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SIM Cards in Mongolia: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Mongolia – known for its wildlife, landscapes & interesting history.

Some may also call Mongolia the land of the blue sky, as it has over 260 days of clear blue skies in a year.

But you are probably not visiting Mongolia just to look at the sky.

Instead, you may want to visit Gorkhi Terelj National Park – the most popular park in Mongolia.

You also should head to Sukhbaatar Square.

And if you have the time and means to visit Dalanzadgad, visit the Flaming Cliffs too.

What you should not do, in many cases, is roam internationally in Mongolia – International roaming can be expensive.

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

Luckily, SIM cards are inexpensive in Mongolia – the same applies to mobile data rates.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Mongolia?

You can get a Mongolian SIM card for 5000 MNT (1.45 USD) from Mobicom or 3000 MNT (0.85 USD), 10 000 MNT (2.90 USD) & 15 000 MNT (4.35 USD) from Unitel in their stores. Resellers, like gas stations, also sell SIM cards. Mongolian SIM cards are also sold at (Ulaanbaatar) Chinggis Khaan International Airport (UBN).

Those prices are not bad at all – certainly not for East Asian standards.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Mongolia Guide (logos of Unitel and Mobicom)

Original publication: 21st of December 2019. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Mongolia?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Mongolia, I recommend going with Mobicom. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds.

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Mongolia has two mobile network operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Mobicom Mongolia
  • Unitel Mongolia
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Anyone 14 or older living in or visiting Mongolia can buy a Mongolian SIM card with some restrictions, and you do have to comply with Mongolia's SIM card registration regulations.

And if you are younger than 14, you can still get a SIM card if your parents buy one for you (in their name).

The main restriction is that you can only have two active SIM cards in your name in Mongolia.

Besides those restrictions, you are free to use Mongolian SIM cards.

Regarding the registration requirements, you must show your passport at the point of sale.

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Where Can You Buy a Mongolian SIM Card (+Prices)?

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

  • Mobicom Mongolia: 3500 MNT (data-only) & 5000 MNT (regular)
  • Unitel Mongolia: 3000 MNT (blank SIM without a number (ZeroSIM)/Smart Daily), 10 000 MNT (regular & data-only) & 15 000 MNT

Be aware that SIM cards sold at airports can be more expensive than the prices mentioned earlier.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date MNT (Mongolian Tögrög (Tugrik) to your currency (let's say KRW – Korean Won) exchange rates.

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

  • 100 MNT = 0.30 USD
  • 1000 MNT = 0.30 USD
  • 10 000 MNT = 2.90 USD
  • 100 000 MNT = 29 USD

For any other currency, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Mongolia

The use of (travel) eSIMs has exploded in recent years.

Not only do more phones have eSIM capability (some US-sold iPhones are eSIM-only), but the number of providers adopting technology has proliferated as well.

This includes local mobile operators offering eSIM and platforms selling eSIMs (travel eSIMs).

If you want a local Mongolian eSIM, you can get one from Mobicom or Unitel.

But remember that you have to comply with Mongolia's SIM card registration regulations, even when you get a Mongolian eSIM.

If you do not wish to deal with registration for whatever reason, like privacy, consider getting a travel eSIM for Mongolia.

Many eSIM providers have eSIMs for Mongolia only, eSIMs for multiple Asian destinations & even global eSIMs, which I discuss in my Mongolia eSIM buying guide.

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Here is a quick introduction to your Mongolia travel eSIM options:

And I know you love discounts, so use one of these codes when getting a travel eSIM:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

If you want to know about all the prices, data options & covered countries (for the regional and global eSIMs), check out my Mongolia eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Mongolia Guide (logos of Holafly, Unitel, Nomad, Mobicom, Alosim, Mongo Mobile & Airalo)

Mongolian Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Mobicom Mongolia & Unitel Mongolia, 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)

Let's see what Mongolia can offer us in terms of SIM cards.


Mobicom Mongolia (Мобиком Корпораци)

Mobicom Mongolia Logo
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Mobicom Mongolia (Мобиком Корпораци), just Mobicom, is the largest mobile operator in Mongolia.

It also has the fastest speeds – it even won the Mongolia Speedtest Fastest Mobile Network Award of 2021 (Q1-Q2).

Mobicom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (n28), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2300 MHz (Band 40)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Mobicom:

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

Coverage – Mobicom Mongolia

Mobicom has the best coverage throughout Mongolia.

However, as Mongolia is sparsely populated, you should not expect nationwide coverage – only in populated areas.

Below is Mobicom's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Mobicom Mongolia

You can get a Mobicom SIM card for 5000 MNT in Mobicom stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. The data-only SIM card is sold for 3500 MNT. Mobicom SIM cards are also sold at (Ulaanbaatar) Chinggis Khaan International Airport (UBN).

Because of Mongolia's SIM card registration requirements, I recommend travelers get a SIM card in a Mobicom store for a smooth activation process or at airports.

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Mobicom Tourist SIM cards.

The following three Mobicom Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataValidity
20 000 MNT5000 units600 MB (15 days)90 days
35 000 MNT10 000 units1.1 GB (30 days)90 days
60 000 MNT15 000 units5 GB (30 days)90 days
Mobicom Mongolia Tourist SIM Cards

Dial *210# to access the Mobicom menu.

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It is possible to get a Mobicom eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Mongolia, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Mobicom (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular Asian destinations if you do not stay in just Mongolia or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Mongolia eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Mongo Mobile & Fiber (Mongolia only) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Mongolia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Mongolia – these eSIMs have unlimited data – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Mongolia, Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Mongolia eSIM buying guide.

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

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Mobicom Mongolia

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

To top up your Mobicom SIM card, dial *212*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *212*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 *211# or text B to 592 to check your Mobicom balance.

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

MobiCom Mongolia App
© Mobicom Mongolia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Mobicom Mongolia

Mobicom has four data-featured prepaid plans:

Mobicom plans can be activated by dialing *210#.

I will list all the prices in MNT.

To convert MNT to your currency (let's say KRW – Korean Won) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

On Demand Data Packages – Mobicom Mongolia

The On Demand Data Packages are, as the name implies, data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Dial *210# to activate On Demand Data Packages:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
2500 MNT2.5 GB2 days2.5 GB
5000 MNT5 GB5 days5 GB
6500 MNT7 GB7 days7
13 000 MNT16 GB15 days16 GB
17 500 MNT10 GB30 days10
22 500 MNT15 GB30 days15 GB
32 500 MNT25 GB30 days25 GB
42 500 MNT35 GB30 days35 GB
60 000 MNT60 GB30 days60GB
99 000 MNT99 GB30 days99GB
Mobicom Mongolia On Demand Data Packages
Data Plans for Data Only SIM Card – Mobicom Mongolia

The Data Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) exclusively for the data-only SIM card.

Dial *210# to activate Data Plans:

PriceDataValidity
2500 MNT2.5 GB2 days
5000 MNT5 GB5 days
6500 MNT7 GB7 days
13 000 MNT16 GB15 days
17 500 MNT10 GB30 days
22 500 MNT15 GB30 days
32 500 MNT25 GB30 days
42 500 MNT35 GB30 days
60 000 MNT60 GB30 days
Mobicom Mongolia Data Plans for Data Only SIM Card
Morning and Night Data Packages – Mobicom Mongolia

The Morning and Night Data Packages are data bundles (with 5G NR access) to be used at night (between 0:00 and 7:59) or in the morning (between 5:00 and 8:59).

Dial *210# to activate Morning and Night Data Packages:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
2000 MNT30 GB9 nights (0:00 – 7:59)N30
2000 MNT50 GB9 mornings (5:00 – 8:59)M50
4000 MNT100 GB20 nights (0:00 – 7:59)N100
4000 MNT150 GB20 mornings (5:00 – 8:59)M150
Mobicom Mongolia Morning and Night Data Packages
Entertainment Data Packages – Mobicom Mongolia

The Entertainment Data Packages are data bundles (with 5G NR access) for social apps.

Dial *210# to activate Entertainment Data Packages:

PricePlanDataSocial DataValidityActivation Code
3000 MNTEntertainmentN/AUnlimited @ 128 Kbps 13 daysN/A
5000 MNTAcademyN/AUnlimited @ 8Mbps 27 daysA7
5000 MNTGamingN/AUnlimited 330 daysG
5000 MNTMusicN/AUnlimited 430 daysM
5000 MNTSocialN/AUnlimited @ 128 Kbps 530 daysN/A
5900 MNTVoo40 GBN/A30 daysV30
8000 MNTTikTokN/AUnlimited @ 128 Kbps 37 daysT7
8000 MNTAcademy UnlimitedN/AUnlimited 130 daysN/A
10 000 MNTSocial UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited 530 daysSocial
15 000 MNTVideoN/AUnlimited 730 daysSocial

1 for Gaming data, Music data & Social data
2 for Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, Google Mail, Google Meet, Skype, Teams, Telegram & Zoom
3 for Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Fifa Mobile, Fortnite, League of Legends, Mobile Legends & PUBG Mobile
4 for Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify, Soundcloud & Xyyp
5 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter, Viber & WeChat
6 for TikTok @ 128Kbps (so slow!)
7 for Amazon Prime, Netflix, twitch, Voo

MobiCom Mongolia Entertainment Data Packages

APN/Internet Settings – Mobicom Mongolia

  • Name: Mobicom
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Unitel Mongolia (Юнител)

Unitel Mongolia Logo
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Unitel Mongolia (Universal/United Telecommunications), just Unitel, and not to be confused with Unitel in Angola, Cape Verde, or Laos, is the second-largest mobile operator in Mongolia.

It is also the only other reasonable option in the country (besides Mobicom Mongolia).

Unitel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (n28), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2300 MHz (Band 40)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Unitel:

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

Coverage – Unitel Mongolia

Unitel has decent coverage throughout Mongolia.

However, as Mongolia is sparsely populated, you should not expect nationwide coverage – only in populated areas.

Below is Unitel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Unitel Mongolia

You can get a Unitel SIM card for 3000 MNT, 10 000 MNT, or 15 000 MNT in Unitel stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. The data-only SIM card is sold for 10 000 MNT with 1 GB for 30 days. Unitel SIM cards are also sold at (Ulaanbaatar) Chinggis Khaan International Airport (UBN).

Be aware: the 3000 MNT SIM card is called ZeroSIM (often sold at gas stations and resellers).

This SIM card has no phone number attached.

While attaching a phone number to a ZeroSIM SIM card is possible online, you can only do so if you have a Mongolian ID, meaning travelers have to visit a Unitel store to get it sorted.

So… you are better off going to a Unitel store immediately anyway.

The following five Unitel SIM cards are available:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataOn-Net MinutesValidity
3000 MNTSmart Days1000 unitsN/AN/A30 days
10 000 MNTSmart Talk (10 000₮)5000 units50 MBUnlimited15 days
10 000 MNTSmart Data (10 000₮)3000 units5 GBN/A15 days
15 000 MNTSmart Talk (15 000₮)5000 units50 MBUnlimited30 days
15 000 MNTSmart Data (15 000₮)5000 units10 GBN/A30 days

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Unitel TourSIM SIM cards – Unitel's tourist offering.

The following three Unitel TourSIM SIM cards are available:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataValidity
15 000 MNTTour SIM 55000 units3 GB5 days
25 000 MNTTour SIM 1010 000 units5 GB10 days
40 000 MNTTour SIM 3020 000 units20 GB30 days
Unitel Mongolia TourSIM Tourist SIM Cards

Dial *1414# to access the Unitel menu.

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It is possible to get a Unitel eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Mongolia because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Unitel.

Especially if you get an Asia-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Mongolia in my Mongolia eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Mongo Mobile & Fiber (Mongolia only) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Mongolia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Mongoliaunlimited data eSIMs – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Mongolia, Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Mongolia eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Unitel for now.

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

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Unitel Mongolia

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

To top up your Unitel SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 1411.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 1411.

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 *1411# to check your Unitel balance.

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

Unitel Mongolia App
© Unitel Mongolia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Unitel Mongolia

Unitel has three data-featured prepaid plans:

Unitel plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1423.

I will list all the prices in MNT.

To convert MNT to your currency (let's say KRW – Korean Won) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Их дататай багцууд (Big Data Packages) – Mobicom Mongolia

The Их дататай багцууд (Big Data Packages) are, as the name implies, data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 1423 to activate Их дататай багцууд:

PriceData 1ValidityActivation Code
2500 MNT2 GB24 hours2GB
3500 MNT3 GB2 days3GB
6000 MNT6 GB5 days6GB
12 000 MNT12 GB7 days12GB
22 000 MNT20 GB10 days20GB

1 +unlimited data @ 128 Kbps after exhausting your data allowance (super slow!)

Unitel Mongolia Big Data Packages Plans
Урт хугацаатай багцууд (Long Term Packages) – Mobicom Mongolia

The Урт хугацаатай багцууд (Long Term Packages) are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 1423 to activate Урт хугацаатай багцууд:

PriceData 1ValidityActivation Code
3500 MNT2.5 GB3 days2.5GB
6000 MNT4 GB10 days4GB
12 000 MNT3.5 GB30 days3.5GB
22 000 MNT8 GB30 days8GB
35 000 MNT18 GB30 days18GB
50 000 MNT50 GB30 days50GB

1 +unlimited data @ 128 Kbps after exhausting your data allowance (super slow!)

Unitel Mongolia Урт хугацаатай багцууд Long Term Packages
Энтертайнмент багцууд (Entertainment Packages) – Mobicom Mongolia

The Энтертайнмент багцууд (Entertainment Packages) are data bundles (with 5G NR access) for social apps.

Text the Activation Code to 1423 to activate Энтертайнмент багцууд:

PricePlanSocial DataValidityActivation Code
2000 MNTGaming UnlimitedUnlimited 17 daysGaming7
2000 MNTNews UnlimitedUnlimited 230 daysNews
2000 MNTEDU UnlimitedUnlimited 330 daysEDU
5000 MNTE-Meeting 10 GB10 GB 430 daysMusic
5000 MNTGaming UnlimitedUnlimited 130 daysGaming30
5000 MNTMusic UnlimitedUnlimited 530 daysMusic
9000 MNTLookTV UnlimitedUnlimited30 dayslooktv
10 000 MNTE-Meeting 25 GB25 GB 430 daysEMeeting30
15 000 MNTStreaming 20 GB20 GB 630 daysStreaming

1 for Call of Duty, Clash of Clans, Fifa, Fortnite, Genshin Impact, League of Legends Wild Rift, Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile, Standoff2 & World of Tanks
2 for Bloomberg News apps website, Ikon.mn, News.mn & Unread
3 for DHIS, Humanities, Pearson online learning website, SHUTIS & SUIS
4 for Clubhouse apps, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Skype, Teams, Telegram & Zoom
5 for Apple Music, Mmusic, Soundcloud, Spotify & Stitcher
6 for Jig Jug, LookTV, Netflix & Twitch

Unitel Mongolia Entertainment Packages Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Unitel Mongolia

  • Name: net
  • APN: net

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Mongolia

Getting a SIM card from Mobicom would do you well when considering a Mongolian SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations around the world.