What you should also explore are the SIM card options in Oman. Roaming with your provider can be expensive in many situations, which is why many travelers who visit multiple countries in the Middle East tend to buy local SIM cards – mainly because they are cheap.
In this article, I will inform you about everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Oman. Let's do this.
Telecom Provider in Oman
Oman has 2 telecom providers: Omantel and Ooredoo Oman.
Ooredoo also started a sub-brand called Shababiah, which will be discussed in this article as well. The Shababiah brand has been integrated with Ooredoo Oman and has become their main prepaid offering.
The country also has three Mobile Virtual Network Operators called Friendi mobile, RedBull Mobile, and Renna mobile.
All providers have 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks available to prepaid customers, meaning that you can browse the web fast whenever you do.
What SIM card should you buy when visiting Oman? If you want to buy a SIM card in Oman, I would recommend going with Ooredoo Oman. Although Ooredoo’s coverage is slightly worse than Omantel, they offer lower rates for their packages compared to Omantel. Moreover, you can use Ooredoo’s VoIP app – Omantel has none.
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When buying an Omani SIM card, be sure to bring your passport with you, just like many countries in the Middle East.
VoIP is still somewhat blocked in Oman. Examples of VoIP apps are voice calling with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Skype. Before Ooredoo joined the market, Omantel has a monopoly in the country.
I do not know exactly why, but VoIP calls were blocked so that people were forced to pay high rates for international calls. It was so bad that internet cafes were shut down for providing VoIP access.
Unless the service uses servers hosted in Oman, it is blocked. However, the policy has changed a few years ago. VoIP calls with Google Talk, Viber, and Yahoo are possible now.
If you do want to use other VoIP apps, like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp voice, you would need to use a VPN to circumvent the ban. I use NordVPN because I get high speeds with their servers. They have around 5500 servers in 59 countries. They do not have servers in Oman, because they would be subject to censorship, but the closest servers are in the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and India. You can get up to 70% off your NordVPN subscription if you get yours today!
With that out of the way, let’s see what our options are in Oman.
Video Guide for Buying a SIM Card in Oman
Omantel (Oman Mobile)
Omantel is the market leader in Oman with a market share of more than 55%. It used to be a monopoly before Ooredoo came into the country and before all the MVNOs got started too. It is the provider with the best coverage too.
Omantel’s SIM card is called Hayyak and can be bought for 2 OMR ($5.20) in Omantel stores and from authorized dealers. The SIM card will come with 1.5 GB to be used within 10 days. Top-up vouchers are sold from 1 OMR to 10 OMR.
Hayyak Your Way
Hayyak Your Way is Omantel’s combo deal that includes data and calls. You can choose from the following plans, which can be activated by dialing *280#:
- 3 OMR: 500 MB, 50 minutes, and 50 SMS
- 5 OMR: 1 GB, 100 minutes, and 100 SMS
- 7 OMR: 1 GB + 1 social media GB
- 10 OMR: 4 GB + 2 social media GB
- 15 OMR: 8 GB + 4 social media GB
WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter are the social media apps that count towards your social media quota.
You can add 5 numbers as your favorite numbers. Then, you get unlimited minutes to these phone numbers (applicable to the 7 OMR, 10 OMR, and 15 OMR plans). Add a favorite number by dialing *285*1*PhoneNumber#. This has to be an Omantel number.
New Hayyak Plans
Omantel also released the New Hayyak Plans, which are sold in these variants and can be activated by dialing *666#:
- 3 OMR: 2 GB and 50 minutes for 7 days
- 3 OMR: 1.5 GB and 15 minutes for 30 days
- 4 OMR: 2 GB and 50 minutes for 30 days
- 6 OMR: 4 GB and 150 minutes for 30 days
- 10 OMR: 10 GB and 250 minutes for 30 days
- 15 OMR: 18 GB and 500 minutes for 30 days
Omantel Data Packs
Data packs can be added too, which are listed below:
- 0.2 OMR: 50 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *241*1#
- 0.5 OMR: 250 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*500#
- 0.5 OMR: 50 MB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*50#
- 1 OMR: 1 GB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*24#
- 2 OMR: 3 GB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*2#
- 2 OMR: 2 GB for 2 days. Activation: dial *141*20#
- 2 OMR: 300 MB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*300#
- 3 OMR: 2 GB for 7 days. Activation: dial *141*7#
- 3 OMR: 1 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*3#
- 5 OMR: 2 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*5#
- 7 OMR: 3 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*70#
- 10 OMR: 5 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*10#
- 15 OMR: 10 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*15#
- 25 OMR: 30 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*25#
Omantel Tourist Pack
You can also buy Omantel’s Tourist Pack, which costs 5 OMR and gets you 2 GB, 2 GB for WhatsApp 50 SMS, and 50 minutes for local and international numbers, all valid for 10 days. The SIM card will, however, stay active for 30 days.
Ooredoo Oman, just Ooredoo, a company from Qatar, is a provider you will see often in the Middle East, together with Zain. Ooredoo’s 4G/LTE network covers more than 95% of the nation. Its coverage is, however, slightly worse than Omantel. On the flip side, rates with Ooredoo are lower than Omantel, which is why I recommend Ooredoo.
Ooredoo New Shababiah
Shabaiah used to be a separate Ooredoo brand aimed at the Omani youth. In 2020, Ooredoo decided to make Shababiah their main prepaid offering, called New Shababiah.
Shababiah Smart SIM cards are sold for 2 OMR and come with either 1 GB for 10 days or 2 OMR in credit for 30 days – you can choose. These SIM cards can be bought at Ooredoo stores and from certified dealers.
There are 5 monthly Shababiah plans that come with data and minutes. Some plans come with unlimited social media (WhatsApp (no VoIP), Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter), although the speeds for those apps are reduced to 512 Kbps. All Shababiah apps can be activated on the Ooredoo Oman App:
- 3 OMR: 1.5 GB and 15 minutes
- 5 OMR: 3 GB and 50 minutes
- 7 OMR: 5 GB and 150 minutes
- 10 OMR: 10 GB, unlimited social media, and 200 minutes
- 12 OMR: 14 GB, unlimited social media, and 300 minutes
All Shababiah plans auto-renew. I assume that you can cancel auto-renewal on the Ooredoo Oman App.
Shababiah Mix allows you to make your Shababiah plan. You can choose the number of minutes you want and the amount of data for a whole month. The local voice bundle starts from 40 minutes (1 OMR) to 1000 minutes (11 OMR), and the open data bundle starts from 1 GB (3 GB) to 100 GB (85 OMR).
These are your options that can be mixed:
- 1 OMR: 40 minutes
- 2 OMR: 100 minutes
- 3 OMR: 200 minutes
- 4 OMR: 300 minutes
- 6 OMR: 500 minutes
- 11 OMR: 1000 minutes
- 7 OMR: 3 GB
- 10 OMR: 6 GB
- 15 OMR: 10 GB
- 25 OMR: 20 GB
- 35 OMR: 35 GB
- 85 OMR: 100 GB
Shahabiah Mix plans can be set up on the Ooredoo Oman App. Before finalizing the order, you get the choice to make this a recurring plan or not.
New Shababiah Internet Add-Ons
New Shababiah Internet Add-ons can be used as an add-on to another active plan or standalone data plans. You have these 4 options:
- 1 OMR: 1 GB for 1 day
- 3 OMR: 1 GB for 30 days
- 5 OMR: 2 GB for 30 days
- 10 OMR: 6 GB for 30 days
Shababiah Internet Add-ons can be purchased on the Ooredoo Oman app. You get the choice to make this a recurring plan or not.
New Shababiah Digital Add-Ons
The New Shababiah Digital Add-ons are packs that are valid for specific social apps:
- 0.2 OMR: Unlimited Apple Music, Gaana, and Saavn streaming for 1 day
- 0.5 OMR: Unlimited YouTube and Vuclip streaming on SD quality (480P) for 1 day
- 3 OMR: 3 GB for WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram for 30 days
Ooredoo’s old prepaid SIM card is called Mousbak. They can still be bought in Ooredoo stores for 2 OMR, and they come with 2 OMR in credit that is valid for 30 days.
Ooredoo Mousbak Plans
Mousbak has 3 weekly Mousbak plans:
- 1 OMR: 35 minutes/SMS. Activation: dial *141*201#
- 2 OMR: 50 MB and 75 minutes/SMS. Activation: dial *141*202#
- 3 OMR: 100 MB and 125 minutes/SMS. Activation: dial *141*203#
Mousbak plans auto-renew. Replace the first 2 after the second * with an 8 to cancel auto-renewal. For example, if your activation code is *141*202#, you would dial *141*802# to cancel auto-renewal.
Your minute and SMS allowance are combined, meaning that you can use your allowance the way you want to, as long as you do not go over your total allowance. Dial *141*332# to check your Mousbak plan balance.
Ooredoo Mousback Data Bundles
The following Mousbak data bundles can be added:
- 1 OMR: 1 GB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*4*24#
- 2 OMR: 2 GB for 2 days. Activation: dial *141*4*48#
- 3 OMR: 1 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*4*22#
- 5 OMR: 3 GB for 7 days. Activation: dial *141*4*7#
- 5 OMR: 2 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*4*23#
- 10 OMR: 6 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*4*26#
- 24 OMR: 10 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*4*24#
- 49 OMR: 30 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*4*30#
All these plans auto-renew. Add a *0 before the last digit and # to cancel auto-renew. For example, if the activation code is *141*4*24#, you would dial *141*4*24*0#. Dial *141*4*9# to check your Mousbak balance.
Ooredoo Visitor Pack
Ooredoo tourist SIM cards, called Visitor Packs, can be bought too. They come in two variants:
- 5 OMR: 4 GB, 50 minutes for local and international use, and 50 SMS for 10 days
- 10 OMR: 10 GB, 50 minutes for local and international use, and 50 SMS for 15 days
Dial *141*377# to check your Visitor Pack balance.
Ooredoo Talk Oman App
Remember when I mentioned that VoIP calling is somewhat banned in Oman? Well, Ooredoo created the Ooredoo Talk Oman app that allows you to make VoIP calls to mobile and landline numbers to over 200 destinations in the world. Right now, it is only available on the Google Play Store. The following vouchers can be added:
- 1 OMR credit for 7 days
- 2 OMR credit for 14 days
- 3 OMR credit for 30 days
- 5 OMR credit for 60 days
The rates for each destination is different and can be found on their website. Calls to the US and India, for example, costs 10 Bz/min (0.010 OMR), to China for 20 Bz/min, and to the EU, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (GCC states) for 50 Bz/min.
Shababiah (Integrated with Ooredoo Oman)
UPDATE 2020: Shababiah is not a separate brand anymore. Instead, it has becomes Ooredoo's main prepaid offering.
Shababiah is Ooredoo’s new prepaid brand that focused on the Omani youth, but everyone can buy their SIM cars. You can buy Shababiah SIM cards in Ooredoo stores for 2 OMR that comes with 1 GB and 1 OMR in credit to be used within 30 days. Topping up can be done with Ooredoo recharge cards. The following packs can be added, which are all valid for 30 days: 3 OMR: 1 GB and 25 minutes 5 OMR: 2 GB and 100 minutes 10 OMR: 6 GB for 200 minutes You can use the Ooredoo Talk Oman VoIP app with Shababiah as well.
Friendi mobile is an MVNO using the Ooredoo network. Their SIM card is free is called Superhat and can be bought in various stores and Muscat International Airport. Top-up vouchers are sold from 0.5 OMR to 10 OMR.
Friendi Mobile Freedom Plans
Freedom plans do not expire, as long as your SIM card is active. You have Freedom Mixed Plans and Freedom Data Plans.
Friendi Mobile Freedom Mixed Plans
The following 4 Freedom Mixed Plans are available:
- 2 OMR: 500 MB and 500 MB at night. Activation: dial *340*1#
- 3 OMR: 750 MB and 1000 MB at night. Activation: dial *340*2#
- 3.5 OMR: 1 GB and 1 GB at night. Activation: dial *340*3#
- 5 OMR: 1500 MB and 2000 MB at night. Activation: dial *340*4#
Nighttime data can be used between 11 PM until 6 AM.
Dial *220# to check your Freedom Mixed Plan data balance.
Friendi Mobile Freedom Data Plans
The following 8 Freedom Data Plans are available:
- 0.5 OMR: 100 MB. Activation: dial *320*1#
- 1 OMR: 250 MB. Activation: dial *320*2#
- 2 OMR: 1 GB. Activation: dial *320*8#
- 3 OMR: 1.750 GB. Activation: dial *320*3#
- 4 OMR: 2.250 GB. Activation: dial *320*10#
- 5 OMR: 3.5 GB. Activation: dial *320*4#
- 8 OMR: 5 GB. Activation: dial *320*11#
- 10 OMR: 8 GB. Activation: dial *320*12#
Dial *220# to check your Freedom Data Plan data balance.
Friendi Mobile Saver Plans
The Saver Plans are all valid for 30 days (except for the 1 OMR 1 GB plan). Most plans come with minutes as well:
- 1 OMR: 1 GB (24 hours). Activation: dial *320*7#
- 5 OMR: 2 GB and 3 GB at night. Activation: dial *601*6#
- 5 OMR: 3 GB and 50 minutes. Activation: dial *601*5#
- 7 OMR: 5 GB and 150 minutes. Activation: dial *601*7#
- 10 OMR: 10 GB and 200 minutes. Activation: dial *601*10#
- 12 OMR: 14 GB and 300 minutes. Activation: dial *601*12#
Dial *250# to check your Saver Plan data balance.
Reena mobile is another MVNO in Oman using the Omantel network. The SIM cards are sold for 2 OMR and come with the same value in credit and 1 GB for 30 days. Recharge cards are sold from 1 OMR to 20 OMR. They sell many data packs, which will be mentioned below:
- 0.3 OMR: 100 MB for 3 days. Activation: dial *181*001# *
- 0.5 OMR: 200 MB for 3 days. Activation: dial *181*001# *
- 1 OMR: 1 GB for 1 day. Activation: dial *181*11111#
- 1 OMR: 350 MB for 7 days. Activation: dial *181*001# *
- 2 OMR: 750 MB for 14 days. Activation: dial *181*2000#
- 3 OMR: 1.75 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*3000#
- 3.5 OMR: 2.25 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*3500#
- 4 OMR: 3.25 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*4000#
- 5 OMR: 4 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*5000#
- 8 OMR: 5 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*8000#
- 10 OMR: 9 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*10000#
- 15 OMR: 15 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*15000#
- 20 OMR: 21 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *181*20000#
* According to Renna Mobile, the activation code for these 3 plans are the same.
Nighttime data is to be used between 11 PM and 6 AM.
RedBull Mobile Oman
RedBull Mobile is the latest MVNO in Oman, which started in 2019. It is focused on the Omani youth, but everyone can buy their SIM cards. You can get a SIM card for free in any of their stores. Recharge cards are sold for 0.5 OMR to 10 OMR.
The following RedBull Mobile data packs can be added:
- 2 OMR: 1 GB, unlimited WhatsApp text and unlimited on-net calls and SMS for 7 days
- 4 OMR: 2 GB, unlimited WhatsApp text, and unlimited on-net calls and SMS for 30 days
- 6 OMR: 4 GB, unlimited WhatsApp text, unlimited on-net calls and SMS, and 150 off-net calls for 30 days
- 10 OMR: 14 GB, unlimited WhatsApp text, and unlimited on-net calls and SMS for 30 days
- 15 OMR: 24 GB, unlimited WhatsApp text, and unlimited on-net calls and SMS for 30 days
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Oman
I have discussed the relevant providers in Oman in this article because using an Omani SIM card would be much cheaper than roaming with your provider… in most cases. However, buying a local SIM card is not the only way to stay connected in Oman. You can buy an international SIM card, use a mobile hotspot, or use free WIFI connections. Below, I will discuss the alternative options to use your phone in Oman.
Roaming in Oman with Your Provider
Roaming is a term used in wireless telecommunication that indicates a mobile device is outside the range of its home network and has connected to a different, available cell network. Let’s say your provider is Ooredoo Myanmar, then you would be roaming with Ooredoo Myanmar in Oman.
The issue with roaming is that it can be expensive. There have been many horror stories where people had to pay thousands in roaming fees when coming back from their holidays, which is just a shame, in my opinion. However, roaming does not always have to be expensive, especially when visiting a neighboring country.
Many providers offer roaming plans. Some allow you to roam for free in Oman, while others would offer you a roaming bundle with a set number of minutes, SMS, and data. Finally, several operators let you use your plan’s allowance for a daily fee.
As you can see, there are many options out there, so be sure to explore the roaming options your provider has. Conveniently for you, I have reviewed the roaming options of many providers (and many more to come) and discussed everything you need to know about roaming with your provider. If you are lucky, you may not even have to buy a SIM card in Oman and can roam for free there.
No idea how roaming works? I made this comprehensive guide about what roaming is and how it works. It is worth the read – promised!
One thing I would not recommend doing is to Roam As You Go. Just like prepaid cards where you can buy bundles or Pay As You Go (as in, charged per minute, SMS, or MB), Roaming As You Go can be insanely expensive (that is how people get expensive roaming bills). So far, there are a handful of providers I have reviewed that offer affordable Roam As You Go rates. But generally, avoid it. Get a roaming plan if you can or buy a SIM in Oman.
Using an International SIM Card in Oman
International SIM cards are cards that have been made for travelers so that they do not have to deal with roaming costs.
The number of international SIM card providers is too many to count, but international SIM cards give you the same convenience as roaming with your provider. A few providers I know are OneSimCard and SimOptions.
They allow people to call you at one number instead of five in case you are exploring multiple countries in one trip. Moreover, you do not have to deal with multiple SIM cards you will never use again. In short, international SIM cards have been made for the international traveler in mind.
Although this sounds fabulous, international SIM cards are much more expensive than local SIM cards in Oman. Some international SIM card providers charge ridiculous fees (sometimes, even more than roaming with your provider), while others offer awful service. It is, therefore, important to go with a reputable company so that you do not have to deal with surprised when traveling around the world.
On the other hand, international SIM cards are appealing to those who travel frequently or are visiting multiple destinations in one trip. Many countries in the Middle East require you to register before you can use a SIM card, which can be a hassle for some. Additionally, the language barrier may be off-putting to some travelers, which is why an international SIM card can be handy. You order it before you depart and can use it in various destinations.
My recommendation, however, is to get a local SIM card if you are only visiting one destination. If you are visiting multiple ones, an international SIM card could be handy. If you want to learn more about international SIM cards, check out my international SIM card comparison article, where I analyze 10 international SIM card providers so that you do not have to.
Using Portable Hotspots (Pocket WIFI) in Oman
Portable hotspots, also referred to mobile hotspots or pocket WIFI, are routers small enough to bring with you everywhere you go. They are portable, battery-powered wireless routers that allow 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.
Just like with the number of international SIM card providers, there are so many mobile hotspots out there that it is challenging to keep track of them all. Skyroam and Vision Global Wireless are reputable pocket WIFI providers. You can get a discount if you rent a router through Skyroam by using coupon code PHONETRAVELWIZ. Cellular access with Skyroam starts at $8 a day while using a Vision Global device starts at $2 a day. Both services cover more than 130 destinations around the world.
The first time I used a portable hotspot was when I was in Bangkok, Thailand, with my dad. He uses the Dutch telecom provider called KPN, which does not let you roam for free in Thailand. I was with 3 Denmark (3 Danmark), which also did not allow me to roam for free. The router was offered for free by our Airbnb host. Let me tell you how convenient that thing was!
I do not remember the exact brand router we used, but we could connect our phones to it, explore Bangkok, and upload highlights of our trip on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp without the need of connecting to unsecure and slow connections in Thailand.
That is why I often recommend those who are traveling in groups or with families to consider getting a pocket WIFI device so that each individual does not need to buy a local SIM card and data packages. In some countries, the cost of getting a local SIM card or packages is so low that it is not even worth getting a mobile hotspot. In others, it could save you money.
I recently wrote an article analyzing the 7 Best Mobile Hotspots for Travelers like yourself, which should be an interesting read if pocket WIFI is something you are considering. I do reviews of individual devices every now and then, so check out my mobile hotspot category to stay up to date.
Connecting to Free WIFI Networks in Oman
Finally, we have the most cost-effective way to stay connected in Oman, which is using free WIFI networks.
Using WIFI networks should not cost you any money (unless you are connecting to premium hotspots), which is why it is a popular option for travelers. Go to a local café, buy a coffee, connect to their WIFI, and post your pictures to Facebook or Instagram. Straightforward, right? Well, let’s see if that is indeed the case.
First, you need to find hotspots. In some regions, they are readily available. In others, you cannot find any, require you to give your personal details (for commercial purposes), are restricted for those who are a subscriber of an operator’s, or are so slow that you wished you never connected to them.
In the case of Oman, you can find a few hotspots here and there, but they are not widespread like other destinations.
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 or learn more about NordVPN.
The Best Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Oman
Getting a SIM card from Ooredoo would do you well when considering an Omani SIM card. Be sure to explore the roaming options your provider offers you, as they may offer free or cheap roaming bundles.
You could also consider getting an international SIM card or using a portable hotspot. International SIM cards are attractive for those visiting multiple destinations at once or within a year. Portable hotspots will be useful when traveling with multiple people so that not each individual has to get a SIM card but can use the hotspot.
Visiting other countries in the Middle East? Check out my Middle Eastern SIM card buying guide, covering other Middle Eastern countries, such as Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.
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Book Your Flight for Oman
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Book Your Accommodation for Oman
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