Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Mozambique Guide

Logos of Telecom Operators in Mozambique: Vodacom Mozambique, Movital & TMCEL

When traveling in Mozambique, you want to share you experiences online on social media to show your friends and family how amazing Mozambique is.

However, roaming with your provider can be expensive in many cases, which makes it often an unaffordable option.

Local prepaid SIM cards are excellent because you can enjoy local rates without having to worry about expensive roaming bills, and you often get a better experience compared to roaming.

In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a prepaid SIM card in Mozambique.

Telecom Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Mozambique

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Mozambique has 3 telecom operators:

  • Vodacom Mozambique (Vodacom Moçambique)
  • TMCEL (Moçambique Telecom)
  • Movitel

All operators have 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks.

The following frequencies are used by the Mozambican operators:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 Mhz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

The Best SIM Card in Mozambique

If you want to buy a SIM card in Mozambique, then getting a Vodacom prepaid SIM card is the best because Vodacom has, in general, the best coverage and speeds throughout Mozambique. However, consider Movitel if going to rural Mozambique because Movitel has a large footprint in rural areas.

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SIM Card Registration Regulations in Mozambique

Like most countries in East Africa, and Africa in general, you have to register your SIM card with your passport details when buying a SIM card in Mozambique.

Registration will be done when buying your SIM card in an operator store. It is discouraged to purchase SIM cards on the streets because you will be charged inflated prices, and the registration may not be processed properly, which will result in your SIM card be deactivated on a later date.

It is, however, fine to buy top-up vouchers on the street.

There seems to be no limit on how many SIM cards you can have on your name in Mozambique. Many locals have SIM cards from multiple operators to avoid off-net charges because off-net calls and off-net SMS are charged significantly higher than on-net usage, and off-net use may not always be included in the combo plans.

Currency in Mozambique

Mozambique used the Mozambican Metical with the Symbol MZN (which will be used throughout this article). Prices in Mozambique are listed in MT. For example, 25 MZN is 25 MT. For reference, below are some exchange rates between MZN and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 MZN = 0.01 USD
  • 10 MZN = 0.15 USD
  • 100 MZN = 1.45 USD
  • 1000 MZN = 14.35 USD
  • 10 000 MZN = 143.40 USD

Mozambican Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through the Mozambican Telecom operators, Vodacom Mozambique, TMCEL, and Movitel, and go through:

  • Background information
  • 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 Mozambique has to offer to us.

Vodacom Mozambique

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Vodacom Mozambique, officially known as Vodacom Moçambique and will be referred to as just Vodacom, is the largest operator in Mozambique. They have the best coverage and the fastest speeds throughout the country.

You can get a Vodacom SIM card for 50 MZN in a Vodacom store. You get 5 MZN in airtime upon activating your SIM card and get 25 MB, 20 MZN, and 25 SMS upon your first recharge.

Vodacom recharge cards are widely available from 10 MZN all the way up to 2000 MZN. You get bonus credit starting from 1 MZN (3 days) for a 10 MZN top up all the way up to 1000 MZN (30 days) for a 2000 MZN top-up. Additionally, you get free SMS, starting from 4 free SMS (3 days) to 200 free SMS (200 days).

Vodacom has several combo plans and data-only plans, which are:

  • Ofertas Top (Combo)
  • Jackpot Internet (Hourly Data-Only))
  • Vodacom Internet Bundles (Data-Only)
  • Turno da Noite (Night Data Bundles)
  • WFT (Social Bundles)
  • Vodacom Oferta YouTube – YÁ (YouTube and Google Services for the Youth)

Let’s go through each of them.

Ofertas Top

The Vodacom Ofertas Top plans are combo plans that come with data, unlimited on-net calls, credit for calls, and local SMS. There are 3 Ofertas TOP plans, which are all valid for 30 days:

  • 500 MZN: 2 GB, 1500 MZN call credit, and 500 local SMS. Activation: text TOP500 to 84111 or dial *248*500#
  • 1000 MZN: 4 GB, unlimited on-net calls, 3200 MZN call credit, and 1000 local SMS. Activation: text TOP1000 to 84111 or dial *248*1000#
  • 1500 MZN: 10 GB, unlimited on-net calls, 4500 MZN call credit, and 1500 local SMS. Activation: text TOP1500 to 84111 or dial *248*1500#

Vodacom Jackpot Internet

The Jackpot Internet plan is an hourly plan that costs 6 MZN and comes with 100 MB for 1 hour. The bundle can be activated by dialing *111#, selection option 3 (Jackpot), option 4 (Jackpot Internet), and option 1 (6 MT = 100MN(1h)). Do note that you can activate the Jackpot Internet bundles a maximum of 3 times a day.

Vodacom Internet Bundles

The Internet Bundles are standard data-only bundles. Most of these bundles, those that are at least valid for a day, come with unlimited WhatsApp messaging (texting). Moreover, if you activate a bundle in the morning between 6 AM and 12 PM or on Fridays or Saturdays, you will get bonus data, which is called Bacela. The bonus data ranges from 7 MB to 4 GB.

There are 17 Vodacom Internet Bundles are available, which are sold in daily, weekly, and monthly variants. Dial *100*03# to check your Internet Bundle balance. Besides texting an activation code to 84162, you can also activate a bundle by dialing *111# or *162#.

Vodacom Daily Internet Bundles

There are 5 Internet Bundles that are valid for 1 day and 2 Internet Bundles that are short-term bundles (1 hour and 6 hours)

  • 5 MZN: 40 MB for 6 hours. Activation: text 5 to 84162
  • 6 MZN: 100 MB for 1 hour. Activation: text 6 to 84162
  • 7 MZN: 30 MB (+7 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day. Activation: text 7 to 84162
  • 12 MZN: 60 MB (+12 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day. Activation: text 12 to 84162
  • 20 MZN: 100 MB (+20 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day. Activation: text 20 to 84162
  • 30 MZN: 250 MB (+30 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day. Activation: text 30 to 84162
  • 50 MZN: 600 MB (+50 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day. Activation: text 50 to 84162
Vodacom Weekly Internet Bundles

There are 4 Weekly Internet Bundles available:

  • 30 MZN: 200 MN (+30 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 7 days. Activation: text 30 to 84162
  • 50 MZN: 400 MB (+50 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 7 days. Activation: text 50 to 84162
  • 120 MZN: 1 GB (120 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 7 days. Activation: text 120 to 84162
  • 250 MZN: 2 GB (+250 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 7 days. Activation: text 250 to 84162
Vodacom Monthly Internet Bundles

Vodacom has 6 Monthly Bundles that are valid for 30 days:

  • 300 MZN: 2.5 GB (+300 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 30 days. Activation: text 300 to 84162
  • 500 MZN: 5 GB (+500 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 30 days. Activation: text 500 to 84162
  • 1000 MZN: 10 GB (+1000 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 30 days. Activation: text 1000 to 84162
  • 1500 MZN: 15 GB (+1500 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 30 days. Activation: text 1500 to 84162
  • 2500 MZN: 25 GB (+2500 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 30 days. Activation: text 2500 to 84162
  • 4000 MZN: 45 GB (+4000 MB Bacela) and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 30 days. Activation: text 4000 to 84162

Vodacom Turno da Noite (Night Bundles)

The Turno da Noite Bundles are night bundles that are valid from 12:01 AM until 6:59 AM. The following 3 Turno da Noite bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *111# and selecting options Internet and Turno da Noite:

  • 20 MZN: 350 MB for 1 night
  • 50 MZN: 1 GB for 3 nights
  • 100 MZN: 3 GB for 3 nights

Vodacom WFT Bundle

The WFT Bundle is a social bundle for WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. For 6 MZN, you get 250 MB for WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter for 24 hours. The WFT bundle can be activated by dialing *162#.

Vodacom Oferta YouTube – YÁ

The Oferta YouTube – YÁ bundle is a bundle for those younger than 25 years old. Although YouTube is in the bundle’s name, it also applies to Google Maps, Google Drive, and Google Search. For 10 MZN, you get 2.5 GB for YouTube, Google Maps, Google Drive, and Google Search for 4 hours. This plan can be activated by dialing *225#, option 2 (Internet Offers), and Option 2 (YouTube = 10 MT (4h)).

You can check your Oferta YouTube – YÁ data balance by dialing *100*03#.

Vodacom Mozambique APN Settings

In most cases, your phone will retrieve the correct APN settings automatically. If you need to enter it manually, then you need the following details (do not add anything not mentioned below):

  • APN: internet

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TMCEL (formerly mCel)

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TMCEL, formerly known as mCel and is now also known as Moçambique Telecom, is the second-largest operator in Mozambique. It is a state-owned company, which used to be the largest operator in the country until Vodacom managed to surpass TMCEL.

You can get a TMCEL SIM card for 50 MZN in TMCEL stores. Top-up vouchers are sold from 10 MZN to 2000 MZN.

TMCEL has several types of combo and data-only plans, which are:

  • Recarges Giro (Combo)
  • Malta M (Combo)
  • Netgiro (Data-only)
  • Netmóvel (Data-only)

Recarges Giro

Recarges Giro plans are combo plans that come with data, on-net minutes, off-net minutes, and SMS. The validity of the SMS allowance is always 30 days, whereas the allowance for calls and data is usually shorter.

The following 8 Recargas Giro plans bundles are available:

  • 10 MZN: 100 MB, 10 on-net minutes, and 5 off-net minutes for 2 days + 10 SMS for 30 days.
  • 20 MZN: 150 MB, 20 on-net minutes, and 15 off-net minutes for 2 days + 20 SMS for 30 days
  • 50 MZN: 600 MB, 40 on-net minutes, and 40 off-net minutes for 3 days + 50 SMS for 30 days
  • 100 MZN: 1.5 GB, 100 on-net minutes, and 70 off-net minutes for 5 days + 100 SMS for 30 days
  • 200 MZN: 2 GB, 200 on-net minutes, and 150 off-net minutes for 7 days + 200 SMS for 30 days
  • 300 MZN: 4 GB for 7 days, unlimited on-net calls for 15 days, and unlimited off-net calls for 7 days + 300 SMS for 30 days
  • 600 MZN: 8 GB for 15 days, unlimited on-net calls for 30 days, and unlimited off-net calls for 15 calls + 30 SMS for 30 days
  • 2000 MZN: 30 GB, and unlimited local calls and SMS, all for 30 days

Malta M

The Malta M plans are combo plans that come with data, on-net minutes, off-net minutes, and SMS. There are 11 Malta M plans, but only 9 of them come with data:

  • 10 MZN: 5 MB, 35 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 3 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 10 SMS for 1 day. Activation: text MALTA 10 to 820015  
  • 15 MZN: 10 MB, 52.5 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 4.5 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 15 SMS for 2 days. Activation: text MALTA 15 to 820015
  • 20 MZN: 20 MB, 70 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 6 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 20 SMS for 2 days. Activation: text MALTA 20 to 820015
  • 30 MZN: 30 MB, 105 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 9 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 30 SMS for 3 days. Activation: text MALTA 30 to 820015
  • 40 MZN: 40 MB, 140 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 12 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 40 SMS for 3 days. Activation: text MALTA 40 to 820015
  • 50 MZN: 50 MB, 175 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 15 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 50 SMS for 4 days. Activation: text MALTA 50 to 820015
  • 100 MZN: 100 MB, 350 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 30 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 100 SMS for 5 days. Activation: text MALTA 100 to 820015
  • 200 MZN: 200 MB, 700 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 60 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 200 SMS for 5 days. Activation: text MALTA 200 to 820015
  • 300 MZN: 300 MB, 1050 MZN airtime for on-net calls, 90 MZN airtime for off-net calls, and 300 SMS for 5 days. Activation: text MALTA 300 to 820015

Netgiro

The Netgiro bundles are data-only bundles. They are sold in daily, weekly, and monthly variants

Netgiro Tempo (Daily)

The Tempo plans are valid for 1 hour all the way up to 1 day. There are 6 Tempo plans:

  • 2 MZN: 100 MB for 1 hour. Activation: text 100MBT to 822022
  • 2 MZN: 25 MB for 6 hours. Activation: text 25MBT to 822022
  • 3 MZN: 45 MB for 1 day. Activation: text 45MB1 to 822022
  • 10 MZN: 80 MB for 1 day. Activation: text 80MB1 to 822022
  • 20 MZN: 150 MB for 1 day. Activation: text 150MB1 to 822022
  • 35 MZN: 300 MB for 1 day. Activation: text 300MB1 to 822022
Netgiro Diário (Weekly)

The Diário plans are valid for 7 days. You have 4 options:

  • 40 MZN: 550 MB. Activation: text 500MB7 to 822022
  • 100 MZN: 1.3 GB. Activation: text 1.3GB7 to 822022
  • 200 MZN: 3 GB. Activation: text 3GB7 to 822022
  • 600 MZN: 6 GB. Activation: text 6GB7 to 822022
Netgiro Semanal (Monthly)

There are 7 Semanal plans that are valid for 30 days:

  • 160 MZN: 1.5 GB. Activation: text 1.5GB to 822022
  • 480 MZN: 5.5 GB. Activation: text 5.5GB to 822022
  • 800 MZN: 7.5 GB. Activation: text 7.5GB to 822022
  • 1500 MZN: 17 GB. Activation: text 17GB to 822022
  • 1800 MZN: 24 GB. Activation: text 24GB to 822022
  • 2800 MZN: 36 GB. Activation: text 36GB to 822022
  • 3800 MZN: 50 GB. Activation: text 50GB to 822022

Netmóvel

Netmóvel plans are another type of data-only plans. They come in 5 variants:

  • 100 MZN: 1 GB
  • 160 MZN: 3 GB
  • 480 MZN: 6 GB
  • 800 MZN: 10 GB
  • 1500 MZB: 15 GB

TMCEL APN Settings

In most cases, your phone will retrieve the correct APN settings automatically. If you need to enter it manually, then you need the following details (do not add anything not mentioned below):

  • APN: isp.mcel.mz OR internet

Movitel

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Movitel is the youngest operator in Mozambique. They are mostly owned by Viettel from Vietnam, which is owned by the Vietnamese army. Movitel is the cheapest operator in Mozambique and are the best for those going to rural areas.

You can get a Movitel SIM card, called Para05, for 5 MZN. The SIM card comes with 30 MB, 30 MZN airtime for on-net calls, and 30 local SMS for 30 days. It is also possible to get a Movitel data-only SIM card, called maisNet, for 200 MZN, which comes with 4 GB for 30 days.

Recharge cards are sold from 10 MZN to 1000 MZN. To top-up, dial *130*VoucherCode#. For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *130*123456#. Dial *131# to check your Movitel balance.

You also get a bonus for each top-up. The more you top-up, the more rewards you get. The bonuses range from data, unlimited WhatsApp, credit for on-net calls, and SMS. The validity of each reward varies depending on the top-up. However, the SMS bonus is always valid for 30 days. The following bonuses are available:

  • 10 MZN top-up: 1 MZN on-net airtime for 3 days and 4 SMS for 30 days
  • 20 MZN top-up: Unlimited WhatsApp for 2 days, 2 MZN on-net airtime for 3 days and 8 SMS for 30 days
  • 50 MZN top-up: Unlimited WhatsApp for 3 days, 5 MZN on-net airtime for 3 days and 20 SMS for 30 days
  • 100 MZN top-up: Unlimited WhatsApp for 5 days, 60 MZN on-net airtime for 7 days and 48 SMS for 30 days
  • 200 MZN top-up: 200 MB for 7 days, unlimited WhatsApp for 15 days, 120 MZN on-net airtime for 7 days, and 120 SMS for 30 days
  • 300 MZN top-up: 300 MB for 7 days, unlimited WhatsApp for 15 days, 180 MZN on-net airtime for 7 days, and 120 SMS for 30 days
  • 500 MZN top-up: 500 MB for 7 days, unlimited WhatsApp for 20 days, 500 MZN on-net airtime for 30 days, and 250 SMS for 30 days
  • 700 MZN top-up: 700 MB for 7 days, unlimited WhatsApp for 20 days, 500 MZN on-net airtime for 30 days, and 250 SMS for 30 days
  • 1000 MZN top-up: 1000 MB for 7 days, unlimited WhatsApp for 20 days, 500 MZN on-net airtime for 30 days, and 250 SMS for 30 days

You can check the balance of the bonus allowance by dialing *152#.

Movitel has several types of combo plans and data plans, which are:

  • Pacotes Móveis (combo plans)
  • Internet Móvel (data-only)
  • Promoções (specials)

Let’s go through each of them.

Movitel Pacotes Móveis

The Pacotes Móveis plans come in two variants: Cartão and Para. Both the Pacetos Móveis Cartão plans and Pacetos Móveis Para plans are combo plans that come with data, minutes, and SMS that last for 30 days. The allowances for the Para plans are minuscule compared to the Cartão plans.

Pacotes Móveis – Para

There are 2 Pacotes Móveis Para (combo) plans, which are both valid for 30 days and can be activated in a Movitel store:

  • 20 MZN: 30 MB, 30 SMS, 15 MZN in credit, and 30 MZN credit bonus
  • 50 MZN: 30 MB, 30 SMS, 45 MZN in credit, and 30 MZN credit bonus
Pacotes Móveis – Cartão

There are 8 Pacotes Móveis Cartão (combo) plans, which are all valid for 30 days and can be activated in a Movitel store. Do note that you may get more data than listed below during promotions:

  • 200 MZN: 800 MB, 100 minutes, and 200 SMS
  • 300 MZN: 1.3 GB, 180 minutes, and 250 SMS
  • 500 MZN: 2 GB, 300 minutes, and 300 SMS
  • 500 MZN: 10 GB high-speed data, then throttled to 265 Kbps
  • 700 MZN: 3.5 GB, 500 minutes, and 700 SMS
  • 1000 MZN: 4 GB and unlimited calls and SMS
  • 1200 MZN: 7 GB + 3 GB (10 GB) and unlimited calls and SMS
  • 1700 MZN: 27 GB high-speed data, then throttled to 265 Kbps and unlimited calls and SMS
Pacotes Móveis – Cartão Easynet

There is also a plan called Cartão Easynet, which costs 500 MZN, and comes with 10 GB for 30 days. More data can be added for the following prices:

  • 20 MZN: 200 MB
  • 50 MZN: 600 MB
  • 100 MZN: 1331 MB
  • 200 MZN: 3 GB
  • 300 MZN: 5 GB
  • 500 MZN: 10 GB

Movitel Internet Móvel

Internet Móvel plans are standard data-only plans sold in hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly variants. Some of the Internet Móvel plans come with unlimited WhatsApp texting. All plans can be activated by dialing *155# and selecting the plan of choice on the menu.

Internet Móvel Daily Bundles

The following 8 Internet Móvel bundles are valid up to 24 hours:

  • 5 MZN: 50 MN for 6 hours
  • 6 MZN: 125 MB for 1 hour
  • 7 MZN: 45 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day  
  • 10 MZN: 65 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day
  • 12 MZN: 90 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day
  • 20 MZN: 150 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day
  • 30 MZN: 350 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day
  • 50 MZN: 690 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting for 1 day  
Internet Móvel Weekly Bundles

There are 6 Internet Móvel plans that are valid for 7 days:

  • 30 MZN: 290 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting
  • 50 MZN: 570 MB and unlimited WhatsApp texting
  • 100 MZN: 1.2 GB and unlimited WhatsApp texting
  • 120 MZN: 1.4 GB and unlimited WhatsApp texting
  • 200 MZN: 2.4 GB and unlimited WhatsApp texting
  • 250 MZN: 3 GB and unlimited WhatsApp texting
Internet Móvel Monthly Bundles

The following 8 Internet Móvel plans are valid for 30 days. These plans do not come with unlimited WhatsApp texting:

  • 200 MZN: 2 GB
  • 300 MZN: 2.8 GB
  • 500 MZN: 7 GB
  • 1000 MZN: 27 GB
  • 2000 MZN: 25 GB
  • 3000 MZN: 150 GB
  • 4000 MZN: 220 GB
  • 5000 MZN: 300 GB

The fact that the 1000 MZN plan comes with more data than the 2000 MZN is not a typo. Perhaps the 1000 MZN plan is on a (long) promo.

Movitel Promoções

The Promoções, meaning specials, are Movitel’s social packs for YouTube, Facebook, and WhatsApp, and two other types of combo packs (VIVO (V) & Fala de Borla (FB). Let’s go through each of them.

Movitel YouTube Ilimitado Promoções

The YouTube Ilimitado Promoções are YouTube packs. Although the name implies that all packages come with YouTube unlimited data (ilimitado), only two of the four plans do some with unlimited YouTube data for a specified time.  All YouTube Ilimitado Promoções packs can be activated by dialing *155#, select option 6 (Redes Sociais), and select option 1 (YouTube).

 The following 4 YouTube Ilimitado Promoções packs are available:

  • 10 MZN: Unlimited YouTube data for 5 hours
  • 40 MZN: Unlimited YouTube data for 24 hours
  • 50 MZN: 900 MB YouTube data for 7 days
  • 200 MZN: 4 GB YouTube data for 30 days
Movitel WhatsApp + Facebook Promoções

The WhatsApp + Facebook Promoções are data packs for WhatsApp and Facebook. WhatsApp + Facebook Promoções packs can be activated by dialing *155# and selecting option 6 or option 9, depending on the package you want.

The following 3 WhatsApp + Facebook Promoções options are available:

  • 10 MZN: 400 MB for WhatsApp and Facebook for 24 hours
  • 50 MZN: 3 GB for WhatsApp and Facebook for 7 days
  • 200 MZN: 14 GB for WhatsApp and Facebook for 30 days
Movitel VIVO Promoções

The VIVO Promoções packs are combo packs that come with data, on-net minutes, off-net minutes, and SMS. All VIVO Promoções Promoções packs can be activated by dialing *155# and selecting option 3 or option 4 depending on the package you want.

The following 5 VIVO Promoções packs are available:

  • 20 MZN: 100 MB, 60 on-net minutes, 10 off-net minutes, and 100 SMS for 7 days
  • 50 MZN: 250 MB, 150 on-net minutes, 25 off-net minutes, and 250 SMS for 7 days
  • 100 MZN: 500 MB, 300 on-net minutes, 50 off-net minutes, and 500 SMS for 7 days
  • 200 MZN: 1000 MB, 600 on-net minutes, 100 off-net minutes, and 1000 SMS for 30 days
  • 400 MZN: 2000 MB, 1200 on-net minutes, 200 off-net minutes, and 2000 SMS for 30 days
Movitel Fala de Borla Promoções

The Fala de Borla Promoções packs are short-term packs (24 hours or 48 hours) that come with data, on-net minutes, and SMS. Fala de Borla Promoções packs can be activated by dialing *155# and selecting option 3.

The following 5 Fala de Borla packs are available:

  • 2 MZN: 10 MB, 8 on-net minutes, and 2 SMS for 24 hours
  • 3 MZN: 15 MB, 12 on-net minutes, and 3 SMS for 24 hours
  • 5 MZN: 25 MB, 20 on-net minutes, and 5 SMS for 24 hours
  • 10 MZN: 40 MB, 50 on-net minutes, and 10 SMS for 24 hours
  • 20 MZN: 100 MB, 80 on-net minutes, and 20 SMS for 48 hours

Movitel APN Settings

In most cases, your phone will retrieve the correct APN settings automatically. If you need to enter it manually, then you need the following details (do not add anything not mentioned below):

  • APN: internet

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Mozambique

Although getting a Mozambican prepaid SIM card will be the most affordable way to stay connected when in Mozambique, you could also:

International SIM Cards & Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards and travel SIM cards can be a convenient way to stay connected when traveling around multiple countries. Many countries require those buying local prepaid SIM cards to go through a registration procedure, like in Mozambique. This can be time-consuming and bothersome.

Moreover, you will have to deal with multiple numbers and SIM cards when traveling, which makes it hard for friends and family to stay in touch with you when not using messaging apps.

However, international SIM cards can be expensive because they may charge unfavorable rates. Below are some reputable international SIM card companies and travel SIM card resellers, which are Surfroam, SimOptions, SimCorner, and OneSimCard.

Surfroam

Surfroam has a SIM card that allows you to use data for as little as €0.01/MB (or €10.24/GB) in over 200 destinations. It is my go-to SIM card before buying a local SIM card. Surfroam SIM cards do not expire if you top-up at least once a year. Surfroam SIM cards will be delivered to your home. Check out my article covering OneSimCard in detail.

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SimOptions

SimOptions sells short-term travel SIM cards that cover multiple countries in a region for reasonable prices for the allowances you get. Travel SIM cards sold by SimOptions will be delivered to your home. Check out my article covering OneSimCard in detail.

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SimOptions also sells travel SIM cards for other destinations around the world, not just Europe.

SimCorner

SimCorner sells short-term travel SIM cards and also local SIM cards of the destination you are going to, which are not short-term. They ship SIM cards all over the world to your doorstep. Check out my article covering OneSimCard in detail.

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OneSimCard

OneSimCard SIM cards are single SIM cards that can be used in many countries around the world and do not have short-term expiry. You can buy multiple phone numbers for a single SIM card, which makes an OneSimCard SIM card a diverse international SIM card. OneSimCard ships their SIM cards all over the world. Check out my article covering OneSimCard in detail.

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Mobile Hotspots

Mobile hotspots are battery-powered wireless router that allows you to connect your phone, laptop, or tablet without needing multiple SIM cards for those devices to be connected to the internet. They are compact and lightweight so that you take them along with you whenever you need internet access on the go.

There are many mobile hotspots that you can buy or rent. I do not use mobile hotspots myself often, so when I do, I rent them. I recommend mobile hotspots for those traveling in large groups. There are two mobile hotspot companies I would recommend: Travelwifi & Skyroam

Travelwifi offers Teppy, the name of the pocket WIFI, starting from $7 per day, covering more than 130 destinations around the world.

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Roaming

Roaming with your provider is something we are all familiar with because it often results in expensive bills. However, that does not always have to be the case. Your operator may offer attractive roaming packages. That way, you do not have to deal with multiple SIM cards and can be reached to the phone number your friends and family are familiar with.

I have an article explaining why roaming is so expensive. I also have many articles covering the roaming options of operators around the world, and make a verdict saying roaming can be worth it or not. Finally, I discuss many phone travel tips to keep your phone bills low when traveling.

Free WIFI Hotspots

This does not require a lot of explanation, but using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to connect to the internet because you do not have to pay anything. However, free WIFI hotspots can be unsecure and unreliable.

You can find many WIFI hotspots in Mozambique, but they can be slow. Additionally, public WIFI hotspots are unsecure. They are a prime target for hackers to steal your data and use it for illicit purposes.

That is I use, and would recommend you to start using, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you connect to a public hotspot. What a VPN does is creating an encrypted tunnel between your device and the hotspot so that your data will stay private. I use NordVPN, and you can get up to 70% off when you get a NordVPN subscription. Get your subscription now!

The Best Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Mozambique

Getting a SIM card from Vodacom (best coverage) or Movitel (best for rural Mozambique) would do you well when considering a Mozambican SIM card.

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Local Prepaid SIM Card in Other African Countries

Going to other countries in East Africa? Check out my East Africa SIM card buying guide, covering other East African nations, such as:

Be sure to check out this guide covering all African countries, such as these popular African travel destinations:

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What is next?

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation. Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Book Your Flight for Mozambique

It is time to book your flight. Find cheap flights with AirWander so that you can add free or cheap stopovers in destinations you have not considered yet before going to Mozambique.

Book Your Accommodation for Mozambique

I am a huge fan of Airbnb because it allows me to live with a local or get a local place for myself. Staying in someone’s house or apartment feels much different than being in a ho(s)tel, especially in Mozambique. At least, that is how I see it. Moreover, Airbnb can often be much cheaper than staying in a Mozambican hotel.

Get Your Travel Insurance for Mozambique

You will regret not having travel insurance once you actually need it and “forgot” to get it. Nowadays, travel insurance is cheap and comprehensive unlike back in the days. World Nomads is by far the best travel insurance for adventurous travelers like yourself. You can even get insured WHILE already traveling in Mozambique, which is not something many insurance companies allow you to do.

Get a Travel Debit Card

Travel Cheques are outdated. Paying with your credit card or debit card can be expensive because of all the exchange commissions banks charge you. TransferWise allows you to convert your main currency to Mozambican Metical for a small fee (up to 8 times less than with your bank!) Getting a Transferwise Borderless account is FREE, so you will get an instant return on your investment.

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Enjoy your trip!

Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 6 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region in Asia, in particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Tainan, Taiwan, and plans on exploring Oceania and more of East and Southeast Asia.

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