Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Comoros Guide

Logos of Telecom Operators in Comoros: Huri by Comoros Telecom & Telma Comoros

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.

Telecom Operators, Networks, and Frequencies in Comoros

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

The State of the Comorian Telecom Market

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 2013.

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 2002, 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 2016).

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

Huri by Comoros Telecom Logo

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 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).

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

Telma Comoros Logo

Telma Comoros, 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.

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.

Telma recharge vouchers are widely available and can be redeemed online (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 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

Getting a Comorian SIM card is probably the cheapest way to connect to the internet when traveling in Comoros. However, you can also:

Mobile Hotspots

Mobile hotspots are battery-powered wireless router that allows you to connect your phone, laptop, or tablet without needing multiple SIM cards for those devices to be connected to the internet. They are excellent for those traveling in groups, like friends or family.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot (like the ones I cover in this article) or rent them. As a solo traveler, I barely get a mobile hotspot for myself. When I do, I rent them from Travelwifi, which covers 130+ destinations for as little as $7/day, or Skyroam, which also covers more than 130 destinations, and data starts from $8/day. You can get a discount with Skyroam by using coupon code PHONETRAVELWIZ upon checkout.

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International SIM Cards & Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards and travel SIM cards can be a convenient way to stay connected when traveling around multiple countries. Many countries require those buying local prepaid SIM cards to go through a registration procedure, unlike in Comoros.

Although I love to collect SIM cards, many do not. So having one SIM card that covers all the destinations you are visiting can be a blessing. I recommend four companies that sell international SIM cards or travel SIM cards:

  • Surfroam: my go-to SIM card when I arrive in a new destination and do not have a local prepaid SIM card yet. Airport WIFI is usually slow, and I am impatient and need to be connected right away. Data for as little as €0.01/MB (or €10.24/GB) in over 200 destinations. Read my Surfroam review.
  • SimOptions: a travel SIM card reseller that sells AMAZING travel SIM cards, covering multiple destinations, for reasonable prices. I have tried multiple SIM cards from SimOptions and have always been satisfied. Check out my review covering SimOptions SIM cards.
  • SimCorner: a travel SIM card reseller, but they also sell local SIM cards of the destination you are visiting and deliver them to your home, which is rather unique. See my SimCorner review.
  • OneSimCard: the ultimate international SIM card. It works in every corner in the world, and you can even buy multiple numbers from different countries and use them on ONE SIM card. A game-changer! See my article analyzing OneSimCard.

Roaming

Roaming with your provider is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling because you can keep using your SIM card and do not have to buy a new one. However, roaming often results in expensive bills, but that does not always have to be the case. Your operator may offer attractive roaming packages, but it will most likely be more expensive than buying a local prepaid SIM card and getting a data package from a local operator.

I have an article explaining why roaming is so expensive. I also have many articles covering the roaming options of operators around the world, and make a verdict saying roaming can be worth it or not. Finally, I discuss many phone travel tips to keep your phone bills low when traveling.

Free WIFI Hotspots

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to connect to the internet because you do not have to pay anything. However, free WIFI hotspots can be unsecure and unreliable.

You will not find many hotspots in Comoros. Those you will find are slow. Additionally, public WIFI hotspots are unsecure. They are a prime target for hackers to steal your data and use it for illicit purposes, which is why I ALWAYS use a VPN on open WIFI connections (and even on private ones, even at home).

What a VPN does is creating an encrypted tunnel between your device and the hotspot so that your data will stay private. I use NordVPN, and you can get up to 70% off when you get a NordVPN subscription. Get your subscription now!

The Best 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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Book Your Flight for Comoros

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 before going to Comoros.

Book Your Accommodation for Comoros

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, especially in Comoros. At least, that is how I see it. Moreover, Airbnb can often be much cheaper than staying in a Comorian hotel.

Get Your Travel Insurance for Comoros

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 in Comoros, 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 Comorian Franc 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.

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Enjoy your trip!

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.

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