Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Qatar Guide

When visiting Qatar, you certainly want to get a Qatari SIM card to stay connected because there is a lot of cool things to see and capture in Qatar.

Qatar is mainly known for its airline, Qatar Airways, because they offer luxury products in both premium class and economy class. Besides their airline and Doha International Airport, there are plenty of things to do in Al Khor, Mesaieed, Al Wakrah, and, of course, Doha.

Getting a Qatari SIM card is relatively cheap and easy to do. There are only two operators, Vodafone Qatar and Ooredoo Qatar, with no Mobile Virtual Network Operators. This way, you do not have to deal with expensive roaming bills after you get back from your trip in Qatar.

In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about SIM cards in Qatar. Let's do this.

Telecom Operators, Networks, and Frequencies in Qatar

Qatar has two mobile telecom operators:

  • Ooredoo Qatar
  • Vodafone Qatar

Both operators have 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE, and 5G/NR networks.

The following frequencies are used by the Qatari operators:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G/NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
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The Best Prepaid SIM Card in Qatar

If you want to buy a SIM card in Qatar, then Ooredoo Qatar is the best option, simply because they have the best coverage in Qatar and fastest speeds. Consider Vodafone if you want to use 5G/NR because Vodafone allows prepaid customers to use its 5G/NR network.

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SIM Card Registration Regulations in Qatar

Just like most countries in the Middle East, you need to register your passport details when buying a SIM card in Qatar. Tourists and travelers can have a maximum of 2 SIM cards on their names and passport number.

The State of the Telecom Market in Qatar

Qatar is next to the Persian Gulf, which means that the country has access to submarine cables. Qatar is linked to six international submarine cables. In general, countries with direct access to submarine cables have faster internet than landlocked countries or countries without direct access to submarine cables.

According to Open Signal, both Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar have good coverage throughout Qatar. However, Ooredoo Qatar has superior coverage.

Open Signal Qatar 4G Coverage Chart

The Speedtest Global Index showed that Qatar had an average mobile download speed of 84 Mbps in June 2020, placing Qatar on position 4 of the index. This makes Qatar faster than neighboring countries Saudi Arabia (10th), Bahrain (42th), and Iran (66th). However, the mobile download speeds are faster in the United Arab Emirates, which is placed on spot 2 on the index.

When looking at the average download speeds of both Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar, a study done by Open Signal in April 2020 showed that the average download speed with Ooredoo Qatar was 37 Mbps, while Vodafone Qatar offered download speeds of 28.5 Mbps. These results are much lower than the results of Speedtest, but Open Signal had a smaller sample size than Speedtest.

Opensignal Qatar Speed Chart

Overall, Open Signals believes that Ooredoo is the best operator in Qatar, which many locals can agree with too.

Open Signal Qatar Table

Mobile data rates are average in Qatar compared to the average of all Middle Eastern countries. Cable.co.uk found that the average cost for 1 GB of data is 4.12 USD in Qatar compared to the Middle Eastern average of 4.77 USD/GB. When looking at the Qatari mobile internet prices from a global perspective, it is slightly below the world average of 4.24 USD/GB.

Do note that internet censorship is prevalent in Qatar. The government censors various things, such as LGBTQ-content, pornography, political criticism, and escort services. The WIFi in some hotels is not subject to this censorship, but your traffic will still be monitored at all times. That is why I would recommend using a VPN to browse the web in peace. I use both NordVPN and Surfshark.

NordVPN has the most server of any VPN service out there, which I love. Surfshark is insanely cheap for the price they charge. Depending on where I am, I will either use NordVPN or Surfshark. Neither services have servers in Qatar, which makes sense, but connecting to nearby countries will still result in fast browsing speeds.

You can get amazing discounts for both NordVPN and Surfshark when using these links. Stay safe and secure when in Qatar!

Currency in Qatar

Qatar uses the Qatari Rial with the symbol QAR (which will be used throughout this article). Prices in Qatar are listed in QR or QAR. For reference, below are some exchange rates between QAR and USD (US Dollars โ€“ Rounded):

  • 1 QAR = 0.25 USD
  • 10 QAR = 2.75 USD
  • 100 QAR = 27.45 USD
  • 1000 QAR = 274.65 USD

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

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Video Guide for Buying a SIM Card in Qatar

Are you a visual learner? You can watch this Qatar SIM Card Buying Guide! It is recommended to read the remainder of the review after watching this video (I refer to this article a few times throughout the video). Otherwise, you will be missing key elements related to Qatari SIM cards. Also, be sure to subscribe to the channel after watching the video!

Qatari Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar and go through:

  • Background information about the operators
  • How to get a SIM card from each operator
  • How to recharge your SIM card
  • What type of data-featured packages are offered by the operators

If you prefer to watch a video of what the Omani operators have to offer, be sure to check the video below AND also subscribe to my channel for more local prepaid SIM card guides, SIM card reviews (prepaid and international), mobile hotspots, and international roaming guides!

With that being said, letโ€™s see what Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar have to offer to us.

Ooredoo Qatar

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Ooredoo Qatar, just Ooredoo, is the market leader with more than 65% of the market share. Ooredoo also has the best coverage and speeds throughout Qatar, making them the best option for those not staying in cities and towns.

How to get an Ooredoo Qatar SIM Card

You can buy an Ooredoo SIM card, called Hala, for 35 QAR in Ooredoo stores and at the Ooredoo kiosk at Doha International Airport. The Hala SIM card is also sold as an eSIM. It is also possible to order the Hala SIM card online for free, which will be delivered to your place of stay in Qatar within 3 business days.

You can also get an Ooredoo Visitor SIM for 35 QAR (or 9.67 USD if paying in USD), which comes with 250 MB, 25 local minutes, and 25 international minutes to 121 destinations for 7 days. The Ooredoo Visitor SIM card can be ordered online and be picked up at the QDF Shop in the baggage collection area, 24/7 Shop in the arrivals, and the Ooredoo Kiosk in the the arrivals area (Doha International Airport).

The 121 destinations you call to with the Ooredoo Visitor SIM, or any other plan that comes with international minutes or credits, are:

  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau (Macao)
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States (USA)
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

An Ooredoo Hala SIM card has an initial validity of 120 days. If you do not recharge for 120 days, the SIM card will be deactivated. Recharges extend the validity of your SIM card for 30 days all the way up to 365 days.

How to Top Up an Ooredoo Qatar SIM Card

You can recharge your Hala SIM Card with recharge cards, with self-services machines, and the Ooredoo App. Do note that topping up with the Ooredoo App is, for now, only possible with a Qatari bank account.

Ooredoo recharge cards, called Hala Recharge, are widely available throughout Qatar. You can go to an Ooredoo store or any store that has the Ooredoo logo on their storefront.

The following Hala Recharge cards are available:

Recharge CreditValidity
10 QAR30 Days
20 QAR60 Days
30 QAR180 Daysโ€‹
50 QAR180 Days
100 QAR180 Days
200 QAR360 Days
500 QAR365 Days

You can redeem your Hala Recharge card online or on the Ooredoo App.

You can check your Ooredoo balance by dialing *129#.

Ooredoo Qatar Mobile Internet

Ooredoo offers two combo packs and one data-only plan, which are:

  • All in one Packs (credit-system combo plans)
  • Local Packs (combo plans)
  • Data Packs (data-only plans)

Let's go through each of them.

Ooredoo All in one Packs (Flexi)

The All in one Packs is a flexible credit system with Flexi Points that can be used for data, minutes, and SMS. 1 Flexi Point is about 7 MB (1 MB = 0.14 Flexi Points and 1 GB โ€“ 143 Flexi Points), 1 minute, or 1 SMS.

For example, 100 Flexi Points could be used for 700 MB, 100 minutes, or 100 SMS when going for the maximum of each action. The points could also be mixed in various ways, such as 350 MB (50 Flexi Points), 40 minutes (40 Flexi Points), and 10 SMS (10 Flexi Points).

You can also use your Flexi Points for international points. Depending on the country you are calling to, an international call will cost you between 1 Flexi Point to 65 Flexi Points.

In addition to the Flexi Points you get with each pack, you also get a data allowance. The All in one Packs are sold as one-time off packs (One Time Flexi Card) and recurrent packs (Recurrent Digital Flexi Packs).

The following All in one Packs are available:

PriceDataData ValidityFlexi PointsFlexi Points ValidityPack Type
5 QAR100 MBUntil midnight30 Flexi PointsUntil midnightOne-Time
5 QAR100 MBUntil midnight30 Flexi PointsUntil midnightRecurring
10 QAR250 MB3 days70 Flexi Points3 daysOne-Time
10 QAR250 MB3 days70 Flexi PointsUntil next day midnightRecurring
20 QAR550 MB7 days150 Flexi Points6 days One-Time
20 QAR550 MB7 days150 Flexi Points7 daysRecurring
60 QAR2 GB7 days500 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
60 QAR2 GB7 days500 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring
100 QAR2.2 GB7 days1000 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
100 QAR2.2 GB7 days1000 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring
150 QAR2.2 GB7 days2100 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
150 QAR2.2 GB7 days2100 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring
200 QAR2.2 GB7 days3100 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
200 QAR2.2 GB7 days3100 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring

You can activate a One Time Flexi Card by dialing *127*PIN#, by sending the PIN to 127, or online. For example, if your PIN is 123456, you would dial *127*123456# or text 123456 to 127.

To activate a Recurrent Digital Flexi Pack, dial *121# or log into Selfcare. To deactivate a Recurrent Digital Flexi Pack, text STOP F to 121.

A recurrent pack will auto-renew as per the validity. If you do not have enough credit, Ooredoo will put the plan on hold for 30 days. If you recharge your Ooredoo SIM card within those 30 days, your plan will be re-activated. Text Stop Hold to 121 to deactivate the hold status.

Dial *129*3# to check your Flexi Point balance.

Ooredoo Local Packs (Hala Smart)

The Local Packs, also known as Hala Smart, are weekly combo plans that come with data and minutes (referred to as units) that auto-renew. The following Hala Smart packs are available, which can be activated texting the activation code to 121:

PriceDataMinutes (Units)ValidityActivation
10 QAR100 MB100 units7 daysWP10
15 QAR175 MB175 units7 daysWP15
60 QAR250 MBUnlimited units 7 daysWP60

SMS are not included in the Local Packs. You will be charged 0.30 QAR/SMS.

A Hala Smart Pack will auto-renew after 7 days. If you do not have enough credit, Ooredoo will put the plan on hold for 30 days. If you recharge your Ooredoo SIM card within those 30 days, your plan will be re-activated. Text Stop Hold to 121 to deactivate the hold status.

Text Balance WP to 121 to check your Hala Smart Pack balance.

Ooredoo Data Packs

The data packs are standard data-only packs. They are sold as one-time off packs (One time Data Recharge) and recurrent packs (Recurrent Data Packs). The following data packs are available:

PriceDataValidityBonus DataBonus Data ValidityPack Type
5 QAR300 MBUntil midnightN/AN/AOne-Time
10 QAR750 MB3 daysN/AN/AOne-Time
20 QAR1 GB1 dayN/AN/ARecurring
20 QAR1 GB7 days N/AN/ARecurring
20 QAR1.6 GB7 days N/AN/AOne-Time
30 QAR1 GB14 days 1 GB7 days One-Time
60 QAR2.5 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
80 QAR4 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
100 QAR7 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
125 QARโ€œUnlimitedโ€* 7 days N/AN/ARecurring
150 QAR14 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
200 QAR20 GB42 days2 GB7 days One-Time
* Fair-use limit of 125 GB/week

You can activate a One time Data Recharge by sending the PIN to 127 or online. For example, if your PIN is 123456, you would text 123456 to 127.

To activate a Recurrent Data Pack, dial *121# or use the Ooredoo App. To deactivate a Recurrent Data Pack, text STOP DP to 121.

A recurrent pack will auto-renew as per the validity. If you do not have enough credit, Ooredoo will put the plan on hold for 30 days. If you recharge your Ooredoo SIM card within those 30 days, your plan will be re-activated. Text Stop Hold to 121 to deactivate the hold status.

Dial *129# to check your data balance.

Ooredoo Qatar APN Settings

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

  • Name: Ooredoo Qa
  • APN: data
  • MCC: 427
  • MNC: 01

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Vodafone Qatar

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Vodafone Qatar, just Vodafone, is the second player in Qatar. Their coverage is not on par as the one of Ooredoo, but they still have good coverage throughout the country. Vodafone is, on average, the cheaper option in Qatar.

How to get an Ooredoo Qatar SIM Card

You can get a Vodafone SIM card starting from 30 QAR in Vodafone stores throughout Qatar. It is also possible to order a Vodafone SIM card online. The starter packs are sold for 30 QAR, 50 QAR, 100 QAR, 150 QAR, 200 QAR, or 300 QAR, which come with the same amount in credit.

An eSIM variant is also available and offered for free as a promotion for an undisclosed timeframe.

A Vodafone SIM card has an initial validity of 120 days. If you do not recharge for 120 days, the SIM card will be deactivated. Recharges extend the validity of your SIM card for 60 days all the way up to 365 days, depending on the recharge amount.

How to Top Up a Vodafone Qatar SIM Card

You can recharge your Vodafone SIM card with a top-up card that is sold in Vodafone stores or any store that has the Vodafone logo on their storefront.

To top-up, dial *777*PIN# for Vodafone Flex or 127*PIN# for a normal recharge without Flex Recharge benefits (to buy a Flex Plan, for example). If your PIN is 123456, you would dial *777*123456# or *127*123456#.

Vodafone uses a Flex system where you use credits (Flex) for data, minutes, and SMS instead of getting a set allowance. 1 GB = 147 Flex, 1 minute = 1 Flex, and 1 SMS = 1 Flex.

For example, 1000 Flex could be used for 6.8 GB, 1000 minutes, or 1000 SMS when going for the maximum of each action. The points could also be mixed in various ways, such as 5 GB (735 Flex), 200 minutes (200 Flex), and 65 SMS (65 Flex).

The following Flex recharges are available:

Recharge CreditFlexValidity
5 QAR30 Flex30 days
10 QAR70 Flex30 days
20 QAR150 Flex7 days
55 QAR475 Flex30 days
100 QAR1000 Flex30 days
150 QAR2050 Flex30 days
200 QAR3100 Flex30 days
300 QAR3750 Flex30 days
500 QAR6250 Flex30 days

Dial *130# to check your Flex balance.

Vodafone Qatar Mobile Internet

Vodafone offers data through Flex recharges and Flex plans. The difference between Flex recharge and Flex plans is that Flex recharges have, in most cases, a validity of 30 days, whereas the validity of Flex plans range from 1 day to 30 days. Moreover, Flex Recharge Internet recharges come with data in addition to Flex.

Let's go through the Flex Recharge Internet and Flex Plan offers.

Vodafone Flex Recharge Internet

The Flex Recharge Internet recharges are recharges that only come with data and Flex. The following 4 Flex Recharge Internet packs are available, which can be activated by dialing *777*PIN#:

PriceDataFlexValidity
60 QAR2.5 GB500 Flex30 days
80 QAR4 GB700 Flex30 days
100 QAR7 GB1000 Flex30 days
200 QAR20 GB3100 Flex30 days

Dial *130# to check your Flex balance.

Vodafone Flex Plans

Vodafone Flex Plans are plans that come with Flex. The following Flex plans are available:

PriceFlexValidityActivation
5 QAR30 FlexUntil midnight*200*3005#
10 QAR70 FlexUntil next day midnight*200*1110#
20 QAR150 Flex7 days *200*771#
50 QAR450 Flex30 days*200*45#
100 QAR1000 Flex30 days *200*1000#

Dial *130# to check your Flex balance.

Vodafone Qatar APN Settings

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

  • Name: Vodafone Qatar
  • APN: web.vodafone.com.qa

Other Ways to Get Online When Traveling in Qatar

Getting a Qatari SIM card is, in most cases, the most affordable way to stay connected when traveling in Qatar. However, there are other ways to get on the internet in Qatar, such as to:

  • Get an international SIM card
  • Use a mobile hotspot
  • Roam with your provider
  • Use WIFI connections

International SIM Cards & Travel SIM Cards for Qatar

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

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

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

Surfroam

Surfroam is an international SIM card that can be used in over 200 destinations around the world. I bring my Surfroam SIM card with me whenever I travel because I cannot always rely on airport WIFI, or it may not be able to buy a local prepaid SIM card within a timely manner (for example, the SIM cards at the airport are overpriced and I need to travel for a while to reach my final destination).

Surfroam data rates start from as little as โ‚ฌ0.01/MB (or โ‚ฌ10.24/GB) in over 200 destinations. However, you will pay โ‚ฌ0.05/MB (or 51.20/GB) in Qatar, which is expensive. Even then, there are many destinations where you will pay only โ‚ฌ0.01/MB, which is sometimes cheaper than the rates local operators charge you!

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SimOptions

SimOptions sells short-term travel SIM cards that cover multiple countries in a region for reasonable prices for the allowances you get.

I have tried multiple SIM cards from SimOptions for multiple destinations, and they have always worked well. They are of good value too.

For Qatar, you can get the AIS SIM2FLY SIM for as little as $19.90. It comes with 6 GB of data that can be used for 10 days. Besides Qatar, the SIM card can also be used in 23 other countries in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, or Taiwan.

The AIS SIM2FLY SIM card is an excellent and affordable if Doha is a stopover destination before going to another country in Asia, the Middle East, or Oceania, or just for your stay in Qatar!

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

SimCorner

SimCorner sells short-term travel SIM cards and also local SIM cards of the destination you are going to, which are not short-term.

For Qatar, they have two SIM cards, simply called SimCorner Qatar Travel SIM Card. The first variant costs 25 AUD (17 USD) and comes with 6 GB for 10 days. If you need to have your data last for 15 days instead, you will pay 45 AUD (31 USD). The best feature of the SimCorner Qatar SIM card is that it used both the Ooredoo and Vodafone networks. The SIM card will switch to the best network automatically.

Use coupon code AFL-DWRW to get a discount for your next SimCorner order!

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Mobile Hotspots to Rent for Qatar

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

There are many mobile hotspots that you can buy or rent. I recommend mobile hotspots for those traveling in large groups. There are two mobile hotspot companies I would recommend for Qatar: Travelwifi & Skyroam.

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

For Qatar, you can get 1 GB/day for โ‚ฌ7.95/day, 2 GB for โ‚ฌ10.95/day, and 3 GB/day for โ‚ฌ11.95/day. Those are some low prices!

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Cellular access with Skyroam starts at $8.99 a day in Qatar. You can get a discount if you rent a router through Skyroam by using coupon code PHONETRAVELWIZ. Besides Qatar, Skyroam covers more than 130 destinations around the world, and they also sell global plans so that you can use the hotspot in multiple countries without buying separate plans.

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Roaming with Your Provider in Qatar

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

Below are a few roaming prices from various operators around the world. Only operators with reasonable prices will be listed below:

Australia

  • Telstra: The International Day Pass will cost you 10 AUD per day, which comes with a 500 MB daily allowance.

Singapore

  • Singtel: ReadyRoam 81 Destinations covers Qatar. You can get 3 GB for 40 SGD, which is valid for 30 days.
  • StarHub: With DataTravel Global, you can roam in Qatar. You can get 2 GB for 40 SGD or 3 GB for 50 SGD. Both plans are valid for 30 days.
  • M1: The 50 SGD Asia Data Passport covers Qatar. You can use up to 30 GB for a month. Do note that there is a 5 SGD activation charge.

United Kingdom

  • Vodafone UK: You can use your data allowance for 6 GBP per day. For example, if you have a 20 GB data plan, you could use your 20 GB in Qatar for an additional 6 GBP/day.

United States

  • T-Mobile: Those with a Magenta plan can roam for free in Qatar with Simple Global with no data restrictions. However, speeds will be extremely slow at 128 Kbps. All other plans will be charged 15 USD/GB

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

Free WIFI Hotspots in Qatar

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

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

That is why 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 both NordVPN and Surfshark, and you can get up to 70% off when you get a NordVPN subscription. Surfshark has many cool deals, which you should check out too!

The Preferred Way to Stay Online When Traveling in Qatar

Getting a SIM card from Ooredoo (best coverage and fastests speeds) would do you well when considering a Qatari SIM card.

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Ernest Adu

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

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