3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Jordan: Buying Guide

Although not a big country, Jordan is an interesting and exciting destination in the Middle East. From Amman to Aqaba, from the Dead Sea and the Magic Bedouin Star, there are plenty of things to do.

What you should not be doing, however, is roaming with your provider. Roaming can be expensive in many cases, which is why seasoned travelers want to buy local SIM cards when traveling, including Jordan. In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Jordan. Let's go.

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Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Jordan

Jordan has 3 telecom providers: Zain Jordan, Umniah, and Orange Jordan. All providers have an extensive 4G/LTE network, although they are still expanding it.

Best SIM Card in Jordan

If you want to buy a SIM card in Jordan, I would recommend going with Zain or Umnaih. Zain has the best speeds and coverage but is the most expensive provider in Jordan. Umnaih has good coverage and lower rates, which could be the option for those who do not wish to spend that much on mobile usage.

SIM Card Registration in Jordan

Just like other countries in the Middle East, you have to show your passport when buying a SIM card.

Zain Jordan

Zain Logo

Zain Jordan, a company from Kuwait, is no stranger in the Middle Eastern market. With almost 5 million subscribers, it is the largest provider in Jordan. Is also has the best speeds and coverage in the country. A Zain SIM card is sold for 5 JOD ($7.05 + tax) and can be bought at Queen Alia Airport or various Zain stores.

Top-up vouchers are sold from 3 JOD to 36 JOD in various stores. The popular Zain monthly combo plans are:

  • 6.55 JOD: 4 GB (for 4G too), 2 GB for Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, and 500 minutes and SMS
  • 7.86 JOD: 8 GB, 7 GB for Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, 6 GB for 4 G, unlimited calls and SMS

Various data packs are sold. A handful of them are mentioned below:

  • 1 JOD: 1 GB for 1 day
  • 3 JOD: 1 GB for 7 days
  • 3.5 JOD: 500 MB for 30 days
  • 5 JOD: 1 GB for 30 days
  • 8 JOD: 2 GB for 30 days
  • 12 JOD: 4 GB for 30 days
  • 15 JOD: 7 GB for 30 days
  • 20 JOD: 10 GB for 30 days

You can also buy Zainโ€™s monthly data-only SIM card for 15 JOD that comes with 3.5 GB to be used within 30 days. It comes with a 3G USB dongle, which makes it perfect for laptop use. The following EzNet, data-only packs, can be added, which will give you 3G speeds:

  • 6 JOD: 10 GB daytime, 4 GB nighttime, and 4 GB for Facebook
  • 8 JOD: 16 GB daytime, 10 GB nighttime, and 4 GB for Facebook
  • 10 JOD: 18 GB daytime, 14 GB nighttime, and 4 GB for Facebook
  • 20 JOD: 50 GB daytime, 18 GB nighttime, and 4 GB for Facebook

Nighttime data can be used from 2 AM until 10 AM, which is rather generous (I have seen much worse, like from 11 AM until 4 AM). Unlike the other packs, only an 8% tax is added to these plans.

Want higher speeds? You can buy 4G/LTE data plans for the data-only SIM card:

  • 10 JOD for 2 GB
  • 25 JOD for 30 GB
  • 35 JOD for 100 GB
  • 50 JOD for 200 GB

Unlike the 3G data bundles, you have to add 16% tax to these prices.

Umnaih

Umniah Logo

Umnaih is run by a company from Bahrain called Batelco (Bahrain Telecom). Their SIM cards are sold for 5 JOD, and you can experience good coverage with them. Top-up vouchers are sold from 1 JOD to 15 JOD.

The following monthly Umnaih combo packs can be added:

  • 6.55 JOD: 6 GB, 5000 on-net minutes, 750 domestic minutes, and 500 SMS
  • 9.17 JOD: 12 GB, 20000 on-net minutes, 1500 domestic minutes, and 1500 SMS
  • 11.34 JOD: 22 GB, unlimited on-net minutes, 1750 domestic minutes, 1000 international minutes, and 2000 SMS
  • 15.12 JOD: 28 GB, unlimited on-net minutes, 20000 domestic minutes, 1000 international minutes, and 2000 SMS

Do note that tethering, using your phone as a hotspot, is not possible with these packages, and they cannot be used with tablets, routers, or mobile hotspots.

Just need data? The following data packs can be added:

  • 0.5 JOD: 500 MB for 24 hours
  • 1 JOD: 200 MB for 7 days
  • 1.5 JOD: 400 MB for 7 days
  • 2 JOD: 500 MB for 7 days
  • 3 JOD: 500 MB for 30 days
  • 5 JOD: 1 GB for 30 days
  • 7 JOD: 2 GB for 30 days
  • 10 JOD: 2.5 GB and 2.5 GB for Skype for 30 days

You can also buy add-ons for several social media apps. They are all sold for 1 JOB and come with 1 GB per month or per week:

  • YouTube: 1 GB per week
  • Twitter: 1 GB per month
  • WhatsApp: 1 GB per month (no VoIP calls)
  • Facebook (Messenger): 1 GB per month (no VoIP calls)

Want a data-only SIM card? Umnaih sells 3G SIM cards, called Evo 3G Prepaid, and 4G SIM cards, called Evo 4G Prepaid, for 5 JOD. For the Evo 3G Prepaid card, the following packs can be added:

  • 6 JOD: 10 GB, 6 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media
  • 7 JOD: 14 GB, 12 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media
  • 10 JOD: 18 GB, 16 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media
  • 15 JOD: 35 GB, 11 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media

For the first purchase, you get 4 GB and 4 GB for nighttime for free. Nighttime data is consumed from 2 AM until 10 SM. The apps for social media data are WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. All of these conditions and perks apply to the 4G SIM card too.

The following monthly packs can be added to the Evo 4G Prepaid SIM card:

  • 7 JOD: 18 GB, 12 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media
  • 10 JOD: 22 GB, 24 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media
  • 12 JOD: 35 GB, 26 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media
  • 15 JOD: 40 GB, 36 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media
  • 28 JOD: 100 GB, 20 GB nighttime data, and 4 GB for social media (all valid for 90 days instead)

Orange Jordan

Finally, we have Orange Jordan, which is also a big player in the Middle Eastern market. Orange is the smallest player in Oman and has the โ€œworstโ€ speeds and coverage. It has improved with the development of their 4G/LTE network, but you may experience patchy coverage. Orange SIM cards are sold for 1.72 JOD in various stores.

You can any of the following monthly Orange combo plans:

  • 2.63 JOD: 1 GB, 1 GB for Facebook, 60 minutes, and unlimited SMS
  • 2.63 JOD: 1 GB, 2 GB for Facebook, 60 minutes, and unlimited SMS
  • 7.87 JOD: 3 GB, 6 GB for Facebook, 200 minutes, and unlimited SMS
  • 9.18 JOD: 4 GB, 6 GB for Facebook, and unlimited minutes and SMS
  • 11.80 JOD: 6 GB, 6 GB for Facebook, and unlimited minutes and SMS
  • 14.41 JOD: 8 GB, 6 GB for Facebook, and unlimited minutes and SMS
  • 19.64 JOD: 25 GB and unlimited minutes and SMS

You can also buy Prepaid Orange Net, which is Orangeโ€™s data-only SIM card that comes with a 3G USD dongle. They are sold for 15 JOD, which comes with 3.5 GB. The following monthly data-only plans can be added:

  • 6 JOD: 5 GB
  • 7 JOD: 10 GB and 5 GB for nighttime use
  • 9 JOD: 15 GB, 5 GB for nighttime use, and 5 GB for Facebook
  • 11 JOD: 25 GB, 5 GB for nighttime use, and 5 GB for Facebook
  • 15 JOD: 30 GB, 5 GB for nighttime use, and 5 GB for Facebook
  • 27 JOD: 100 GB (for 90 days)

Want 4G/LTE data-only plans? See your options below:

  • 7 JOD: 10 GB and 5 GB for nighttime use
  • 9 JOD: 15 GB, 5 GB for nighttime use, and 5 GB for Facebook
  • 11 JOD: 25 GB, 5 GB for nighttime use, and 5 GB for Facebook
  • 15 JOD: 30 GB, 5 GB for nighttime use, and 5 GB for Facebook
  • 27 JOD: 100 GB (for 90 days)

Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Jordan

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Getting a SIM card from Zain or Umnaih would do you well when considering a Jordanian SIM card.

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