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Timor-Leste: 3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

Timor-Leste (East Timor) – known for its beaches, watersports & mountains.

It is also one of the newest countries in the world, ahead of Montenegro (2006), Serbia (2006), Kosovo (2008) & South Sudan (2011).

Unfortunately, Timor-Leste is the least visited country in Southeast Asia (even Brunei gets more)… but what can you do in the country?

You should visit Tatamailau – probably the most famous Timorese mountain if you can.

If you want to swim with (almost) nobody else around, head to Jaco Island.

And do not forget about Nino Konis Santana National Park.

See – visiting Timor-Leste does not have to be boring at all!

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

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

The average cost for 1 GB of data is only 2.16 USD… so mobile data is truly cheap in (Southeast) Asia!

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Timor-Leste?

You can get a Timorese SIM card for 1 USD from Telemor, Timor Telekom (TT) & Telkomcel in their stores. SIM cards are also sold near (Dili) Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL – for at least 10 USD).

Those prices are not too bad, right?

Just wait until you see the data-featured plans 😉.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Timor-Leste (East Timor) Guide (logos of Telemor, Timor Telecom & Telkomcel)

Original publication: 21st of December 2019. Last updated: 24th of October 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Timor-Leste (East Timor)?

Anyone living in or visiting Timor-Leste can buy a Timorese SIM card from the mobile network operators (Telemor, Timor Telecom (TT) & Telkomcel) 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 Timor-Leste).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Timor-Leste (East Timor)?

You can get a Timorese SIM card in Telemor, Timor Telecom (TT) & Telkomcel stores. SIM cards are also sold near (Dili) Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL).

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

  • Telemor: 1 USD
  • Timor Telecom (TT): 1 USD
  • Telkomcel: 1 USD

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

  • Telemor: N/A – SIM cards sold near the airport may only include higher-tiered plans (10 USD minimum)
  • Timor Telecom (TT): SIM cards sold near the airport may only include higher-tiered plans (10 USD minimum)
  • Telkomcel: SIM cards sold near the airport may only include higher-tiered plans (10 USD minimum)

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Can You Use Your Phone in Timor-Leste (East Timor)?

Timor-Leste uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Timor-Leste. 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 Timor-Leste, 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 Timor-Leste.

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 Timor-Leste 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 Timor-Leste (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Timor-Leste has three mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Telemor
  • Timor Telecom (TT)
  • Telkomcel

The following frequencies are used in Timor-Leste:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz, 1800 MHz & 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 Timor-Leste, 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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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is not available in Timor-Leste – the same counts for VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling).

This means that your phone will downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Timor-Leste (unlike mobile operators that do support VoLTE – then you can still use 4G/LTE while calling).

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

5G NR in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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

The country barely has working 4G/LTE, so do not expect 5G NR anytime soon.

Best SIM Card in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Timor-Leste, I recommend going with Telemor. It has the best coverage (especially in rural Timor-Leste) and the fastest speeds.

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Best eSIM in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers in Timor-Leste (yet).

Note that the Timorese 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 Timor-Leste without personal detail capturing, you can get the Timor-Leste (Jaco Mobile) eSIM from Airalo.

East Timor Jaco Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have one option:

  1. Timor-Leste/Jaco Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days

Be aware: you will be restricted to 3G – not 4G/LTE with the Jaco Mobile eSIM (unlike most Airalo eSIMs).

But if you use 4G/LTE in the cities, like Dili (capital), it will feel like you are on 3G anyway.

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

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

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

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SIM Card Registration in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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

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Timor-Leste (East Timor) Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of East Timor

While Timor-Leste may not be the most visited country in Southeast Asia.

However, it is not an expensive destination (although not the cheapest in the region).

The average price for 1 GB of data in Timor-Leste is 2.16 USD, around the Asian average of 1.47 USD. The world average is 3.12 USD.

Anyway, even though the average cost of 1 GB of data is low by global standards, Timor-Leste has the fifth-highest average mobile data rates in Asia (excluding the Middle East).

All mobile operators in Timor-Leste offer unlimited data plans.

But you should not expect much – speeds are slow in the country (more about that later).

So, you will pay top dollar for data-featured plans in Timor-Leste.

Will you at least get fast speeds? No, lol.

Timor-Leste's median mobile download speed is around 5 Mbps.

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

The Speedtest Global Index does not include Timor-Leste for its mobile ranking anymore because not enough individuals did tests with their apps (at least 300 unique user results).

So the numbers I mentioned earlier were from October 2021 – and it has not increased (at all) since.

So yes, while Telemor, Timor Telecom (TT) & Telkomcel offer unlimited data plans, they are not worth it.

Your speeds will not be fast enough to even hit 10 GB of data after a month, as you often have to deal with 3G (speeds).

With low SIM card prices, spotty nationwide coverage, terrible download speeds, and low mobile data rates, you will not have a smooth network experience in Timor-Leste.

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Currency in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

10 US Dollar Note
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Timor-Leste uses the US Dollar with the symbol USD (which will be used throughout this article).

Prices in Timor-Leste are listed in just $.

But you may see some East Timor Centavo coins here and there – it is pegged 1:1 to the US Dollar (so 1 US Dolar is 1 East Timor Centavo).

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Timorese Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Telemor, Timor Telecom (TT) & Telkomcel, 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 Timor-Leste has to offer to us.


Telemor

Telemor East Timor Logo
© Telemor Timor Leste

Telemor is the largest mobile operator in Timor-Leste.

It managed to overtake Timor Telecom (TT), the former monopolist, by investing heavily in rural Timor-Leste (although some say all of Timor-Leste is rural).

Telemor 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.

So Telemor is certainly recommended if you plan on visiting rural Timor-Leste.

Telemor uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 1800 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 Telemor:

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

Coverage – Telemor

Telemor has the best coverage in Timor-Leste.

Although you should not expect any coverage in rural Timor-Leste and the forests (basically all of the country, lol).

Below is Telemor's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Telemor

You can get a Telemor SIM card for 1 USD with 10 USD credit and 20 USD credit for YouTube for 7 days in Telemor stores. Telemor SIM cards are also sold near (Dili) Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL – for 10 USD or more).

You may have to call 123 to activate your Telemor SIM card.

Telemor Timor-Leste SIM Card
© Telemor
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Telemor has no eSIMs.

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Timor-Leste (Jaco Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

East Timor Jaco Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Be aware: you will be restricted to 3G – not 4G/LTE with the Jaco Mobile eSIM (unlike most Airalo eSIMs).

But if you use 4G/LTE in the cities, like Dili (capital), it will feel like you are on 3G anyway.

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

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

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Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with Telemor.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Telemor

Telemor top-up vouchers are sold in Telemor stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Timor-Leste.

To top up your Telemor SIM card, dial *120*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *120*123456#

Dial *121# to check your Telemor balance.


Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Telemor

Telemor has one data-featured plan with no apparent name. It is a combo bundle with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Telemor plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 127 or dialing *177*3#.

I will list all the prices in USD.

To convert USD to your currency (let's say IDR – Indonesian Rupiah) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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The following plans are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
0.15 USDDL50 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDL
0.25 USDPJ50 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursPJ
0.25 USDDF100 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDF
0.25 USDFB1100 MBN/AN/AN/A7 daysFB1
0.50 USDPJ50100 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursPJ50
0.50 USDD1200 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursD1
0.50 USDFB2250 MBN/AN/AN/A15 daysFB2
0.50 USDDN1UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A1 night (0:00 – 8:00)DN1
1 USDD2300 MBN/AN/AN/A7 daysD2
1 USDFB500 MBN/AN/AN/A15 daysFB
1 USD4G1500 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hours4G1
1 USDDUUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDU
1 USDDU4GUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDU4G
2 USDD3800 MBN/AN/AN/A7 daysD3
2 USDDUMAXUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDUMAX
2 USDDU2UnlimitedUnlimitedN/AUnlimited48 hoursDU2
5 USDDT2.2 GBN/AN/AN/A15 daysDT
5 USDDU7UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 daysDU7
5 USDDU4G7UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 daysDU4G7
10 USDDP4.8 GBN/AN/AN/A15 daysDP
10 USDDUMAX7UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 daysDUMAX7
15 USDGoldUnlimitedUnlimitedN/AUnlimited10 daysGO
20 USD4G208 GBN/AN/AN/A30 days4G20
25 USDDU30UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A30 daysDU30
25 USDDU4G30UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A30 daysDU4G30
30 USDDiamondUnlimitedUnlimited50 minutesUnlimited30 daysDI
50 USD4G5025 GBN/AN/AN/A30 days4G50
50 USDKingUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 daysKING
Telemor Timor-Leste Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Telemor

  • Name: Telemor
  • APN: t-internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Timor Telecom (TT)

Timor Telecom Timor-Leste Logo
© Timor Telecom

Timor Telecom, also referred to as TT, is the second-largest mobile operator in Timor-Leste.

It used to be the largest mobile operator when it still had a monopoly.

But it lost market share when the two mobile operators entered the market because Timor Telecom was way too expensive.

Nowadays, it is cheaper than before, but its competitors are more affordable or have better quality of service.

Timor Telecom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 1800 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 Timor Telecom:

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

Coverage – Timor Telecom (TT)

Timor Telecom has the best 3G coverage in Timor-Leste.

Although you should not expect any coverage in rural Timor-Leste and the forests (basically all of the country, lol).

Moreover, 3G is barely usable.

Below is Timor Telecom's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Timor Telecom (TT)

You can get a Timor Telecom SIM card for 1 USD with 1 USD credit in Timor Telecom stores. Timor Telecom SIM cards are also sold near (Dili) Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL – for 10 USD or more).

Timor Telecom Timor-Leste SIM Card
© Timor Telecom (TT)
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Timor Telecom has no eSIMs.

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Timor-Leste (Jaco Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

East Timor Jaco Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Be aware: you will be restricted to 3G – not 4G/LTE with the Jaco Mobile eSIM (unlike most Airalo eSIMs).

But if you use 4G/LTE in the cities, like Dili (capital), it will feel like you are on 3G anyway.

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

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

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Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with Timor Telecom.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Timor Telecom (TT)

Timor Telecom top-up vouchers are sold in Timor Telecom stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Timor-Leste.

To top up your Timor Telecom SIM card, dial *102# and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Dial *102# or text SALDO to 8302 to check your Timor Telecom balance.


Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Timor Telecom (TT)

Timor Telecom has four data-featured plans:

Timor Telecom plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 8302.

I will list all the prices in USD.

To convert USD to your currency (let's say IDR – Indonesian Rupiah) 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.

Happy Campaign Plans – Timor Telecom (TT)

The Happy Campaign plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

Text the Activation Code to 8302 to activate Happy Campaign:

PricePlanDataNighttime DataOn-Net Minutes 3Off-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
0.10 USDHappy Fast50 MBUnlimited 1UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A20 minutesHF
0.20 USDHappy Late NightN/AUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A1 nightHLN
0.25 USDHappy Hour100 MBUnlimited 1UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A60 minutesHH
0.50 USDHappy NightN/AUnlimited 1UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A1 nightHN
1 USDHappy Day400 MBUnlimited 1Unlimited1 minuteUnlimited1 SMS1 dayHD
1.20 USDHappy Late Night WeeklyN/AUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A7 nightsHLNW
1.50 USDHappy WeekendUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A1 weekendHWE
3 USDHappy Night WeeklyN/AUnlimited 1UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A7 nightsHNW
4 USDHappy Late Night MonthlyN/AUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A30 nightsHLNM
5 USDHappy Weekend MonthlyUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A4 weekendsHWM
6 USDHappy Week1.75 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited5 minutesUnlimited5 SMS7 daysHW
10 USDHappy Night MonthlyUnlimited 1UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A30 nightsHNM
22.50 USDHappy Month6 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited20 minutesUnlimited20 SMS30 daysHM
45 USDHappy Month Plus20 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited60 minutesUnlimited60 SMS30 daysHMP
60 USDHappy 2 Month25 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited90 minutesUnlimited90 SMS60 daysH2M

1 for between 0:00 and 7:59
2 for between 3:00 and 7:00
3 max. 200 SMS/day

Timor Telecom Timor-Leste Happy Campaign Plans
Aiii Beikxa Plans – Timor Telecom (TT)

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

Text the Activation Code to 8302 to activate Aiii Beikxa:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSActivation Code
2 USDPlus60 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedABP
4 USDSuperPlus150 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedABSP
12.50 USDFulanPlus750 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedABFP
30 USDFulanPlus Extra2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedABFPE
Mobile Internet Plans – Timor Telecom (TT)

The Mobile Internet plans are data bundles with data (without 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 8302 to activate Mobile Internet:

PriceDataNighttime DataValidity
0.10 USD150 MBN/A12 hoursTT01
0.20 USD85 MBN/A7 daysS02
0.25 USD150 MBN/A1 dayTT025
0.50 USD200 MBN/A15 daysS05
0.50 USD400 MBUnlimited 21 dayTT05
1 USD415 MBN/A15 daysS1
1 USD450 MBN/A7 daysTT1
2 USD900 MBN/A30 daysS2
3 USD1.5 GBUnlimited 27 daysTT3
5 USD2.5 GBUnlimited 215 daysTT5
10 USD5 GBN/A60 daysTT10
15 USD8 GBUnlimited 230 daysTT15
20 USD11 GBUnlimited 260 daysTT20
30 USD18 GBUnlimited 130 daysTT30
40 USD27 GBUnlimited 130 daysTT40
50 USD30 GBUnlimited 260 daysTT50
60 USD45 GBUnlimited 130 daysTT60
100 USD70 GBUnlimited 160 daysTT100

1 for between 0:00 and 7:59
2 for between 3:00 and 7:00

Timor Telecom Timor-Leste Mobile Internet Packages
Package Net NonStop- Timor Telecom (TT)

The Package Net NonStop are data bundles with data (without 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 8302 to activate Package Net NonStop:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
0.25 USDUnlimited (normal speed)2 hoursNNS2H
0.25 USDUnlimited (slow speed)24 hoursNNSBL
0.50 USDUnlimited (normal speed)6 hoursNNS6H
0.75 USDUnlimited (normal speed)24 hoursNNSL
1.50 USDUnlimited (high speed)24 hoursNNSPL
1.50 USDUnlimited (slow speed)7 daysNNSBS
5 USDUnlimited (normal speed)7 daysNNSS
5 USDUnlimited (slow speed)30 daysNNSBF
9 USDUnlimited (high speed)7 daysNNSPS
20 USDUnlimited (normal speed)30 daysNNSF
30 USDUnlimited (high speed)30 daysNNSPF
Timor Telecom Timor-Leste Package Net NonStop

Unfortunately, I do not know what reduced, medium & high-speed speeds mean… but you should not expect much – even with the Plus Package Net Nonstop.

APN/Internet Settings – Timor Telecom (TT)

  • Name: TT
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Telkomcel

Telkomcel Timor-Leste Logo 1
© Telkomcel

Telkomcel, not to be confused with Telkomsel from Indonesia, is the smallest mobile operator in Timor-Leste.

It is also the newest entrant to the market.

While I said you should not confuse it with Telkomsel from Indonesia, it is owned by Telekom Indonesia.

Telkomcel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 850 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 Telkomcel:

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

Coverage – Telkomcel

Telkomcel has extensive coverage throughout Timor-Leste.

Although you should not expect any coverage in rural Timor-Leste and the forests (basically all of the country, lol).

Below is Telkomcel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Telkomcel

You can get a Telkomcel SIM card for 1 USD with 300 MB in Telkomcel stores. Telkomcel SIM cards are also sold near (Dili) Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL – for 10 USD or more).

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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Telkomcel has no eSIMs.

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Timor-Leste (Jaco Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

East Timor Jaco Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Be aware: you will be restricted to 3G – not 4G/LTE with the Jaco Mobile eSIM (unlike most Airalo eSIMs).

But if you use 4G/LTE in the cities, like Dili (capital), it will feel like you are on 3G anyway.

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

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

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, local travel eSIMs & regional travel eSIMs for every country (lookup tool)
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Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with Telkomcel.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Telkomcel

Telkomcel top-up vouchers are sold in Telkomcel stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Timor-Leste.

To top up your Telkomcel SIM card, dial *122*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *122*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Dial *122# to check your Telkomcel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyTelkomcel app (Android/iOS).

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Telkomcel

Telkomcel has five data-featured plans:

Telkomcel plans can be activated by dialing *123*3#.

I will list all the prices in USD.

To convert USD to your currency (let's say IDR – Indonesian Rupiah) 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.

Professional Packages – Telkomcel

The Professional Packages are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

Dial *123*3*8# to activate Professional Packages:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
3.50 USD300 MBUnlimited30 minutes7 days
4.50 USD800 MBUnlimited30 minutes7 days
9.50 USD2.2 GBUnlimited55 minutes15 days
14.50 USD4.8 GBUnlimited55 minutes15 days
18 USD5 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
33 USD10 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
48 USD16 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
58 USD24 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
83 USD36 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
108 USD50 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
158 USD80 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days

Professional Packages auto-renew.

Telkomcel Timor-Leste Professional Packages
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Pakote Haksolok Plans – Telkomcel

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

Dial *123*3*8# to activate Pakote Haksolok:

PricePlanDataValidity
0.25 USDHaksolok HourUnlimited60 minutes
1 USDHaksolok Day 500 MB500 MB1 day (9:00 – 23:59)
1 USDHaksolok Day UnlimitedUnlimited1 night (0:00 – 8:59)
Pakote Diariu, Semanal, Turbo & Fulan Plans – Telkomcel

The Pakote Diariu, Semanal, Turbo & Fulan plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Dial *123*3*8# to activate Pakote Diariu, Semanal, Turbo & Fulan:

PriceDataValidity
0.25 USD300 MB24 hours
0.75 USD1 GB24 hours
1 USD400 MB7 days
2 USD900 MB7 days
5 USD2.5 GB15 days
10 USD5.2 GB15 days
15 USD8 GB30 days
25 USD14 GB30 days
40 USD24 GB30 days
50 USD30 GB30 days
75 USD48 GB30 days
100 USD65 GB30 days
150 USD100 GB30 days
Telkomcel Timor-Leste Pakote Diariu, Semanal, Turbo & Fulan Plans
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Telkomcel Timor-Leste Pakote Diariu, Semanal, Turbo & Fulan 2 Plans
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Unlimited Rapido Plans – Telkomcel

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

Dial *123*3*8# to activate Unlimited Rapido:

PricePlanDataValidity
0.50 USDSuper NikiUnlimited1 night (0:00 – 8:00)
0.75 USDUnlimited Baratu 24hUnlimited (slow speed)24 hours
5 USDUnlimited Baratu Loron 7Unlimited (slow speed)7 days
20 USDUnlimited Baratu Loron 30Unlimited (slow speed)30 days
1 USDUnlimited Demais 24hUnlimited (medium speed)24 hours
6 USDUnlimited Demais Loron 7Unlimited (medium speed)7 days
25 USDUnlimited Demais Loron 30Unlimited (medium speed)30 days
2 USDUnlimited Flash 24hUnlimited (high speed)24 hours
13 USDUnlimited Flash Loron 7Unlimited (high speed)7 days
50 USDUnlimited Flash Loron 30Unlimited (high speed)30 days

Unfortunately, I do not know what reduced, medium & high-speed speeds mean… but you should not expect much – even with the Unlimited Rapido.

Unlimited Rapido auto-renew.

Telkomcel Timor-Leste Pakote Unlimited Rapido Plans
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Pakote Sosial Media Plans – Telkomcel

The Pakote Sosial Media plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Kakao Talk, Line & WhatsApp.

Dial *123*3*8# to activate Pakote Sosial Media:

PriceSocial Data 1Validity
0.15 USD75 MB24 hours
0.25 USD100 MB7 days
0.50 USD250 MB15 days
1 USD500 MB15 days
2 USD1 GB30 days

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Kakao Talk, Line & WhatsApp

Telkomcel Timor-Leste Pakote Sosial Media Plans
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APN/Internet Settings – Telkomcel

  • Name: Telkomcel
  • APN: internet

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