MB30 days
2500 FBU1 GB2 days
3000 FBU500 MB15 days
3500 FBU500 MB30 days
5500 FBU1 GB15 days
8800 FBU1 GB30 days
11 000 FBU1.8 GB30 days
22 000 FBU5 GB30 days
35 200 FBU9 GB30 days
55 000 FBU19 GB30 days
132 000 FBU45 GB30 days
Econet Burundi Internet Bouquets 4G
Econet Burundi 4G Packages (Bouquets 4G)

The Internet Bouquets 4G, meaning 4G internet packages, are 4G/LTE data packages, and can only be used with a 4G-enabled SIM card, and where Econet has 4G/LTE coverage. The following Internet Bouquets 4G are available, which can be activated by dialing *405*7#:

PriceDataValidity
1000 FBU1.5 GB24 hours
1500 FBU500 MB7 days
10 000 FBU2000 MB30 days
45 000 FBU25 GB30 days
Econet Burundi Bouquets Nuitée
Econet Burundi Night Packages (Bouquets Nuitee)

The Bouquets Nuitée, meaning night packages, are data packages that can be used from 0:00 to 5:00 (12 AM-5 AM). These plans are valid for one night.

These night packages are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation
250 FBU500 MB0:00-5:00 (1 night)*405*8*1*2#
499 FBU1.5 GB0:00-5:00 (1 night)*405*8*2*2#
750 FBU3.5 GB0:00-5:00 (1 night)*405*8*3*2#
Econet Burundi Bouquets Réseaux Sociaux
Econet Burundi Social Packages (Bouquets Megachat)

The Bouquets Réseaux Sociaux, meaning social media packages, are unlimited data packages for Facebook or WhatsApp individually, or MegaTchat (which are Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Twitter combined).

The following Bouquets Réseaux Sociaux can be activated by dialing 405*6#:

PriceDataAppValidity
190 FBUUnlimitedWhatsApp24 hours
190 FBUUnlimitedFacebook24 hours
490 FBUUnlimitedMegaTchat24 hours
950 FBUUnlimitedMegaTchat7 days
3500 FBUUnlimitedMegaTchat30 days

Remember, MegaTchat refers to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Twitter

Econet Burundi APN Settings

In most cases, your phone will retrieve the correct APN settings automatically. If you need to enter it manually, then you need the following details (do not add anything not mentioned below):

  • Name: Econet
  • APN: mobile.econet.bi

Smart Burundi

Smart Mobile Burundi Logo

Smart Burundi is, when excluding Onatel/Onamob, the smallest operator in Burundi. They also have the worst coverage throughout the country and have no 4G/LTE network.

Smart Burundi Coverage Map (Speedtest)

Getting a Smart Burundi Prepaid SIM Card

You can get a Smart SIM card for 1000 FBU in Smart stores. The SIM card will come with 100 MB, 4 on-net minutes, and 10 SMS. These bonuses can be renewed monthly for six months if you recharge at least 1000 FBU for the first six months you activated your Smart SIM card.

Smart Burundi SIM Card Promo Poster

Smart Burundi Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Click on the links above to jump to the package you are interested in.

Smart Burundi Nipe Tano
Smart Burundi Nipe Tano Package

The Nipe Tano is a short-term combo plan that comes with 50 MB, 5 minutes, and 5 SMS for 24 hours. It can be activated by dialing *888*11#.

Smart Burundi Bouquets Impamba
Smart Burundi Impamba Packages (Bouquets Impamba)

The Bouquets Impamba are combo plans that come with data and minutes. They can be activated by dialing *888*4#:

PriceDataMinutesValidity
1100 FBU200 MB10 minutes3 days
3500 FBU1 GB20 minutes7 days
10 000 FBU3 GB30 minutes30 days
Smart Burundi Ongeya Vers Les Autres Reseaux
Smart Burundi Ongeya Package (Ongeya Vers Les Autres Reseaux)

The Ongeya Vers Les Autres Reseaux plans are combo plans with data, minutes, and SMS for off-net use. The following Ongeya Vers Les Autres Reseaux plans are available:

PriceDataMinutesSMSValidity
1999 FBU90 MB9 minutes9 SMS1 day
4999 FBU900 MB25 minutes25 SMS7 days
Smart Burundi Bouquets Internet
Smart Burundi Internet Packages (Bouquets Internet)

The Bouquets Internet, meaning internet packages, are standard data-only packages, which can be activated by dialing *888*3#:

PriceDataValidity
199 FBU40 MB24 hours
399 FBU100 MB24 hours
1000 FBU200 MB7 days
1000 FBU200 MB30 days
1000 FBU500 MB24 hours
1999 FBU1 GB3 days
2000 FBU500 MB7 days
2500 FBU500 MB30 days
5500 FBU1 GB30 days
9000 FBU2 GB30 days
14 000 FBU3.5 GB30 days
20 000 FBU10 GB30 days
90 000 FBU25 GB30 days

* There is also a 5 GB variant. However, the price of this package is unknown (the site says 200 000 FBU, which is a mistake because you can get 25 GB for 90 000 FBU). Smart Burundi has been contacted for clarification and a fix.

Smart Burundi Bouquets Nuitee

The Bouquets Nuitee, meaning night packages, are data packages that can be used at night. Depending on the package, it can be used between 0:00-6:00 (12 AM-6 AM) or 22:00-6:00 (10 PM-6 AM.

The following Bouquets Nuitee are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation
99 FBU200 MB0:00-6:00 (1 night)*888*3#
499 FBU1.5 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)*888*3#
999 FBU5 GB0:00-6:00 (1 night)*888*3#
1000 FBU5 GB22:00-6:00 (1 night)*888*3*4#

The activation code for the first three plans is indeed the same.

Smart Burundi Bouquets Internet Iyongere
Smart Burundi Iyongere Packages (Boutuets Internet Iyongere)

The Bouquets Internet Iyongere are data packs that are valid for 6 days and come with double the data at night compared to your daytime data. Daytime data applies from 6:00-23:59 (6 AM-11:59PM, and nighttime data applies from 0:00-5:59 (12 AM-5:59 AM).

Bouquets Internet Iyongere can be activated by dialing *888*3*5#:

PriceDaytime DataNighttime DataValidity
2000 FBU100 MB200 MB6 days
7500 FBU500 MB1 GB6 days
15 000 FBU1 GB2 GB6 days
Smart Burundi Bouquets Facebook/WhatsApp

The Bouquets Facebook/WhatsApp, meaning Facebook/WhatsApp packages, are unlimited data packages for Facebook and WhatsApp. They can be activated by dialing *888*3# and selecting option 2:

PriceDataAppValidity
199 FBUUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp24 hours
999 FBUUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp7 days
3499 FBUUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp30 days

Smart Burundi APN Settings

In most cases, your phone will retrieve the correct APN settings automatically. If you need to enter it manually, then you need the following details (do not add anything not mentioned below):

  • Name: Smart
  • APN: internet

RELATED GUIDES:

Other Ways to Get Online When Traveling in Burundi

Getting yourself a Burundian SIM card is the most affordable way to stay connected when traveling in Burundi. However, you have other options, such as:

Roaming with Your Provider in Burundi

Earlier, I mentioned that international roaming can be expensive in many cases. I would not even recommend doing so because mobile data is so cheap in Burundi. However, roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling because you do not have to swap SIM cards and your friends and family can reach you on the phone number they already have.

Although neighboring countries, or other East African nations, will have “low” roaming rates for Burundi, there are no particular operators that come up in my mind that have a noteworthy roaming plan that I would recommend. However, I have written roaming guides of many operators around the world. You could look for yours and see if they have decent rates for Burundi.

Free WIFI Hotspots in Burundi

This one is the easiest to understand and the cheapest way to stay connected because you do not have to pay anything. The issue, however, is that free WIFI hotspots can be unsecure and unreliable.

You will not find many free WIFI hotspots throughout Burundi. If you manage to find one, they will be slow, so you should not rely on free WIFI networks while in Burundi.

Moreover, public WIFI hotspots are unsecure. They are a prime target for hackers to steal your data and use it for illicit purposes.

That is why I use, and would recommend you to start using, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you connect to a public hotspot. What a VPN does is creating an encrypted tunnel between your device and the hotspot so that your data will stay private.

I would recommend using Surfshark while in Burundi and connect to servers in Nigeria (the closest server to Burundi). Sadly, the distance between Burundi and Nigeria is large, so you will notice a drop in browsing speed when connected to Surfshark, and there are no servers in Burundi (yet – maybe Rwanda soon). However, at least you will not have to worry about anyone snooping on your browsing sessions.

Surfshark has many cool deals too all the time, which you should check out!

Surfshark Banner

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Burundi

Getting a SIM card from Lumitel (best coverage and cheapest on average) would do you well considering a Burundian SIM card.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Get Us In Your Inbox

Get regular phone-travel-related news, tips, and articles. I will also send you a FREE Excel sheet with the best operator(s) of 230+ destinations around the world, including why they are the best, SIM card prices, and more! 

We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use

Local Prepaid SIM Card in Other African Countries

Going to other countries in East Africa? Check out my East Africa SIM card buying guide, covering other East African nations, such as:

Be sure to check out this guide covering all African countries, such as these popular African travel destinations:

Otherwise, I have many guides covering countries all over the world. Get my SIM card recommendation sheet by signing up for my newsletter!

Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money with international SIM cards, 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!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling? In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services, and products I have for this site and my YouTube channel. If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cards, international SIM cards, mobile hotspots, or roam internationally. Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

Sign Up for the Phone Travel Wiz Newsletter

Sign up for my newsletter: Get an excel sheet of the best SIM cards of over 230+ destinations around the world, updated monthly! Moreover, I send you many tips and tricks on how to save money while traveling every now and then.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Get Us In Your Inbox

Get regular phone-travel-related news, tips, and articles. I will also send you a FREE Excel sheet with the best operator(s) of 230+ destinations around the world, including why they are the best, SIM card prices, and more! 

We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use

Let's Be Social

Did you know that I have a YouTube channel covering everything you need to know about traveling with your phone? A lot of useful videos are uploaded multiple times a week, and you do not want to miss out on them!

Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest and repin some pins!

Learn More About Who Adu Actually Is

Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!

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 due to the current pandemic and does not have any travel plans for after his stay in Taiwan.

Recent Content