Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Comoros Guide

Comoros is a beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean. With amazing beaches, resorts, and food, it is a popular travel destination where many Instagram-worthy photos can be taken.

Roaming in general can be expensive, even in Comoros. Many travelers prefer to buy local prepaid SIM cards to stay connected because it is much more affordable than roaming.

Mobile data rates in Comoros are low compared to the world average, which is another reason to buy a Comorian SIM card.

In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Comoros. Let's get started.

Buying a SIM Card in Comoros Guide (Huri by Comoros Telecom & Telma Comoros)

Original publication: 17th of June 2020. Last updated: 22nd of November 2020.

Table of Contents

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Comoros

Comoros has 2 telecom operators:

  • Huri by Comoros Telecom (Comores Telecom)
  • Telma Comoros (Telma Comores)

Both operators have 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks.

The following frequencies are used by the Comorian operators:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20)

The Best SIM Card in Comoros

If you want to buy a SIM card in Comoros, then either Comoros Telecom or Telma are good options. Comoros Telecom has a slightly more extensive network (2G & 3G) compared to Telma. However, Telma offers lower prices and has a more extensive 4G/LTE network.

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SIM Card Registration in Comoros

Unlike most countries in East Africa, and Africa in general, you do not have to register your passport details when buying a Comorian SIM card. A

ccording to Privacy International, together with Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), Comoros is not even considering implementing SIM card registration laws as of 2019Opens in a new tab., and not in 2020 when this article was published.

The State of the Comorian Telecom Market

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Comoros Telecom used to be the sole operator in Comoros until 2016 when Telma from Madagascar decided to compete with Comtel. While 4G/LTE came out in 2009, Comoros Telecom started rolling out 3G in 2013Opens in a new tab..

Comoros Telecom has had a bad reputation because their prices were high and the quality of service of their network was poor. Moreover, SIM cards used to cost 100 USD back in 2002Opens in a new tab., which resulted in a low mobile penetration rate in Comoros because mobile services were simply not affordable for the local population.

In 2018, two years after Telma Comoros was active in the country, Comoros Telecom decided to lower their prices. They also rolled out 4G/LTE in the same year (Telma Comoros already covered 60% of the population with their 4G/LTE network at the end of 2016Opens in a new tab.).

For now, Comoros Telecom remains the largest operator in Comoros because they held a monopoly for a long time. However, that may change over the years if Comoros Telecom decides not to innovate. However, they have shown the ability to innovate by introducing 4G/LTE in 2018, which is advertised at 4.5G.

It is unclear whether Comoros Telecom uses LTE-Advanced (LTE-A (Pro) – 3GPP release 13 & 14) technology or uses the 4.5G term for advertising purposes like some operators around the world do.

Currency in Comoros

Comoros uses the Comorian Franc with the symbol KMF (which will be used throughout this article). Prices in Comoros are listed in Fc. For example, 25 KMF is Fc 25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between KMF and USD (US Dollars):

  • 10 KMF = 0.02 USD
  • 100 KMF = 0.25 USD
  • 1000 KMF = 2.30 USD
  • 10 000 KMF = 22.85 USD
  • 100 000 KMF = 228.55 USD

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

Comorian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Comoros Telecom and Telma Comoros and go through:

  • Background information
  • 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 Comoros Telecom and Telma Comoros have to offer to us.

Huri by Comoros Telecom

Comoros Telecom Logo

Comoros TelecomOpens in a new tab., officially known as Comores Telecom and also known as Comtel, is the largest operator in Comoros.

Getting a Huri (Comoros Telecom) SIM Card

Comoros Telecom has a mobile brand called Huri. You can buy a Huri SIM card for 2000 KMF in Comoros Telecom stores throughout Comoros. You can also buy the SIM card at Moroni Airport (Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport/Aéroport de Moroni-Prince Saïd Ibrahim – HAH) with a potential premium.

Huri by Comoros Telecom Logo

Topping Up Your Huri SIM Card

Huri recharge vouchers are widely available throughout the country. If you decide to buy a top-up voucher from a third-party vendor and not in a Comoros Telecom store, you will have to pay a 50 KMF fee per 500 KMF. For example, a 5000 KMF recharge will cost you 5500 KMF in total (500 KMF in fees). To top-up, dial *123* and enter the voucher code in the prompt. Dial #123# to check your Huri balance.

Huri offers combo plans called Forfait Huri, and data-only plans called Huri Data Classique (4.5G).

Huri Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

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Forfait Huri

Forfait Huri plans are combo plans that come with data, minutes, and SMS on-net SMS. It is not clear whether the minutes are for on-net use only or are considered to be local minutes. There are 9 Forfait Huri plans, but only 7 of them include data:

PriceDataMinutesSMSValidityActivation
500 KMF50 MB15 minutes30 SMS48 hours*125*1#
1000 KMF100 MB60 minutes50 SMS4 days*125*2#
2000 KMF50 MB30 minutes10 SMS7 days*125*1#
2000 KMF200 MB120 minutes60 SMS20 days*125*3#
5000 KMF1 GB180 minutes120 SMS20 days*125*4#
10 000 KMF1 GB120 minutes200 SMS7 days*125*2#
10 000 KMF3 GB360 minutes200 SMS30 days*125*5#
The activation code for some plans are indeed the same – those were not typos.

Huri Data Classique

The Huri Data Classique plans are data-only bundles. All Huri Data Classique bundles come with unlimited WhatsApp (texting), while some other plans also come with unlimited Facebook and Snapchat. Speed restrictions apply to most plans too.

The following 6 Huri Data Classique plans are available:

PriceDataUnlimited Social MediaSpeed RestrictionValidityActivation
250 KMF75 MBWhatsAppMax. 5 Mbps48 hours*124*1#
350 KMF150 MBWhatsAppMax. 5 Mbps4 days*124*2#
700 KMF350 MBWhatsApp, Facebook & SnapchatMax. 5 Mbps4 days*124*3#
1000 KMF500 MBWhatsApp, Facebook & SnapchatMax. 5 Mbps7 days*124*4#
2000 KMF2 GBWhatsApp, Facebook & SnapchatNo restrictions7 days*124*5#
5000 KMF7 GBWhatsApp, Facebook & SnapchatNo restrictions15 days*124*6#

Comoros Telecom 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):

  • APN: www

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Telma Comoros

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Telma ComorosOpens in a new tab., officially known as Telma Comores but will be referred to as just “Telma,” was awarded a license in 2015 to bring competition in the Comorian telecom market. They are an operator from Madagascar where they operate as Telma Malagasy. Telma started building their network with 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE technology from 2016 and covered all islands at the end of 2017.

Getting a Telma Comoros SIM Card

You can buy a Telma SIM card, called Kirabu, for 500 KMF in Telma stores. It comes with 250 MB, 2 hours on-net airtime (+15 off-net minutes OR 5 minutes to Only Mayotte (Only is the name of the operator)), and 50 SMS. It is also possible to buy a SIM card at Moroni Airport (Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport/Aéroport de Moroni-Prince Saïd Ibrahim – HAH), but you may pay a premium for it.

Topping Up Your Telma Comoros SIM Card

Telma recharge vouchers are widely available and can be redeemed onlineOpens in a new tab. (in French). Below are the redeem instructions in English:

  • Under Numéro TELMA, you enter your Telma phone number (7-digits)
  • Enter your 14-digit voucher code in Code de recharge
  • Finally, finish off with entering the CAPTCHA under Tapez le codes visual and press the black-yellow Validex button to finish the transaction

Telma Comoros Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Telma has a combo plan called Maxi Rahisi, and a data-only plan called TelmaNet

Telma Maxi Rahisi

Maxi Rahisi bundles are combo bundles with data, on-net minutes, off-net minutes OR minutes to Only Mayotte, and on-net SMS. You have the following 6 options:

PriceDataOn-Net HoursOff-Net MinutesMinutes to Only MayotteOn-Net SMSValidityActivation
500 KMF250 MB2 hours15 minutes5 minutes50 SMS1 day#445*41#
1000 KMF500 MB6 hours30 minutes10 minutes100 SMS3 days#445*42#
2000 KMF1.5 GB30 hours80 minutes20 minutes200 SMS15 days#445*43#
5000 KMF5 GB90 hours120 minutes30 minutes500 SMS30 days#445*50#
10 000 KMF15 GBUnlimited360 minutes60 minutesUnlimited30 days#445*44#
15 000 KMF30 GBUnlimited480 minutes120 minutesUnlimited30 days#445*45#
Remember, you can choose between off-net minutes or minutes to Only Mayotte – you cannot do both.

TelmaNet

TelmaNet bundles are data-only bundles. They come in 6 variants:

PriceDataValidityActivation
500 KMF500 MB1 day#445*71#
1000 KMF1 GB7 days#445*72#
2000 KMF3 GB7 days#445*73#
5000 KMF10 GB30 days#445*77#
10 000 KMF30 GB30 days#445*74#
15 000 KMF60 GB30 days#445*75#

Telma Comoros 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):

  • APN: www

Other Ways to Use the Internet When Traveling in Comoros

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Comoros

Getting a SIM card from Comoros Telecom (best 2G/3G coverage) and Telma (best 4G/LTE coverage and cheapest option) would do you well considering a Comorian SIM card.

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