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Egypt: 4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

Egypt – known for its pyramids, the Nile River & the Suez Canal.

The country has a rich history, which can still be experienced to this day.

From camel riding through the Sahara desert to seeing a pyramid from the inside.

From fantastic beaches to temples- Egypt has it all.

Basically, it should be almost illegal to be bored when in Egypt.

What also should be illegal are the high roaming rates mobile operators charge you for international roaming.

International roaming can be expensive, which is why you should get and use a local SIM card to enjoy local rates.

They almost always beat international roaming rates.

Fortunately, SIM cards are inexpensive in Egypt.

You can get an Egyptian SIM card for 25 EGP (1.60 USD) to 84 EGP (5.30 USD) in Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat & WE by Telecom Egypt stores. Tourist SIM cards from 150 EGP (9.50 USD) to 780 EGP (30.50 USD) are sold too. SIM cards are also available at select International airports, including Cairo Airport.

Those prices are not too bad – if we exclude the tourist SIM cards.

But those tourist SIM cards include generous allowances and can be useful to some travelers.

But there are a lot of options in this country, so…

In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Egypt. Let's do this.

Original publication: 26th of December 2019. Last updated: 21st of November 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Egypt?

Anyone 18 years old or older living in or visiting Egypt can buy an Egyptian SIM card from the mobile network operators (Vodafone, Orange (formerly Mobinil), Etisalat & WE by Telecom Egypt) with no restrictions.

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

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 Egypt).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Egypt?

You can get an Egyptian SIM card in Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat & WE/Telecom Egypt stores. Select international airports, including Cairo International Airport, sell SIM cards too.

You can buy a SIM card in the following international airports:

  • Cairo – Cairo International Airport/مطار القاهرة الدولي
  • Hurghada – Hurghada International Airport/مطار الغردقة الدولي
  • Marsa Alam – Marsa Alam International Airport/مطار مرسى علم الدولي
  • Sharm El Sheikh – Sharm El Sheikh International Airport/مطار شرم الشيخ الدولي

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

  • Vodafone Egypt/Misr: 25 EGP
  • Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil): 84 EGP
  • Etisalat Egypt/Misr: 30 EGP
  • WE by Telecom Egypt: 76.56 EGP

The following mobile operators also have SIM cards targetting tourists:

  • Vodafone Egypt/Misr: between 255 EGP and 780 EGP (seven options)
  • Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil): 150 EGP (Cairo Airport only), 261.56 EGP (Holidays) & 561.56 EGP (Holidays Super)
  • Etisalat Egypt/Misr: between 185.13 EGP and 627.13 EGP (seven options)

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Can You Use Your Phone in Egypt?

Egypt uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Egypt. 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 Egypt, 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
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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 Egypt.

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 Egypt 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 Egypt (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Egypt

Egypt has four mobile network operators:

  • Vodafone Egypt/Misr (ڤودافون مَصر)
  • Orange Egypt/Misr (اورنچ مصر – formerly Mobinil/موبينيل‎)
  • Etisalat Egypt/Misr (اتصالات مصر)
  • WE by Telecom Egypt (المصرية للاتصالات)

The following frequencies are used in Egypt:

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

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Egypt, 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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5G NR in Egypt

5G NR is not available in Egypt as of 2022, and the Egyptian government has not made any indications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

However, Vodafone Egypt/Misr has asked the regulator, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), to start 5G NR trials as soon as possible.

Best SIM Card in Egypt

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Egypt, I recommend going with Vodafone or Orange (formerly Mobinil). Vodafone is the best but the most expensive. Orange is the fastest and cheaper than Vodafone. Consider Etisalat if you prefer to create your own plan with Demagh Tanya, but know its reception is weak.

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Best eSIM in Egypt

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Egypt (yet).

Luckily, mobile data rates are low in Egypt (will be discussed later), so a travel eSIM may not be needed.

Note that the Egyptian 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 Egypt without personal detail capturing, you can get the Egypt (Giza Mobile) eSIM from Airalo.

Egypt-Giza-Mobile-eSIM-Airalo
© Airalo

You have three options:

  1. Egypt/Giza Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Egypt/Giza Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days
  3. Egypt/Giza Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days

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

Finally, you can get Egypt eSIMs from Holafly:

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No unlimited data for Egypt (yet)

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

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

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, local travel eSIMs & regional travel eSIMs for every country (lookup tool)
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TIP: check out my Best Egypt eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Egypt, including ones not mentioned above.

Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Egypt and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

Sometimes, it can be more convenient and cheaper to get the Menalink eSIM than the local Airalo eSIM because Menalink offers more data (instead of you having to purchase multiple 1 GB/7 days top-ups to stay connected).

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

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 Egypt and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Egypt eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Egypt.

SIM Card Registration in Egypt

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Egypt. This will be done at the point of purchase.

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You will also be asked for an Egyptian address.

This can just be the place you stay for your trip – you do not have to legally live there.

Internet Censorship in Egypt

There is internet censorship in Egypt. The government censors various things, such as LGBTQ content, pornography, political criticism & escort services.

Unlike some other countries in the region, internet censorship is prevasive in Egypt.

That is why I would recommend using a VPN to browse the web in peace. I use both NordVPN and Surfshark.

NordVPN has the most servers of any VPN service out there, which I love.

Surfshark is insanely cheap for the price they charge.

Depending on where I am, I will either use NordVPN or Surfshark.

Neither VPNs have servers in Egypt (obviously), which makes sense, but connecting to nearby countries will still result in fast browsing speeds.

You can get amazing discounts for both NordVPN and Surfshark when using these links. Stay safe, secure, and private in Egypt!

(oh, by the way – VPNs are not illegal in Egypt, but the authorities may not like it. But what are they going to do? You will be private anyway 😉 just do not do anything silly like insulting government officials).

Recharge Tax in Egypt

A hefty 30% (!) tax is withdrawn automatically from each recharge, leaving you with only 0.70 EGP per 1 EGP top-up.

The tax used to be a bit lower until the end of 2017. Since then, the tax rate has been 30%.

Below is an overview of what you will have left with select recharge amounts:

Top-UpBalance
5 EGP3.50 EGP
10 EGP7 EGP
15 EGP10.50 EGP
25 EGP17.50 EGP
30 EGP21 EGP
40 EGP28 EGP
50 EGP35 EGP
60 EGP42 EGP
75 EGP52.50 EGP
100 EGP70 EGP
150 EGP105 EGP

Stamp Tax in Egypt

As part of the Stamp Tax Law, anyone using an Egyptian SIM card pays an 8 EGP (0.50 USD) tax annually. Prepaid customers will pay 0.67 EGP/month (8.04 EGP/month) to fulfill this requirement (collected by the mobile operators).

The tax used to be 6.10 EGP/month from 2012 until June 2020.

Why do you have to pay this tax? No idea. But it is what it is 🤷🏿‍♂️.

VoIP Ban in Egypt

VoIP services have mostly been banned in Egypt.

Examples of VoIP services are WhatsApp calls, Facebook Messenger calls & Snapchat calls.

Apparently, an article (Article 72) of the Telecommunications Law prohibits the […] by-passing [of] international telephone calls by any means whatsoever – similar to the United Arab Emirates.

You should use a reliable VPN to bypass the VoIP ban and to avoid excessive international call rates.

Egypt Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Egypt

Countries in Northern Africa have crazy low mobile data rates.

That is because the mobile operators are generous with data allowances or due to currency conversion (cheap for travelers but normal/expensive for locals).

For Egypt, it is a combination of both.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Egypt is 1.04 USD, far below the African average of 5.80 USD and below the Middle Eastern average of 3.94. The world average is 4.07 USD.

When looking at just Northern Africa, the average cost of data is 1.53 USD.

If we excluded Mauritania, the average would be 0.86 USD – one of the lowest in the world.

Okay, costs are low in Egypt, but is mobile internet fast?

No, but it is not crazily slow either.

Egypt's mean mobile download speed is around 18 Mbps.

Compared to a year ago, speeds have slightly increased, but the line has stayed relatively flat.

Okay, so which mobile operator is the fastest in Egypt?

That would be Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil), with a mean download speed of 23.36 Mbps. Followed by Etisalat Egypt/Misr (21.13 Mbps) and Vodafone Egypt/Misr (20.62 Mbps) & WE by Telecom Egypt (20.61 Mbps).

The fastest mobile download speed can be found in New Cairo City, with a mean download speed of 31.04 Mbps.

Giza and Cairo have to deal with mean download speeds of around 20 Mbps (20.77 Mbps and 19.86, respectively).

Overall, the best mobile operators are Vodafone Egypt/Misr and WE by Telecom Egypt.

But you can ignore that WE by Telecom Egypt has the fastest speeds – Opensignal always reports slower speeds than Speedtest due to (much) smaller sample sizes.

With low SIM card prices, good nationwide coverage (in populated areas only – not deserts), decent mobile download speeds, and incredibly low mobile data rates, you should have a decent network experience in Egypt.

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Currency in Egypt

200 Egyptian Pound Bank Note
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Egypt uses the Egyptian Dollar with the symbol EGP (which will be used throughout this article).

Prices in Egypt are listed in LE, L.E, ج.م, or E£. For example, 25 EGP = LE/L.E/ج.م/o/E£ 25.

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

  • 1 EGP = 0.06 USD
  • 10 EGP = 0.60 USD
  • 100 EGP = 6.40 USD
  • 1000 EGP = 63.60 USD

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Egyptian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt (formerly Mobinil), Etisalat Egypt & WE by Telecom Egypt, 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 Egypt has to offer to us.


Vodafone Egypt/Misr (ڤودافون مَصر)

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone Egypt, just Vodafone but also known as Vodafone Misr or ڤودافون مَصر is the largest mobile operator in Egypt.

It is also the best and fastest mobile operator in the country.

Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa (mostly as Vodacom), Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

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

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

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

Coverage – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

Vodafone has the best coverage throughout Egypt.

4G/LTE can be found in populated areas of Egypt

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

You can get a Vodafone SIM card, called Kart El-Korout, for 25 EGP in Vodafone stores. However, you will often be pushed to purchase the Vodafone Tourist line for 255 EGP or 505 EGP. Airports, including Cairo International Airport, sell Vodafone (tourist) SIM cards too.

Vodafone SIM Card
© Vodafone Egypt

You may be able to convince the store employee to sell you a regular Vodafone SIM card (El-Korout).

Still, the chance of succeeding is often low – perhaps outside urban areas.

The Vodafone Tourist Lines, sold nationwide, include the following perks:

PriceSIM CardDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidity
255 EGPTourist 25010 GB200 minutes20 minutes28 days
505 EGPTourist 500 30 GB200 minutes30 minutes28 days

Several international airports, especially Cairo International Airport, sell Flex Lines, which are SIM cards using a unit system (Flex Units).

The following Flex Lines are available:

PriceDataFlex UnitsValidity
280 EGPN/A16 000 units28 days
351 EGPN/A24 000 units28 days
523 EGP20 000 MB24 000 units28 days
637 EGP36 000 MB24 000 units28 days
780 EGP58 000 MB24 000 units28 days

You have the following unit rates:

  • 1 MB for Anghami, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp = 0.5 Flex
  • 1 MB = 1 Flex
  • 1 on-net minute (Flex to Vodafone) = 1 Flex
  • 1 on-net minute (Flex to Flex) = 2 Flex
  • 1 off-net minute = 5 Flex
  • 1 local SMS = 1 Flex

Cheaper Vodafone Flex plans are available. However, they are often (initially) not sold to tourists and short-term travelers.

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Vodafone has no eSIMs.

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

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

Egypt-Giza-Mobile-eSIM-Airalo
© Airalo

You have three options:

  1. Egypt/Giza Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Egypt/Giza Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days
  3. Egypt/Giza Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days

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

Finally, you can get Egypt eSIMs from Holafly:

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Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Egypt and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

Sometimes, it can be more convenient and cheaper to get the Menalink eSIM than the local Airalo eSIM because Menalink offers more data (instead of you having to purchase multiple 1 GB/7 days top-ups to stay connected).

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

TIP: check out my Best Egypt eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Egypt, including ones not mentioned above.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

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

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, dial *858*VoucherCode# or call 858 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *858*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.

Reminder: 30% of your recharge amount will be deducted as part of local taxes and fees. For example, a 10 EGP recharge will leave you with 7 EGP.

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

Call 868 or dial *868*1# to check your Vodafone balance.

However, all inquiries will cost you 0.20 EGP.

You can also use the Ana Vodafone app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery) to check your balance for free.

Vodafone Egypt Ana Vodafone App
© Vodafone Egypt

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

Vodafone has 11 data-featured plans:

Most Vodafone plans can be activated by dialing *00# or *2000#.

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

Vodafone Flex – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

Vodaflex Flex is a combo plan with a unit system (Flex).

You do not need a Flex Line to enable Vodafone Flex.

You have the following unit rates:

  • 1 MB for Anghami, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp = 0.5 Flex
  • 1 MB = 1 Flex
  • 1 on-net minute (Flex to Vodafone) = 1 Flex
  • 1 on-net minute (Flex to Flex) = 2 Flex
  • 1 off-net minute = 5 Flex
  • 1 local SMS = 1 Flex

The following Vodafone Flex plans are available, which you can activate by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanFlex UnitsValidityActivation Code
25 EGPFlex 25600 Flex28 days*025#
35 EGPFlex 351400 Flex28 days*035#
60 EGPFlex 602700 Flex28 days*060#
80 EGPFlex 803800 Flex28 days*080#
100 EGPFlex 1005100 Flex28 days*0100#
150 EGPFlex 1508000 Flex28 days*0150#
200 EGPFlex 20012 000 Flex28 days*0200#
Vodafone Egypt Vodafone Flex
Extreme Bundles (Main Bundles) – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Extreme Bundles are data-only bundles falling under the Main Bundles category.

Dial *00# or *2000# to activate Extreme Bundles:

PriceDataValidity
5 EGP150 MB28 days
10 EGP500 MB28 days
20 EGP1100 MB28 days
30 EGP1800 MB28 days
40 EGP2500 MB28 days
60 EGP4000 MB28 days
80 EGP6000 MB28 days
100 EGP8000 MB28 days
150 EGP12 000 MB28 days
250 EGP20 000 MB28 days
400 EGP40 000 MB28 days

Extreme Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *00# or *2000#.

Vodafone Egypt Main Bundles Extreme Bundles
New Plus Bundles – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The New Plus Bundles are data-only bundles using a Super Mega Unit system.

Data for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp counts as 1 MB (Super Mega). Any other app or site counts as 2 MB (Super Mega).

Below are all the New Plus Bundles, which you can activate by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanSuper Mega UnitsValidityActivation Code
7 EGP500 Super Mega500 units28 days*00*07#
15 EGP2000 Super Mega1500 units28 days*00*15#
25 EGP3500 Super Mega2800 units28 days*00*25#
35 EGP6000 Super Mega4500 units28 days*00*35#
45 EGP8000 Super Mega6000 units28 days*00*45#
65 EGP12 000 Super Mega9500 units28 days*00*65#
Vodafone Egypt New Plus Bundles
Extreme Bundles – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Extreme Bundles are data-only bundles.

Dial *880# to activate Extreme Bundles:

PricePlanDataValidity
20 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 20 LE1100 MB28 days
30 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 30 LE1500 MB28 days
40 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 40 LE2500 MB28 days
60 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 60 LE4000 MB28 days
80 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 80 LE6000 MB28 days
100 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 100 LE8000 MB28 days
150 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 150 LE12 000 MB28 days
250 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 250 LE20 000 MB28 days
400 EGPExtreme Net Bundle 400 LE40 000 MB28 days
Vodafone Egypt Extreme Net Bundles
Plus Combo Bundles – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Plus Combo Bundles are data-only plans.

Data for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp counts as 1 MB (Super Mega). Any other app or site counts as 2 MB (Super Mega).

The following Plus Combo Bundles are available, which you can activate on the Ana Vodafone app:

PricePlanSuper Mega UnitsValidity
120 EPPlus Combo Bundle 20 000 Super Mega20 000 units28 days
200 EGPPlus Combo Bundle 36 000 Super Mega36 000 units28 days
300 EGPPlus Combo Bundle 58 000 Super Mega58 000 units28 days

Plus Combo Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *00# or *2000#.

Combo Bundles – Super Pass Bundles – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Combo Bundles are data-only plans falling under the Super Pass Bundles category.

These Combo Bundles are available, which you can activate by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
120 EGPSuper Pass Combo 20 00020 000 MB28 days*2120#
200 EGPSuper Pass Combo 36 00036 000 MB28 days*2200#
Vodafone Egypt Combo Bundles Super Pass Bundles
Flex Extras – Vodafone Egypt/Misr
Vodafone Egypt Flex Extras Add-Ons
© Vodafone Egypt

The Flex Extras are add-ons for Vodafone Flex. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Flex Extras can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanFlex UnitsValidityActivation Code
3 EGPFlex Extra 3LE60 unitsUntil plan expires*880*03#
5 EGPFlex Extra 5LE120 unitsUntil plan expires*880*05#
10 EGPFlex Extra 10LE300 unitsUntil plan expires*880*010#
Add Ons (Main Bundles) – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Add Ons are, as the name implies, add-ons for plans in the Main Bundles category (Extreme Bundles). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

These Add Ons are available, which you can activate on the Ana Vodafone app:

PriceDataValidity
5 EGP150 MB28 days
10 EGP600 MB 128 days
20 EGP1 GB28 days

1 at unknown slower speeds

Vodafone Egypt Add-Ons Extreme Bundles
Plus Apps Plans – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Plus Apps Plans are data-only bundles with 450 MB for PUBG Mobile, TikTok & YouTube individually, valid for 28 days.

Vodafone Egypt Vodafone Plus Apps (YouTube, TikTok & PUBG Mobile)
© Vodafone Egypt

Plus Apps Plans can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceDataAppValidityActivation Code
5 EGP450 MBPUBG Mobile28 days*00*3#
5 EGP450 MBTikTok28 days*00*2#
5 EGP450 MBYouTube28 days*00*1#
Social Bundles – Super Pass Bundles – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Social Bundles are data-only bundles for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp combined.

These Social Bundles are available, which you can activate on the Ana Vodafone app:

PricePlanSocial DataValidity
25 EGPSuper Pass Social 28002800 MB28 days
35 EGPSuper Pass Social 45004500 MB28 days
45 EGPSuper Pass Social 60006000 MB28 days
65 EGPSuper Pass Social 95009500 MB28 days
Vodafone Egypt Social Bundles Super Pass Bundles
Streaming Bundles – Super Pass Bundles – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

The Streaming Bundles are data-only bundles for Shadid.net, Vodafone Drama & YouTube combined.

These Streaming Bundles are available, which you can activate on the Ana Vodafone app:

PricePlanDataValidity
25 EGPSuper Pass Streaming 28002800 MB28 days
35 EGPSuper Pass Streaming 45004500 MB28 days
45 EGPSuper Pass Streaming 60006000 MB28 days
65 EGPSuper Pass Streaming 95009500 MB28 days
Vodafone Egypt Streaming Bundles Super Pass Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Egypt/Misr

  • Name: Vodafone EG
  • APN: internet.vodafone.net
  • Username: internet
  • Password: internet

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Orange Egypt/Misr (اورنچ مصر – formerly Mobinil/موبينيل‎)

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© Orange

Orange Egypt, just Orange but also known as Orange Misr or موبينيل and formerly Mobinil, is the second-largest mobile operator in Egypt.

It was known as Mobinil until 2016.

Currently, it is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

Orange, as a company, is active in other countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe & the Middle East.

Orange uses the following frequencies:

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

This is what you will learn about Orange:

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

Coverage – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

Orange has extensive coverage throughout Egypt (in populated areas).

You should not expect any coverage in deserts.

Below is Orange's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

You can get an Orange SIM card for 84 EGP with 2000 units in Orange stores. Tourist SIM cards for 150 EGP, 261.51 EGP & 561.56 EGP are available too in Orange stores and several airports, including Cairo International Airports.

Orange Egypt SIM Card
© Orange Egypt

You have the following unit rates:

  • 1 MB = 1 unit
  • 1 on-net minute = 1 unit
  • 1 off-net minute = 5 units
  • 1 on-net SMS = 1 unit
  • 1 off-net SMS = 5 units

The following Orange Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceSIM CardDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidity
150 EGPAirport SIM Card 115 GB1000 minutesN/A30 days
261.56 EGPHolidays10 GB400 minutes20 minutes30 days
561.56 EGPHolidays Super40 GB400 minutes30 minutes30 days

1 Cairo International Airport only

Orange Egypt Holiday Lines SIM Cards
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Orange has no eSIMs.

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

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

Egypt-Giza-Mobile-eSIM-Airalo
© Airalo

You have three options:

  1. Egypt/Giza Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Egypt/Giza Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days
  3. Egypt/Giza Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days

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

Finally, you can get Egypt eSIMs from Holafly:

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

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

Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Egypt and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

Sometimes, it can be more convenient and cheaper to get the Menalink eSIM than the local Airalo eSIM because Menalink offers more data (instead of you having to purchase multiple 1 GB/7 days top-ups to stay connected).

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

TIP: check out my Best Egypt eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Egypt, including ones not mentioned above.

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Dial *222# to access the Orange menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

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

To top up your Orange SIM card, dial *102*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *102*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.

Reminder: 30% of your recharge amount will be deducted as part of local taxes and fees. For example, a 10 EGP recharge will leave you with 7 EGP.

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

Dial #61# to check your Orange balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Orange Egypt app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Orange Egypt App
© Orange Egypt

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

Orange has nine data-featured plans:

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

Alo Plans – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)
Orange Egypt Alo Banner
© Orange Egypt

The Alo Plans are combo plans using a unit system.

You have the following unit rates:

  • 1 MB = 1 unit
  • 1 on-net minute = 1 unit
  • 1 off-net minute = 5 units
  • 1 on-net SMS = 1 unit
  • 1 off-net SMS = 5 units

Alo Plans can be activated by dialing #0#, #100# or by calling 400:

PricePlanUnitsWhatsApp DataValidity
1.50 EGPAlo Daily60 units20 MB24 hours
7 EGPAlo Weekly300 units50 MB7 days
El King Plans – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)
Orange El King Banner
© Orange Egypt

The El King Plans are combo plans with data and minutes.

Dial #222# to activate El King Plans:

PricePlanData (Super MB)Bonus Data (Bonus Super MB) 1, 2Local Minutes 3Validity
20 EGPEl King 20750 MB750 MB150 minutes28 days
30 EGPEl King 301400 MB1400 MB250 minutes28 days
40 EGPEl King 402100 MB2100 MB350 minutes28 days
60 EGPEl King 604000 MB4000 MB500 minutes28 days

1 Apple Music, Anghami, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Instagram, Spotify, Snapchat, SoundCloud, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube Music = 1 Super MB. Any other app/site = 2 MB
2 dial #12# to activate this feature
3 1 off-net minute counts as 5 minutes

FREEmax Plans – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)
Orange Egypt FREEmax Banner
© Orange Egypt

The FREEmax Plans are combo plans with units and minutes.

You have the following unit rates:

  • 1 MB = 1 unit
  • 1 on-net minute = 1 unit
  • 1 off-net minute = 5 units
  • 1 on-net SMS = 1 unit
  • 1 off-net SMS = 5 units

FREEmax Plans can be activated by dialing #0#, #100# or by calling 400:

PricePlanUnitsWhatsApp DataOn-Net MinutesValidity
25 EGPFREEmax 25900 units50 MB100 minutes28 days
30 EGPFREEmax 301200 units50 MB200 minutes28 days
35 EGPFREEmax 351400 units100 MB200 minutes28 days
50 EGPFREEmax 502250 units100 MB400 minutes28 days
70 EGPFREEmax 703300 units100 MB600 minutes28 days
100 EGPFREEmax 1006000 units100 MB1200 minutes28 days
150 EGPFREEmax 1509600 units100 MB2700 minutes28 days
GO-Net Plans – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)
Orange Egypt Go Internet Banner
© Orange Egypt

The GO-Net plans are data-only bundles.

Dial the Activation Code to activate GO-Net Plans:

PricePlanData (Super MB) 1Activation CodeValidity
7.50 EGPGO-Net 7.5250 MB*222*7#28 days
15 EGPGO-Net 15750 MB*222*15#28 days
30 EGPGO-Net 301800 MB*222*30#28 days
45 EGPGO-Net 452800 MB*222*45#28 days
60 EGPGO-Net 604250 MB*222*60#28 days
75 EGPGO-Net 755500 MB*222*75#28 days
100 EGPGO-Net 1009000 MB*222*100#28 days
150 EGPGO-Net 15012 000 MB*222*150#28 days
250 EGPGO-Net 25020 000 MB*222*250#28 days
400 EGPGO-Net 40040 000 MB*222*400#28 days

1 Apple Music, Anghami, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Instagram, Spotify, Snapchat, SoundCloud, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube Music = 1 Super MB. Any other app/site = 2 MB

Orange Egypt GO-Net Plans
GO Super Plans – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

The Go Super Plans are data-only packages.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Go Super Plans:

PricePlanData (Super MB) 1Activation CodeValidity
10 EGPGO 101000 MB*222*10#28 days
20 EGPGO 202250 MB*222*20#28 days
35 EGPGO 354500 MB*222*35#28 days
50 EGPGO 507000 MB*222*50#28 days
70 EGPGO 7010 500 MB*222*70#28 days
120 EGPGO 12020 000 MB*222*120#28 days
200 EGPGO 20036 000 MB*222*200#28 days
400 EGPGO 40090 000 MB*222*400#28 days

1 Apple Maps, Facebook, Google Maps, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp = 1 Super MB. Any other app/site = 2 MB. Applies to GO 10 to GO 70
2 Apple Maps, beIN Connect, Facebook, Google Maps, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube = 1 Super MB. Any other app/site = 2 MB. Applies to GO 120 to GO 400

Orange Egypt Go Super Plan
Internet Lines Plans – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)
Orange Egypt Internet Lines Banner
© Orange Egypt

The Internet Lines Plans are data-only bundles.

Internet Lines Plans can be activated by dialing #222#:

PricePlanData (Super MB) 1Validity
100 EGPGO 10011 000 MB3 months
175 EGPGO 17525 000 MB3 months
350 EGPGO 35060 000 MB3 months
600 EGPGO 600120 000 MB6 months

1 Anghami, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Deezer, ekb.eg, Facebook, Gmail, Google Maps, Instagram, moe.gov.eg, Shahid, Skype, Spotify, Snapchat, SoundCloud, Teams (Microsoft), Twitter, WeTransfer, WhatsApp, YouTube, YouTube Music & Zoom = 1 Super MB. Any other app/site = 2 MB

Orange Egypt Internet Lines
GO Extra Plans – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)
Orange Egypt GO Extra Banner
© Orange Egypt

The GO Extra Plans are data-only plans for select apps, including games, social media apps & streaming apps.

Dial the Activation Code to activate GO Extra Plans:

PricePlanApp DataValidityActivation Code
1 EGPGO Games Daily100 MB 224 hours*222*31#
1 EGPGO Social100 MB 424 hours*222*11#
2 EGPGO Video Daily200 MB 11 day*222*21#
3 EGPGO Games Weekly250 MB 2, 37 days*222*32#
5 EGPGO Video Monthly 1450 MB 128 days*222*23#
10 EGPGO Games Monthly1000 MB 2, 330 days*222*33#
35 EGPGO Video Max4500 MB 128 days*222*24#

1 for beIN Connect, Netflix, Orange TV, Shahid, TikTok & YouTube
2 for Asphalt 8/9/Nitro, Clash of Clans, Clash of Kings: Battle of the Empires, Candy Crush Saga, Clash Royale, Despicable Me 2, Dragon Mania Legends, FIFA Soccer, Fortnite, Friends, Gangstar Vegas, Legacy of Discord-Furious Wings, Lords Mobile: Battle of the Empires, MARVEL Contest of Champions MARVEL Future Fight, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Modern Combat 5, NOVA Legacy, PUBG Mobile, Real Football, ROBLOX & Uno
3 +75 MB/300 MB on Friday and Saturday
4 for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp

GO Super Add-Ons – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

The Go Super Add-Ons are data add-ons for Go Super Plans. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Dial #222# to activate Go Super Add-Ons:

PriceData (Super MB) 1, 2Validity
5 EGP350 MBUntil plan expires
10 EGP1000 MBUntil plan expires
20 EGP2250 MBUntil plan expires
Internet Lines Add-Ons – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

The Internet Lines Add-Ons are data add-ons for Internet Lines Plans. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Dial #222# to activate Internet Lines Add-Ons:

PriceDataValidity
20 EGP2250 MBUntil plan expires
30 EGP3600 MBUntil plan expires

APN/Internet Settings – Orange Egypt/Misr (formerly Mobinil)

  • Name: Orange Egypt
  • APN: mobilnilweb

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Etisalat Egypt/Misr (اتصالات مصر)

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© Etisalat

Etisalat Egypt, just Etisalat but also known as Etisalat Misr or اتصالات مصر, is the third-largest mobile operator in Egypt.

It entered the Egyptian telecom market in 2007 and was the first to introduce 3(.5)G in the country.

Etisalat, as a company, is active in Africa, Asia & the Middle East.

Etisalat uses the following frequencies:

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

This is what you will learn about Etisalat:

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

Coverage – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

Etisalat has extensive coverage throughout Egypt (in populated areas).

You should not expect any coverage in deserts.

Additionally, Etisalat has the weakest reception of all the Egyptian mobile operators.

With weak reception, I mean no connection in the middle of a city center (even though Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt & WE by Telecom Egypt have no issues at the same location).

Below is Etisalat's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

You can get an Etisalat SIM card for 30 EGP in Etisalat stores. Airports, including Cairo International Airport, sell Vodafone (tourist) SIM cards too.

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Etisalat tourist SIM cards in regular Etisalat stores or airports.

The following tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceData 1Local Minutes/SMS (Units)Validity
185.13 EGP20 GB1000 units30 days
200.13 EGP27 GB400 units30 days
220.13 EGP30 GB1000 units30 days
248.13 EGP38 GB1000 units30 days
288.13 EGP50 GB1000 units30 days
304.13 EGP55 GB1000 units30 days
627.13 EGP82 GB400 units30 days

1 Anghami, Deezer, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, SoundCloud, Twitter & WhatsApp = 1 MB. Any other app/site = 2 MB

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Etisalat has no eSIMs.

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

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

Egypt-Giza-Mobile-eSIM-Airalo
© Airalo

You have three options:

  1. Egypt/Giza Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Egypt/Giza Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days
  3. Egypt/Giza Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days

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

Finally, you can get Egypt eSIMs from Holafly:

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

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

Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Egypt and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

Sometimes, it can be more convenient and cheaper to get the Menalink eSIM than the local Airalo eSIM because Menalink offers more data (instead of you having to purchase multiple 1 GB/7 days top-ups to stay connected).

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

TIP: check out my Best Egypt eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Egypt, including ones not mentioned above.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

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

To top up your Etisalat SIM card, dial *556*VoucherCode# or call 555 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *556*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.

Reminder: 30% of your recharge amount will be deducted as part of local taxes and fees. For example, a 10 EGP recharge will leave you with 7 EGP.

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

Dial *134# to check your Etisalat balance.

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

Etisalat Egypt My Etisalat App
© Etisalat Egypt

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

Etisalat has nine data-featured plans:

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

Akwa Kart Plans – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Akwa Kart Plans are combo plans with data and minutes.

Dial *811# to activate Akwa Kart Plans:

PriceData (Mega X)Social Data (Minutes) 1WhatsApp DataLocal Minutes (Mix) Validity
2.50 EGP90 MB70 minutes20 MB45 minutesUntil midnight
4.25 EGP380 MB120 minutes50 MB190 minutesUntil midnight
5 EGPN/A340 minutes400 MB200 minutes2 days
7 EGP860 MB180 minutes10 MB340 minutes3 days
9 EGP800 MB240 minutes50 MB400 minutes4 days
10 EGPN/A300 minutes900 MB450 minutes7 days
13.50 EGPN/A360 minutes1250 MB625 minutes7 days
15 EGPN/AN/A1300 MB650 minutes10 days
25 EGPN/AN/AN/A1100 minutes14 days
30 EGPN/AN/AN/A700 minutes28 days
50 EGPN/AN/AN/A1300 minutes28 days

1 for Etisalat TV, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Instagram, Netflix, Shadid, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, Viu, WhatsApp & YouTube
2 charged on how long you are on the apps, not based on data usage
3 1 off-net minute counts as 5 minutes

Etisalat Egypt Akwa Kart Options
Traveler Data Bundles – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Traveler Data Bundles are combo plans with the Etisalat Tourist SIM cards.

These Traveler Data Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidity
200 EGPTraveler 2007 GB100 minutes5 minutes30 days
300 EGPTraveler 30012 GB250 minutes10 minutes30 days
450 EGPTraveler 45025 GB250 minutes20 minutes30 days
600 EGPTraveler 600 40 GB400 minutes30 minutes30 days
Etisalat Egypt Traveler Data Bundles
Demagh Tanya – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

Coming soon – many options with Demagh Tanya ;)

Etisalat Egypt Demagh Tanya Plan
Daily Bundle – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Daily Bundles is a data-only bundle giving you 50 MB per day for 1 EGP a day.

It cannot be combined with other bundles, and it auto-renews.

Dial *566# to activate the Daily Bundle and text S to 566 to deactivate it.

PriceDataValidity
1 EGP/day50 MB/day Until cancelation
Mega Monthly Bundles – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Mega Monthly Bundles are data-only plans.

Dial *566# to activate Mega Monthly Bundles:

PriceDataValidity
5 EGP130 MB1 month
10 EGP450 MB1 month
20 EGP1000 MB1 month
Etisalat Egypt Mega Monthly Bundles
Gaming Minutes Bundles – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Gaming Minutes Bundles are data-only bundles for Call of Duty: War Zone, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Etisalat Games & PUBG Mobile.

Unlike traditional plans, you will be charged by how long you play the games online, not based on how much data you use.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Gaming Minutes Bundles:

PricePlanData (Minutes) 1, 2ValidityActivation Code
2.50 EGP90 Gaming Mins90 minutes1 day*566*731#
3.50 EGP180 Gaming Mins180 minutes2 days*566*732#
5 EGP360 Gaming Mins360 minutes3 days*566*733#
7 EGP480 Gaming Mins480 minutes7 days*566*734#
10.50 EGP720 Gaming Mins720 minutes7 days*566*735#

1 for Call of Duty: War Zone, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Etisalat Games & PUBG Mobile
2 charged on how long you are on the apps, not based on data usage – but you can use up to 250 MB an hour

Etisalat Egypt Gaming Minutes Bundles
Music Minutes Bundles – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Music Minutes Bundles are data-only bundles for Anghami, Apple Music, Deezer, Etisalat Music, SoundCloud & Spotify.

Unlike traditional plans, you will be charged by how long you stream music, not based on how much data you use.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Music Minutes Bundles:

PricePlanData (Minutes) 1, 2ValidityActivation Code
2.50 EGP90 Music Internet Mins90 minutes1 day*566*736#
3.50 EGP180 Music Internet Mins180 minutes2 days*566*737#
5 EGP360 Music Internet Mins360 minutes3 days*566*738#
7 EGP480 Music Internet Mins480 minutes7 days*566*739#
10.50 EGP720 Music Internet Mins720 minutes7 days*566*740#

1 for Anghami, Apple Music, Deezer, Etisalat Music, SoundCloud & Spotify
2 charged on how long you are on the apps, not based on data usage – but you can use up to 250 MB an hour

Etisalat Egypt Music Minutes Bundles
Social Minutes Bundles – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Social Minutes Bundles are data-only bundles for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp.

Unlike traditional plans, you will be charged by how long you use the apps, not based on how much data you use.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Social Minutes Bundles:

PricePlanData (Minutes) 1, 2ValidityActivation Code
2.45 EGP60 Social60 minutes1 day*566*721#
3.50 EGP120 Social120 minutes2 days*566*722#
4.90 EGP180 Social180 minutes3 days*566*723#
7 EGP300 Social300 minutes7 days*566*724#
10.50 EGP420 Social420 minutes7 days*566*725#

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 charged on how long you are on the apps, not based on data usage – but you can use up to 500 MB an hour

Etisalat Egypt Social Minutes Bundles
Video Minutes Bundles – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

The Video Minutes Bundles are data-only bundles for Etisalat TV, Netflix, Shadid, WATCH IT!, Viu & YouTube.

Unlike traditional plans, you will be charged by how long you stream videos, not based on how much data you use.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Video Minutes Bundles:

PricePlanData (Minutes) 1, 2ValidityActivation Code
2.45 EGP60 Video Mins60 minutes1 day*566*726#
3.50 EGP120 Video Mins120 minutes2 days*566*727#
4.90 EGP180 Video Mins180 minutes3 days*566*728#
7 EGP300 Video Mins300 minutes7 days*566*729#
10.50 EGP420 Video Mins420 minutes7 days*566*730#

1 for Etisalat TV, Netflix, Shadid, WATCH IT!, Viu & YouTube
2 charged on how long you are on the apps, not based on data usage – but you can use up to 250 MB an hour

Etisalat Egypt Video Minutes Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Etisalat Egypt/Misr

  • Name: Etisalat
  • APN: etisalat

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WE by Telecom Egypt (المصرية للاتصالات)

WE Telecom Egypt Logo

WE by Telecom Egypt (المصرية للاتصالات) is the smallest mobile operator in Egypt.

Telecom Egypt (TE) was founded back in 1881, while WE, the mobile division, started in September 2017 when the company managed to get a 4G/LTE license in August 2016.

Telecom Egypt signed national roaming deals with Orange Egypt/Misr and Etisalat Egypt Misr.

It also has an infrastructure deal with Vodafone Egypt/Misr.

Because Telecom Egypt has a deal with all the other mobile operators in the country, WE is often called the mobile operator with the best coverage.

Surprisingly, Telecom Egypt has a 44% stake in Vodafone Egypt/Misr.

WE uses the following frequencies:

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

This is what you will learn about WE:

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

Coverage – WE by Telecom Egypt

WE has extensive coverage throughout Egypt (in populated areas).

You should not expect any coverage in deserts.

Below is WE's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – WE by Telecom Egypt

You can get a WE SIM card for 76.56 EGP (often rounded to 77 EGP) in WE/Telecom Egypt stores.

  • 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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WE has no eSIMs.

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

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

Egypt-Giza-Mobile-eSIM-Airalo
© Airalo

You have three options:

  1. Egypt/Giza Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Egypt/Giza Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days
  3. Egypt/Giza Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days

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

Finally, you can get Egypt eSIMs from Holafly:

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

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

Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Egypt and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

Sometimes, it can be more convenient and cheaper to get the Menalink eSIM than the local Airalo eSIM because Menalink offers more data (instead of you having to purchase multiple 1 GB/7 days top-ups to stay connected).

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

TIP: check out my Best Egypt eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Egypt, including ones not mentioned above.

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Dial *414# to see your WE phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – WE by Telecom Egypt

WE top-up vouchers are sold in WE/Telecom Egypt stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Egypt.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpBalance
5 EGP3.50 EGP
10 EGP7 EGP
15 EGP10.50 EGP
25 EGP17.50 EGP
30 EGP21 EGP
40 EGP28 EGP
50 EGP35 EGP
60 EGP42 EGP
75 EGP52.50 EGP
100 EGP70 EGP
150 EGP105 EGP

Reminder: 30% of your recharge amount will be deducted as part of local taxes and fees. For example, a 10 EGP recharge will leave you with 7 EGP.

To top up your WE SIM card, dial *555*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *555*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.

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

Dial *550# to check your WE balance.

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

WE Telecom Egypt My WE App
© WE by Telecom Egypt

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – WE by Telecom Egypt

WE has five data-featured plans:

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

Daily Bundles – WE by Telecom Egypt
WE Telecom Egypt Daily Bundles Banner
© WE by Telecom Egypt

The Daily Bundles are data-only plans.

Daily Bundles can be activated by dialing *999*1#:

PriceDataValidity
1 EGP25 MB 124 hours
5 EGP315 MB24 hours

1 Anghami, Facebook, Google Maps, Instagram, Snapchat, SoundCloud, Twitter & WhatsApp = 0.5 MB. Any other app/site = 1 MB

WE Telecom Egypt Daily Packages
Nitro (Prime) Packages – WE by Telecom Egypt
WE Telecom Egypt Nitro Packages Banner
© WE by Telecom Egypt

The Nitro Packages, also known as Nitro Prime Plans, are data-only bundles.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Nitro (Prime) Packages:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
10 EGPNitro (Prime) 10625 MB 130 days*999*10#
20 EGPNitro (Prime) 201375 MB 130 days*999*20#
40 EGPNitro (Prime) 40)3250 MB 230 days*999*40#
70 EGPNitro (Prime) 706250 MB 330 days*999*70#
100 EGPNitro (Prime) 10010 000 MB 330 days*999*100#
200 EGPNitro (Prime) 20023 500 MB 330 days*999*200#
450 EGPNitro (Prime) 45050 000 MB 390 days*999*450#

1 Anghami, Deezer, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Instagram, Spotify, SoundCloud & Twitter = 0.5 MB. Any other app/site = 1 MB
2 Anghami, Asphalt 9, Call of Duty Mobile, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Deezer, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Fortnite, Google Maps, Instagram, PUBG Mobile, Spotify, SoundCloud & Twitter = 0.5 MB. Any other app/site = 1 MB
3 Anghami, Asphalt 9, Call of Duty Mobile, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Deezer, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Fortnite, Google Maps, Instagram, PUBG Mobile, Spotify, SoundCloud & Twitter & YouTube = 0.5 MB. Any other app/site = 1 MB

WE Telecom Egypt Nitro Packages
Video Packages – WE by Telecom Egypt
WE Telecom Egypt Video Packages Banner
© WE by Telecom Egypt

The Video Packages are data-only plans for Netflix, Shadid.net, WE TV & YouTube.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Video Packages:

PricePlanValidityValidityActivation Code
2 EGPDaily Video250 MB24 hours*999*250#
10 EGPWeekly Video1250 MB7 days*999*1250#
25 EGPMonthly Video3500 MB30 days*999*3500#

1 for Netflix, Shadid.net, WE TV & YouTube

WE Telecom Egypt Video Packages
Nitro Packages Add-On – WE by Telecom Egypt

The Nitro Packages Add-On is a data-only add-on with 1000 MB for Netflix, Shadid.net, WE TV & YouTube. It costs 20 EGP and is valid for 30 days.

PriceVideo DataValidity
20 EGP1000 MB30 days
X Bundles – WE by Telecom Egypt
WE Telecom Egypt X Bundles
© WE by Telecom Egypt

The X Bundles are unlimited data-only bundles for select apps, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTUbe.

These X Bundles are available, which you can activate by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
20 EGPX Bundles“Unlimited”, 3500 MB 130 days*990*20#
50 EGPX Plus“Unlimited, 10 000 MB 230 days*990*50#

1 Facebook (no video), Facebook Messenger, Google Maps & WhatsApp (no video)
2 Anghami, Facebook (with video), Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter, WhatsApp (with video) & YouTube

WE Telecom Egypt X Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – WE by Telecom Egypt

  • Name: TE Internet
  • APN: internet.te.eg

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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