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Mongolia: 2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

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 (1.50 USD) from Mobicom or 3000 MNT (0.90 USD), 10 000 MNT (3 USD) & 15 000 MNT (4.60 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: 24th of October 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Mongolia?

Anyone 14 years old or older living in or visiting Mongolia can buy a Mongolian SIM card from the mobile network operators (Mobicom & Unitel) with some restrictions.

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

Besides that restriction, you are free to use Mongolia SIM cards.

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

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Mongolia).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Mongolia?

You can get a Mongolian SIM card in Mobicom and Unitel stores. Resellers, like gas stations & Nomin stores, also sell SIM cards (but you still need to visit the official stores to get it activated). It is also possible to get SIM cards at (Ulaanbaatar) Chinggis Khaan International Airport (UBN).

Note: in July 2021, the airport mentioned above took over (Ulaanbaatar) Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport‘s (ULN) function as the country's/city's main international airport

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

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Can You Use Your Phone in Mongolia?

Mongolia uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Mongolia. 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 Mongolia, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU Regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Mongolia.

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 Mongolia 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 Mongolia (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Mongolia

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

  • Mobicom Mongolia
  • Unitel Mongolia

The following frequencies are used in Mongolia:

  • 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)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Mongolia, 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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A Note about G-Mobile Mongolia & Skytel Mongolia

Gmobile Logo Mongolia
© Gmobile Mongolia
Skytel Mongolia Logo
© Skytel Mongolia

You may have heard of G-Mobile and Skytel and were wondering why I did not mention them yet so far.

That is because their services are significantly worse than Mobicom and Unitel, making it not worth trying G-Mobile and Skytel.

Especially when Mobicom and Unitel are not (much) more expensive than G-Mobile and Skytel.

Even then, G-Mobile and Skytel use CDMA technology on 3G instead of GSM (95%+ of mobile operators worldwide use GSM), making them useless to most travelers.

While G-Mobile has a regular 4G/LTE network, it is restricted to downtown Ulaanbaatar only.

So there is no real reason for you to consider them. As a result, G-Mobile and Skytel will not be covered in this guide.

VoLTE & VoWiFi in Mongolia

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

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

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

5G NR in Mongolia

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Mongolia since September 2022. It is available on the Mobicom and Unitel networks. Prepaid customers can use 5G NR, although coverage is still limited.

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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Best eSIM in Mongolia

Mobicom and Unitel offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Mongolian 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 Mongolia without personal detail capturing, you can get the Mongolia (Mongo Mobile & Fiber) eSIM from Airalo.

Mongolia Mongo Mobile & Fiber eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these three options:

  1. Mongolia/Mongo Mobile & Fiber 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Mongolia/Mongo Mobile & Fiber 3 GB eSIM for 30 days
  3. Mongolia/Mongo Mobile & Fiber 5 GB eSIM for 30 days

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

For an in-depth analysis of the Airalo Mongo Mobile & Fiber eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Mongolia eSIMs Compared guide.

You can also get Mongolia eSIMs from SimCorner (6 GB/15 days), which can also be used in neighboring Asian countries.

Asia Travel eSIM SimCorner
© SimCorner

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings, although the link above will do the same automatically.

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

Finally, you can get Mongolia eSIMs from Holafly:

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No unlimited data for Mongolia (yet)

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

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

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

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

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days .

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Just like in Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Asian countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Mongolia).

The Asialink eSIM can be used in 13 14 countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.

As you can see, the Asialink eSIM cannot be used in Mongolia (yet).

However, as many who visit Mongolia do not just stay in Mongolia (often go to Japan and/or South Korea as well), you can consider it.

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

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Mongolia

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Mongolia, I recommend going with SimCorner's Mongolia Travel SIM cards. Consider SimCorner's Asia SIM cards to be used in Mongolia and 20+ countries, including neighboring China, Kazakhstan & South Korea.

You have the following two Mongolia Travel SIM cards:

You have these two Asia SIM cards:

Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 8 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

The SimCorner Asia SIM cards can be used in Mongolia and the following other countries:

  • Azerbaijan 2
  • Bahrain 1
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Georgia
  • Guam 1
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan 1
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait 1
  • Kyrgyzstan 2
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia 1
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Oman 1
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar 1
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand 2, 3
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

1 for the 8 day version only
2 for the 15 days version only
3 only 500 MB in Thailand – better get the SimCorner Thailand Travel SIM Cards instead

You can also get the SimCorner International Travel SIM card (new: also available as an eSIM) with 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Mongolia and 100+ countries, including most of the ones mentioned above (Asia) and in the Americas, Europe & Oceania:

SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
© SimCorner
International Travel eSIM SimCorner
© SimCorner
  • Åland Islands
  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo, the Republic of (Brazzaville)
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

Instead of spending between 0.34 USD to 384 USD for SIM cards in each country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Mongolia

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Mongolia. This will be done at the point of purchase (unless you purchase it from a reseller as a tourist).

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Moreover, you can have up to two active prepaid SIM cards ACROSS all mobile operators in Mongolia.

This restriction applies to both Mongolian citizens and non-citizens (including migrant workers and tourists).

What happens when you try going over this limit? I do not know – be my guest and try it 😏.

However, Unitel allows you to have five active prepaid SIM cards in your name for some reason 🤔.

Mongolia Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Mongolia

Mongolia may not be the most popular travel destination in East Asia.

However, it is one of the cheaper countries for travel in the region.

The same can also be said about mobile data rates in Mongolia – they are low.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Mongolia is 1805.56 MNT (0.67 USD), around the Asian average of 1.47 USD. The world average is 3.12 USD.

In fact, Mongolia is the second cheapest country for mobile data in East Asia, behind China, but ahead of Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan & South Korea – in that order.

Data-featured prepaid plans can be generous for regional standards.

While the prices for data-featured plans are low, will you also get slow speeds in Mongolia?

Yes, lmao.

Mongolia's median mobile download speed is around 18 Mbps.

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

Mobile download speeds are on the slower end in Mongolia compared to its neighbors, China (92.53 Mbps) and Russia (21.24 Mbps).

Mongolia's mobile download speeds have increased by 20.6% year on year.

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Mongolia.

That would be Mobicom.

However, Unitel is a close second.

Mobitel also has the best (4G/LTE) coverage – Unitel is closely following.

But remember, Mongolia is sparsely populated.

You should not expect any coverage while in the middle of nowhere.

With low SIM card prices, good coverage (in populated areas), slow mobile download speeds, and incredibly low mobile data rates, you should have a reasonable network experience in Mongolia.

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Currency in Mongolia

10 000 Mongolian Tögrög Banknote
© Bank of Mongolia (also known as Mongolbank)/Монголбанк

Mongolia uses the Mongolian Tögrög (Tugrik) with the symbol MNT (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as . For example, 25 MNT = ₮25.

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

  • 100 MNT = 0.03 USD
  • 1000 MNT = 0.30 USD
  • 10 000 MNT = 2.95 USD
  • 100 000 MNT = 29.55 USD

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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).

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Mongolian Prepaid SIM Cards

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)

With that being said, let’s see what Mongolia to offer to us.


Mobicom Mongolia (Мобиком Корпораци)

Mobicom Mongolia Logo
© Mobicom Mongolia

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

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing), you can go with the Mongolia (Mongo Mobile & Fiber) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Mongolia Mongo Mobile & Fiber eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

You can also get Mongolia eSIMs from SimCorner (6 GB/15 days), which can also be used in neighboring Asian countries.

Asia Travel eSIM SimCorner
© SimCorner

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings, although the link above will do the same automatically.

Finally, you have the Holafly Mongolia eSIM (6 GB/15 days).

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Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in 14 Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

As you can see, the Asialink eSIM cannot be used in Mongolia (yet). However, it is still a valuable and popular eSIM for nearby Asian countries (according to hundreds of other Phone Travel Wiz readers).

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

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

Dial *210# to access the Mobicom menu.

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 five data-featured 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 data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Dial *210# to activate On Demand Data Packages:

PriceDataValidity
1500 MNT600 MB1 day
2000 MNT2 GB2 days
4000 MNT4 GB4 days
6500 MNT7 GB7 days
7500 MNT6 GB7 days
12 000 MNT15 GB15 days
12 500 MNT5 GB30 days
15 000 MNT13 GB15 days
16 500 MNT5 GB30 days
17 500 MNT10 GB30 days
28 000 MNT20 GB30 days
38 000 MNT30 GB30 days
60 000 MNT60 GB30 days
99 000 MNT99 GB60 days
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
1500 MNT600 MB1 day
2000 MNT2 GB2 days
4000 MNT4 GB4 days
6500 MNT7 GB7 days
12 000 MNT15 GB15 days
12 500 MNT5 GB30 days
60 000 MNT60 GB30 days
Night Data Package – Mobicom Mongolia

The Night Data Package is a 30 GB data bundle (with 5G NR access) for 7 nights (between 0:00 and 7:59), costing 1500 MNT.

Dial *210# to activate Night Data Package.

PriceDataValidity
1500 MNT30 GB7 nights (0:00 – 7:59)
Mobicom Mongolia ШӨНИЙН ДАТА БАГЦ Night Data Package
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:

PriceDataValidity
1500 MNT30 GB7 nights (0:00 – 7:59)
1500 MNT50 GB7 mornings (5:00 – 8:59)
3500 MNT150 GB15 nights (0:00 – 7:59)
4000 MNT100 GB15 mornings (5:00 – 8:59)
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 DataValidity
5000 MNTGaming1 GBUnlimited 130 days
5000 MNTMusic1 GBUnlimited 230 days
10 000 MNTTikTokN/AUnlimited @ 128 Kbps 37 days
10 000 MNTSocial UnlimitedN/AUnlimited 430 days

1 for Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Fifa Mobile, Fortnite, League of Legends, Mobile Legends & PUBG Mobile
2 for Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify, Soundcloud & Xyyp
3 for TikTok @ 128 Kbps (super slow!)
4 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter, Viber & WeChat

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
© Unitel Mongolia

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
5000 MNTTour SIM 55000 units3 GB5 days
10 000 MNTTour SIM 1010 000 units5 GB10 days
20 000 MNTTour SIM 3020 000 units20 GB30 days
Unitel Mongolia TourSIM Tourist SIM Cards
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It is possible to get a Unitel eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing), you can go with the Mongolia (Mongo Mobile & Fiber) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Mongolia Mongo Mobile & Fiber eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

You can also get Mongolia eSIMs from SimCorner (6 GB/15 days), which can also be used in neighboring Asian countries.

Asia Travel eSIM SimCorner
© SimCorner

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings, although the link above will do the same automatically.

Finally, you have the Holafly Mongolia eSIM (6 GB/15 days).

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No unlimited data for Mongolia (yet)

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

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in 14 Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

As you can see, the Asialink eSIM cannot be used in Mongolia (yet). However, it is still a valuable and popular eSIM for nearby Asian countries (according to hundreds of other Phone Travel Wiz readers).

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

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

Dial *1414# to access the Unitel menu.

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 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 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 Их дататай багцууд Big Data Packages
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:

PriceSocial DataValidityActivation Code
3000 MNTUnlimited 17 daysGaming7
5000 MNTUnlimited 230 daysMusic
5000 MNTUnlimited 130 daysGaming30
15 000 MNT20 GB 330 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 Apple Music, Mmusic, Soundcloud, Spotify & Stitcher
3 for Jig Jug, LookTV, Netflix & Twitch

Unitel Mongolia Энтертайнмент багцууд Entertainment Packages

APN/Internet Settings – Unitel Mongolia

  • Name: net
  • APN: net

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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