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Qatar: 2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

Qatar – known for its airline, airport & highrise buildings.

To many travelers, Qatar is only known because of (Doha) Hamad International Airport, which is Qatar Airways' hub.

But the country plans on attracting more tourists who do not use the airport solely for transit but also stay a few nights (as a stopover, for example) by placing itself on the world map by hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

But should you actually visit Qatar? Yes, you should.

The Katara Cultural Village is just majestic, especially when the sun sets.

If you are into museums, visit the Museum or Islamic Art of the National Museum of Qatar.

Shopping in Villaggio Mall can be fun if you have money to burn.

And if you have the opportunity, visit Al Aaliya Island.

So even if you are just visiting Qatar because of the World Cup, there is no reason to be bored on the days your country is not playing 😏.

What I do not recommend doing is using your home SIM card in Qatar, also known as international roaming.

International roaming can be expensive, which is why I recommend local SIM cards, eSIMs, or travel eSIMs, which also applies to the country's mobile data rates.

Luckily for you, SIM cards are not too expensive in Qatar, and this also applies to mobile data rates in the country.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Qatar?

You can get a Qatari SIM card for “free” from Ooredoo or 10 QAR (2.75 USD) from Vodafone in their stores. You need to top up at least 10 QAR with Ooredoo. It also has tourist SIM cards for 35 QAR (9.60 USD) and 150 QAR (41.20 USD). SIM cards are also sold at (Doha) Hamad International Airport (DOH).

These numbers are not bad at all! Especially if you know that costs were waaay higher a few years ago (they are borderline criminal).

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

Buying a SIM Card in Qatar Guide (logos of Ooredoo & Vodafone)

Original publication: 25th of December 2019. Last updated: 21st of November 2022.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Qatar?

Anyone 18 years old or older living in or visiting Qatar can buy a Qatari SIM card from the mobile network operators (Ooredoo and Vodafone) with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Qatar).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Qatar?

You can get a Qatar SIM card in Ooredoo and Vodafone stores. SIM cards are also sold at (Doha) Hamad International Airport (DOH).

You can expect to pay the following for Qatari SIM cards:

  • Ooredoo Qatar: “free”, but a plan purchase or minimum top-up of 10 QAR required
  • Vodafone Qatar: 10 QAR

The following Qatari mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Ooredoo Qatar: 35 QAR (Fan SIM – formerly Visitor SIM) & 150 QAR (Super Fan SIM)
  • Vodafone Qatar: 35 QAR (it has no real tourist SIM card (anymore) – this is the price for SIM cards at the airport)

For up-to-date QAR:your currency (let's say INR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Can You Use Your Phone in Qatar?

Qatar uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Qatar. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Qatar, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Qatar.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Qatar or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Qatar (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Qatar

Qatar has two mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Ooredoo Qatar (قطر)
  • Vodafone Qatar (قطر)

The following frequencies are used in Qatar:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Qatar, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

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.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Qatar

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is available in Qatar, and it is offered by all mobile operators (Ooredoo and Vodafone). However, VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) is not available.

This means that your phone does not have to downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Qatar (unlike mobile operators that do not support VoLTE).

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Qatar

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Qatar since May 2018. It is available on the Ooredoo and Vodafone networks. 5G NR is also offered to prepaid customers.

Best SIM Card in Qatar

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Qatar, I recommend going with Ooredoo. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Vodafone is not bad at all. It is just that Ooredoo is (significantly) better.

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Best eSIM in Qatar

Ooredoo and Vodafone offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Ooredoo launched eSIMs back in November 2018, but it has quietly phased out at an unknown date.

With Apple slowly phasing out SIM cards for eSIMs (already a thing for the iPhone 14 series sold in the United States), I hope Ooredoo introduced eSIMs again shortly.

A week before the World Cup starterd, Ooredoo reintroduced eSIMs!

Note that the Qatari mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Qatar without personal detail capturing, you can get the Qatar (Pearl Mobile) eSIM from Airalo.

Qatar Pearl Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these five options:

  1. Qatar/Pearl Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 daysmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Qatar/Pearl Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days
  3. Qatar/Pearl Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days
  4. Qatar/Pearl Mobile 5 GB eSIM for 30 daysvery popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Qatar/Pearl Mobile 10 GB eSIM for 30 days

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Qatar Pearl Mobile eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Qatar eSIMs Compared guide.

You can also get Qatar eSIMs from Nomad.

Qatar eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Qatar eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Qatar eSIMs Compared guide.

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Finally, you can get Qatar eSIMs from Holafly:

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No unlimited data for Qatar (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Qatar eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Qatar eSIMs Compared guide.

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With these eSIMs, you can skip Qatar's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Qatar!

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TIP: check out my Best Qatar eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Qatar, including ones not mentioned above.

Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Qatar and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

Sometimes, it can be more convenient and cheaper to get the Menalink eSIM than the local Airalo eSIM because Menalink offers more data (instead of you having to purchase multiple 1 GB/7 days top-ups to stay connected).

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Qatar and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Qatar eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Qatar.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Qatar

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Qatar, I recommend going with SimCorner's Qatar Travel SIM cards. Consider SimCorner's Asia SIM cards to be used in Qatar and 20+ countries, including neighboring Bahrain, Kuwait & Oman.

You have the following two Qatar Travel SIM cards:

You have these two Asia SIM cards:

Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 8 days) SimCorner
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Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

The SimCorner Asia SIM cards and eSIMs can be used in Qatar and the following other countries:

  • Azerbaijan 2
  • Bahrain 1
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Georgia
  • Guam 1
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan 1
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait 1
  • Kyrgyzstan 2
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia 1
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Oman 1
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar 1
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand 2, 3
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

1 for the 8 day version only
2 for the 15 days version only
3 only 500 MB in Thailand – better get the SimCorner Thailand Travel SIM Cards instead

You can also get the SimCorner International Travel SIM card (new: also available as an eSIM) with 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Qatar and 100+ countries, including most of the ones mentioned above (Asia) and in the Americas, Europe & Oceania:

SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
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International Travel eSIM SimCorner
© SimCorner
  • Åland Islands
  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo, the Republic of (Brazzaville)
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

Instead of spending between 0.34 USD to 384 USD for SIM cards in each country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card (or eSIM) covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Qatar

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Qatar. It will be done at the point of sale.

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Internet Censorship in Qatar

There is internet censorship in Qatar. The government censors various things, such as LGBTQ content, pornography, political criticism & escort services.

However, unlike other countries in the region, internet censorship is not as strong in Qatar… but it is still present.

That is why I recommend using a VPN to browse the web in peace.

I use both NordVPN and Surfshark (not at the same time – do not do that… you will not have a pleasant browsing experience 🗿).

NordVPN has the most servers of any VPN service out there, which I love.

Surfshark is insanely cheap for the price it charges while offering stellar service.

Depending on where I am, I will either use NordVPN or Surfshark.

Neither VPNs services have servers in Qatar (obviously), but connecting to nearby countries (like the United Arab Emirates for both NordVPN or Surfshark) will still result in fast browsing speeds.

With these links, you can get amazing discounts for NordVPN and Surfshark (they change frequently, but you can always get up to 81% off).

Stay safe, secure & private in Qatar!

(oh, by the way – VPNs are not illegal in Qatar, but the authorities may not like it. But what are they going to do? You will be private anyway 😉 just do not do anything silly like insulting government officials).

Qatar Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Qatar

Qatar is probably not the cheapest travel destination in the Middle East.

And the same can be said about mobile data rate sin the country.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Qatar is 25 QAR (6.87 USD), way above the Middle Eastern average of 3.65 USD. The world average is 3.12 USD.

In fact, Qatar is the third-most expensive country for mobile data in the Middle East (or the most expensive if we ignore countries that are active warzones like Yemen (16.58 USD) and Syria (8.57 USD)).

One of the (many) reasons why mobile data rates are high in Qatar is because there is an established duopoly – Ooredoo and Vodafone have no incentive to drop prices because they do not have to.

While the prices for data-featured plans are high, will you also get fast speeds in Qatar?

Incredibly fast speeds – blazing-fast, you can say.

Qatar's median mobile download speed is around 114 Mbps – 3.5x more than the global median.

For reference, the global median is around 31 Mbps at the moment.

Currently, only Norway and the United Arab Emirates have faster median mobile download speeds than Qatar, 122.77 Mbps and 118.42 Mbps, respectively.

Yes… only two countries have faster speeds than Qatar, meaning Qatar has the third-fastest median download speeds worldwide – incredible!

Qatar's mobile download speeds have increased by 26.2% year on year.

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Qatar.

That would be Ooredoo, with a median download speed of 133.15 Mbps. Followed by Vodafone (92.05 Mbps).

Fast mobile download speeds can be found in Umm Salal Muhammed and Al Khor, with median download speeds of more than 160 Mbps.

In Al Wakrah, Ar-Rayyan & Doha, median download speeds of more than 110 Mbps can be experienced.

Okay, those numbers were related to 4G/LTE. Who is winning the 5G NR race (for now)?

The mobile operator with the best 5G NR speeds is Ooredoo, with a median download speed of 443.37 Mbps. It is followed by Vodafone (425.88 Mbps).

So yes, Ooredoo is faster than Vodafone, but not significantly.

Anyway, so what about coverage? Which mobile operator has the best coverage?

Honestly, the four mobile operators have extensive coverage, but Vodafone has the upper hand for now.

So which mobile operator is winning the 5G NR race in terms of coverage?

Currently, in the places where 5G NR should be available, Ooredoo is winning the race (22.1%), ahead of Vodafone (14.2%).

So what about overall network performance by the Qatari mobile operators?

Ooredoo is the winner of the Qatar Mobile Experience Awards of April 2022.

But Vodafone was a joint winner in many categories too.

Basically, you cannot go wrong with Ooredoo.

With low SIM card prices, practically perfect nationwide coverage, literally blazing-fast mobile download speeds, and high mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Qatar.

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Currency in Qatar

200 Qatari Riyal Bank Note
© Qatar Central Bank (QCB)/مصرف قطر المركزي

Qatar uses the Qatari Riyal with the symbol QAR (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed in QR or ر.ق. For example, 25 QAR = 25 QR/ر.ق .

For reference, below are some exchange rates between QAR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 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:your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.

Their fees are MUCH lower than banks and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Australian Dollars and Euros, my main currencies, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards.

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Qatari Prepaid SIM Cards

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

  • 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 Qatar has to offer to us.


Ooredoo Qatar (قطر)

Ooredoo Logo
© Ooredoo

Ooredoo Qatar (قطر), just Ooredoo, is the largest mobile operator in Qatar.

It is also the mobile operator with the best network performance.

Ooredoo, as a mobile operator, is also active in Algeria, Indonesia (as Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison), Iraq (as Asiacell), Kuwait, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Palestine & Tunisia.

Ooredoo uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Ooredoo:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Ooredoo SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo has the best coverage in Qatar.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Ooredoo's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Ooredoo Qatar

You can get an Ooredoo SIM card, called Hala, for free, although a plan purchase or minimum top-up of 10 QAR, in Ooredoo stores. Ooredoo SIM cards are also sold at (Doha) Hamad International Airport.

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Ooredoo Fan SIM card – Ooredoo's tourist offering.

Ooredoo Qatar Fan SIM Tourist SIM Card
© Ooredoo Qatar

This SIM card used to be known as the Ooredoo Visitor SIM, but it has been rebranded and improved for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Ooredoo Qatar Visitor SIM
© Ooredoo Qatar

The following two Ooredoo Fan SIM cards:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 2Validity
35 QARFan SIMN/A2 GB25 minutes15 minutes7 days 3
150 QARSuper Fan SIM30 QAR20 GB 1400 minutes75 minutes30 days

1 +unlimited data @ 128 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)
2 to Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), the 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, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saba, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen & Zambia
3 SIM card is valid for 30 days

Ooredoo Qatar Fan SIM Cards

Insiders have informed me that unless you have a residence permit for Qatar, like migrant workers or students do, expect Ooredoo to only sell you Fan SIM tourist SIM cards instead of regular ones (the ones that are “free”).

Luckily, you can purchase regular Ooredoo plans when your initial plan expires, which extends the validity of your SIM card (to 150 days).

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Ooredoo has no eSIMs (anymore).

Ooredoo launched eSIMs back in November 2018, but it has quietly phased out at an unknown date.

Just before the World Cup starterd, Ooredoo reintroduced eSIMs (which are also available to prepaid customers)!

Note that the Qatari mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and for physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Qatar (Pearl Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 2 GB/15 days , 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 days.

Qatar Pearl Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Or get the Qatar eSIMs from Nomad.

Qatar eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

Or get the Qatar eSIMs from Holafly (6 GB/15 days).

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No unlimited data for Qatar (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Qatar and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

TIP: check out my Best Qatar eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Qatar (including ones not mentioned above).

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Dial *100# to access the Ooredoo menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo top-up vouchers are sold in Ooredoo stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronic shops throughout Qatar.

The following (online) Ooredoo top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
10 QAR60 days
20 QAR90 days
30 QAR180 days
50 QAR180 days
60 QAR180 days
100 QAR180 days
200 QAR360 days
500 QAR365 days
Ooredoo Qatar Top-Ups

To top up your Ooredoo SIM card, dial *127*VoucherCode# or dial *100# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *127*123456#.

Ooredoo Qatar Hala Top Up Cards
© Ooredoo Qatar

Dial *100# or *129# to check your Ooredoo balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Ooredoo Qatar app (Android/iOS).

Ooredoo Qatar App
© Ooredoo Qatar

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo has seven data-featured plans:

Ooredoo plans can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app.

I will list all the prices in QAR.

To convert QAR to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Hala Smart Plans – Ooredoo Qatar

The Hala Smart plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Hala Smart can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
5 QARN/A30 minutes5 days
15 QAR100 MB150 minutes10 days
All In One Packs – Ooredoo Qatar

The All In One Packs are combo bundles with a unit system (Flex Points) and data (without 5G NR access).

Below is an overview of how many Flex Points are used per action:

  • 1 local/international minute = 1 Flexi Point
  • 1 local/international SMS = 1 Flexi Point
  • 7 MB = 1 Flexi Point

All In One Packs can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app:

PriceUnits (Flexi Points)DataValidity
5 QAR30 points100 MBUntil midnight
10 QAR70 points250 MB3 days
20 QAR150 points550 MB (7 days)6 days
30 QAR225 points0.75 GB (7 days)14 days
60 QAR500 points2 GB (7 days)30 days
100 QAR1000 points2.2 GB (7 days)30 days
150 QAR2100 points2.2 GB (7 days)30 days
200 QAR3100 points2.2 GB (7 days)30 days
Hala Super Recharges – Ooredoo Qatar

The Hala Super Recharges are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

Hala Super Recharges can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
30 QAR1.5 GB60 minutes30 days
60 QAR4 GB120 minutes30 days
100 QAR8 GB180 minutes30 days
200 QAR16 GB500 minutes30 days
500 QAR“Unlimited”, 150 GB 120 000 minutes30 days

1 +unlimited data @ 1 Mbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (annoyingly slow!)

Hala 5G Recharges – Ooredoo Qatar

The Hala Super Recharges are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

Hala Super Recharges can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app:

PriceCreditDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 1Validity
60 QAR10 QAR (180 days)2.5 GB100 minutes25 minutes14 days
100 QAR20 QAR (180 days)4 GB100 minutes50 minutes30 days
150 QAR30 QAR (180 days)7 GB150 minutes75 minutes30 days
200 QAR40 QAR (365 days)10 GB200 minutes100 minutes30 days
250 QAR50 QAR (365 days)16 GB250 minutes125 minutes30 days

1 to Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), the 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, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saba, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen & Zambia

Data Packs – Ooredoo Qatar

The Data Packs are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Data Packs can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app:

PriceDataValidity
5 QAR300 MBUntil midnight
10 QAR750 MB3 days
20 QAR1.6 GB7 days
30 QAR1 GB 114 days
60 QAR2.5 GB 228 days
80 QAR4 GB 228 days
100 QAR7 GB 228 days
150 QAR14 GB 228 days
200 QAR20 GB 242 days

1 +1 GB bonus data for 7 days
2 +2 GB bonus data for 7 days

Data Recharges – Ooredoo Qatar

The Data Recharges are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Data Recharges can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app:

PriceDataValidity
5 QAR300 MBUntil midnight
10 QAR750 MB3 days
20 QAR1600 MB7 days
30 QAR2 GB14 days
60 QAR4.5 GB28 days
80 QAR6 GB28 days
100 QAR9 GB28 days
150 QAR16 GB28 days
200 QAR22 GB28 days
Endless Data Recharges – Ooredoo Qatar

The Endless Data Recharges are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Endless Data Recharges can be activated on the Ooredoo Qatar app:

PriceDataValidity
25 QAR“Unlimited”, 30 GB2 days
250 QAR“Unlimited”, 300 GB30 days

APN/Internet Settings – Ooredoo Qatar

  • Name: Ooredoo
  • APN: data

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone Qatar (قطر)

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone Qatar (قطر), just Vodafone, is the other mobile operator in Qatar.

It entered the Qatari telecom market back in 2009 and has challenged Ooredoo Qatar, which was then still known as Qtel, ever since.

While Vodafone never overtook Ooredoo Qatar, it still has a market share of between 30% and 40%.

The Vodafone Group does not own Vodafone Qatar anymore.

It sold its Vodafone Qatar majority stake to Qatar Foundation in 2018.

Still, the Vodafone brand will stick for the time being.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout Qatar.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Qatar

You can get a Vodafone SIM card for 10 QAR in Vodafone stores. Vodafone SIM cards are also sold at (Doha) Hamad International Airport (DOH – for 35 QAR instead).

Vodafone Qatar SIM Card
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It is possible to get a Vodafone eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Note that the Qatari mobile operators require your identification (passport) for future eSIMs and for physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Qatar (Pearl Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 2 GB/15 days , 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 days.

Qatar Pearl Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Or get the Qatar eSIMs from Nomad.

Qatar eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

Or get the Qatar eSIMs from Holafly (6 GB/15 days).

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No unlimited data for Qatar (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Airalo recently introduced an eSIM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Menalink. The Menalink eSIM follows the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, the fairly new Asialink eSIM for 14 Asian countries & the super new Latamlink eSIM for 19 Latin American countries.

Menalink Middle East North Africa (MENA) eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Menalink eSIM comes in three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days & 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, to be used in Qatar and 14 other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq 1
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine 1
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia 1
  • United Arab Emirates

1 on 3G only

With the Menalink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in the Middle East and North Africa!

TIP: check out my Best Qatar eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Qatar (including ones not mentioned above).

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Dial *100# to access the Vodafone menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Qatar

Ooredoo top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronic shops throughout Qatar.

The following (online) Vodafone top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
10 QAR30 days
20 QAR60 days
30 QAR180 days
50 QAR180 days
60 QAR180 days
80 QAR180 days
100 QAR180 days
150 QAR180 days
200 QAR180 days
300 QAR365 days
500 QAR365 days
Vodafone Qatar Top-Ups

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, dial *127*VoucherCode# or dial *100# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *127*123456#.

Dial *100# or *129# to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone (Qatar) app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Qatar My Vodafone (Qatar) App
© Ooredoo Qatar

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone has four data-featured plans:

Vodafone plans can be activated on the My Vodafone (Qatar) app.

I will list all the prices in QAR.

To convert QAR to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Flex Plans – Vodafone Qatar

The Flex plans are combo bundles with a unit system (Flex Points) and data (with 5G NR access).

Below is an overview of how many Flex Points are used per action:

Flex can be activated on the My Vodafone (Qatar) app:

PriceUnitsDataValidity
10 QAR70 Flex260 MB3 days
20 QAR150 Flex512 MB 17 days
30 QAR270 Flex750 MB (7 days) 230 days
50 QAR516 Flex1.8 GB (7 days) 230 days
60 QAR600 Flex2 GB (7 days) 330 days
80 QAR840 Flex2 GB (7 days)30 days
100 QAR1200 Flex2.2 GB (7 days) 330 days
150 QAR2520 Flex2.2 GB (7 days) 430 days
200 QAR3720 Flex 52.2 GB (7 days) 430 days
300 QAR4500 Flex 5N/A30 days
500 QAR7500 Flex 6N/A30 days

1 +unlimited data @ 64 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)/Flex points
2 +unlimited data @ 128 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)/Flex points
3 +unlimited data @ 256 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)/Flex points
4 +unlimited data @ 512 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)/Flex points
5 +unlimited data @ 2 Mbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (slow!)/Flex points
6 +unlimited data @ 15 Mbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance/Flex points

Vodafone Qatar Flex Plans
Combo+ Plans – Vodafone Qatar

The Combo+ plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

Combo+ can be activated on the My Vodafone (Qatar) app:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 2Validity
20 QARCombo+ 201 GB25 minutes15 minutes7 days
50 QARCombo+ 502.5 GB100 minutes25 minutes14 days
100 QARCombo+ 1005 GB 1100 minutes70 minutes30 days
150 QARCombo+ 1508 GB 1450 minutes100 minutes30 days
300 QARCombo+ 300“Unlimited”, 20 GB @ 2 MbpsUnlimited100 minutes30 days
450 QARCombo+ 450“Unlimited”, 200 GB @ 2 MbpsUnlimited100 minutes30 days
750 QARCombo+ 750“Unlimited”, 500 GB @ 15 MbpsUnlimited500 minutes30 days

1 +unlimited data @ 128 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)
2 to Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), the 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, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saba, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen & Zambia

Vodafone Qatar Combo+ Plans
Combo Plans – Vodafone Qatar

The Combo plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

Combo can be activated on the My Vodafone (Qatar) app:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesValidity
30 QARCombo 303 GB 1120 minutes30 days
50 QARCombo 504 GB 1200 minutes30 days
60 QARCombo 608 GB 2240 minutes30 days
100 QARCombo 10016 GB 2360 minutes30 days
150 QARCombo 15024 GB 3750 minutes30 days

1 +unlimited data @ 64 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)
2 +unlimited data @ 128 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)
3 +unlimited data @ 512 Kbps after exhausting your high-speed data allowance (super slow!)

Vodafone Qatar Combo Plans
Data Plans – Vodafone Qatar

The Data plans are data bundles with data (with 5G NR access).

Data can be activated on the My Vodafone (Qatar) app:

PriceDataBonus DataValidity
10 QAR300 MB450 MB (3 days)3 days
20 QAR700 MB836 MB (7 days)7 days
30 QAR1 GB1 GB (7 days)14 days
50 QAR2 GB1.8 GB (7 days)28 days
60 QAR2.5 GB2 GB (7 days)28 days
80 QAR4 GB2 GB (7 days)28 days
100 QAR7 GB2 GB (7 days)28 days
125 QAR“Unlimited”, 100 GBN/A7 days
150 QAR14 GB2 GB (7 days)28 days
200 QAR20 GB2 GB (7 days)42 days
250 QAR“Unlimited”, 300 GBN/A30 days
Vodafone Qatar Data Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Qatar

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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Qatar

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Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Middle Eastern Countries

Visiting other countries in the Middle East? Check out my Middle Eastern SIM card buying guide, covering other Middle Eastern countries, such as:

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