Back in the day, it was a huge hassle to get a Pakistani SIM card while in Pakistan. The SIM card registration regulations got tightened up after several terrorist attacks.
Not only was this a challenge for travelers, but it was even more challenging for the locals, who had to re-register their SIM cards twice within a two year – with photos, government ID information captures, and even fingerprints collected (one of the few countries in the world to do so).
This caused long lines as phone shops for a long time. Let's hope not many more countries will introduce such strict SIM card registration schemes
Nowadays, after a rocky start, it is relatively easy to get a SIM card, even for travelers. However, the process of getting a SIM card (activated) may take longer than what you are used to.
But first things first, how much will a SIM card cost you?
You can get a Pakistani SIM card between 200 PKR (1.25 USD) to 570 PKR (3.60 USD) in the official stores of the four operators (Jazz, Telenor, Zong & Ufone). A data package featuring 1 GB valid for 7 days can be obtained for as low as 120 PKR (0.75 USD).
Okay, so we know that SIM cards and mobile data are cheap in Pakistan, which is a good thing.
The less you pay for SIM cards and local packages, the more money you can spend on experiences while in Pakistan.
Something you could not do if you were to pay expensive international roaming rates.
But there is a lot more to know about getting yourself a SIM card in Pakistan. The operators, speeds, coverage, and packages.
In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Pakistan. Let's get started.
Original publication: 26th of February 2020. Last updated: 25th of October 2021.
Table of Contents
Can You Buy a SIM Card in Pakistan?
Everyone living in or visiting Pakistan is allowed to buy a Pakistani SIM card. Pakistani nationals can have 5 SIM cards active on their names. In contrast, foreign nationals, including Pakistan Origin Card holders can have 2 active SIM cards.
All SIM card purchases have to go through a rigorous registration process, which includes biometric capture (fingerprints).
And you also need a device that supports the frequencies used in Pakistan and have an unlocked (SIM-lock-free device).
Else, you can only use the SIM card provided by your home operator.
Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Pakistan?
You can buy a Pakistani SIM card in the four operators' official stores (Jazz, Telenor Pakistan, Zong, Ufone), its authorized franchises, and the Telenor Self Service Booths (TSSBs – Telenor only).
Do note that it is not possible to buy a SIM card at Islamabad International Airport or Karachi International Airport (officially known as Jinnah International Airport).
Here is an overview of what to expect to pay for a SIM card in Pakistan:
- Jazz: 300 PKR
- Telenor Pakistan: 200 PKR
- Zong: 200 PKR
- Ufone: Between 200 PKR and 570 PKR
Can You Use Your Phone in Pakistan?
To use your phone in Pakistan, you need a device that supports GSM. CDMA phones will not work in Pakistan anymore since 2018. Fortunately, there is a 99% chance that your phone supports GSM.
Pakistan uses primarily European frequencies. Those frequencies are used in countries in ITU regions 1 & 3, including Africa, Asia (with the Middle East), Europe, and Oceania. Phones sold in ITU Regions 1 and 3 will have no connectivity issues when in Pakistan.
In the Americas (North-, Central- & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2), they use American frequencies. Those are different from European frequencies. Phones sold in ITU Region 2 may experience connectivity issues when in Pakistan.
If you have a low/medium-end device without Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, then you should go with Telenor Pakistan. It uses a 3G and 4G/LTE frequency (850 MHz – Band 5), which is one of the primary 3G and 4G/LTE frequencies used in ITU Region 2.
Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you should experience limited to no hindrance when using your phone in Pakistan.
Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Pakistan
Pakistan has four mobile network operators:
- Telenor Pakistan
The following frequencies are used by the Pakistani operators:
- 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
- 3G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz & 2100 MHz
- 4G: 850 MHz (Band 5), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.
To check whether your phone will work in Pakistan, check out this page by Will My Phone Work.
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.
5G NR in Pakistan
5G NR is currently not available in Pakistan to the general public, and it will not be until late 2022.
Zong was the first operator in Pakistan to hold 5G trials in the summer of 2019, with speeds reaching more than 1 Gbps (1171 Mbps – see video).
The Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication noted that PTCL Group managed to achieve an even higher download speed of 1.685 Gbps (1685 Mbps) on the 12th of February 2021.
I will be discussing internet speeds in Pakistan in-depth a bit later (spoiler alert – it is slow).
You should note that 5G will not be available for commercial use until the end of 2022, as stated by Amin-ul-Haq, the Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication, when speaking as a chief guest at the 2nd PMFA Appreciation Awards in November 2020, as reported by The Nation.
Best SIM Card in Pakistan
If you want to buy a SIM card in Pakistan, I recommend going with either Jazz or Zong. Jazz’ 2G network is the most extensive in Pakistan, but 2G is too slow for data browsing. Zong has the best 4G availability and coverage in the country. In terms of speed, both Jazz and Zong are topping the list.
SIM Card Registration in Pakistan
Pakistani SIM cards have to be registered with your personal information, such as your passport details or your Pakistan Origin Card (POC), your (valid) Visa, a photo of you, and a biometric scan of your thumb as part of the SIM card registration process. This will be done at the point of purchase.
At the time of writing, Pakistan is one of the 17 countries with biometric SIM card registration regulations.
The Pakistani government has tightened SIM card registration laws starting from 2014 because of terrorist attacks. Then, biometric registration was introduced.
Later, the photo requirement was added. And in 2015, all registered SIM cards had to be re-registered again.
Now, it is actually a crime to use an unregistered SIM card or use someone else's SIM card (with fines up to 500 000 PKR (3160 USD) or a maximum prison sentence of 3 years). In most cases, an unregistered SIM card will be deactivated swiftly by the operator once it notices that an unregistered SIM card uses its network. And most Pakistanis are hesitant to even give you their SIM card because of potential repercussions.
All SIM cards and fingerprints are verified and stores in the National Database and Registration Authority's (NADRA) national database.
Although Pakistani nationals are allowed to have 5 SIM cards to their name, foreign nationals or holders of Pakistan Origin Cards (POC) are allowed to have only 2 SIM cards issued to them. Moreover, the validity of the SIM card is tied to the validity of your Visa or POC.
Moreover, those with foreign phones (phones bought abroad) and who want to use a Pakistani SIM card for more than 14 days have to get their device whitelisted by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). This has to be done on the DIRBS website and cannot be done through the operator when purchasing your SIM card. You can only register five devices per year.
From the looks of it, access to the website is geo-restricted because I have yet been able to access that website for more than a year (outside of Pakistan – even when changing VPN locations). So I cannot give you instructions on how to use that tool (it will be a while because of the current conditions in the world)
When SIM card registration got tightened, getting a Pakistani SIM card was a challenge for travelers – headache-inducing, you could say. However, with more than 70 000 fingerprint scanners installed across the country, sales agents knowing what documents to process for foreigners, and a more streamlined process of processing SIM card registration, getting yourself a SIM card is not as bothersome as some other countries in the region. However, it may seem intimidating.
Internet Censorship in Pakistan
In 2019, it was reported that The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has apparently blocked more than 900 000 URLs in Pakistan for “reasons such as carrying blasphemous and pornographic content and/or sentiments against the state, judiciary or the armed forces.” Moreover, blasphemous, anti-Islamic, or threatening to internal security are also blocked.
With all this censorship, you may want to use a VPN to access blocked websites. Remember, the government's definition of some of the terms is subjective. Innocent blogs have been censored from the web without a solid reason (as in, them not even being critical of Pakistan, Islam, or anything controversial related to Pakistan).
This, with the excessive information required to be captured and stored by the government, which invades your individual privacy in various magditudes, should be a reason to keep your internet traffic private.
I recommend NordVPN and connecting to Indian servers, the closest to Pakistan (there are no VPN servers in Pakistan). Yes, I know Pakistan and India are not friends, but that does not matter if you want to keep your internet traffic secure.
Regional Taxes in Pakistan
Mobile operators in Pakistan have to charge their customers Goods and Service Tax (GST) based on the regional (provincial) tax rates and WHT (Advance Income Tax) on recharges, surcharges on recharges, and out-of-bundle voice and SMS traffic.
The GST and WHT rates differ per region. Below are the current tax rates:
|Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)||12.5%||19.5%|
|Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT)||12.5%||17%|
|Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)||12.5%||17%|
|Federally/Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (FATA/PATA)||0%||0%|
You should reload more than what the listed bundle price is if you plan on purchasing a plan because of these taxes.
For example, the Jazz Weekly Mega data bundle (7 GB) costs 210 PKR. However, you would need to recharge at least 237 PKR to purchase this bundle (in most regions).
However, the following services are inclusive of the taxes:
- Out-of-bundle data usage
- Bundles (combo-hybrid/data/voice/SMS)
- Certain reload methods (such as Internet EasyLoad with Telenor Pakistan)
- Value-Added Services (VAS)
On the bundle pages of the operators, the bundle prices will say that the price is inclusive of all taxes, which they technically are. But the recharges are not, which is something to keep in mind when topping-up to buy a specific bundle.
Normally, I would add another column with the price with VAT/GST when listing the bundles. However, because GST varies per region, it would not be simple to calculate and make the tables confusing.
To never be short on a reload, multiply the bundle price with * 1.20 (20%). For example, you want to buy a bundle that costs 100 PKR. To be safe, you should reload at least 20% more than the listing price. In this case, that would be 100 PKR * 1.20 = 120 PKR.
You will be charged the default tax of 12.5% WHT and 19.5% GST if you recharge your SIM card while your phone is off. This could be possible by using Telenor Pakistan's EasyLoad service, for example. This is because the tax will be charged based upon the location of the tower your device is catching signals. So make sure your phone is on when you are in GB, FATA, and PATA when recharging.
Pakistan Internet Prices, Speeds & Insights
Before we talk about speeds, let's talk about prices.
Asia is known for having low mobile data rates. Neighboring country India is the cheapest country in the world to get 1 GB of data, with a price of just 0.09 USD – borderline free.
So what about in Pakistan? How expensive is mobile internet here?
The average price for 1 GB of data in Pakistan is 0.69 USD, far below the Asian average of 2.28 USD (excluding Near East). The world average is 5.03 USD.
That places Pakistan in the top 20 countries with the cheapest mobile data rates and the third place when just looking at South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and, of course, Pakistan).
But do not get too excited yet. We have to talk about speeds a bit more.
Sadly, internet speeds are not fast in Pakistan, especially in remote areas. In fact, you would be lucky if you can even catch a signal in some places.
However, you should not forget that Pakistan did not have 3G until 2014 (at that time, some countries were already working on setting up 4G networks). Until then, the country was using 2G only. You probably know that 2G is practically useless for modern data browsing.
From 2014, mobile infrastructure has massively improved. 3G reception in almost all places that had 2G before, and a lot of 4G/LTE coverage as well, significantly increasing mobile internet speeds in Pakistan, but also demand.
But how are things now? What type of speeds can you expect in Pakistan?
The average mobile download speed in Pakistan is 18 Mbps, far below the world average of 47 Mbps.
For South Asian standards, this is a typical average. Afghanistan has to deal with an average download speed of 6 Mbps, literally at the bottom of the Speedtest Global Index, so it could be much worse for Pakistan.
Of course, you can expect even faster speeds in Pakistan's more populated areas (if the networks are not overloaded – that happens every now and then).
But there is another thing to be aware of – Pakistan is mountainous, especially up north (the area where most travelers go to). Like many countries with mountains, you should not expect any reception, including 2G reception, when in mountainous areas – you will get nothing.
However, do not let any of this discourage you. All the Pakistani operators, well, at least three of them, are still working hard to expand coverage throughout the country and improve speeds.
While the introduction of 5G is somewhat around the corner, nationwide 5G still far away. However, once it has been developed, it will bring the much-needed speeds, latency, and, more importantly, bandwidth to the country that desperately needs it.
Once again, you will have good to almost great reception when staying in the populated areas, even on 4G/LTE (but you may deal with 3G more often than you are used to). Not only that, but data packages are cheap too. The competition in the country is healthy, bringing Pakistan is on the right track to a flourishing mobile market.
Currency in Pakistan
Pakistan uses the Pakistani Rupee with the symbol PKR (which will be used throughout this article). Prices in Pakistan are listed in Rs. For example, 25 PKR = Rs. 25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between PKR and USD (US Dollars – Rounded):
- 10 PKR = 0.05 USD
- 100 PKR – 0.65 USD
- 1000 PKR = 6.30 USD
- 10 000 PKR = 63.10 USD
- 100 000 PKR = 631.90 USD
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Pakistan Prepaid SIM Cards
- 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 Pakistan has to offer to us.
Jazz is the largest operator in Pakistan. Until 2016, Jazz was known as Mobilink before changing names to Jazz. Around the same time, Mobilink/Jazz decided to merge with Warid (which, at the time, was Pakistan's 4th largest mobile operator with 13 million subscribers).
For a long period, the brands Mobilink and Warid were still being used while the rebranding process was still in motion. Although the Mobilink brand ceased to exist relatively quickly, the Warid brand was still out there in 2019. Now, everything is simply Jazz.
No Speedtest Awards was given to any Pakistani operator in 2020.
Jazz uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
- 3G: 2100 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
Coverage – Jazz
Jazz has the most extensive coverage in Pakistan.
Jazz's 2G coverage is the best in the country. However, 2G is useless for modern data browsing. Jazz's 3G and 4G/LTE footprint are on top of the list, sharing the 3G position with Telenor Pakistan and the 4G/LTE position with Zong.
Jazz has no official coverage map on its site (anymore). Luckily, the Speedtest app has created one to give us insights into what to expect with Jazz.
SIM Card Price – Jazz
You can buy a regular Jazz SIM card and the Data-Only SIM card for 300 PKR in Jazz stores (Retail Shops, Experience Centers, and Franchise Centers).
Top-Up & Recharge – Jazz
Jazz recharge cards are sold, in values starting from 100 PKR to 1000 PKR, in Jazz stores and many other retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, and gas stations. You can also recharge online (100 PKR – 5000 PKR) with debit and credit cards.
You can redeem your Jazz voucher code by dialing *123*VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *123*123456#.
It is also possible to recharge through WhatsApp. To do so, you first send the word hi to +923003008000. Then, send 6 and follow the instructions.
To check your balance, dial *111# (costing 0.24 PKR per check) or dial *444*6*2#. You can also call 111 and select option 5 to hear your balance (for 0.72 PKR).
Just like with recharging, you can get your balance on WhatsApp. To do so, you first send the word hi to +923003008000. Then, send 5.
Note: the WhatsApp features only work if you have set up a WhatsApp account with your Jazz phone number.
Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Jazz
Jazz has three types of bundles that feature data, which are:
Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.
MYOB Make Your Own Bundle – Jazz
MYOB Make Your Own Bundle is, as the name implies, a product that allows you to customize your bundle. You can set the amount of data, minutes, and SMS you want and set the validity to 1 day, 7 days, or 30 days.
Make Your Own Bundle can be set up by dialing *303#, and everything can be customized through the USSD menu or on the Jazz World app.
After dialing the USSD code, the following steps have to be followed:
- Select the validity (1: 1 day, 2: 7 days, 3: 30 days)
- Confirm that you agree with the terms of MYOB by pressing 1
- Enter how many on-net minutes you want (maximum of 6000 on-net minutes)
- Enter how many off-net minutes you want (maximum of 1000 off-net minutes)
- Select how much data you want (0: 0MB, 1: 3000 MB, 2: 6000 MB, 3: 9000 MB, 4: 12 000 MB, 5: 15 000 MB)
- Enter how many local SMS you want (maximum of 10 000 SMS)
- Review your entries and review the bundle's price.
- If everything is to satisfaction, press 1 to confirm your bundle
- You have successfully set up MYOB
Depending on the validity of your bundle, you have different USSD codes to check your bundle's balance:
- 1-day validity: *303*1#
- 7-day validity: *303*7#
- 30-day validity: *303*30#
MYOB does not auto-renew. When MYOB expires, you have to set up a new bundle or choose another Jazz bundle.
All In One Offers – Jazz
The All In One Offers are combo plans with data, social media data, minutes, and SMS.
The following All In One Offers are available:
|Price||Plan||Data||Social Data||App(s)||On-Net Minutes||Off-Net Minutes||SMS||Validity||Activation Code|
|14 PKR||Daily Day Bundle||20 MB||N/A||N/A||300 minutes||N/A||300 SMS||Until midnight||*340#|
|17 PKR||Daily Super||150 MB||N/A||N/A||1440 minutes||N/A||50 SMS||1 day||*212#|
|28 PKR||Super Plus||500 MB||N/A||N/A||500 minutes||5 minutes||500 SMS||1 day||*558#|
|35 PKR||3 Day-Max Offer||1 GB||N/A||N/A||100 minutes||N/A||N/A||3 days||*631#|
|75 PKR||Mahana Bachat Offer||N/A||2 GB||WhatsApp & IMO||200 minutes||20 minutes||2000 SMS||30 days||*614*2#|
|89 PKR||All In One Social||N/A||3 GB||WhatsApp, Facebook & IMO||1000 minutes||N/A||N/A||7 days||*668#|
|95 PKR||Work From Home Bundle||10 GB||N/A||N/A||Unlimited 3||N/A||N/A||7 days||*117*14#|
|120 PKR||Weekly Hybrid||1 GB||N/A||N/A||1000 minutes||20 minutes||1000 SMS||7 days||*407#|
|170 PKR||Weekly All Network||2 GB||N/A||N/A||1000 minutes||60 minutes||1000 SMS||7 days||*700#|
|210 PKR||Weekly Super Duper||3 GB||N/A||N/A||1500 minutes||60 minutes||1500 SMS||7 days||*770#|
|240 PKR||Weekly Super Plus||12 GB 1||N/A||N/A||5000 minutes||70 minutes||5000 SMS||7 days||*505#|
|299 PKR||Weekly Super Max||30 GB||N/A||N/A||6000 minutes||60 minutes||6000 SMS||7 days||*506#|
|444 PKR||Monthly Hybrid||1 GB||N/A||N/A||10 000 minutes 2||50 minutes||1000 SMS||30 days||*430#|
|600 PKR||Monthly Super Duper||5 GB||N/A||N/A||3000 minutes||150 minutes||3000 SMS||30 days||*706#|
|620 PKR||Monthly Premium||15 GB||10 GB||YouTube||250 minutes (all net)||N/A||N/A||30 days||*2000#|
|977 PKR||Monthly Super Duper Plus||15 GB||N/A||N/A||5000 minutes||300 minutes||5000 SMS||30 days||*707#|
1 6 GB anytime data, 6 GB for between 2:00 – 14:00
2 333 on-net minutes/day, and unlimited on-net minutes on Sundays
3 for between 8:00 – 18:00
All In One Offers Updates:
- Mahana Bachat Offer: Price increase from 67 PKR to 75 PKR. However, the data allowance can also be used for IMO instead of just WhatsApp
- Weekly Hybrid: Price increase from 115 PKR to 120 PKR. However, Jazz increased the data allowance from 500 MB to 1 GB
- Weekly All Network: Price increase from 160 PKR to 170 PKR. However, the data allowance was increased from 1.5 GB to 2 GB. On the other hand, the SMS allowance went down from 1500 SMS to 1000 SMS. Off-Net minutes allowance also went down from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.
- Weekly Super Max: The 30 GB of data allowance has been made anytime data instead of the data being split as 10 GB anytime data, 10 GB for between 2:00 – 14:00, and 10 GB for YouTube
Do note that Jazz likes to change its plans whenever it feels like it without clearly stating it on its website or on its app, usually in the form of a price increase or changing the allowance. In most cases, even when the price increases, the allowances become better too (or one part becomes better while another suffers).
Data Packages – Jazz
The Data Packages are bundles with data and social media data.
You can purchase the following Data Packages:
|Price||Package||Data||Social Data||App(s)||Validity||Activation Code|
|Free||Free WhatsApp Offer||N/A||65 MB/call 1||Until midnight||*225#|
|9 PKR||Super Ghanta Offer||1 GB||N/A||N/A||1 hour||*638#|
|15 PKR||Daily YouTube & Social||N/A||1 GB||YouTube, WhatsApp & Facebook||1 day||*968#|
|15 PKR||Daily Extreme||2 GB||N/A||N/A||1 day (0:00 – 12:00)||*757#|
|27 PKR||Daily Mega||1 GB||N/A||N/A||24 hours||*117*4#|
|75 PKR||Weekly Extreme||25 GB||N/A||N/A||7 days (0:00 – 12:00)||*117*1#|
|89 PKR||Weekly YouTube & Social||N/A||5 GB||IMO, WhatsApp, YouTube & Facebook||7 days||*660#|
|89 PKR||Monthly Browser||2 GB||N/A||N/A||30 days||*709#|
|99 PKR||Monthly Social||N/A||5 GB||WhatsApp, Facebook & IMO 2||30 days||*661#|
|169 PKR||Weekly Premium||5 GB 5||N/A||N/A||7 days||*117*47#|
|210 PKR||Weekly Mega||7 GB||N/A||N/A||7 days||*159#|
|275 PKR||Weekly Mega Plus||25 GB||N/A||N/A||7 days||*453#|
|349 PKR||Monthly Mega Plus||12 GB 3||N/A||N/A||30 days||*117*30#|
|499 PKR||Monthly Supreme||20 GB 4||N/A||N/A||30 days||*117*32#|
|620 PKR||Monthly Premium||15 GB||10 GB||YouTube||30 days||*2000#|
1 maximum of 65 MB per call. FUP of 10 calls/day (650 MB/day). Data can also be used for regular WhatsApp usage
2 + 12 000 local SMS
3 6 GB anytime data, 6 GB for between 2:00 – 14:00
4 10 GB anytime data, 10 GB for between 2:00 – 14:00
5 + 50 local minutes
Data Package Updates:
- Infinity Browser became Monthly Browser with the same 2 GB allowance. The validity, however, reduced from 180 days to 30 days, and the price increased from 80 PKR to 89 PKR
Roaming with Jazz
Jazz does not have any regular plans that include free international roaming (IR). However, they do have attractive roaming packages. Check out this guide for more information about roaming with Jazz.
APN/Internet Settings – Jazz
In most cases, your phone will automatically retrieve the correct Jazz APN settings. However, if that is not the case, you can get the internet settings by dialing *443# and selecting option 5 or dialing *444*6*5#.
If the aforementioned methods do not work, you have to add the following APN settings manually:
- Name: Jazz
- APN: jazzconnect.mobilinkworld.com
Notes: APN “connect.mobilinkworld.com” is for postpaid customers only. Do not add or change anything else not mentioned above.
Telenor Pakistan, just Telenor, is the second-largest provider in Pakistan.
Telenor itself is active in Scandinavia (Norway (origin), Denmark, Sweden, Finland (as DNA), and a few countries in Asia, including Bangladesh (as Grameenphone), Malaysia (as Digi), Myanmar & Thailand (as dtac).
Telenor uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
- 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
Coverage – Telenor Pakistan
Telenor has extensive coverage in Pakistan.
Telenor used to have a (3G) coverage map on its site. However, that was mysteriously removed, so I will show the Speedtest app's one instead.
You can check if the area you are in is covered by 3G by dialing *7799#.
SIM Card Price – Telenor Pakistan
You can get a Telenor SIM card for 200 PKR in Telenor stores or a Telenor Self Service Booth (TSSB).
Although it is possible to order a SIM card online, I discourage you from doing so. Only premium numbers can be selected when buying a SIM card online, priced at 1200 PKR and 5200 PKR. Moreover, delivery can take up to 72 hours.
It will be more convenient and faster to find a Telenor store or a TBBS instead of ordering an expensive SIM card online.
Top-Up & Recharge – Telenor Pakistan
You can get Telenor recharge cards, in values between 100 PKR and 1000 PKR, in Telenor stores, Telenor Self Service Booths, and at many other stores, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and mobile shops.
You can redeem your Telenor recharge card by dialing *555*VoucherCode#. The same can be done by calling 555 and following the instructions.
For example, if your voucher vode is 123456, you would dial *555*123456#.
To check your overall balance, dial *444# (costing 0.24 PKR). The same can be done by calling 555 and selecting option 2.
You can dial select USSD codes for specific balance checks, such as your data, SMS, and minute allowance. Do note that all these shortcodes cost 0.24 PKR per request:
- Data: *200# & *999#
- Minutes: *222#
- SMS: *111#
- Everything (else): *123#
Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Telenor Pakistan
Telenor has many bundles, ranging from data-only offers to combo bundles. Below is an overview:
|Price||Bundle||Data||Social Data||App(s)||On-Net Minutes||Off-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Validity||Activation Code|
|1.50 PKR||Daily Social Pack||N/A||50 MB||Facebook & WhatsApp||N/A||N/A||N/A||1 day||*311#|
|5 PKR||Monthly WhatsApp Package||1500 MB||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||*247#|
|8 PKR||Daily YouTube Package||N/A||500 MB||YouTube||N/A||N/A||N/A||Until midnight||*60#|
|13 PKR||Full Day Offer||50 MB||100 MB||Unlimited||N/A||N/A||Until midnight||*5*250#|
|15 PKR||Weekly Music Bundle||N/A||500 MB||Soundcloud & Patari||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days||Online/Telenor App|
|18 PKR||Raat Din Offer||1.5 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||12 hours (0:00 – 12:00)||*150#|
|18 PKR||Weekly Sports Offer||N/A||2000 MB||Cricwick & CricnGif||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days||*345*74#|
|40 PKR||TikTok & Snapchat Package||N/A||2 GB||TikTok & Snapchat||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||Online/Telenor App|
|44 PKR||4G 3 Day Bundle||1000 MB 1||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||3 days||*32#|
|45 PKR||Monthly IMO Package||N/A||2000 MB||IMO||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||*466#|
|50 PKR||Telenor 3/3 Offer||50 MB||N/A||N/A||600 minutes||N/A||N/A||3 days||*345*243#|
|50 PKR||Monthly Social Pack||100 MB||3000 MB||Facebook & WhatsApp||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||*911#|
|50 PKR||4G Weekly Internet Max||30 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days (0:00 – 9:00)||*19#|
|52 PKR||3 Day Sahular Offer||50 MB||100 MN||Facebook, WhatsApp & Twitter||250 minutes||25 minutes||N/A||3 days||*5*3#|
|55 PKR||Weekly 6 to 6 Offer||4000 MB||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days (6:00 – 18:00)||*71#|
|75 PKR||Monthly Social Pack Plus||N/A||5000 MB||Facebook & WhatsApp||N/A||N/A||10 000 SMS||30 days||*660#|
|80 PKR||Weekly YouTube Package||N/A||5000 MB||YouTube||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days||*220#|
|90 PKR||Haftawar Chappar Phaar Offer||70 MB||350 MB||Facebook, WhatsApp & Twitter||Unlimited||N/A||N/A||7 days||*5*700#|
|110 PKR||4G Weekly Super||4000 MB 2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days||*288#|
|115 PKR||Haftawar Sahulat Offer||100 MB||350 MB||WhatsApp, Facebook & Twitter||1000 minutes||70 minutes||700 SMS||7 days||*5*7#|
|135 PKR||Weekly Easy Card||1500 MB||N/A||N/A||1000 minutes (+PTCL)||50 minutes||N/A||7 days||*963#|
|150 PKR||4G Monthly Light||2 GB||1 GB||WhatsApp, Goonj & GameBox||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||*301#|
|185 PKR||4G Weekly Ultra||8 GB||1 GB||Goonj||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days||*336#|
|222 PKR||Mega Weekly Easy Card||10 GB 3||N/A||N/A||2000 minutes (+PLTC)||N/A||N/A||7 days||*001#|
|240 PKR||4G Weekly Ultra Plus||20 GB 4||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days||*225#|
|300 PKR||4G Monthly Starter Bundle||8 GB 5||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||*302#|
|450 PKR||4G Monthly Ultra||10 GB 6||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||*335#|
|450 PKR||Monthly East Card 450||1 GB||2 GB||500 minutes (+PTCL)||50 minutes||500 SMS||30 days||*350#|
|530 PKR||Monthly Easy Card 600||6 GB + 6 GB nighttime 8||N/A||N/A||3000 minutes (+PTCL)||150 minutes 9||3000 SMS||30 days||*530#|
|700 PKR||4G Monthly Ultra Plus||50 GB 7||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days||*303#|
|715 PKR||Monthly Easy Card 800||9 GB + 9 GB nighttime 8||N/A||N/A||5000 minutes (+PTCL)||300 minutes||3000 SMS||30 days||*80#|
1 500 MB anytime data, 500 MB for between 0:00 – 8:00
2 2000 MB anytime data, 2000 MB for between 1:00 – 11:00
3 5 GB anytime data, 5 GB for between 1:00 – 11:00
4 10 GB anytime data, 10 GB for between 1:00 – 11:00
5 4 GB anytime data, 4 GB for between 1:00 – 7:00
6 5 GB anytime data, 5 GB for between 12:00 – 8:00
7 25 GB anytime data, 25 GB for between 1:00 – 11:00
8 Nighttime data for between 1:00 – 11:00
9 + 25 international minutes to Canada, the United Kingdom & the United States
APN/Internet Settings – Telenor Pakistan
In most cases, your phone will automatically retrieve the correct Telenor Pakistan APN settings. However, if that is not the case, you can get the internet settings by texting internet to 131.
If the aforementioned methods do not work, you have to add the following APN settings manually:
- Name: Telenor
- APN: internet
- Username: Telenor
- Password: Telenor
Note: Do not add or change anything else not mentioned above.
Zong, officially known as CMPak or China Mobile Pakistan, is the third-largest operator in Pakistan.
Zong uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
- 3G: 2100 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
Coverage – Zong
Zong has extensive coverage in Pakistan. They also have the best 4G/LTE coverage in the country, together with Jazz.
When China Mobile bought Paktel, they were already introducing 4G/LTE in China. So China Mobile decided to bring their 4G/LTE expertise immediately to Pakistan. The other operators were still working on building and improving their 2G and 3G networks.
In fact, Zong had a 2-year head start with 4G/LTE than Jazz and Telenor Pakistan, who were then the more established operators. Now, they have the best 4G/LTE availability in the country, which is also recognized by OpenSignal in its Pakistan Mobile Network Experience Report of 2021.
It is worth checking out that report, as it has some interesting findings. But honestly, I was, and still am, surprised with Zong's performance.
What, however, does not impress me is Zong's official coverage map. It is practically useless for checking its nationwide coverage. And the city/town search function does not work either.
Then again, Jazz and Telenor Pakistan do not even bother having a public coverage map, so that is a plus.
If you do zoom in to a city, let's say Islamabad, then the coverage map does work well.
Luckily, we have our reliable Speedtest app to generate a somewhat accurate nationwide coverage map of Zong.
SIM Card Price – Zong
Zong SIM cards are available for 200 PKR in Zong Service Centers. New Zong SIM cards include the New SIM Offer, featuring 2 GB of data, 1 GB for WhatsApp, 1 GB for Facebook, and 1000 on-net minutes – all valid for 7 days. You can, however, not use your data allowance between 19:00 and 23:59.
Note: the New SIM offer only applies to “regular” Zong SIM cards, not for Mobile Broadband (MBB) nor Internet SIM (data-only) cards.
On top of the New SIM Offer, you can get bonus credit depending on how much you recharge within seven days of acquiring the SIM card.
- Recharge between 50 PKR and 99.99 PKR: 25 PKR credit bonus
- Recharge between 100 PKR and 499.99 PKR: 50 PKR credit bonus
- Recharge of 500 PKR or more: 100 PKR credit bonus
You can book a phone number of liking on the Book Your Number page. A booked number can be collected at any Zong Service Center, as long as it is done within three days.
Top-Up & Recharge – Zong
Zong recharge cards are available in Zong Service Centers and many other retailers, such as grocery stores, corner shops, news stands, and gas stations. They can be obtained in values of 100 PKR, 300 PKR, 500 PKR, and 1000 PKR. You can also recharge online (50 PKR – 20 000 PKR).
To redeem your recharge voucher, dial *101*VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *101*123456#.
Zong has a menu, which can be access through *310#. This menu allows you to top-up, check your balance, and and purchase plans. However, accessing the menu costs 0.24 PKR. You can also quickly check your balance by dialing *222#.
However, it is not know whether you will be charged 0.24 PKR for that method as well. (let me know if you know).
Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Zong
Zong has many bundles to choose from, which are:
- All In One Bundles (combo)
- Call Bundles (combo – only those with data)
- SMS Bundles (combo – only those with data)
- App Exclusive Offers (combo – through app only)
- Data Bundles (data)
- Data Share Bundles (data that can be shared in a group)
- Internet SIM Packages (data bundles for Internet SIM (data-only SIM))
- Mobile Broadband (MBB) Bundles (data bundles for MBB devices)
All bundles can be purchased by dialing *310# or on the Zong app.
Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.
All In One Bundles – Zong
The All In One Bundles are combo bundles with data, social data (for YouTube, tapmad TV, TikTok & WhatsApp), minutes, and SMS.
The following All In One Bundles are available:
|Price||Bundle||Data||Social Data||App(s)||All-Net Minutes||On-Net Minutes||Off-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Validity|
|200 PKR||15 Combo Pack||3 GB||N/A||N/A||50 minutes||N/A||N/A||N/A||15 days|
|200 PKR||Weekly All-In-1 Weekly||2.5 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||1000 minutes||40 minutes||1000 SMS||7 days|
|270 PKR||Weekly Haftawar Load Offer||12 GB 1||N/A||N/A||N/A||5000 minutes||80 minutes||5000 SMS||7 days|
|299 PKR||Super Weekly Max||15 GB||15 GB||YouTube (+tapmad TV)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|330 PKR||Super Weekly Premium and Zong Mobile TV||15 GB||15 GB||YouTube, TikTok & Zong TV||100 minutes||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|330 PKR||Super Weekly Premium||30 GB||N/A||N/A||100 minutes||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|500 PKR||Star Pre-Load Monthly Power Pack SIM 500||2.5 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||1000 minutes||50 minutes||1000 SMS||30 days|
|650 PKR||Monthly Zong Super Card||3 GB||3 GB||N/A||180 minutes||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|1000 PKR||Value Pre-Load Monthly Power Pack SIM 1000||500 MB||N/A||N/A||N/A||2000 minutes||150 minutes||1500 SMS||30 days|
|1000 PKR||Gold Pre-Load 3 Months Power Pack SIM 1500||8 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||8000 minutes||200 minutes||3000 SMS||90 days|
|1000 PKR||Monthly Supreme Offer||5 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||5000 minutes||300 minutes||N/A||30 days|
|1300 PKR||Monthly Super Offer||20 GB||10 GB||YouTube (6 GB) & WhatsApp (4 GB)||N/A||5000 minutes||300 minutes||3000 SMS||30 days|
1 6 GB anytime data, 6 GB for between 1:00 – 9:00
Call Bundles – Zong
The Call Bundles are plans focused on calls. However, a few Call Bundles include data, WhatsApp data, and local SMS.
Only the bundles with a data allowance will be mentioned below (even those with just 1 MB, straight up useless).
You can get one of the following Call Bundles:
|Price||Bundle||Data||Social Data||App(s)||On-Net Minutes||Off-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Validity|
|5 PKR||Hourly Super Student Bundle||30 MB||N/A||N/A||Unlimited||N/A||N/A||1 hour|
|5 PKR||Daily Full Gup||N/A||30 MB||75 minutes||N/A||100 SMS||1 day|
|8 PKR||Daily Sixer Plus 1||1 MB||N/A||N/A||Unlimited||N/A||500 SMS||1 day|
|12 PKR||Daily Flutter||50 MB||N/A||N/A||120 minutes||N/A||120 SMS||1 day|
|13 PKR||Daily Hello 1 Din||50 MB||N/A||N/A||150 minutes||N/A||150 SMS||1 day|
|14 PKR||Daily Shandaar Daily Offer||50 MB||N/A||N/A||Unlimited||N/A||800 SMS||1 day|
|45 PKR||Weekly Hello 7 Day Bundle||1 MB||N/A||N/A||100 minutes/day||N/A||100 SMS||7 days|
|120 PKR||Weekly Shandaar Haftawaar Offer||500 MB||N/A||N/A||500 minutes||40 minutes||500 SMS||7 days|
|170 PKR||Weekly Hello Monthly Bundle||1 MB||N/A||N/A||100 minutes/day||N/A||100 SMS||7 days|
|300 PKR||Monthly Shandaar Mahana Offer||1 GB||N/A||N/A||1000 minutes||100 minutes||1000 SMS||30 days|
1 for between 6:00 – 18:00
For the remaining Call Bundles without a data allowance, check out the Call Bundles page.
SMS Bundles – Zong
The SMS Bundles are plans focused on SMS. However, some SMS Bundles include data and WhatsApp data.
Only the bundles with a data allowance will be mentioned below.
You can get one of the following SMS Bundles:
|Price||Bundle||Data||Social Data||App(s)||Local SMS||Validity|
|4 PKR||Daily Zulu SMS Bundle||1 MB||N/A||N/A||500 SMS||1 day|
|5 PKR||Daily SMS + WhatsApp Bundle||1 MB||30 MB||500 SMS||1 day|
|21 PKR||Weekly SMS + WhatsApp Bundle||N/A||200 MB||1500 SMS||7 days|
|50 PKR||Monthly SMS + WhatsApp Bundle||N/A||30 MB/day||500 SMS/day||30 days|
For the remaining SMS Bundles without a data allowance, check out the SMS Bundles page.
App Exclusive Offers – Zong
The App Exclusive Offers are offers that can only be redeemed or activated through the Zong App. An App Exclusive Offer may be triggered by reaching a reload threshold or purchasing the Offer on the Zong App.
Currently, these App Exclusive Offers are available:
|Price/Required Reload||Bundle||Data||Social Data||App(s)||All-Net Minutes||On-Net Minutes||Off-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Validity|
|Free||6 GB on First Time App Registration||200 MB/day (6 GB)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|300 PKR||Super Weekly Premium Bundle||15 GB||15 GB||YouTube & TikTok||100 minutes||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|1000 PKR||Supreme Offer||10 000 MB||N/A||N/A||N/A||5000 minutes||300 minutes||5000 SMS||30 days|
|3500 PKR||150 GB Exclusive Prepaid MBB Offer||150 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days|
Data Bundles – Zong
The Data Bundles are data plans with data and social data (for Facebook, Google Duo, YouTube, TikTok, WhatsApp & IMO).
The following Data Bundles can be purchased:
|5 PKR||Daily Facebook Offer||N/A||500 MB||1 day|
|5 PKR||Classified Pack||50 MB||N/A||N/A||1 day|
|10 PKR||Social Pack||100 MB||N/A||N/A||1 day|
|10 PKR||Google Duo Offer||N/A||2 GB||Google Duo||30 days|
|16 PKR||Youth Offer||2.5 GB 1||N/A||N/A||1 day|
|16 PKR||Daytime Offer||1200 MB 2||N/A||N/A||1 day|
|17 PKR||Daily Basic||100 MB||N/A||N/A||1 day|
|38 PKR||Daily Data Max||500 MB||500 MB||YouTube||1 day|
|50 PKR||Monthly Mini 150||150 MB||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|50 PKR||Weekly TikTok Offer||N/A||2 GB||TikTok||7 days|
|50 PKR||Monthly WhatsApp Offer||N/A||4 GB||30 days|
|50 PKR||Monthly IMO Offer||N/A||2 GB||IMO||30 days|
|80 PKR||Monthly WhatsApp Plus Offer 3||N/A||4 GB||30 days|
|100 PKR||Monthly Facebook Offer||N/A||6 GB||30 days|
|100 PKR||Weekly Mega Data Offer||100 GB 4||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|135 PKR||Weekly YouTube Offer||N/A||8 GB||YouTube||7 days|
|150 PKR||Monthly Basic Offer||500 MB||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|165 PKR||Weekly Super Offer||2.5 GB||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|240 PKR||Weekly Super Plus||7 GB||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|299 PKR||Weekly Super Max||15 GB||15 GB||YouTube||7 days|
|600 PKR||Monthly Premium 15 GB||15 GB 5||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|750 PKR||Monthly Prepaid Internet SIM Addons – 8 GB||8 GB 6||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|1000 PKR||Monthly Premium 40 GB||40 GB 7||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|1200 PKR||Monthly Prepaid Internet SIM Addons – 24 GB||24 GB 8||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|2000 PKR||Monthly Prepaid Internet SIM Addons – 60 GB||60 GB||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|3500 PKR||Monthly 150 GB MBB Exclusive Offer||150 GB||N/A||N/A||30 days|
1 for between 1:00 – 9:00
2 for between 4:00 – 19:00
3 + 200 on-net minutes and 20 off-net minutes
4 for between 1:00 – 9:00. Max 2 GB for WhatsApp
5 10 GB anytime data, 5 GB for between 1:00 – 9:00
6 4 GB anytime data, 4 GB for between 4:00 – 16:00
7 20 GB anytime data, 20 GB for between 1:00 – 9:00
8 12 GB anytime data, 12 GB for between 4:00 – 16:00
The Data Share Bundles are data bundles that can be shared with multiple Zong numbers in a group.
The following Data Share Bundles are available:
|500 PKR||Monthly 5 GB||5 GB||30 days|
|900 PKR||Monthly 10 GB||10 GB||30 days|
After purchasing a Data Share Bundle, dial *6464*5# to set up a sharing group.
Internet SIM Packages – Zong
The Internet SIM Packages are data bundles exclusively for the Internet SIM (data-only SIM card).
You can get any of the following Internet SIM Packages:
|230 PKR||Prepaid Data Addons||1 GB 1||As per base bundle|
|570 PKR||Prepaid – Internet SIM Addons||1 GB 2||As per base bundle|
|750 PKR||1 Month Bundle||8 GB 3||30 days|
|1150 PKR||Internet SIM New Tariff 3 GB/3 Month||3 GB/month (9 GB)||90 days|
|1200 PKR||1 Month Bundle||24 GB 4||30 days|
|1800 PKR||1 Month Bundle||30 GB||30 days|
|2000 PKR||1 Month Bundle||60 GB||30 days|
|2790 PKR||Internet SIM New Tariff 12 GB/3 Month||12 GB/month (36 GB)||90 days|
|3250 PKR||Prepaid Intenet SIM Addons – (Monthly) 175 GB||175 GB||30 days|
1 for between 1:00 – 9:00
2 for between 9:00 – 16:00
3 4 GB anytime data, 4 GB for between 4:00 – 16:00
4 12 GB anytime data, 12 GB for between 4:00 – 16:00
Mobile Broadband (MBB) Bundles – Zong
The Mobile Broadband (MBB) Bundles are data bundles exclusively for those with a Zong MBB device.
|230 PKR||MBB Good Night Offer (GNO)||1 GB||1:00 – 9:00|
|450 PKR||Monthly Prepaid MBB Add-On 5 GB||5 GB||As per base bundle|
|2000 PKR||Monthly Prepaid MBB 60 GB||60 GB||30 days|
|2500 PKR||Monthly Prepaid MBB 150 GB||150 GB 1||30 days|
|3250 PKR||Monthly Prepaid MBB 200 GB||200 GB 2||30 days|
|5500 PKR||3 Months Prepaid MBB (60 GB/Month)||60 GB/month (180 GB)||90 days|
|12 000 PKR||6 Months Prepaid MBB (100 GB/Month)||100 GB/month (600 GB) 3||180 days|
|22 000 PKR||12 Months Prepaid MBB (100 GB/Month)||100 GB/month (1200 GB) 3||360 days|
1 75 GB anytime data, 75 GB for between 4:00 – 16:00
2 100 GB anytime data, 100 GB for between 4:00 – 16:00
3 75 GB anytime data, 25 GB for between 4:00 – 16:00
APN/Internet Settings – Zong
- Name: Internet
- APN: zonginternet
Note: Do not add or change anything else not mentioned above.
Ufone is the smallest operator in Pakistan. They are also, in most cases, the cheapest operator in the country.
Ufone uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
- 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
Coverage – Ufone
Ufone has decent coverage in Pakistan. However, they have the worst coverage of the big four operators.
When putting the four operators' coverage maps next to each other, you will see fewer LTE dots with Ufone than the other operators. For some reason, it took Ufone until 2019 to enable 4G/LTE (for comparison, Zong started deploying 4G/LTE in 2014).
Not only is network reception significantly weaker with Ufone than with the other Pakistani operators, but speeds are notably slower (the slowest in the country).
Ufone does have an official coverage map on its site. However, they decided to go with the dots on Google Maps route, which is, personally speaking, an awful way of showcasing your coverage. However, it is still better than having no official map at all (looking at you, Jazz & Telenor Pakistan).
However, the map becomes useful once you select a city or town from the list, like what I did with Karachi and Islamabad.
But since we are often interested in nationwide coverage, I have gotten the map produced by Speedtest listed below.
You can check if the area you are in is covered by 3G or 4G/LTE quickly with USSD codes. To check 3G availability, dial *3344#. To check if 4G/LTE is available, dial *4#.
SIM Card Price – Ufone
You can also book Golden and Platinum Numbers, which can be remembered easier, and pick them up at the nearest Ufone store. Golden Numbers have a surcharge of 50 PKR (or 0 PKR during). Platinum Numbers have a surcharge of 1500 PKR (or 499 PKR during promotions).
Ufone has four different starter SIM cards to choose from, which are:
- New SIM Offer (200 PKR)
- Classic Offer (250 PKR)
- Super Card Double Offer (570 PKR)
- Internet SIM (200 PKR)
Below is an overview of the perks each starter SIM card includes:
|Price||SIM Card||Data||WhatsApp Data||On-Net Minutes||Off-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Perks Validity|
|200 PKR||New SIM Offer||2000 MB||Unlimited (90 days)||500 minutes||25 minutes||500 SMS||5 days|
|200 PKR||Internet SIM||1000 MB||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|250 PKR||Classic Offer||N/A||Unlimited *||N/A||N/A||N/A||90 days|
|570 PKR||Super Card Double Offer||3400 MB||N/A||2000 minutes||300 minutes||8000 SMS||30 days|
* Dial *1000# to activate the offer
Top-Up & Recharge – Ufone
Ufone recharge cards, in denominations of 100 PKR, 250 PKR, 500 PKR, and 1000 PKR, are available in Ufone offices and stores. You can also get them from other retailers, such as mobile shops, electronic shops, grocery stores, and convenience stores. You can also recharge online (50 PKR – 10 000 PKR).
To activate you recharge card, dial *123*VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *123*123456#.
Dial *124# to check your balance.
You will most likely be charged 0.24 PKR for checking your balance through that shortcode, like with the other operators, but I cannot confirm this. Let me know.
Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Ufone
Ufone has six data-featured bundles to choose from, which are:
- Ufone Super Card Family (combo)
- All In One Offers (combo)
- Internet Offers (data only)
- iPhone Buckets (data only for iPhones)
- Content Bundles (data for social media)
- Internet SIM Bundles (data bundles for data-only SIM card)
Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.
Super Card Family – Ufone
Super Card Family Packages are combo plans with data, Facebook data, minutes, and SMS.
The following Ufone Super Card Family Packages are available:
|Price||Offer||Data||Facebook Data||On-Net Minutes (+PTCL)||Off-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Validity||Activation Code|
|53 PKR||Super Recharge Offer||100 MB||N/A||300 minutes||10 minutes||700 SMS||2 days||*300#|
|135 PKR||Super Internet||1.2 GB||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||7 days||*220#|
|330 PKR||Mini Super Card||600 MB||N/A||500 minutes||75 minutes||3500 SMS||15 days||*230#|
|599 PKR||Super Card Plus||2000 MB||“Unlimited”, 5 GB||“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes||180 minutes||4200 SMS||30 days||*250#|
|999 PKR||Super Card Gold||5 GB||“Unlimited”, 7 GB||“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes||300 minutes||“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS||30 days||*900#|
All In One Offers – Ufone
The All In One Offers are combo plans with data, Facebook Data, minutes, and SMS.
You can get one of the following All In One Offers:
|Price||Offer||Data||Facebook Data||On-Net Minutes (+PTCL)||Off-Net Minutes||Local SMS||Validity||Activation Code||Auto-Renews?||Unsubscribe Code|
|7.17 PKR||Power Hour||60 MB||N/A||60 minutes*||N/A||60 SMS||1 hour||*99#||No||N/A|
|18 PKR||Daily Pakistan Offer||10 MB||N/A||100 minutes||N/A||N/A||1 day||*888#||Yes||*8880#|
|100 PKR||Weekly Pakistan Offer||100 MB||N/A||700 minutes||N/A||N/A||7 days||*8888#||Yes||*8880#|
|120 PKR||Asli Chappar Phaar Offer||1000 MB||N/A||100 minutes (no PTCL)||N/A||100 SMS||7 days||*5050#||No||N/A|
|418 PKR||Monthly Pakistan Offer||400 MB||N/A||4000 minutes||N/A||N/A||30 days||*8888#||Yes||*8880#|
* On-net minutes can also be used to call Vfone (PTCL) numbers.
Internet Offers – Ufone
The Internet Offers are data bundles with regular data and data for Line & WhatsApp.
The following Internet Offers are available:
|Price||Bundle||Data||Line & WhatsApp Data||Validity||Activation Code|
|6 PKR||Special Daily||50 MB||500 MB||1 day (1:00 – 21:00)||*3461#|
|12 PKR||Daily Light||40 MB||500 MB||1 day||*2256#|
|15 PKR||Mega Internet||2 GB||N/A||1 night (1:00 – 8:00)||*550#|
|18 PKR||Daily Heavt||75 MB||500 MB||1 day||*2258#|
|30 PKR||3 Day Bucket||100 MB||500 MB||3 days||*3350#|
|135 PKR||Super Internet||1.2 GB||N/A||7 days||*220#|
|180 PKR||Weekly Internet Plus||6 GB *||N/A||7 days||*260#|
|390 PKR||Monthly Light||1 GB||2 GB||30 days||*7807#|
|499 PKR||Super Internet Plus||8 GB||5 GB (WhatsApp)||30 days||*290#|
|780 PKR||Monthly Heavy||3 GB||2 GB||30 days||*803#|
|1560 PKR||Monthly Max||10 GB||2 GB||30 days||*5100#|
* 3 GB anytime data, 3 GB for between 1:00 – 8:00
You are allowed to purchase multiple monthly bundles at the same time (the same ones or combining ones). This does not apply to the daily, 3-day, and weekly bundles.
iPhone Buckets – Ufone
The iPhone Buckets are data plans with reduced speeds (up to 3 Mbps) specifically for iPhone users.
You can get one of the following iPhone Buckets:
|1000 PKR||3 GB||3 Mbps||30 days|
|1800 PKR||5 GB||3 Mbps||30 days|
Honestly, I have no idea why these bundles exist because iPhone users can get any other bundle mentioned so far, which are all far cheaper than the iPhone Buckets and do not have to deal with speed reductions.
Content Bundles – Ufone
The Content Bundles are data bundles for select social media apps, such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Daily Motion, and TikTok.
The following Content Bundles are available for purchase:
|Price||Bundle||Social Data||App(s)||Local SMS||Validity||Activation Code|
|6 PKR||Social Daily||100 MB||N/A||1 day||*4422#|
|6 PKR||Daily Chat||500 MB||10 000 SMS||1 day||*3465#|
|10 PKR||Streaming Offer||500 MB||YouTube & DailyMotion||N/A||1 hour||*78#|
|50 PKR||Ufone TikTok Offer||1.5 GB||TikTok||N/A||7 days||*2345#|
|60 PKR||Social Monthly||1 GB||N/A||30 days||*5858#|
You can activate multiple Content Bundles simultaneously (the same ones or combining different ones).
Internet SIM Bundles – Ufone
The Internet SIM Bundles are data bundles exclusively for Ufone's Internet SIM (data-only SIM).
You can get one of the following Internet SIM Bundles:
|Price||Bundle||Data||Social Media Data||Validity|
|100 PKR||Super Internet||1.2 GB||N/A||7 day|
|250 PKR||Monthly Light||1 GB||2 GB||30 days|
|500 PKR||Monthly Heavy||3 GB||2 GB||30 days|
|1000 PKR||Monthly Max||10 GB||2 GB||30 days|
Roaming with Ufone
Ufone does not have any regular plans that include free international roaming (IR). However, they do have attractive roaming packages. Check out this guide for more information about roaming with Ufone.
APN/Internet Settings – Ufone
- Name: Ufone
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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Pakistan
Getting a Pakistani SIM card is the best way to stay connected in the country.
However, for some, getting local SIM cards is not an option. For example, if you have a SIM-locked device.
Luckily, there are other ways to get online when in Pakistan.
However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local operators.
International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.
However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.
International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.
Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Pakistan here.
Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card
International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming. However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.
There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.
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, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.
Using 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, and they are not available on every corner in Pakistan.
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 Pakistan
Getting a SIM card from either Jazz or Zong would do you well when considering a Pakistani SIM card.
Local Prepaid SIM Card in Other Asian Countries
Visiting other countries in Asia? Check out my SIM card buying guides for individual Asian countries:
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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