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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Kazakhstan: Buying Guide

Kazakhstan – made famous because of the Borat movies.

Besides those comedic-genius mobies, the country is also known for many other things.

Its high population of wild horses makes it easy for you to take stunning photos with horses either chilling or running around.

It also hosts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Saryarka Plains, Tamgaly & Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi).

And, of course, you can also be a city dweller and explore the futuristic capital city – Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana).

Before you share your Kazakhstan experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

In fact, you should not even think of roaming here because SIM cards are SO cheap, and the cost of mobile data is almost nothing.

So, how cheap are we talking about?

You can buy a Kcell (& Activ) SIM card for 500 KZT (1.20 USD). However, it is (often) free when purchased together with a plan. Both Beeline and Tele2 require you to buy a plan to get a SIM card. SIM cards are also available at Nursultan (Astana) Nazarbayev International Airport & Almaty International Airport.

Cannot see the video above? Watch it on YouTube.

Okay, there are no set prices for some SIM cards. Worry not; the low cost of mobile data will truly shock you.

10 GB of data for just 200 KZT (4.80 USD)? Yes, that is a thing.

Or unlimited data for 8000 KZT (18.85 USD). Yeah, it is a steal here!

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

Buying a SIM Card in Kazakhstan Guide (logos of Kcell, Activ, Beeline & Tele2)

Original publication: 5th of January 2020. Last updated: 25th of August 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Kazakhstan?

Anyone living in or visiting Kazakhstan can buy a Kazakhstani SIM card from Kcell (also for Activ), Beeline & Tele2 in their stores without any restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration and IMEI registraton 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 Kazakhstan).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Kazakhstan?

You can get a Kazakhstani SIM card in Kcell (also for Activ), Beeline & Tele2 stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Nursultan (Astana) Nazarbayev International Airport & Almaty International Airport.

Cannot see the video above? Watch it on YouTube.

In the past, you could get SIM cards on the streets, kiosks, and grocery stores, but that is not a thing anymore because of the new SIM card registration laws.

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

  • Kcell (& Activ): 500 KZT, but (sometimes) free when purchased with a plan
  • Beeline Kazakhstan: to be purchased with a plan
  • Tele2 Kazakhstan: to be purchased with a plan

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Can You Use Your Phone in Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Kazakhstan. 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 Kazakhstan, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 & 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 & 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Kazakhstan.

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

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has three mobile network operators:

  • Kcell (& Activ)
  • Beeline Kazakhstan (Beeline Казахстан)
  • Tele2 Kazakhstan (Tele2 Казахстан)

The following frequencies are used in Kazakhstan:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 Mhz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

Cannot see the video above? Watch it on YouTube.

To check whether your phone will work in Kazakhstan, 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 Kazakhstan

5G NR is not available in Kazakhstan of 2021, and the Kazakhstani government has not made any indications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

However, the mobile operators were testing 5G NR capabilities in 2019.

Beeline Kazakhstan even attained a 5G NR download speed of 3 Gbps when testing in Shymkent (using Nokia equipment).

Best SIM Card in Kazakhstan

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Kazakhstan, I recommend going with Kcell (or Activ) or Tele2. Tele2 has the best 4G/LTE coverage. Kcell has the best coverage in rural Kazakhstan on slower networks (2G or 3G).

SIM Card Registration in Kazakhstan

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

IMEI Registration in Kazakhstan

As of 2019, anyone using mobile devices with Kazakhstani SIM cards has to register their phone IMEI number.

Unlike some countries that introduced an IMEI registration scheme, Kazakhstan's procedure is quick and does not cost anything (looking at you, Turkey).

IMEI registration can be done by using the following shortcodes:

  • Kcell: dial *660*1*PassportNumber#
  • Activ: text your Passport Number, Surname & Name(s) (replace comma and “&” with spaces) to 7006
  • Beeline Kazakhstan: dial *693#, then enter your Passport Number
  • Tele2 Kazakhstan: dial *6914*3#, then enter your Passport Number

However, it may be quicker to get your device registered at the store where you buy your SIM card (as the menus are in Kazakh or Russian).

Do note that, because of registration, your Kazakhstani SIM card can only be used on the device that has been registered with the mobile operator.

Trying to use anyone else's SIM card in your phone will not work.

Those using a dual-SIM phone and who want to use both SIM card slots have to register both SIM card trays.

There is no limitation on how many devices you can register on one name.

Kazakhstan Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Kazakhstan

It is known that mobile data rates in former USSR states, currently part of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), are insanely low.

At least, when looking at them from a global perspective – the locals will disagree with my statement.

But it honestly is.

In 7 of the 13 CIS countries, the average cost of 1 GB of data is less than 1 USD.

Does this apply to Kazakhstan as well? Yes.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Kazakhstan is 0.59 USD, around the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) average of 0.98 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

In fact, Kazakhstan is one of the 53 countries where the average cost of 1 GB of data is less than 1 USD.

If you just looked at the image above (and below) and calculated the average quickly, you will notice that the average I mentioned is way off.

That is because I excluded Turkmenistan from the average. It is such an outlier that it pulls the average by a lot (8x more than Tajikistan, the CIS's second-most expensive country for mobile data).

Let's talk about speeds.

Are mobile data speeds fast in Kazakhstan? Not quite.

Kazakhstan's average mobile download speed is around 30 Mbps.

That is not too bad! Sure, it is below the global average, but Kazakhstan is doing well.

And you can reach download speeds of up to 150 Mbps in Nur-Sultan and Almaty – but only if you are lucky.

You can also see that mobile download speeds have improved over the year.

Perhaps slowly (compared to other nations), but an improvement is still an improvement!

But browsing the web and streaming videos should not be an issue in Kazakhstan.

With cheap SIM cards, low mobile data rates, decent mobile internet speeds, and fair nationwide coverage, you should have a decent network experience in Kazakhstan.

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Currency in Kazakhstan

1000 Kazakhstani Tenge Bank Note
© National Bank of Kazakhstan/Қазақстан Ұлттық банкі/Национальный банк Республики Казахстан

Kazakhstan uses the Kazakhstani Tenge with the symbol KZT (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed in . For example, 25 KZT = 25 .

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

  • 10 KZT = 0.02 USD
  • 100 KZT = 0.25 USD
  • 1000 KZT = 2.35 USD
  • 10 000 KZT = 23.45 USD
  • 100 000 KZT = 235.40 USD

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

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Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Wise account FREE!

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Kazakhstani Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Kcell (+Activ), Beeline Kazakhstan & Tele2 Kazakhstan, 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 Kazakhstan has to offer to us.

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Kcell & Activ Kazakhstan

Kcell Logo
© Kcell

Kcell is the largest mobile operator in Kazakhstan. It is also the oldest in the country.

Kcell also has another brand called Activ.

Activ Kazakhstan Logo
© Altel Kazakhstan

The difference between Kcell and Activ is the target markets of each brand.

Although Kcell plans offer corporate-like features, such as creating groups to share your allowances with, consumers can also use Kcell if they want to.

As a result, both brands will be covered in this section.

Do note that Activ customers have full access to the Kcell network and are not deprioritized on the network.

Kcell uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)

This is what you will learn about Kcell & Activ:

* Coverage
* How to Get a(n) Kcell/Activ SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* IMEI Registration
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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

Jump to: Beeline | Tele2

Coverage – Kcell & Activ Kazakhstan

Kcell has fair coverage throughout Kazakhstan.

However, its 4G/LTE availability is lacking compared to its competitors.

Below is Kcell's coverage map. Do note that this map is more favorable than it should be:

SIM Card Price – Kcell & Activ Kazakhstan

You can buy a Kcell and Activ SIM card for 500 KZT in Kcell stores. However, you often have to buy a plan together with your SIM card. SIM cards are also available at Almaty International Airport and Nursultan Nazarbayev (Astana) Airport.

Dial *114# to see your Kcell & Activ phone number.

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IMEI Registration – Kcell & Activ Kazakhstan

Kcell IMEI registration can be done by dialing *660*1*PassportNumer#.

For Activ, text your Passport Number + Surname + Name(s) to 7006.

If this does not work, you can visit a Kcell store to get IMEI registration done.

Remember, IMEI registration is free, and there is no limit on how many devices you can register.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Kcell & Activ Kazakhstan

Kcell & Activ top-up vouchers are sold in Kcell stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Kcell & Activ SIM card, dial *110*VoucherCode*#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *110*123456#.

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

Dial *100# or *1111# to check your Kcell balance. For Activ, dial *111*3# to see your balance

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

Kcell Kazakhstan App
© Kcell
Activ Kazakhstan App
© Altel Kazakhstan

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Kcell & Activ Kazakhstan

Kcell has ten data-featured plans:

Activ has six data-featured plans:

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

Mobile Circle – Kcell

The Mobile Circle Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS.

Mobile Circle plans renew on the 1st of each month.

Mobile Circle can be activated by dialing *166*1#:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
2900 KZTMobile Circle S25 GBUnlimited120 minutes500 SMS1 month
3900 KZTMobile Circle M35 GBUnlimited180 minutes700 SMS1 month
4900 KZTMobile Circle L45 GBUnlimited240 minutes800 SMS1 month
5900 KZTMobile Circle XL55 GBUnlimited300 minutes1000 SMS1 month
Kcell Kazakhstan Mobile Circle Plans
Extra Packages for Mobile Circle – Kcell

The Extra Packages for Mobile Circle are, as the name implies, data add-ons for Mobile Circle. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans and are exclusive to Mobile Circle.

Extra Packages for Mobile Circle can be activated by dialing *299*1#:

PriceDataValidity
990 KZT3 GB30 days
1490 KZT8 GB30 days
1990 KZT15 GB30 days
Prestige+ – Kcell

The Prestige+ plans are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS.

Prestige+ plans renew on the 1st of each month.

The following Prestige+ plans are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
2590 KZTPrestige 2+15 GBUnlimited300 minutesN/A1000 SMS1 month*166*1*2*2#
3590 KZTPrestige 3+20 GBUnlimited400 minutes30 minutes1000 SMS1 month*166*1*2*3#
5590 KZTPrestige 5+25 GBUnlimited500 minutes50 minutes1000 SMS1 month*166*1*2*5#
7590 KZTPrestige 7+30 GBUnlimited700 minutes70 minutes1000 SMS1 month*166*1*2*7#
9590 KZTPrestige 9+35 GBUnlimited1000 minutes100 minutes1000 SMS1 month*166*1*2*9#
Kcell Kazakhstan Prestige+ Plans
Extra Packages for Prestige+ – Kcell

The Extra Packages for Prestige+ are, as the name implies, data add-ons for Prestige+. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans and are exclusive to Prestige+.

Extra Packages for Mobile Circle can be activated by dialing *190#:

PriceDataValidity
400 KZT1 GB30 days
1090 KZT3 GB30 days
1990 KZT10 GB30 days
UNLIM – Kcell

The UNLIM plans are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS. Some plans feature unlimited data.

UNLIM plans renew on the 1st of each month.

The following UNLIM plans are available:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
4000 KZTUNLIM Hit25 GBUnlimitedUnlimited250 minutes100 SMS1 month*166*1*3*31#
5000 KZTUNLIM Pro35 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimited350 minutes100 SMS1 month*166*1*3*32#
8000 KZTUNLIM UltraUnlimitedN/AUnlimited250 minutes100 SMS1 month*166*1*3*33#
10 000 KZTUNLIM MaxUnlimited 2N/AUnlimited500 minutes100 SMS1 month*166*1*3*34#

1 Cisco, Facebook, IMO, Instagram, MS Teams, ОK, Skype, Skype for Business, Telegram, TikTok, TrueConf, Vkontakte, WhatsApp, YouTube & ZOOM @ 1.5 Mbps
2 +1 GB roaming data for China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Maldives, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates & United States

Kcell Kazakhstan UNLIM Plans
Add-Ons for UNLIM – Kcell

The Extra Packages for UNLIM are, as the name implies, data add-ons for UNLIM. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans and are exclusive to UNLIM.

The following Add-Ons for UNLIM are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
650 KZT2 GB30 days*190*5*4#
990 KZT3 GB30 days*190*5*5#
Daily Data Plans – Kcell

The Daily Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles valid for a day.

The following Daily Data Plans are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
29 KZT10 MB1 day*444*1*1*1#
39 KZT20 MB1 day*444*1*1*2#
49 KZT40 MB1 day*444*1*1*3#
59 KZT100 MB1 day*444*1*1*4#

Daily Data Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *444*1*4#.

Turbo-Traffic – Kcell

The Turbo-Traffic plans are data-only bundles.

The following Turbo-Traffic Plans are available, which you can activate by dialing *190#:

PriceDataValidity
200 KZT500 MB30 days
400 KZT1 GB30 days
600 KZT2 GB30 days
1490 KZT5 GB30 days
1990 KZT10 GB30 days
Data Packs – Kcell

The Data Packs are, as the name implies, data-only bundles.

The following Data Packs are available:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
1490 KZTInternet 55 GB30 days*444*1*1*5#
1990 KZTInternet 1010 GB30 days*444*1*1*10#
2990 KZTInternet 2020 GB30 days*444*1*1*20#
3990 KZTInternet 3030 GB30 days*444*1*1*30#
4990 KZTInternet 4040 GB30 daysText 40 to 444
One Year Internet+ – Kcell

The One Year Internet+ plan is a data-only plan providing you 20 GB a month over 12 months. The plan costs 14 990 KZT and can be activated by dialing *444*6*1#.

Your data allowance resets on the 1st of each month.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
14 990 KZT20 GB/month (240 GB)1 year*444*6*1#
Extra Package – Activ Kazakhstan

The Extra Package is a combo plan with 100 MB of data, 30 on-net minutes, and 15 on-net SMS valid for 5 days. It costs 249 KZT and can be activated by dialing *674*1#.

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
249 KZT100 MB30 minutes15 SMS5 days*674*1#
Kuanysh – Activ Kazakhstan

The Kuanysh plan is a combo bundle with 6 GB of data, unlimited on-net minutes, and 60 off-net minutes – all valid for 30 days. IT costs 2590 KZT and can be activated by dialing *2590#.

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidityActivation Code
2590 KZT6 GBUnlimited60 minutes30 days*166*1*9#
Reactive – Activ Kazakhstan

The Reactive plans are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS.

These Reactive plans are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
2590 KZTReactive 25906 GBUnlimited60 minutes100 SMS30 days*166*1*15#
3290 KZTReactive 329011 GBUnlimited110 minutes100 SMS30 days*166*1*16#
3990 KZTReactive 399016 GBUnlimited210 minutes100 SMS30 days*166*1*17#
4990 KZTReactive 499031 GBUnlimited310 minutes100 SMS30 days*166*1*18#
7990 KZTReactive 7990UnlimitedUnlimited300 minutesN/A30 days*166*1*19#

Unused data and minutes will roll over for 1 billing cycle.

Internet+ – Activ Kazakhstan

The Internet+ plans are data-only bundles.

These Internet+ plans are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
39 KZT45 MB1 day*444*1*1*1#
74 KZT190 MB1 day*444*1*1*2#
115 KZT350 MB1 day*444*1*1*3#
Online – Activ Kazakhstan

The Online Plans are data-only bundles.

These Online plans are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
990 KZT3 GB30 days*444*9*1*4#
1490 KZT8 GB30 days*444*9*1*5#
1990 KZT15 GB30 days*444*9*1*6#
2990 KZT25 GB30 days*444*9*1*7#
4990 KZT40 GB30 days*444*9*1*9#

Online plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *444*9*4#.

Additional Internet Packages – Activ Kazakhstan

The Additional Internet Packages are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Additional Internet Packages can be activated by dialing *888*3#:

PriceData
450 KZT1 GB
650 KZT2 GB
1490 KZT8 GB

APN/Internet Settings – Kcell & Activ Kazakhstan

  • Name: Kcell
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Beeline Kazakhstan

Beeline Logo
© Beeline

Beeline Kazakhstan, officially Beeline Казахстан but just Beeline, is the second-largest mobile operator in Kazakhstan.

Beeline, as a company, is active in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan & Russia.

Beeline uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)

This is what you will learn about Beeline:

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

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

Jump to: Kcell & Activ | Tele2

Coverage – Beeline Kazakhstan

Beeline has fair coverage throughout Kazakhstan.

Because of the geographical structure of Kazakhstan, vast parts of the country have no reception at all or have to deal with 2G coverage.

Below is Beeline's 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G map:

Also the 4G/LTE coverage map:

Then the 4G+/LTE-A map (faster 4G speeds):

Finally, we have a map of all the technologies combined (2G, 3G & 4G/LTE):

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

Ironically, this map is more favorable than it should be:

SIM Card Price – Beeline Kazakhstan

Beeline SIM cards are available for free in Beeline stores. However, you are required to purchase a plan to get your SIM card. SIM cards are also available at Almaty International Airport and Nursultan Nazarbayev (Astana) Airport.

To use a Beeline eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Huawei P40/P40 Pro
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS/XS Max/XR
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20/20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 21 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Fold
  • Samsung Z Flip

Dial *100# to access the Beeline menu.

Dial *100# and select option 2 to see your Beeline phone number. The same can be done by dialing *160#.

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IMEI Registration – Beeline Kazakhstan

Beeline IMEI registration can be done by dialing *693#. Then you enter your Passport Number.

If this does not work, you can visit a Beeline store to get IMEI registration done.

Remember, IMEI registration is free, and there is no limit on how many devices you can register.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Beeline Kazakhstan

Beeline top-up vouchers are sold in Beeline stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Beeline SIM card, dial *101*VoucherCode*PhoneNumber#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456 and your phone number is 12345678, you would dial *101*123456*12345678#.

Remember, you can see your Beeline phone number by dialing *100# and selecting option 2 or by dialing *160#

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

Dial *102# or *110*16# to check your Beeline balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Мой Beeline Казахстан (My Beeline Kazakhstan) app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

My Beeline Kazakhstan App
© Beeline Kazakhstan

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Beeline Kazakhstan

Beeline has five data-featured plans:

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

жарқын (Bright) – Beeline Kazakhstan

The жарқын (Bright) plans are combo plans with data, minutes, and SMS.

The following жарқын plans are available:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 3On-Net MinutesLocal/International Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local SMSActivation CodeValidity
2590 KZTжарқын 25906 GBN/AUnlimited50 minutesN/AN/A*829*1#1 month
3290 KZTжарқын 329012 GBN/AUnlimited100 minutesN/AN/A*829*2#1 month
3990 KZTжарқын 399017 GBUnlimitedUnlimited200 minutesN/AN/A*829*3#1 month
4990 KZTжарқын 499030 GBUnlimitedUnlimited300 minutes30 minutes300 SMS*829*4#1 month
5990 KZTжарқын 599040 GBUnlimitedUnlimited400 minutes40 minutes400 SMS*829*5#1 month

1 China, Kyrgyzstan (Beeline), Russia (Beeline) & Ukraine (Kyiv only)
2 no country restrictions
3 Facebook, IMO, Instagram, Netflix, Odnoklassniki, Pinterest, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Tinder, Twitch, Twitter, Viber, Vkontakte, WhatsApp, YouTube, & YouTube Kids

Beeline Kazakhstan Bright Plans
Өзің жаса (Do It Yourself) – Beeline Kazakhstan

The Өзің жаса (Do It Yourself) is a customizable plan allowing you to set how much data and how many minutes you want.

The data allowances are 12 GB, 18 GB & 32 GB.

The minute allowances are 0 minutes, 100 minutes & 300 minutes.

Өзің жаса can only be activated on the My Beeline Kazakhstan app:

Data/Minutes12 GB18 GB32 GB
0 minutes2790 KZT3190 KZT3990 KZT
100 minutes3290 KZT3690 KZT4190 KZT
300 minutes3990 KZT4490 KZT4990 KZT

For 800 KZT on top of your existing Өзің жаса plan, you will get the following perks:

  • Unlimited Facebook, IMO, Instagram, Netflix, Odnoklassniki, Pinterest, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Tinder, Twitch, Twitter, Viber, Vkontakte, WhatsApp, YouTube, & YouTube Kids data
  • Unlimited on-net minutes
  • The possibility to convert 10 minutes into 1 GB
Beeline Kazakhstan Do It Yourself Plan
шексіз (Unlimited) – Beeline Kazakhstan

The шексіз (Unlimited) plans are combo plans with unlimited data (200 GB high-speed data), minutes, and SMS.

The following шексіз plans are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal/International Minutes 1Local SMSActivation CodeValidity
5490 KZTшексіз 5490“Unlimited”, 200 GB 1N/AN/AN/A*909*3#1 month
7990 KZTшексіз 7990“Unlimited”, 200 GB 1Unlimited250 minutes250 SMSApp only1 month

1 speed reduced to 256 Kbps after exhausting your data allowance

Beeline Kazakhstan Unlimited Plans
Ұйқысыз интернет (Sleepless Internet) – Beeline Kazakhstan

The Ұйқысыз интернет (Sleepless Internet) is an unlimited data (80 GB high-speed data) add-on to be used at night (from 0:00 to 7:00) for 8 nights, costing 490 KZT.

It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

PriceDataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
490 KZT“Unlimited”, 80 GB 17 nights (0:00 – 7:00)*956#*956*0#

1 speed reduced to 1.5 Mbps after exhausting your data allowance

Ұйқысыз интернет auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *956*0#.

Бір реттік деректер пакеті (Data Add-Ons) – Beeline Kazakhstan

The Бір реттік деректер пакеті (Data Add-Ons) are, as the (English) name implies, data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Бір реттік деректер пакеті are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
790 KZT1 GB30 days*466*1#
1490 KZT4 GB30 days*466*2#
1790 KZT8 GB30 days*466*4#

APN/Internet Settings – Beeline Kazakhstan

  • Name: Beeline Internet
  • APN: internet.beeline.kz
  • Username: @internet.beeline
  • Password: beeline

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Tele2 Kazakhstan

Tele2 Logo
© Tele2

Tele2 Kazakhstan, officially теле2 казахстан but just Tele2, is the smallest mobile operator in Kazakhstan.

Although using the Tele2 brand name, it is not owned by Tele2 from Sweden. Instead, it is run by a local company.

Since 2017, Altel Kazakhstan, not to be confused with Altel Malaysia, has been fully integrated with Tele2. However, the Altel brand is still used for postpaid plans.

Altel Kazakhstan Logo
© Altel Kazakhstan

Tele2 considers calls to Altel to be on-net calls (most plans give you unlimited on-net minutes to Tele2 numbers, so also to Altel).

Tele2 uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)

This is what you will learn about Tele2:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Tele2 SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* IMEI Registration
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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

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Coverage – Tele2 Kazakhstan

Tele2 has the best 4G/LTE coverage in Kazakhstan.

However, its nationwide coverage is still fair.

Because of the geographical structure of Kazakhstan, vast parts of the country have no reception at all or have to deal with 2G coverage.

Below is Tele2's coverage map. Do note that this map is more favorable than it should be:

SIM Card Price – Tele2 Kazakhstan

Tele2 SIM cards are available for free in Tele2 stores. However, you are required to purchase a plan to get your SIM card. SIM cards are also available at Almaty International Airport and Nursultan Nazarbayev (Astana) Airport.

You may have to call 515 to activate your Tele2 SIM card.

It is also possible to get a Tele2 eSIM for 1000 KZT.

To use a Tele2 eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS/XS Max/XR
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Fold
  • Samsung Z Flip

Dial *120# to see your Tele2 phone number.

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IMEI Registration – Tele2 Kazakhstan

Tele2 IMEI registration can be done by dialing *6914#. Then you enter your Passport Number.

If this does not work, you can visit a Tele2 store to get IMEI registration done.

Remember, IMEI registration is free, and there is no limit on how many devices you can register.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tele2 Kazakhstan

Tele2 top-up vouchers are sold in Tele2 stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Tele2 SIM card, you can use one of the many terminals (CyberPlat, Kacca 24, Kaspi, QIWI & Tenge QIWI).

Do note that these machines are in Kazakh and Russian only.

You may be better off recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards and use Google Translate to navigate this page.

Or you can ask someone around for assistance.

With a Qiwi machine, select Оплата услуг (payment for services), press the Tele2 logo, enter your phone number, select the top-up amount, and insert cash (exact cash preferred – the machines often do not give change).

If all of this sounds too intimidating, visit a Tele2 store – that will be a more straightforward process.

Dial *111# or call 530 to check your Tele2 balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Tele2 Казахстан (Tele2 Kazakhstan) app (Android/iOS).

Tele2 Kazakhstan App
© Tele2 Kazakhstan

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tele2 Kazakhstan

Tele2 has four data-featured plans:

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

Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) – Tele2 Kazakhstan

Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) is a customizable plan allowing you to set how much data, how many off-net minutes and on-net SMS you want – you also get unlimited on-net minutes (to Tele2 & Altel numbers) for 30 days.

The plans are set in price (2490 KZT, 3190 KZT & 3890 KZT), but you are free to set up your selection.

2490 Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) – Tele2 Kazakhstan

The 2490 Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) plan costs 2490 KZT and allows you to select between:

  • 1 GB and 10 GB of data
  • 10 off-net minutes and 100 off-net minutes
  • 0 on-net SMS and 450 on-net SMS

It already includes unlimited on-net minutes (to Tele2 & Altel numbers).

Tele2 Kazakhstan Your Rules 2490 Plan

2490 Сенің ережелерің can be set up by dialing *122*60# or on the Tele2 Kazakhstan app.

Below are all your options:

Data

  • 1 GB
  • 2 GB
  • 3 GB
  • 4 GB
  • 5 GB
  • 6 GB
  • 7 GB
  • 8 GB
  • 9 GB
  • 10 GB

Off-Net Minutes

  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • 50 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 70 minutes
  • 80 minutes
  • 90 minutes
  • 100 minutes

On-Net SMS

  • 0 SMS
  • 50 SMS
  • 100 SMS
  • 150 SMS
  • 200 SMS
  • 250 SMS
  • 300 SMS
  • 350 SMS
  • 400 SMS
  • 450 SMS
3190 Сенің ережелерің/Your Rules – Tele2 Kazakhstan

The 3190 Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) plan costs 3190 KZT and allows you to select between:

  • 1 GB and 21 GB of data
  • 10 off-net minutes and 210 off-net minutes
  • 0 on-net SMS and 1000 on-net SMS

It already includes unlimited on-net minutes (to Tele2 & Altel numbers).

Tele2 Kazakhstan Your Rules 3190 Plan

3190 Сенің ережелерің can be set up by dialing *122*92# or on the Tele2 Kazakhstan app.

Below are all your options:

Data

  • 1 GB
  • 2 GB
  • 3 GB
  • 4 GB
  • 5 GB
  • 6 GB
  • 7 GB
  • 8 GB
  • 9 GB
  • 10 GB
  • 11 GB
  • 12 GB
  • 13 GB
  • 14 GB
  • 15 GB
  • 16 GB
  • 17 GB
  • 18 GB
  • 19 GB
  • 20 GB
  • 21 GB

Off-Net Minutes

  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • 50 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 70 minutes
  • 80 minutes
  • 90 minutes
  • 100 minutes
  • 110 minutes
  • 120 minutes
  • 130 minutes
  • 140 minutes
  • 150 minutes
  • 160 minutes
  • 170 minutes
  • 180 minutes
  • 190 minutes
  • 200 minutes
  • 210 minutes

On-Net SMS

  • 0 SMS
  • 50 SMS
  • 100 SMS
  • 150 SMS
  • 200 SMS
  • 250 SMS
  • 300 SMS
  • 350 SMS
  • 400 SMS
  • 450 SMS
  • 500 SMS
  • 550 SMS
  • 600 SMS
  • 650 SMS
  • 700 SMS
  • 750 SMS
  • 800 SMS
  • 850 SMS
  • 900 SMS
  • 950 SMS
  • 1000 SMS
3890 Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) – Tele2 Kazakhstan

The 3890 Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) plan costs 3890 KZT and allows you to select between:

  • 1 GB and 36 GB of data
  • 10 off-net minutes and 360 off-net minutes
  • 0 on-net SMS and 1750 on-net SMS

It already includes unlimited on-net minutes (to Tele2 & Altel numbers).

Tele2 Kazakhstan Your Rules 3890 Plan

You also get unlimited data for Classmates, Facebook, Instagram, Likee, Netflix, Telegram, TikTok, Tinder, Twitch, Viber, Vkontakte, WhatsApp & YouTube.

3890 Сенің ережелерің can be set up by dialing *122*93# or on the Tele2 Kazakhstan app.

Below are all your options:

Data

  • 1 GB
  • 2 GB
  • 3 GB
  • 4 GB
  • 5 GB
  • 6 GB
  • 7 GB
  • 8 GB
  • 9 GB
  • 10 GB
  • 11 GB
  • 12 GB
  • 13 GB
  • 14 GB
  • 15 GB
  • 16 GB
  • 17 GB
  • 18 GB
  • 19 GB
  • 20 GB
  • 21 GB
  • 22 GB
  • 23 GB
  • 24 GB
  • 25 GB
  • 26 GB
  • 27 GB
  • 28 GB
  • 29 GB
  • 30 GB
  • 31 GB
  • 32 GB
  • 33 GB
  • 34 GB
  • 35 GB
  • 36 GB

Off-Net Minutes

  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • 50 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 70 minutes
  • 80 minutes
  • 90 minutes
  • 100 minutes
  • 110 minutes
  • 120 minutes
  • 130 minutes
  • 140 minutes
  • 150 minutes
  • 160 minutes
  • 170 minutes
  • 180 minutes
  • 190 minutes
  • 200 minutes
  • 210 minutes
  • 220 minutes
  • 230 minutes
  • 240 minutes
  • 250 minutes
  • 260 minutes
  • 270 minutes
  • 280 minutes
  • 290 minutes
  • 300 minutes
  • 310 minutes
  • 320 minutes
  • 330 minutes
  • 340 minutes
  • 350 minutes
  • 360 minutes

On-Net SMS

  • 0 SMS
  • 50 SMS
  • 100 SMS
  • 150 SMS
  • 200 SMS
  • 250 SMS
  • 300 SMS
  • 350 SMS
  • 400 SMS
  • 450 SMS
  • 500 SMS
  • 550 SMS
  • 600 SMS
  • 650 SMS
  • 700 SMS
  • 750 SMS
  • 800 SMS
  • 850 SMS
  • 900 SMS
  • 950 SMS
  • 1000 SMS
  • 1050 SMS
  • 1100 SMS
  • 1150 SMS
  • 1200 SMS
  • 1250 SMS
  • 1300 SMS
  • 1350 SMS
  • 1400 SMS
  • 1450 SMS
  • 1500 SMS
  • 1550 SMS
  • 1600 SMS
  • 1650 SMS
  • 1700 SMS
  • 1750 SMS
Басқа тарифтер (Other Tariffs) – Tele2 Kazakhstan

The Басқа тарифтер (Other Tariffs) are combo plans with data and minutes.

The following Басқа тарифтер are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal/Off-Net MinutesValidityActivation Code
990 KZTОтан1 GBUnlimitedN/A30 days*505#
1790 KZTТвои звонкиN/AUnlimited100 minutes30 days*471#
2490 KZTҚосыл-25 GBUnlimited50 minutes31 days*122*79#
Единый (Single) – Tele2 Kazakhstan

The Единый (Single) plan is similar to Сенің ережелерің (Your Rules) allowing you to set how much data, how many off-net minutes and on-net SMS you want – you also get unlimited on-net minutes (to Tele2 & Altel numbers) for 30 days.

  • 1 GB and 18 GB of data
  • 10 off-net minutes and 180 off-net minutes
  • 0 on-net SMS and 850 on-net SMS
Tele2 Kazakhstan Single Plan

You also get unlimited data for Classmates, Facebook, Instagram, Likee, Netflix, Telegram, TikTok, Tinder, Twitch, Viber, Vkontakte, WhatsApp & YouTube.

Единый can be set up by dialing *134*0# or on the Tele2 Kazakhstan app.

Below are all your options:

Data

  • 1 GB
  • 2 GB
  • 3 GB
  • 4 GB
  • 5 GB
  • 6 GB
  • 7 GB
  • 8 GB
  • 9 GB
  • 10 GB
  • 11 GB
  • 12 GB
  • 13 GB
  • 14 GB
  • 15 GB
  • 16 GB
  • 17 GB
  • 18 GB

Off-Net Minutes

  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • 50 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 70 minutes
  • 80 minutes
  • 90 minutes
  • 100 minutes
  • 110 minutes
  • 120 minutes
  • 130 minutes
  • 140 minutes
  • 150 minutes
  • 160 minutes
  • 170 minutes
  • 180 minutes

On-Net SMS

  • 0 SMS
  • 50 SMS
  • 100 SMS
  • 150 SMS
  • 200 SMS
  • 250 SMS
  • 300 SMS
  • 350 SMS
  • 400 SMS
  • 450 SMS
  • 500 SMS
  • 550 SMS
  • 600 SMS
  • 650 SMS
  • 700 SMS
  • 750 SMS
  • 800 SMS
  • 850 SMS
Add-Ons – Tele2 Kazakhstan

The Add-Ons are data-only add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

The following add-ons are available:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
180 KZTТәуліктік шектен шығушылықUnlimited1 day*134*1#
590 KZTБіржолғы интернет-пакет 2 ГБ2 GB30 days*151*2#
990 KZTБіржолғы интернет-пакет 4 ГБ4 GB30 days*151*4#
1390 KZTБіржолғы интернет-пакет 8 ГБ8 GB30 days*151*8#

APN/Internet Settings – Tele2 Kazakhstan

  • Name: Tele2 Internet
  • APN: internet.tele2.kz

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Kazakhstan

Getting a Kazakhstani SIM card is the best way to stay connected in the country.

However, for some, getting local SIM cards is not an option. For example, if you have a SIM-locked device.

Luckily, there are other ways to get online when in Kazakhstan.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local mobile operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards.

That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Kazakhstan here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind.

Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local mobile operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Kazakhstan.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Kazakhstan

Getting a SIM card from Kcell (or Activ) or Tele2 would do you well when considering a Kazakhstani SIM card.


Local Prepaid SIM Card in Other Asian Countries

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