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Cambodia: 3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2022)

Cambodia – known for its (massive) temples, cultural heritage & it is one of the countries that never had a McDonald's.

Yes, that somewhat terrifying clown could never set foot in this country.

Unlike other countries in the region, Cambodia did not enjoy an early growth in tourism arrivals.

But in recent years, more travelers have flocked to the country, except for the pandemic years, of course.

Why is that? It is because Cambodia has a lot to offer.

Of course, you cannot leave Cambodia without visiting Angkor Wat – a beautiful and insanely huge temple.

But besides the numerous temples the country has to offer, visit Kaoh Tonsay and Otres Beach for the beach-life experience you cannot experience elsewhere in the country.

And do not forget about Ream National Park – you can even get a boat tour there.

Being bored in Cambodia? No way! No reason to be.

Another thing you should not do when in Cambodia is roam internationally – International roaming can be expensive.

That is why I always recommend local prepaid SIM cards or eSIM and even travel eSIMs so that you can enjoy low rates for data, minutes & SMS.

Fortunately, mobile data rates are low in Cambodia – one of the lowest in the region, for that matter.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Cambodia?

You can get a Cambodian SIM card for 1 USD or 2 USD from Metfone, Smart & Cellcard in their stores. Smart and Cellcard also have tourist SIM cards for 5 USD and 6 USD, respectively. SIM cards are also sold at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and Siem Reap International Airport (REP).

Those prices are low, indeed – just wait until you find out that the cost of mobile data is low too.

Especially for those coming from Europe and North America.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Cambodia. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Cambodia Guide (logos of Metfone, Smart & Cellcard)

Original publication: 9th of November 2019. Last updated: 18th of September 2022.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Cambodia?

Anyone living in or visiting Cambodia can buy a Cambodian SIM card from the mobile network operators (Metfone, Smart & Cellcard) with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Cambodia).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Cambodia?

You can get a Cambodia SIM card in Metfone, Smart & Cellcard stores. SIM cards are also sold at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and Siem Reap International Airport (REP).

You can expect to pay the following for Cambodian SIM cards:

  • Metfone: between 1 USD and 2 USD (depending on how premium your phone number is)
  • Smart Cambodia: 1 USD
  • Cellcard: 1 USD

The following Cambodian mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Metfone: N/A – although SIM cards are sold at airports)
  • Smart Cambodia: Free! & 5 USD (Basic SIM)
  • Cellcard: 6 USD

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Can You Use Your Phone in Cambodia?

Cambodia uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Cambodia. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Cambodia, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Cambodia.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Cambodia or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Cambodia (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Cambodia

Cambodia has three mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible for travelers:

  • Metfone
  • Smart Cambodia
  • Cellcard

The following frequencies are used in Cambodia:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Cambodia, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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A Note about Yes 018 (formerly Seatel Cambodia)

Yes 018 Cambodia Logo
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Yes 018, formerly Seatel Cambodia, is the fourth mobile operator in Cambodia.

It is a 4G/LTE-only mobile operator with no national roaming agreement, meaning you will not have any 2G or 3G fallback in areas Yes 018 does not cover (yet).

Currently, Yes 018 has the fastest 4G/LTE speeds in the country, and calls can be made with VoLTE (Voice over LTE – more about that feature later).

So, why did I not mention Yes 018 yet?

That is because it still has limited coverage throughout the country.

Moreover, only supported devices can use Yes 018's network.

Although it is an extensive list, mostly budget and mid-range phones are supported.

Especially from brands like Huawei, OPPO & Samsung A & J series.

Does that mean phones like iPhones and Samsung Galaxy Notes are not supported?

No, they actually are supported… but only the older devices.

In the case of iPhones, only those up to the X series are supported; the 11-, 12-, & 13 series are not.

The same counts for the newer Samsung Galaxy Notes.

The phones I use for testing, Google Pixel 6, OnePlus 7 Pro & OnePlus 9 Pro, are not supported at all – not even the older versions of these brands.

So yeah, that is why Yes 018 is not included in this guide.

However, it can, at times, be the cheapest option in Cambodia during promotions.

And you can have a smooth experience in urban areas with Yes 018.

VoLTE & VoWiFi in Cambodia

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are available in Cambodia. However, not all mobile operators offer both services.

This means that your phone does not have to downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Cambodia (unlike mobile operators that do not support VoLTE).

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE and VoWiFi in Cambodia:

  • Smart Cambodia

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE only in Cambodia:

  • Metfone

The following mobile operators do not offer VoLTE nor VoWiFi to prepaid customers in Cambodia:

  • Cellcard

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Cambodia

5G NR is not available in Cambodia as of 2022, and the Cambodian government has not made any indications of when they will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in Cambodia

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Cambodia, I recommend going with Metfone or Smart. Metfone has the best overall coverage, but Smart has the best 4G/LTE availability. Smart also has the fastest speeds.

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Best eSIM in Cambodia

Metfone, Smart & Cellcard offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Cambodian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Cambodia without personal detail capturing, you can get the Cambodia (Connect Cambodia) eSIM from Airalo.

Cambodia Connect Cambodia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these three options:

  1. Cambodia/Connect Cambodia 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Cambodia/Connect Cambodia 3 GB eSIM for 30 days
  3. Cambodia/Connect Cambodia 5 GB eSIM for 30 days

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Cambodia Connect Cambodia eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide.

You can also get Cambodia eSIMs from Nomad.

Cambodia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Cambodia eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide.

Finally, you can also get Cambodia eSIMs from Holafly:

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No unlimited data for Cambodia (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Cambodia eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide.

With these eSIMs, you can skip Cambodia's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Cambodia!

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TIP: check out my Best Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Cambodia.

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM (which used to offer a meager 4 GB of high-speed data before allowing for unlimited data at snail speeds), following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days.

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular eSIM for Phone Travel readers, and I have no doubt that the Asialink eSIM will be popular too.

Just like in Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Asian countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Cambodia).

The Asialink eSIM can be used in 13 14 countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia:

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Cambodia and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparion of several eSIMs for Cambodia.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Cambodia

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Cambodia, I recommend going with SimCorner's Cambodia Travel SIM cards. Consider SimCorner's Asia SIM cards to be used in Cambodia and 20+ countries, including neighboring Laos, Thailand & Vietnam.

You have the following two Cambodia Travel SIM cards:

  1. Cambodia SIM card with 6 GB for 8 days in 30 countries
  2. Cambodia SIM card with 6 GB for 15 days in 20+ countries
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 8 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

The SimCorner Asia SIM cards can be used in Cambodia and the following other countries:

You can also get the SimCorner International Travel SIM card with 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Cambodia and 100+ countries, including most of the ones mentioned above (Asia) and in the Americas, Europe & Oceania:

Instead of spending between 1 USD to 384 USD for SIM cards in each Asian country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Cambodia

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Cambodia. It will be done at the point of sale.

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Cambodia Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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Cambodia is one of the cheaper countries in Southeast Asia for travel.

And the same can be said for mobile data in the country.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Cambodia is 0.42 USD, below the Asian average of 1.47 USD. The world average is 3.12 USD.

In fact, Cambodia is the 9th lowest mobile data rate in Asia (excluding the Middle East).

It is not uncommon to spend only 10 USD for 15 GB of data (Canadians are probably jealous when they read this).

Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country with a lower average cost for 1 GB of data (0.38 USD).

So you pay peanuts for data-featured plans in Cambodia, but will your speeds be slow?

Unfortunately, yes.

Cambodia's median mobile download speed is around 17 Mbps.

For reference, the global median download speed is around 31 Mbps at the moment.

Cambodia has the slowest median download speed compared to its neighbors (Laos, Thailand & Vietnam).

Even then, Cambodia's mobile download speeds have increased by 25.6% year on year.

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Cambodia.

That would be Smart, with an average download speed of 14.2 Mbps. Followed by Cellcard (13.1 Mbps) and Metfone (10.3 Mbps).

The mobile operator with the best 4G/LTE speeds is Cellcard, with an average download speed of 15.7 Mbps.

It is followed by Smart (15.1 Mbps) and Metfone (11.6 Mbps).

So what about coverage? Which mobile operator has the best coverage?

Honestly, the three mobile operators cover almost all of Cambodia.

They have an availability score of 93.6%-95%.

Smart has a 4G/LTE availability score of 93.9%. Followed by Metfone (86.1%) and Cellcard (79.3%).

So what about overall network performance by the Cambodia mobile operators?

Smart is the winner of the Cambodia Mobile Experience Awards of August 2022.

Basically, you cannot go wrong with Smart.

With low SIM card prices, practically perfect nationwide coverage, slow mobile download speeds, and incredibly low mobile data rates, you should have a good network experience in Cambodia.

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Currency in Cambodia

100 Cambodian Riel Bank Note
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Cambodia uses the Cambodian Riel with the symbol KHR (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as . For example, 25 KHR = ៛ 25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between KHR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 100 KHR = 0.02 USD
  • 1000 KHR = 0.25 USD
  • 10 000 KHR = 2.45 USD
  • 100 000 KHR = 24.40 USD

For up-to-date KHR:your currency (let's say VND – Vietnamese Dong) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

But you may have noticed that I listed some prices in USD instead of KHR – what gives?

Since the 1980s, the USD was introduced in Cambodia and has been used ever since.

10 US Dollar Note
© U.S. Currency Education Program

Yes, even the mobile operators accept USD – they even list prices in USD instead of KHR.

The retail exchange rate between KHR and USD is 4000:1, meaning that 4000 KRH is 1 USD or 1 USD is 4000 KHR.

Even though the official rate, according to the National Bank of Cambodia, is 4100 KHR:1 USD.

In (very) remote parts of Cambodia, merchants may want KHR instead of USD (or Thai Baht along the border), but mobile operators will always accept USD.

In some cases, the mobile operator may list the price of a plan in KHR instead of USD.

In that case, I will list both prices for consistency.

And you will see that even they use the 4000:1 retail rate instead of the rate mentioned by the central bank.

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Cambodian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Metfone, Smart Cambodia & Cellcard, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Cambodia has to offer to us.


Metfone

Metfone Cambodia Logo
© Metfone

Metfone is the largest mobile operator in Cambodia.

It has a market share of around or more than 50%, telling you that it is loved by the locals.

But why is that?

Metfone is backed by Viettel from Vietnam.

The mobile operator, backed by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, usually enters the market by building coverage in rural and underserved parts of the country with basically no competition before heading to urban areas.

That way, mobile operators started or backed by Viettel gain a userbase quickly because the population of rural areas has no to spotty coverage to begin with.

So Metfone is certainly recommended if you plan on visiting rural Cambodia.

Moreover, Metfone purchased Beeline Cambodia back in 2015, which is another reason it has such a large subscriber base.

Metfone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Metfone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Metfone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Metfone

Metfone has the best general availability in Cambodia.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Metfone's 3G coverage map:

Followed by Metfone's 4G/LTE coverage map:

Here is a combined 3G and 4G/LTE coverage map produced by Metfone:

Finally, we have a Metfone coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Metfone

You can get a Metfone SIM card for 1 USD or 2 USD, depending on how premium the phone number is, in Metfone stores. Metfone SIM cards are also sold at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and Siem Reap International Airport (REP).

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It is possible to get a Metfone eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Note that the Cambodian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Cambodia (Connect Cambodia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Cambodia Connect Cambodia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Cambodia eSIMs from Nomad.

Cambodia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

Finally, you have the Holafly Cambodia eSIM (8 GB/30 days).

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Asialink eSIM covering Cambodia and 12 other East- and Southeast Asian countries: (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Asialink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

TIP: check out my Best Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Cambodia.

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Note that Metfone offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Dial *99# to see your Metfone phone number.

Call 421 to change the system's language to English (and 1770 if you want it back to Khmer again).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Metfone

Metfone top-up vouchers are sold in Metfone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Cambodia.

The following (online) Metfone top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
0.50 USD3 days
1 USD7 days
2 USD14 days
5 USD30 days
10 USD60 days
20 USD100 days
50 USD200 days
Metfone Cambodia Top-Ups

To top up your Metfone SIM card, dial *1203*VoucherCode# or call 1529, select option 1, and enter the VoucherCode#

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *1203*123456# or call 1529, select option 1 and enter 123456# (including the #).

Dial *1201# to check your Metfone balance.

You can top up your Metfone SIM card on the CamID app (Android/iOS).

Metfone Cambodia CamID App
© Metfone

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Metfone

Metfone has five data-featured plans:

Metfone plans can be activated by dialing the Activation Code.

I will list all the prices in USD (US Dollar) and KHR (Cambodian Riel) at times.

To convert USD/KHR to your currency (let's say VND – Vietnamese Dong) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Limited Plans – Metfone

The Limited Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Dial the Activation Code to activate Limited Plans:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
0.10 USDMID100 MB1 day*1522*1*1#
1 USDMI1700 MB30 days*1522*1#
1 USDMI4E11500 MBNo expiry*1522*41#
1 USDMIW4 GB 17 days*1522*1*71#
2 USDMI21.5 GB30 days*1522*2#
2 USDMI4E23500 MBNo expiry*1522*42#
3 USDMI34 GB30 days*1522*1*3#
5 USDMI57 GB30 days*1522*5#
10 USDMI1015 GB30 days*1522*105#
20 USDMI2030 GB30 days*1522*20#

1 +399 on-net minutes & 399 on-net SMS

Limited Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1522*88#.

Metfone Cambodia Limited Plans
MUI Plans – Metfone

The MUI Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Dial the Activation Code to activate MUI Plans:

PricePlanData 1ValidityActivation Code
0.20 USDMIUD200 MB1 day*1522*25#
1.5 USDMIUW1.5 GB7 days*1522*150#
3 USDMIU3 GB30 days*1522*4#
5 USDMIU55 GB30 days*1522*50#
10 USDMIU1012 GB30 days*1522*10#

1 +unlimited data @ 384 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance – 384 Kbps is annoyingly slow

MUI Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1522*88#.

Metfone Cambodia MUI Plans
Social Plans – Metfone

The Social Plans are unlimited data bundles (without 5G NR access) for Facebook and Line.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Social Plans:

PricePlanFacebook & Line DataValidityActivation Code
0.05 USDSCADUnlimited1 day*1522*6#
1 USDSCAMUnlimited30 days*1522*8#

Social Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1522*88#.

Metfone Cambodia Social Plans
TikTok Unlimited Plans – Metfone

The TikTok Unlimited Plans are unlimited data bundles (without 5G NR access) for TikTok.

Dial the Activation Code to activate TikTok Unlimited Plans:

PriceTikTok DataValidityActivation Code
0.25 USDUnlimited7 days*1528*25#
1 USDUnlimited30 days*1528*100#

TikTok Unlimited Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1528*2#.

Metfone Cambodia TikTok Unlimited Plans
YouTube Plans – Metfone

The YouTube Plans are unlimited data bundles (without 5G NR access) for YouTube.

Dial the Activation Code to activate YouTube Plans:

PriceYouTube DataValidityActivation Code
1 USDUnlimited7 days*1522*62#
3 USDUnlimited30 days*1522*82#

YouTube Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1522*00#

Metfone Cambodia YouTube Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Metfone

  • Name: metfone
  • APN: metfone

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Smart (Axiata) Cambodia

Smart Cambodia Logo
© Smart Cambodia

Smart (Axiata) Cambodia, just Smart and not to be confused with Smart in the Philippines, is the second-largest mobile operator in Cambodia.

It also is the best overall mobile operator in the country.

The Axiata group, from Malaysia (as Celcom), is active in Cambodia (as Smart), Indonesia (as XL Axiata), Nepal (as Ncell) & Sri Lanka (as Dialog).

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Smart:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Smart SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Smart Cambodia

Smart has the best 4G/LTE availability in Cambodia.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Smart's 2G coverage map:

Here is a 3G coverage map of Smart:

Followed by Smart's 4G/LTE coverage map:

Here is a combined 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE coverage map produced by Smart:

Finally, we have a Smart coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Smart Cambodia

You can get a Smart SIM card for free (yes, really) or for 1 USD in Smart stores. Smart SIM cards are also sold at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and Siem Reap International Airport (REP).

Smart Cambodia SIM Card
© Smart Cambodia

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Smart Traveler SIM card – Smart's tourist offering.

The following two Smart Traveler SIM cards are available:

PriceSIM CardDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 1On-Net SMSValidity
Free!Free SIM100 MB10 minutesN/A10 SMS3 days
5 USDBasic SIM30 GBUnlimited10 minutesUnlimited7 days

1 to Brunei, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam

Yes, the Free SIM is truly free – and the salespeople often will not push you to get the Basic SIM or a regular Smart SIM card instead.

But if 100 MB is enough for you… that is a different question.

Be aware that if you decide to switch from the Free SIM or Basic SIM to another plan, you will be charged a switch fee of 0.50 USD.

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It is possible to get a Smart eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Note that the Cambodian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Cambodia (Connect Cambodia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Cambodia Connect Cambodia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Cambodia eSIMs from Nomad.

Cambodia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

Finally, you have the Holafly Cambodia eSIM (8 GB/30 days).

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
No unlimited data for Cambodia (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Asialink eSIM covering Cambodia and 12 other East- and Southeast Asian countries: (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Asialink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

TIP: check out my Best Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Cambodia.

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Note that Smart offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Smart Cambodia

Smart top-up vouchers are sold in Smart stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Cambodia.

Smart Cambodia Top-Up Locations
© Smart Cambodia

The following (online) Smart top-ups are available:

  • 0.50 USD
  • 1 USD
  • 2 USD
  • 5 USD
  • 10 USD
  • 20 USD
  • 50 USD
  • 100 USD

To top up your Smart SIM card, dial *888*VoucherCode# or *1203*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *888*123456# or *1203*123456#.

Smart Cambodia Top-Up Cards
© Smart Cambodia

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *888# to check your Smart balance.

You can top up your Smart SIM card on the SmartNas app (Android/iOS).

Smart Cambodia SmartNas App
© Smart Cambodia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Smart Cambodia

Smart has seven data-featured plans:

Smart plans can be activated by dialing the Activation Code.

I will list all the prices in USD (US Dollar) and KHR (Cambodian Riel) at times.

To convert USD/KHR to your currency (let's say VND – Vietnamese Dong) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

OsPaNhaHa! Plan – Smart Cambodia

The OsPaNhaHa! plan is a combo bundle with 3 GB of data (without 5G NR access), unlimited data for TikTok & YouTube, 500 on-net minutes/day & 500 on-net SMS/day, costing 5000 KRH/1.25 USD.

It can be activated by dialing *1700*5000#.

PriceDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
5000 KHR/1.25 USD3 GBUnlimited500 minutes/day (3500 minutes)500 SMS/day (3500 SMS)7 days*1700*5000#

1 for TikTok & YouTube (sometimes Facebook as well, depending on ongoing promotions)

OsPaNhaHa! auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1522*00#

Smart Cambodia OsPaNhaHa! Plan
SurfLikeCrazy Plans – Smart Cambodia

The SurfLikeCrazy plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Dial the Activation Code to activate SurfLikeCrazy:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
0.10 USD100 MB1 day*1700*087*10#
0.25 USD250 MB1 day*1700*087*25#
1 USD500 MB30 days*1700*087*101#
1 USD1 GB1 day*1700*087*101#
3 USD2 GB30 days*1700*087*300#
5 USD4 GB30 days*1700*087*500#
10 USD8.5 GB30 days*1700*087*1000#
15 USD13 GB30 days*087*1500#
25 USD25 GB30 days*1700*087*2500#
Smart Cambodia SurfLikeCrazy
Extra Add-Ons – Smart Cambodia

The Extra Add-Ons are combo add-ons with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Extra Add-Ons:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
0.20 USD500 MB50 minutes50 SMS1 day*1705*20#
0.50 USD1500 MB100 minutes100 SMS3 days*1705*50#
1 USD3000 MB200 minutes200 SMS7 days*1705*100#
Smart Cambodia Extra Add-Ons
© Smart Cambodia
LateNightOwl Add-Ons – Smart Cambodia

The LateNightOwn Add-Ons are data add-ons (without 5G NR access) for between 1:00 and 5:00. They can be purchased as standalone plans.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Extra Add-Ons:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
0.10 USD1 GB1 night (1:00 – 5:00)*1700*087*11#
0.40 USD5 GB1 night (1:00 – 5:00)*1700*087*55#

LateNightOwl Add-Ons auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *087*0#.

Smart Cambodia LateNightOwl Add-Ons
TikTok Unlimited Plan – Smart Cambodia

The TikTok Unlimited plan is an unlimited data bundle (without 5G NR access) for TikTok for 1 day, costing 0.04 USD.

Dial 1700*997*1# to activate TikTok Unlimited:

PriceTikTok DataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
0.04 USDUnlimited1 day*1700*997*1#*1700*997*0#

TikTok Unlimited plan auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1700*997*0#.

Smart Cambodia TikTok Unlimited Plan
SocialPack Unlimited Plans – Smart Cambodia

The SocialPack Unlimited plans are unlimited data bundles (without 5G NR access) for Line, WeChat & WhatsApp.

Dial the Activation Code to activate SocialPack Unlimited:

PriceSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
0.05 USDUnlimited1 day*998*91#
1 USDUnlimited30 days*998*82#

1 for Line, WeChat & WhatsApp

SocialPack Unlimited Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *998*09#.

Smart Cambodia SocialPack Unlimited Plans
StreamOn Plans – Smart Cambodia

The StreamOn plans are unlimited data bundles (without 5G NR access) for Line, TikTok, WeChat & WhatsApp.

Dial the Activation Code to activate StreamOn:

PricePlanSocial Data 1, 2ValidityActivation Code
2 USDStreamOn 2Unlimited7 days*1700*700*777#
8 USDStreamOn 8Unlimited30 days*1700*700*3333#

1 for Line, TikTok, WeChat & WhatsApp
2 you also get free subscriptions to JaiKon TV, Pleng Pro & Soyo

Smart Cambodia StreamOn Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Smart Cambodia

  • Name: Smart
  • APN: smart

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Cellcard

Cellcard Cambodia Logo
© Cellcard

Cellcard is the smallest mobile operator in Cambodia.

It does have the fastest 4G/LTE speeds in the country.

Cellcard uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Cellcard:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Cellcard SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Cellcard

Cellcard has the worst coverage in Cambodia.

However, its coverage is still extensive.

Below is Cellcard's 2G coverage map:

Here is a 3G coverage map of Cellcard:

Followed by Cellcard's 4G/LTE coverage map:

Here is a combined 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE coverage map produced by Cellcard:

Below is a Cellcard coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Cellcard

You can get a Cellcard SIM card for 1 USD in Cellcard stores. Cellcard SIM cards are also sold at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and Siem Reap International Airport (REP).

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Cellcard Tourist SIM Pack – Cellcard's tourist offering.

For 6 USD, you get 1 USD credit, unlimited data, unlimited on-net minutes & unlimited on-net SMS for 7 days.

Cellcard Cambodia Tourist SIM Card

Now, you do not get truly unlimited allowances because an undisclosed Fair Use Policy (FUP) exists.

Still, the allowances are generous (based on my experience).

Note that although the Tourist SIM Pack expires after seven days, you can purchase most Cellcard plans once the pack expires – the SIM card itself is valid for 30 days and cannot be extended.

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It is possible to get a Cellcard eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Note that the Cambodian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Cambodia (Connect Cambodia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Cambodia Connect Cambodia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Cambodia eSIMs from Nomad.

Cambodia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

Finally, you have the Holafly Cambodia eSIM (8 GB/30 days).

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No unlimited data for Cambodia (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Asialink eSIM covering Cambodia and 12 other East- and Southeast Asian countries: (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Asialink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

TIP: check out my Best Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Cambodia.

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Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with Cellcard.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Cellcard

Cellcard top-up vouchers are sold in Cellcard stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Cambodia.

The following (online) Cellcard top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
1 USD7 days
1.25 USD8 days
2 USD15 days
2.50 USD15 days
5 USD30 days
10 USD40 days
20 USD60 days
50 USD180 days
Cellcard Cambodia Top-Ups

To top up your Cellcard SIM card, dial *123*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *123*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial #823# to check your Cellcard balance.

You can top up your Cellcard SIM card on the Cellcard app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Cellcard Cambodia App
© Cellcard

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Cellcard

Cellcard has four data-featured plans:

Cellcard plans can be activated by dialing the Activation Code.

I will list all the prices in USD (US Dollar) and KHR (Cambodian Riel) at times.

To convert USD/KHR to your currency (let's say VND – Vietnamese Dong) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

PlayGame Unlimited Plans – Cellcard

The PlayGame Unlimited plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Dial the Activation Code to activate PlayGame Unlimited:

PriceDataGame Data 1On-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
1 USD5 GBUnlimited210 minutes210 SMS7 days*5555*1#
5 USD25 GBUnlimited900 minutes900 SMS30 days*5555*2#

1 for Garena Shells, Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile & two other games I do not know/recognize (I am not a mobile gamer 🗿)

Cellcard Cambodia PlayGame Unlimited Plans
© Cellcard
Time to Rise Plans – Cellcard

The Time to Rise plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Time to Rise:

PriceDataSpotify DataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
4000 KHR/1 USD5 GBUnlimited500 minutes500 SMS7 days*1788*1#
24 000 KRH/6 USD40 GBUnlimited4000 minutes4000 SMS35 days*1788*2#

Time to Rise auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1200#

Cellcard Cambodia Time to Rise Plans
© Cellcard
4U Plans – Cellcard

The 4U plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Dial the Activation Code to activate 4U:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
5000 KHR/1.25 USD5000 MB5000 minutes500 SMS7 days*5000*1#
10 000 KHR/2.50 USD12 GBUnlimited1200 SMS7 days*5000*2#
20 000 KHR/5 USD30 GBUnlimited3000 SMS35 days*5000*3#
40 000 KHR/10 USD70 GBUnlimited7000 SMS35 days*5000*4#

4U auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *1200#

Cellcard Cambodia 4U Plans
© Cellcard
iNET Plans – Cellcard

The iNET plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Dial the Activation Code to activate iNET:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
1000 KRH/0.25 USDRiel Deal1 GB1 day*1000#
2 USDiNET 2004 GB7 days#6767#200#
5 USDiNET 5008 GB30 days#6767#500#
10 USDiNET 100018 GB30 days#6767#1000#
20 USDiNET 200040 GB30 days#6767#2000#

iNET auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial #6767*0#

Cellcard Cambodia iNET Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Cellcard

  • Name: Cellcard
  • APN: cellcard

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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