Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Namibia Guide

If you want to get on the internet while in Namibia, then you want to buy a local Namibian prepaid SIM card.

Why? Because SIM cards are affordable in Namibia.

You can get a Namibian SIM card for as low as 6.99 NAD (0.47 USD). An internet package with 1 GB of data can be purchased for 159.85 NAD (10.75 USD).

Mobile data rates in Namibia are cheap, especially looking at the average prices in other African countries.

There are not many international roaming packages that will beat the prices the Namibian operators have to offer, which is the case in most countries – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected when traveling around the world.

Moreover, mobile coverage throughout Namibia is good, especially compared to neighboring countries and other countries in Africa, which is another reason to get a Namibian SIM card.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Namibia Guide (logos of Telecom Namibia & MTC)

Original publication: 21st of June 2020. Last updated: 28th of October 2020.

Can I Use my Phone in Namibia?

Namibia has GSM networks utilizing frequencies used in many regions around the world (such as Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania), but not in the Americas (North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean).

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If you purchased your phone in the Americas, if your device has not been unlocked, or the phone does not support Namibia's frequencies, then you cannot use your phone in Namibia.

Mobile Operators, Networks, and Frequencies in Namibia

Namibia has 2 telecom operators:

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

The following frequencies are used by the Namibian operators:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 38)

To learn whether your device supports these frequencies or not, go to this siteOpens in a new tab. to find out.

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.

A Note About Paratus Telecom

There is also a third operator called Paratus TelecomOpens in a new tab.. Although they offer mobile data, their target the home market (broadband internet in Namibia is not widely available yet). Paratus does not even offer the ability to make voice calls.

However, on average, Paratus Telecom offers the lowest data ratesOpens in a new tab., but their coverage is extremely limitedOpens in a new tab. (which is why they will not be covered in this article). You should only consider Paratus Telecom if staying in Windhoek, Kleine Kuppe, Okahandja, Swakopmund, or Walvis Bay.

The Best Prepaid SIM Card in Namibia

If you want to buy a SIM card in Namibia, then both MTC and TN Mobile are good options. MTC has the best coverage throughout the country, but they are the more expensive than TN Mobile. TN Mobile’s coverage is good, but not as extensive as the one of MTC.

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SIM Card Registration Regulations in Namibia

You do not have to show your passport or register your personal details when buying a SIM card in Namibia.

This is different from most African nations (except for Cape Verde and Comoros, where SIM card registration is not necessary).

According to Privacy International, the Namibian government is considering implementing a SIM card registration law. 

This section will be updated once a clear decision has been made by the Namibian authorities.

The State of the Namibian Telecom Market

Flag of Namibia

Namibia is the second-least densely populated country in the world behind Mongolia (which I have written a SIM card buying guide on as well). This means that coverage is not as extensive as you are used to in other African countries or other countries in general.

Luckily, all cities and towns have at least 3G coverage with both MTC and TN Mobile. However, smaller towns may only have 2G reception, which is too slow for modern data use. 4G/LTE is not widely available yet.

If you are staying in greater Windhoek, coverage should not be a problem. When traveling between towns, you may only have 2G reception or nothing at all.

The average mobile download and upload speeds in Namibia is around 17 Mbps download and above 12 Mbps upload in August 2020, according to Speedtest by Ookla. This places Namibia outside of the top 100 countries with the fastest mobile data speeds..

However, Mobile data prices are reasonably priced for African standards.

The average cost of 1 GB of data in Namibia is 4.78 USD, according to Cable.co.ukOpens in a new tab.. The Sub-Saharan average for 1 GB of data is 6.91 USD.

Currency in Namibia

Namibia uses the Namibian Dollar with the symbol NAD (which will be used throughout this article). Prices in Namibia are listed in N$ or ND. For example, 25 NAD is N$/ND 25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between NAD and USD (US Dollars – Rounded):

  • 1 NAD = 0.05 USD
  • 10 NAD = 0.65 USD
  • 100 NAD = 6.70 USD
  • 1000 NAD = 67.15 USD
  • 10 000 NAD = 671.55 USD

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

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Taxes in Namibia

Mobile data in Namibia are often not inclusive of the necessary 15% tax. When the tax is excluded from the price, an additional column of the price with tax (price * 1.15) is added throughout this guide for your convenience.

Namibian Prepaid SIM Cards & Video Guide

Below, I will guide you through MTC and TN Mobile 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)   

If you prefer to watch a video of what the Namibian operators have to offer, be sure to check the video below AND also subscribe to my channelOpens in a new tab. for more local prepaid SIM card guides, SIM card reviews (prepaid and international), mobile hotspots, and international roaming guides. You should still go through the guide after watching the video (I refer to it multiple times throughout the video).

With that being said, let’s see what MTC and TN Mobile have to offer to us.

MTC

MTC Logo

MTCOpens in a new tab. is the largest operator in Namibia, and they have the best coverage throughout the countryOpens in a new tab.. However, that is mainly referring to 2G, which is useless for modern data usage.

MTC Coverage

MTC’ 3G network covers all cities and most large towns in Namibia, while 4G/LTE can be found in a handful of cities and towns, such as:

  • Finkenstein Estate/Manor
  • Gobabis
  • Grootfontein
  • Henties Bay
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek Airport – WDH)
  • Katima Mulilo
  • Keetmanshoop
  • Langstraat-Oord
  • Lüderitz
  • Mariental
  • Okahandja
  • Ondangwa
  • Oranjemund
  • Oshakati
  • Oshikango
  • Otavi
  • Otjiwarongo
  • Outapi
  • Outjo
  • Rehoboth
  • Rosh Pinah
  • Rundu
  • Swakopmund
  • Tsumeb
  • Walvis Bay
  • Windhoek
MTC Coverage Map

Getting an MTC Prepaid SIM Card & Price

You can buy an MTC SIM card, called Tango, for 6.99 NAD in MTC shops.

You can also buy an MTC SIM card Windhoek Airport (Hosea Kutako International Airport – WDH).

Recharging your MTC SIM Card

MTC recharge vouchers are sold in many retailers throughout Namibia.

To redeem an MTC recharge voucher, dial *13200*VoucherCode#. For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *13200*123456#.

Note that this recharging method has replaced the old process of calling 132.

To check your MTC balance, dial *682# and select option 2.

MTC Account Management

MTC Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

MTC has several plans including data, which are:

Let’s go through each of them. Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

MTC Aweh
MTC Aweh Plans (Super, Go, Oka, Gig & Prime)

The Aweh plans are combo plans that come with data, social media data, minutes, and SMS.

Depending on the plan, social media data applies to WhatsApp only or WhatsApp and Facebook. WhatsApp calls do not fall under social media data and will be deducted from your regular data allowance.

You have the following five Aweh plans:

PricePrice with 15% TAXPlan DataSocial Media DataSocial Media AppsMinutesSMSValidityActivation SMS to 13400
7 NAD8.05 NADAweh Oka20 MB20 MBWhatsApp20 minutes50 SMS3 days#OkaAweh#
13 NAD14.95 NADAweh Go50 MB50 MBWhatsApp50 minutes150 SMS7 days#AwehGO#
32 NAD36.80 NADAweh Prime200 MB200 MBWhatsApp350 minutes700 SMS7 days#Aweh#
32 NAD36.80 NADAweh Gig1 GB500 MBWhatsApp100 minutes700 SMS7 days#AwehGig#
53 NAD60.95 NADAweh Super3 GB*700 MBWhatsApp & Facebook700 minutes1500 SMS7 days#SuperAweh#
*Data Happy Hour between 00:00-6:00 (12 AM-6AM) – FUP of 90 GB.
MTC Data Bundles with Validity

The Data Bundles with Validity are standard data-only bundles. All Data Bundles with Validity are valid for 60 days. Data Bundles with Validity can be purchased by dialing *682#.

The following Data Bundles with Validity can be purchased:

PricePrice with 15% TaxData
13 NAD14.95 NAD40 MB
20 NAD23 NAD80 MB
85 NAD97.75 NAD400 MB
139 NAD159.85 NAD800 MB
235 NAD270.25 NAD1.5 GB
353 NAD405.95 NAD3 GB
1069 NAD1229.35 NAD15 GB
MTC Data Bundles with Validity
MTC Other Data Bundles

The Other Data Bundles, which are literally called other data bundles, are data-only bundles valid for 120 days.

You have the following three options:

PricePrice with 15% TaxDataActivation SMS
16 NAD18.40 NAD60 MB#N15-60mb# to 12515
25 NAD28.75 NAD100 MB#N23-100mb# to 12516
38 NAD43.70 NAD200 MB#N35-200mb# to 12517
MTC TikTok Bundles

The TikTok Bundles are data-only add-ons specifically for TikTok.

The following TikTok Bundles are available:

PricePrice with 15% TaxDataValidity
5 NAD5.75 NAD60 MBEnd of day
20 NAD23 NAD100 MB7 days
50 NAD57.50 NAD200 MB30 days

MTC APN Settings

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

  • Name: MTC Namibia
  • APN: internet

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TN Mobile (Telecom Namibia)

Telecom Namibia Logo

TN Mobile by Telecom NamibiaOpens in a new tab. is the other operator in Namibia. Their coverage is worse than the one of MTC, but TN Mobile is generally cheaper than MTC.

TN Mobile Coverage

Below is the coverage map of TN Mobile. Just like MTC, all cities and large towns have mobile coverage (which could be 2G coverage).

Telecom Namibia Coverage Map

Getting a TN Mobile Prepaid SIM Card & Price

You can buy a TN Mobile SIM card for less than 10 NAD in TN Mobile stores.

Recharging Your TN Mobile SIM Card

TN Mobile recharge cards are widely available throughout Namibia, sold by many establishments. To top-up, you text the Voucher Code to 124.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 124.

Send a blank SMS to 124 to check your TN Mobile balance. The same can be done by calling 139 or dialing *124#.

TN Mobile Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

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

Let’s go through each of them. Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

TN Mobile Jiva Family

The Jiva Family bundles are combo bundles with data, social media data, nighttime data, minutes, and SMS, which are all valid for 7 days.

It is unknown which apps fall under social media data. Nighttime data, referred to as Night Surfer, allows you to use “unlimited data” (90 GB) between 00:00-5:59 (12 AM-5:59 AM).

Below are the four Jiva bundles:

PricePrice with 15% taxDataSocial Media DataNight SurferMinutesSMS
30 NAD34.5 NAD1.5 GBNoneNo130 minutes700 SMS
35 NAD40.25 NAD2 GB500 MBNo130 minutes700 SMS
40 NAD46 NAD2 GB500 MBYes200 minutes1000 SMS
50 NAD57.5 NAD10 GB2 GBYes200 minutes1000 SMS
TN Mobile Prepaid Data Bundles

The Prepaid Data Bundles are standard data-only bundles.

You have the following 12 options:

PricePrice with 15% TaxDataActivation
5 NAD5.75 NAD 20 MB*130*20#
10 NAD11.5 NAD 40 MB*130*40#
15 NAD17.25 NAD 60 MB*130*60#
23 NAD26.45 NAD 100 MB*130*100#
35 NAD40.25 NAD 300 MB*130*300#
99 NAD113.85 NAD 600 MB*130*600#
139 NAD159.85 NAD 1 GB*130*1000#
199 NAD228.85 NAD 2 GB*130*2000#
399 NAD458.85 NAD 5 GB*130*5000#
849 NAD976.35 NAD 10 GB*130*10000#
1049 NAD1206.35 NAD 20 GB*130*20000#
1599 NAD1838.85 NAD 40 GB*130*40000#
1999 NAD2298.85 NAD 50 GB*130*50000#
3299 NAD3793.85 NAD 100 GB*130*100000#
TN Mobile Unlimited Prepaid Data

The Unlimited Prepaid Data bundles are data bundles that come with unlimited data for a day, week, or month.

The following options are available:

PricePrice with 15% TaxValidityActivation
49 NAD56.35 NAD1 day*130*49#
299 NAD343.85 NAD7 days*130*299#
999 NAD1148.85 NAD30 days*130*998#

TN Mobile APN Settings

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

  • Name: TN Mobile
  • APN: internet

Other Ways to Use the Internet When Traveling in Namibia

Getting a Namibian SIM card is probably the cheapest way to connect to the internet when traveling in Namibia. Especially with those mobile data rates.

But, other ways to stay connected are available to those who do not want to buy a local SIM card for each country they visit. Sometimes, you simply cannot do so because you have a SIM-lock device.

International SIM Cards or Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or Travel SIM cards are made for the traveler in mind – you do not have to buy a local SIM card for every country you visit, and they are cheaper than international roaming.

With such low mobile data rates in Namibia, it will be hard to find an international SIM card or travel SIM card that will offer better rates.

That is why I have no particular international SIM card in mind for those wanting to buy one for Namibia. However, you can still learn more about international SIM cards and travel SIM cards on this page.

They could be useful when traveling in other parts of the world, like the Americas, Europe, or Asia. For Africa – not so much.

International Roaming

Although international roaming can be expensive in many cases, it does not always have to be the case. If you are a SIM card from other Southern African nations, your operator may offer attractive roaming rates or packages for your visit to Namibia. Be sure to check your options.

If you have a SIM card from another country or region, however, you may want to avoid international roaming.

Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting. Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group. They allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

Sadly, the companies that rent out mobile hotspots do not cover Namibia. At least, the ones with reasonable prices.

You can, however, always buy a mobile hotspot and insert a SIM card in it and use it as a personal WIFI connection.

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 – they are not available all the time, especially when on the road.

You can find quite a few free WIFI hotspots throughout Namibia. However, they will be slow. If you manage to find one, however, 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 Namibia

Getting a SIM card from MTC (best coverage) or TN Mobile (cheapest option) would do you well considering a Namibian SIM card.

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