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6 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Saudi Arabia (KSA): Buying Guide

Saudi Arabia – the origin of Islam, known for the Arabian horses, and, of course, known for being an oil-producing nation.

While the country received many visitors for Hajj and Umrah (pilgrimages), it was basically closed off for tourism until 2019.

That is when the Kingdom (finally) introduced tourist visas, opening up the country for tourism.

The country is not known for being the cheapest travel destination in the region. But it is also not the most expensive one.

Moreover, the cost of mobile data is low for the region too.

So, how much do Saudi SIM cards cost?

You can get a Saudi SIM card for 30 SAR (8 USD) in the official stores of the mobile operators (STC – also for Jawwy, Mobily, Zain, Lebara & Virgin Mobile). Hajj and Umrah SIM cards start from 34.50 SAR (9.20 USD) – the same applies to visitor SIM cards. Airports sell SIM cards too.

These prices may not seem that cheap when you take them at face value.

But you will be surprised how inexpensive mobile data is in this country – and how generous the data allowances are!

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

Buying a SIM Card in Saudi Arabia Guide (logos of STC, Mobily, Zain, Jawwy, Lebara & Virgin Mobile)

Original publication: 16th of December 2019. Last updated: 13th of October 2021.

Table of Contents

In This Guide Show

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Saudi Arabia?

Anyone 18 years old or older living in or visiting Saudi Arabia can buy a Saudi SIM card from the mobile network operators (STC KSA, Mobily & Zain KSA) or the MVNOs (Jawwy, Lebara Mobile KSA & Virgin Mobile KSA) with some restrictions.

The main restriction is that you can only have up to two active SIM cards in your name as a tourist in Saudi Arabia.

For most travelers, this restriction is not an issue at all.

For others, like those who review SIM cards for a living (a bunch of weirdos, am I right), it can be an issue.

Besides that restriction, you are free to use Saudi SIM cards.

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

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 Saudi Arabia).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Saudi Arabia?

You can get a Saudi SIM card in STC (also for Jawwy), Mobily, Zain, Lebara & Virgin Mobile stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at select international airports, including Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport.

You can buy a SIM card in the following international airports:

  • Dammam – King Fahd International Airport (مطار الملك فهد الدولي)
  • Jeddah – King Abdulaziz International Airport (مطار الملك عبدالعزيز الدولي/)
  • Medina – Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (مطار الأمير محمد بن عبد العزيز الدولي)
  • Riyadh – King Khalid International Airport (مطار الملك خالد الدولي)

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

  • STC KSA: 34.50 SAR
  • Mobily: 34.50 SAR
  • Zain KSA: 34.50 SAR
  • Lebara Mobile KSA: 34.50 SAR
  • Jawwy: 34.50 SAR
  • Virgin Mobile: free, but plan purchase required (starting from 30 SAR)

The following mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists and Hajj/Umrah visitors:

  • STC KSA: 34.50 SAR (Sawa Ziyara – tourist)
  • Mobily: 30 SAR, 50 SAR & 99 SAR (Hajj/Umrah)
  • Zain KSA: 63.25 SAR, 113.95 SAR, 228.85 SAR & 458.85 SAR (Visitor SIM) & 34.50 SAR (Hajj/Umrah)

Can You Use Your Phone in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Saudi Arabia. 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 Saudi Arabia, 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 Saudi Arabia.

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 Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has three Main Operators, one sub-brand & two Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs):

  • STC KSA
  • Mobily
  • Zain KSA
  • Jawwy (STC KSA sub-brand)
  • Lebara Mobile KSA (Mobily MVNO)
  • Virgin Mobile KSA (STC KSA MVNO)

The sub-brands Yaqoot (by Zain KSA) and V Mobile (by Lebara Mobile KSA) will not be covered in this guide because you need an Absher Account, a Saudi government services app. Short-term travelers will not get access to this app.

The following frequencies are used in Saudi Arabia:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12), 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2300 MHz (Band 40), & 2600 MHz (Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 2500 MHz (n41) & 3500 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Saudi Arabia, 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.

A Note About FRIENDi Mobile KSA

Friendi mobile Logo
© FRIENDi Mobile

FRIENDi Mobile KSA, which started as an MVNO in 2014, got integrated with Virgin Mobile KSA in 2020.

Virgin Mobile now offers Friendi packages in addition to its regular plans and offers.

It should be noted that the Virgin Group and Friendi Group have had a strategic partnership since 2012 when they signed a deal to merge regional operators.

Friendi Mobile with Virgin Mobile Merger Splash Screen

5G NR in Saudi Arabia

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Saudi Arabia since October 2019. It is available on the STC KSA, Mobily & Zain KSA networks. 5G NR is also offered to prepaid customers, including Jawwy & Virgin Mobile KSA users. Lebara Mobile KSA users cannot use 5G NR (yet).

Best SIM Card in Saudi Arabia

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Saudi Arabia, I recommend going with STC or Zain. STC has the best network, coverage, and overall mobile internet speed. Zain has the fastest and most extensive 5G NR network.

SIM Card Registration in Saudi Arabia

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Saudi Arabia. This will be done at the point of sale.

As of 2016, biometrics (fingerprints) will also be taken as part of the SIM card registration process.

Be aware that all foreigners, including tourists, travelers, and non-Saudi residents (such as expats) and migrant workers, are restricted to two active prepaid SIM cards across all Saudi operators.

If you are a Saudi citizen, however, you can have up to 10 active prepaid SIM cards.

Saudi-Expatriates has an excellent article on checking how many SIM cards are registered on your Iqama (for Saudi citizens and residents – irrelevant for travelers).

VAT in Saudi Arabia

As of 2018, the Saudi government introduced a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% applicable to most goods and services in Saudi Arabia.

In July 2020, the VAT rate was increased to 15%.

The 15% VAT will be charged upon recharging.

This means that you will not be taxed 15% when purchasing a plan or package (like in the United Arab Emirates).

Unless you purchase a plan directly from your credit or debit card without reloading first. Then you will be charged the VAT when buying your plan.

Previously, I added an extra column with the price with VAT.

However, based on reader feedback, this column has been removed due to it being complicated.

And because, in most cases, the VAT is already charged when you topped up your SIM card.

But if you want to calculate the price with VAT yourself, take a calculator and enter the price + 15% to get the answer.

If your calculator does not have the % sign for calculations, then multiply the price by 1.15 – meaning 15% (for example: 100 * 1.15 = 115 SAR).

Internet Censorship in Saudi Arabia

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

Just like many other countries in the region, internet censorship is strong in Saudi Arabia.

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 servers 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 VPNs have servers in Saudi Arabia (obviously), 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, secure, and private in Saudi Arabia!

(oh, by the way – VPNs are not illegal in Saudi Arabia, 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…)

Saudi Arabia Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Saudi Arabia

Mobile data rates can be crazy cheap or crazy expensive in the Middle East.

But at the end of the day, the local data rates will almost always be cheaper than international roaming rates.

So, how expensive is mobile data in Saudi Arabia?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Saudi Arabia is 1.47 USD, way lower than the Middle Eastern average of 3.94 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

And the costs have decreased year by year.

But does this mean that the quality of service will be poor because of these low rates?

Not at all.

Saudi Arabia's average mobile download speed is around 151 Mbps – one of the fastest in the world.

Saudi Arabia has been in the top ten countries with the fastest mobile download speed for more than a year. Sometimes being in the top 3.

And compared to a year ago, the average mobile download speed has doubled.

Let's look at the mobile operators individually.

Based on an analysis done by Speedtest, STC KSA had the best mobile download speed performance in Dammam, Jeddah & Riyadh.

Often outdoing its competitors by double digits.

Here we some overall performance compared.

And these are old figures too (but the latest available at the time of writing).

But, something interesting came out of that report as well.

When looking at solely 5G NR, the worst mobile operator is actually the fastest.

And that would be Zain KSA.

Because of Zain KSA, Saudi Arabia's 5G download speed is 127% faster than the global average.

I mean, take a look at this:

Zain KSA is indeed not playing any games.

With reasonably priced SIM cards, blazing-fast mobile speeds, insanely cheap mobile data rates, and extensive nationwide coverage, you should have a smooth network experience in Saudi Arabia.

Currency in Saudi Arabia

10 Saudi Riyal Bank Note
© Saudi Central Bank (SAMA)/البنك المركزي السعودي

Saudi Arabia uses the Saudi Riyal with the symbol SAR (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed in ر.س or . For example, 25 AED = 25 ر.س/﷼.

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

  • 1 SAR = 0.25 USD
  • 10 SAR = 2.65 USD
  • 100 SAR = 26.65 USD
  • 1000 SAR = 266.45 USD
  • 10 000 SAR = 2664.55 USD

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

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

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Transferwise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Transferwise account FREE!

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Saudi Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through STC KSA, Mobily, Zain KSA, Jawwy, Lebara KSA & Virgin Mobile KSA, 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 Saudi Arabia to offer to us.


STC KSA

STC Logo
© STC

STC KSA, just STC, is the largest mobile operator in Saudi Arabia. STC stands for Saudi Telecom Company.

And if you wonder why I refer to it as Saudi Telecom Company (STC) – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), STC is also active in Bahrain and Kuwait. I do not want you to get confused ;)

It is also the best mobile operator in all aspects in Saudi Arabia.

The company is primarily state-owned (70%), so who says state-owned enterprises cannot be the best? ;)

STC uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz – to be phased out in 2022
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2300 MHz (Band 40)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about STC:

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

Coverage – STC KSA

STC has the best coverage in Saudi Arabia.

It even won the Saudi Arabia Best Mobile Coverage 2021 Award by Speedtest.

Opensignal came to the same conclusion.

4G/LTE can be found almost anywhere (in populated areas – do not expect much in deserts).

Below is STC's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – STC KSA

You can buy an STC SIM card, called Sawa 25, for 30 SAR (34.50 SAR with VAT) in STC stores. Its data-only SIM card, called Quicknet Prepaid, is sold for 30 SAR (24.50 SAR with VAT) as well. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Damman, Jeddah, Medina & Riyadh airports.

It is also possible to get an STC eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card. Upgrading from a standard SIM card to an eSIM will cost you 28.75 SAR.

STC KSA eSIM
© STC KSA

To use an STC eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Sawa Ziyara SIM card – STC's tourist SIM card.

For 34.50 SAR (vat inclusive), you get 20 SAR credit, 60 minutes to other Sawa Ziyara numbers, and 600 local minutes.

Sawa Ziyara SIM cards are valid for 120 days. However, your number will be kept for 30 days.

I am not sure what you will be doing with that SIM card for the remaining 90 days, though.

Sawa Ziyara SIM cards can be pre-booked online.

STC SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 360 days (no top-up for 360 days or no activity for 360 days).

However, your credit will expire after 90 days.


Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – STC KSA

STC top-up vouchers are sold in STC stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

STC KSA Sawa Recharge Card
© STC KSA

To top up your STC SIM card, dial *155*VoucherCode#. The same can be done by texting 155*VoucherCode# to 1500 or VoucherCode155 to 900.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *155*123456#, text 155*123456# to 1500, or text 123456 155 to 900.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *166#, call 1500, or text 8888 to 9010 to check your STC balance.

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

STC KSA mystc KSA App
© STC KSA

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – STC KSA

STC has five data-featured plans:

All STC plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 900.

Some STC plans are eligible for 5G NR.

Many plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text 7009 to 900.

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

Sawa Internet – STC KSA

The Sawa Internet plans are, unlike the name suggests, combo bundles with data and minutes.

STC KSA Sawa Plans
© STC KSA

Sawa Internet plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 900:

PricePlanDataSocial media Data 15G Access?On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidityActivation Code
10 SARSawa 10200 MBN/ANo200 minutes 2N/A1 day8111
15 SARSawa 151 GBN/ANo400 minutesN/A1 day7015
30 SARSawa 301 GB1 GBNo200 minutesN/A28 days7030
30 SARSawa 30 International1 GB1 GBNoN/A30 minutes 328 days8115
35 SARSawa 30 Plus International1 GB1 GBNo50 minutes 3N/A28 days8116
35 SARSawa 30 Plus1 GB1 GBYes100 minutes 4N/A28 days7135
65 SARSawa Like5 GB10 GBNo500 minutesN/A28 days7065
75 SARSawa Like Plus10 GB10 GBYes500 minutes 4N/A28 days7175
90 SARSawa FlexN/A10 GBYesN/A200 minutes 528 daysApp only
100 SARSawa Flex PlusN/A25 GBYesN/A250 minutes 528 daysApp only
110 SARSawa Share25 GB25 GBNoUnlimitedN/A28 days7110
115 SARSawa Share Plus25 GB25 GBYesUnlimited1000 minutes28 days7115
160 SARSawa Post50 GBUnlimitedNoUnlimitedN/A28 days7160
170 SARSawa Post Plus60 GBUnlimitedYesUnlimited1500 minutes28 days7170
220 SARSawa Star100 GBUnlimitedNoUnlimitedN/A28 days7220
240 SARSawa Star Plus100 GBUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimited28 days7240

1 Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube
2 +200 local SMS
3 also to 8 undisclosed countries
4 also for off-net use
5 also for on-net use and to 21 undisclosed countries

STC KSA Sawa Internet Packages 2
STC KSA Sawa Internet Packages 1
Sawa Ziyara Packages (Tourist) – STC KSA

The Sawa Ziyara Packages are combo plans with data, STC WIFI & minutes exclusively for the Sawa Ziyara (tourist) SIM card.

STA KSA Sawa Ziyara 40
© STC KSA
STC KSA Sawa Ziyara 70
© STC KSA

Sawa Ziyara Packages can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 900:

PricePlanDataSTC WIFI DataLocal MinutesInternational Call CreditValidityActivation Code
40 SARSawa Ziyara 403 GB3 GB20 minutes5 SAR28 days6705
70 SARSawa Ziyara 706 GB6 GB45 minutes10 SAR28 days6706
STC KSA Sawa Ziyara Packages
Sawa Data Keys – STC KSA

The Sawa Data Keys are data-only plans.

Sawa Data Keys can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 900:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
15 SAR1 GB7 days2151
20 SARUnlimited1 day2120
30 SAR1 GB1 month2152
50 SAR2 GB1 month2153
80 SAR5 GB1 month2154
100 SARUnlimited7 days2162
110 SAR10 GB1 month2155
155 SAR10 GB2 months2156
180 SAR10 GB3 months2157
230 SAR50 GB2 months2158
350 SAR100 GB3 months2159
350 SARUnlimited1 month2161
470 SAR300 GB3 months2160
STC KSA Sawa Data Keys
Quicknet Prepaid – STC KSA

The Quicknet Prepaid plans are data-only bundles exclusively for the Quicknet Prepaid SIM card (data-only SIM).

Quicknet Prepaid plans can be activated on the mystc KSA app:

Price (with VAT)DataValidity
34.50 SAR1 GB1 month
92 SAR5 GB1 month
115 SAR25 GB1 month
161 SAR10 GB 21 month
195.50 SAR100 GB 11 month
201.25 SAR30 GB3 months
253 SAR75 GB2 months
391 SARUnlimited1 month
402.50 SAR115 GB3 months
414 SAR200 GB2 months
540.50 SAR300 GB3 months
862.50 SAR500 GB6 months
1121.25 SARUnlimited3 months

1 +19 GB for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube
2 +unlimited YouTube data

STC KSA Quicknet Vouchers
Level Up – STC KSA

The Level Up plans are data-only bundles for select games (8 Ball Pool, Call of Duty Mobile, Clash Royale, Fortnite Mobile, Minecraft, Mobile Legends & PUBG Mobile). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

STC KSA Level Up Banner
© STC KSA

Level Up plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 900:

Price (with VAT)Game Data 1ValidityActivation Code
30 SAR10 GB1 month2112
34.50 SAR15 GB1 month2111

1 8 Ball Pool, Call of Duty Mobile, Clash Royale, Fortnite Mobile, Minecraft, Mobile Legends & PUBG Mobile

STC KSA Level Up

APN/Internet Settings – STC KSA

Most phones will automatically retrieve the correct APN settings when inserting a SIM card – the same counts for STC KSA SIM cards.

If that does not automatically happen, you can text jawalnet to 2222 to download the APN settings.

If that does not work, you will have to add the settings manually by filling in these fields:

  • Name: STC
  • APN: jawalnet.com.sa

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

Jump back to the Table of Contents.



Mobily

Mobily Logo
© Mobily

Mobily, by Etisalat, is the second-largest mobile operator in Saudi Arabia.

It was the mobile operator to end STC KSA's monopoly. Subsequently, it was also the first to offer 4G/LTE in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Mobily uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2500 MHz (Band 41) & 2600 MHz (Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Mobily:

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

Coverage – Mobily

Mobily has extensive coverage throughout Saudi Arabia.

4G/LTE can be found in all urban areas but not in the deserts.

Below is Mobily's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Mobily

You can buy a Mobily SIM card for 30 SAR (34.50 SAR with VAT) in Mobily stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Damman, Jeddah, Medina & Riyadh airports.

It is also possible to get a Mobily eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Mobily KSA eSIM
© Mobily

To use a Mobily eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Google Pixel (1)/2/3/3XL/4/4A/5
  • Huawei P40/P40 Pro
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • Microsoft Surface Duo
  • Samsung Fold LTE Model
  • Samsung Galaxy 20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold/Z Fold 2 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE/FE 5G/Ultra/Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy X Flip

Those visiting Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah can get the Hajj & Umrah SIM cards.

Mobily KSA Hajj & Umrah
© Mobily

They come in three variants:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational Call CreditUmrah ValidityHajj ValidityRenewal Code
30 SARHajj & Umrah 30N/AN/AN/AN/A30 days45 daysN/A
50 SARHajj & Umrah 501 GB200 minutes20 minutes20 SAR30 days45 days5050
99 SARHajj & Umrah 992 GB500 minutes50 minutes60 SAR30 days45 days1899
Mobily KSA Hajj & Umrah International Rates
© Mobily

To renew your Hajj & Umrah plan, text the Renewal Code to 1100.

The first recharge on your Hajj & Umrah SIM card will give you 2 GB valid for 3 days for free.

Moreover, you can get up to 300% bonus credit if you recharge at least 10 SAR.

The following credit bonuses are available:

Recharge DenominationBonus CreditBonus DataBonus Validity
10 – 29 SAR50%150 MB1 Day
30 – 49 SAR100%150 MB3 Days
50 – 99 SAR200%150 MB5 Days
100 -=> SAR300%150 MB7 Days

Dial *1100# to access the Mobily menu.

Dial *1100# and enter 999 to change the system's language (Arabic and English).

Dial *222# to see your Mobily phone number.


Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Mobily

Mobily top-up vouchers are sold in Mobily stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Mobily SIM card, dial *1400*VoucherCode#. The same can be done by calling 1400. Citizens and residents have to dial *1400*VoucherCode*Iqama#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456 (and your Iqama is 123456), you would dial *1400*123456# or *1400*123456*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *1411# or text 1411 to 1100 to check your Mobily balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mobily App (Android/iOS).

Mobily KSA App
© Mobily

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Mobily

Mobily has seven data-featured plans:

All Mobily plans are eligible for 5G NR.

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

Prepaid Plans – Mobily

The Prepaid Plans are combo bundles with data and minutes.

Prepaid Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1100:

PricePlanDataSocial Media DataLocal MinutesValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
30 SARPrepaid 301.2 GB1.2 GB100 minutes28 days30030
75 SARPrepaid 7515 GB5 GB500 minutes28 days75075
110 SARPrepaid 11025 GB25 GB1500 minutes28 days1100110
150 SARPrepaid 15050 GBUnlimited2250 minutes28 days1500150
180 SARPrepaid 18070 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days1800180
220 SARPrepaid 220100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days2200220
360 SARPrepaid 360UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited28 days3600360

Prepaid Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 1100.

Mobily KSA Prepaid Plans
Data Bundles – Mobily

The Data Bundles are, as the name implies, data-only plans.

Data Bundles can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1100:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
5 SARInternet 150 MB150 MB1 month1015
15 SARInternet 500 MB500 MB1 month1115
25 SARInternet 1 GB1 GB1 month1125
45 SARInternet 2 GB2 GB1 month1145
Data Vouchers – Mobily

The Data Vouchers are data-only plans that can be activated with a Mobily voucher code through *1400*VoucherCode#.

Price (with VAT)DataValidity
50 SAR2 GB1 month 
80 SAR5 GB1 month 
140 SAR10 GB3 months
300 SAR100 GB3 months
450 SAR300 GB3 months
Internet Addons – Mobily

The Internet Addons are data-only plans.

Internet Addons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1100:

PriceDataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
5 SAR150 MB14 days 750750
20 SAR500 MB1 month60906092
30 SAR1 GB1 month61006102
50 SAR2 GB1 month72007202
75 SAR5 GB1 month73007302
95 SAR10 GB1 month70507052
135 SAR20 GB1 month63006302
160 SAR100 GB1 month70807082
165 SAR10 GB3 months60706072
210 SAR50 GB2 months70907092
220 SAR20 GB3 months82008202
260 SAR50 GB3 months80708072
320 SAR100 GB3 months80808082
450 SAR300 GB3 months300N/A
900 SAR600 GB6 months606N/A

Internet Addons auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 1100.

Data Prepaid Plans – Mobily

The Data Prepaid Plans are, as the name suggests, data-only bundles exclusively for the Mobily data SIM card.

Data Prepaid Plans can be activated on the Mobily App:

PricePlanDataValidity
200 SARPrepaid 10 GB10 GB3 months
250 SARPrepaid 50 GB50 GB2 months
260 SARPrepaid 20 GB20 GB3 months
375 SARPrepaid 100 GB100 GB3 months
525 SARPrepaid 300 GB300 GB3 months
Mobily KSA Data Prepaid Plans
Unlimited Social Media – Mobily

The Unlimited Social Media plans are, as the name suggests, unlimited data plans for select social media apps (Facebook, Google Duo, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp).

The following Unlimited Social Media plans are available:

PricePlanSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
4 SARUnlimited Daily SocialUnlimited1 day*441#
20 SARUnlimited Weekly Social Unlimited7 days*447#
60 SARUnlimited Monthly Social Unlimited30 days*440#

1 Facebook, Google Duo, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp

Unlimited Social media plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text 0440 to 1100.

Mobily WhatsApp Service – Mobily

The Mobily WhatsApp Service is a data-only plan for WhatsApp.

Mobily Internet Service can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1100:

PricePlanWhatsApp DataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
10 SARWhatsApp WeeklyUnlimited7 days 2105210
20 SARWhatsApp MonthlyUnlimited1 month2115211
40 SARWhatsApp Plus MonthlyUnlimited 11 month2335333

1 +1 GB for regular data browsing (no restrictions)

Mobily WhatsApp Service plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 1100.

APN/Internet Settings – Mobily

  • Name: Mobily Internet
  • APN: web2

Note: make sure to use “web2” as a prepaid user. APN “web1” is for postpaid customers only. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Zain KSA

Zain Logo
© Zain KSA

Zain KSA, just Zain, is the smallest mobile operator in Saudi Arabia.

It is the mobile operator with the best 5G NR performance in the Kingdom.

Zain, as a company, is active in Africa (Sudan & South Sudan) & the Middle East.

Zain uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 2500 MHz (n41) & 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Zain:

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

Coverage – Zain KSA

Zain has extensive coverage throughout Saudi Arabia.

All urban areas are covered by Zain's 4G/LTE network. This, of course, does not apply to most deserts.

While Zain has the worst nationwide coverage of the Main Operators, it does have the best 5G NR coverage, availability, and speeds due to it investing in the technology early on.

Below is Zain's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Zain KSA

You can buy a Zain SIM card for 30 SAR (34.50 SAR) in Zain stores. The Umrah & Hajj SIM card is also available for the same price. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Damman, Jeddah, Medina & Riyadh airports.

Zain KSA Hajj & Umrah SIM Card

It is also possible to get a Zain eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

To use a Zain eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Huawei P40/P40 Pro
  • iPhone XS/XR/XR Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Zain Visitor SIM – Zain's tourist SIM card.

They come in 4 variants:

Price (with VAT)SIM CardDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational Call CreditValidityActivation Code
63.25 SARVisitor 552 GBUnlimited30 minutes20 SAR1 monthV55
113.85 SARVisitor 994 GBUnlimited60 minutes50 SAR1 monthV99
228.85 SARVisitor 19910 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited50 SAR1 monthV199
458.85 SARVisitor 399UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited25 SAR1 monthV399

1 +unlimited data for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube

Zain KSA Visitor SIM Cards

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Zain KSA

Zain top-up vouchers are sold in Zain stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

The following top-up cards are available:

Top-UpCredit After Tax
20 SAR17.39 SAR
30 SAR26.08 SAR
50 SAR43.47 SAR
100 SAR86.95 SAR
300 SAR260.87 SAR

The following online or eTop Up options are available:

Top-Up (with VAT)Credit
20 SAR17.39 SAR
34.50 SAR30 SAR
57.50 SAR50 SAR
115 SAR100 SAR
345 SAR300 SAR

To top up your Zain SIM card, dial *141*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *141*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *142# to check your Zain balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Zain SA app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Zain KSA Zain SA App
© Zain KSA

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Zain KSA

Zain has seven data-featured plans:

All Zain plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959.

Some Zain plans are eligible for 5G NR.

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

Zain Flex – Zain KSA

The Zain Flex plans are combo bundles with data and Flex Minutes (local and international use).

Shabab plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959:

PricePlanDataYouTube DataFlex Minutes 1ValidityActivation Code
19 SARZain Flex 191 GB2 GB30 minutes7 days100
29 SARZain Flex 291 GB1 GB50 minutes28 days101
99 SARZain Flex 9920 GBUnlimited250 minutes28 days102
319 SARZain Flex 319100 GBUnlimited800 minutes3 months103
Shabab – Zain KSA

The Shabab plans are combo plans with data and minutes.

Shabab plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesValidityActivation Code
39 SARShabab 392 GB2 GB100 minutes28 daysS39
59 SARShabab 595 GB5 GB400 minutes28 daysS59
69 SARShabab 6910 GB10 GB500 minutes28 daysS69
99 SARShabab 9915 GB20 GB1500 minutes28 daysS99

1 Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube

Shabab plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text CA39 to 959.

Zain KSA Shabab Plans
Unlimited Calls & Internet Bundles – Zain KSA

The Unlimited Calls & Internet Bundles are, true to its name, plans with unlimited data and call allowances.

Unlimited Calls & Internet Bundles can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959:

PriceData5G NR Access?Local MinutesValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
11 SARUnlimitedNoN/A1 day4184182
15 SARUnlimitedNoUnlimited1 day4194192
85 SARUnlimitedYesN/A7 days4204202
349 SARUnlimitedYesN/A1 month4154152
999 SARUnlimitedYesN/A3 months4174172

Unlimited Calls & Internet Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 959.

Zain KSA Unlimited Calls & Internet Bundles
Voice Internet Bundles – Zain KSA

The Voice Internet Bundles are, unlike the name suggests, data-only plans.

Voice Internet Bundles can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959:

PriceDataYouTube Data5G NR Access?ValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
2 SAR50 MBN/ANo1 day4014012
5 SAR250 MBN/ANo1 day4024022
15 SAR1 GBN/ANo7 days4044042
30 SAR2 GBN/ANo1 month4054052
50 SAR4 GBN/ANo1 month4064062
75 SAR8 GBN/ANo1 month4074072
99 SAR25 GB25 GBYes1 month4084082
160 SAR100 GBN/ANo1 month4114112
165 SAR30 GBN/ANo3 months4094092
199 SAR75 GB75 GBYes2 months4104102
299 SAR100 GB100 GBYes3 months4214212
399 SAR150 GB150 GBYes3 months4224222
450 SAR300 GBN/ANo3 months4144142

Voice Internet Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 959.

Zain KSA Voice Internet Bundles
MBB Prepaid – Zain KSA

The MBB Prepaid plans are data-only bundles.

MBB Prepaid can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959:

PriceDataYouTube Data5G NR Access?ValidityActivation Code
99 SAR25 GB25 GBYes1 month408
160 SAR100 GBN/AYes1 month411
165 SAR30 GBN/ANo3 months409
199 SAR75 GB75 GBYes2 months410
299 SAR100 GB100 GBYes3 months421
325 SARUnlimitedN/ANo1 month416
349 SARUnlimitedN/AYes1 month415
399 SAR150 GB150 GBYes3 months422
450 SAR300 GBN/AYes3 months414
999 SARUnlimitedN/AYes3 months417
Zain KSA MBB Prepaid Plans
Unlimited Social Media Bundles (Apps) – Zain KSA

The Unlimited Social Media Bundles are unlimited data-only plans for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter & WhatsApp.

Unlimited Social Media Bundles (Apps) can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959:

PriceSocial Data 1ValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
5 SARUnlimited1 day310CA310
20 SARUnlimited7 days311CA311
60 SARUnlimited28 days312CA312

1 Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter & WhatsApp

Unlimited Social Media Bundles (Apps). To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 959.

Zain KSA Unlimited Social Media Bundles
Unlimited Social Media Bundles (YouTube) – Zain KSA

The Unlimited Social Media Bundles (YouTube) are unlimited data-only plans for YouTube.

Unlimited Social Media Bundles (YouTube) can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 959:

PriceYouTube DataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
9 SARUnlimited1 day500CA500
39 SARUnlimited7 days501CA501
99 SARUnlimited28 days502CA502

Unlimited Social Media Bundles (YouTube) auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 959.

APN/Internet Settings – Zain KSA

Most phones will automatically retrieve the correct APN settings when inserting a SIM card – the same counts for Zain KSA SIM cards.

If that does not automatically happen, you can dial *99# to download the APN settings.

If that does not work, you will have to add the settings manually by filling in these fields:

  • Name: Zain
  • APN: zain

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Jawwy

Jawwy Logo
© Jawwy

Jawwy is a sub-brand by STC KSA.

It started in 2016 and is targeted at prepaid use.

However, STC KSA does offer prepaid service by itself as well – perhaps it will be phased out in the future.

Jawwy (Mobile) should not be confused with Jawwy TV.

To learn about Jawwy’s frequencies, jump back to STC KSA’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Jawwy:

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

Coverage – Jawwy

Jawwy is an STC KSA MVNO, meaning Jawwy uses the STC KSA network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Jawwy, jump to the STC KSA Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Jawwy

You can buy a Jawwy SIM card for 30 SAR (34.50 SAR with VAT) with 1 GB of data, 1 GB for social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube) & 100 local minutes – all valid for 28 days in STC stores.

Jawwy KSA Jawwy 30 SIM Card

It is also possible to get a Jawwy eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card or free if you upgrade from a physical SIM card to an eSIM.

Jawwy KSA Jawwy 30 eSIM

To use a Jawwy eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max

Jawwy SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 90 days (no top-up for 90 days or no activity for 90 days).


Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Jawwy

Jawwy top-up vouchers, using STC's Sawa vouchers, are sold in STC stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Jawwy SIM card, dial *155*VoucherCode*#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *155*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Each top-up has no expiry, as long as your Jawwy SIM card is active.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Topping up and checking your balance can be done on the Jawwy app (Android/iOS).

Jawwy KSA App

There is no USSD/shortcode to check your Jawwy balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Jawwy

Jawwy has five data-featured plans:

All Jawwy plans can be activated on the Jawwy app.

All Jawwy plans are eligible for 5G NR.

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

Physical SIM – Jawwy

The Physical SIM plans are actually starter SIM cards you can buy (instead of the 30 SAR one) with data, minutes & SMS.

However, the benefits you get with those starter offers also act as plans.

These options are available, which can be activated on the Jawwy app:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesValidity
60 SARJawwy SIM 605 GB5 GB500 minutes28 days
70 SARJawwy SIM 702 GBN/A500 minutes30 days
100 SARJawwy SIM 10020 GB30 GB1500 minutes30 days
150 SARJawwy SIM 15050 GBUnlimited3000 minutes30 days
200 SARJawwy SIM 20097 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube

Jawwy KSA SIM 100 Offer
Jawwy KSA Unlimited Social Media
Jawwy Pro – Jawwy

The Jawwy Pro plans are combo plans with data and minutes.

The following Jawwy Pro plans are available, which can be activated on the Jawwy App:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesValidity
130 SARJawwy Pro 3030 GBUnlimited30 days
180 SARJawwy Pro 6060 GBUnlimited30 days
220 SARJawwy Pro 120120 GBUnlimited30 days
Jawwy KSA Pro Packages
Flexible Plan – Jawwy

The Flexible Plan is a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data and how many minutes you want.

Each Flexible Plan needs at least 1 GB of data and 100 minutes, costing 30 SAR.

With every configuration, you get 3000 on-net minutes for free.

The following Flexible Plan options are available, which can be activated on the Jawwy app:

Data/Minutes (SAR)1 GB3 GB5 GB10 GB15 GB20 GB50 GB
100 minutes306075100110120150
200 minutes407085110120130160
400 minutes508095120130140170
600 minutes6090105130140150180
800 minutes70100115140150160190
1000 minutes80110125150160170200
1500 minutes105135150175185195225
Jawwy KSA Flexible Plan
Social Pass – Jawwy

The Social Pass is a 3 GB data add-on for Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp. It costs 20 SAR and is valid for 30 days.

Jawwy Social Pass for Twitter, WhatsApp & Facebook
© Jawwy

The Social Pass can be activated on the Jawwy app:

PriceFacebook, Twitter & WhatsApp DataValidity
20 SAR3 GB 30 days
YouTube Pass – Jawwy

The YouTube Pass is a data add-on giving you 1 GB a day for 30 days for YouTube. It costs 50 SAR and can be activated on the Jawwy app.

Jawwy YouTube Pass
© Jawwy

APN/Internet Settings – Jawwy

  • Name: JAWALNet
  • APN: jawalnet.com.sa

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Lebara Mobile KSA

Lebara Saudi Arabia Logo
© Lebara Mobile KSA

Lebara Mobile KSA, just Lebara, is a Mobily MVNO.

The company is known for having attractive rates and packages for overseas calls.

Cannot see the video above? Watch it on YouTube.

Lebara is a Mobily MVNO, meaning Lebara uses the Mobily network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lebara, jump to the Mobily Coverage section.

This is what you will learn about Lebara:

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

SIM Card Price – Lebara Mobile KSA

You can buy a Lebara SIM card for 30 SAR (34.50 SAR with VAT) in Lebara stores.

In some cases, you might have to register or activate your Lebara SIM card online.

However, this can only be done when you have an Absher account – an app allowing you access to governmental services.

As a traveler, you will not get such an account.

But, Lebara has informed me that you can (and should) register and activate Lebara SIM cards in Lebara stores.

Then, regular SIM card registration rules apply.

It is also possible to get a Lebara eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Lebara KSA eSIM
© Lebara Mobile KSA

To use a Lebara eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Huawei P40/Mate P40 Pro
  • iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Note 20 Ultra

Do note that, just like with registration and activation, you need an Absher account to activate a Lebara eSIM.

For the eSIM, this rule cannot be circumvented by visiting a Lebara store.

I do mention the eSIM possibility because many migrant workers read this guide on a monthly basis who do have an Absher account.

Dial *000# and select option 2 to change your language. The same can be done by calling 1755 and selecting option 2.

Dial *000# to see your Lebara phone number.

Lebara SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 60 days (no top-up for 60 days or no activity for 60 days).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lebara Mobile KSA

Lebara top-up vouchers are sold in Lebara stores and many other establishments, such as grocery stores and post offices.

To top up your Lebara SIM card, dial *000# and select option 1. The same can be done by dialing *111*VoucherCode*ID-Number# or calling 1755, selecting option 3, enter your ID Number, and enter your Voucher Code.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Lebara KSA Online Recharge
© Lebara Mobile KSA

Dial *000# or *119# or call 1755 and select option 1 to check your Lebara balance.

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

Lebara KSA App
© Lebara Mobile KSA

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lebara Mobile KSA

Lebara has three data-featured plans:

Lebara does not offer 5G NR (yet).

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

Local Pass – Lebara Mobile KSA

The Local Pass plans are combo bundles with data and minutes.

Lebara KSA Local Passes
© Lebara Mobile KSA

The following Local Pass plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesValidityActivation Code
10 SARLocal Pass 10 SAR250 MB50 minutes30 days*777*3001#
20 SARLocal Pass 20 SAR500 MB120 minutes30 days*777*3002#
30 SARLocal Pass 30 SAR3 GB300 minutes30 days*777*3006#
50 SARLocal Pass 50 SAR3 GB350 minutes30 days*777*3003#
70 SARLocal Pass 70 SAR7 GB 1500 minutes30 days*777*3004#
70 SARLocal Pass 70 Plus12 GB350 minutes30 days*777*3070#
90 SARLocal Pass 90 SAR15 GB900 minutes30 days*777*3005#
110 SARLocal Pass 110 SAR30 GB300 minutes30 days*777*3007#
150 SARLocal Pass 150 SAR50 GB1000 minutes30 days*777*3150#
220 SARLocal Pass 220 SAR100 GB 22200 minutes30 days*777*3220#

1 +7 GB for social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter WhatsApp & YouTube )
2 +unlimited data for social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter WhatsApp & YouTube)

Lebara KSA Local Pass
Hawakom – Lebara Mobile KSA

The Hawakom plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Lebara KSA Hawakom
© Lebara Mobile KSA

The following Hawakom plans are available, which can be activated on the Lebara KSA app:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
50 SARHawakom 505 GB5 GB500 minutes50 SMS30 days
90 SARHawakom 9010 GB20 GB900 minutes90 SMS30 days
120 SARHawakom 12020 GB40 GB1200 minutes120 SMS30 days
220 SARHawakom 220100 GBUnlimited2200 minutes220 SMS30 days

1 Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter WhatsApp & YouTube

Hawakom plans auto-renew. Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Lebara KSA app.

Lebara KSA Hawakom Plans
Data Bundles – Lebara Mobile KSA

The Data Bundles are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

The following Data Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
2 SARMobile Net 50 MB50 MB7 days*777*030#
5 SARMobile Net 100 MB100 MB7 days*777*080#
9 SARMobile Net Saver 300 MB300 MB7 days*777*200#
19 SARDaily Unlimited DataUnlimited1 day*777*01#
25 SARMobile Net Saver 1.5 GB1.5 GB30 days*777*1000#
29 SARWeekly Bundle10 GB7 days*666*010#
45 SARMobile Net Saver 3 GB3 GB30 days*777*2000#
50 SARMobile Net Saver 15 GB15 GB15 days*777*150#
60 SARMobile Net Saver 5 GB5 GB30 days*777*5000#
95 SARMobile Net Saver 25 GB25 GB30 days*777*2500#
99 SARWeekly Unlimited DataUnlimited7 days*777*07#
110 SARMobile Net Saver 10 GB10 GB85 days*777*10000#
115 SARMobile Net Saver 50 GB50 GB30 days*777*050#
175 SARMobile Net Saver 100 GB100 GB30 days*777*100#
189 SARMobile Net Saver 20 GB20 GB90 days*777*20000#
260 SARMobile Net Saver 50 GB50 GB90 days*777*50000#
330 SARMobile Net Saver 100 GB100 GB90 days*777*01000#
345 SARMonthly Unlimited DataUnlimited30 days*777*30#

Data Bundles can be stacked (multiple ones can be activated at a time).

Lebara KSA Mobile Net Saver Data Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Lebara Mobile KSA

  • Name: Lebara
  • APN: lebara

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Virgin Mobile KSA

Virgin Mobile KSA Logo
© Virgin Mobile KSA

Virgin Mobile KSA, just Virgin Mobile, is a Mobily MVNO.

It was the first mobile operator in Saudi Arabia allowing you to create your own plan.

Virgin Mobile, as a brand, is active in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East & South America.

To learn about Virgin Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Mobily’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Virgin Mobile:

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

Coverage – Virgin Mobile KSA

Virgin Mobile is a Mobily MVNO, meaning Virgin Mobile uses the Mobily network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Virgin Mobile, jump to the Mobily Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Virgin Mobile KSA

You can get a Virgin Mobile SIM card for free in Virgin Mobile stores. However, you are expected to top-up or buy a plan (starting from 30 SAR) on the spot.

Virgin Mobile KSA SIM Card
© Virgin Mobile KSA

You can also get a SIM card delivered to the place you are staying within two hours (between 10:00 – 22:00) in Al-Khobar, Dammam, Dhahran, Jeddah, Makkah & Riyadh.

It is also possible to get a Virgin Mobile eSIM for free (if purchased with a plan).

To use a Virgin Mobile eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Huawei P40/Mate P40 Pro
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Virgin Mobile KSA

You can top-up your Virgin Mobile SIM card on the Virgin Mobile KSA app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery) or online – the same counts for checking your balance. Top-up vouchers are not sold.

Virgin Mobile KSA App
© Virgin Mobile KSA

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Virgin Mobile KSA

Virgin Mobile has seven data-featured plans:

Yes, you can use FRIENDi (Mobile) packages with your Virgin Mobile SIM card.

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

Predefined Plans – Virgin Mobile KSA

The Predefined Plans are combo plans with data and minutes.

Virgin Mobile KSA Predefined Plans Options
© Virgin Mobile KSA

Dial *100# to activate Predefined Plans:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesValidity
70 SARHero10 GBN/A500 minutes30 days
100 SARVirgin 10025 GB5 GB750 minutes30 days
150 SARVirgin 15020 GBUnlimited3000 minutes30 days
215 SARSocial Media100 GBUnlimited5000 minutes30 days

1 Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube

Although no SMS is included with the Predefined Plans, you can still send text messages without being charged Pay As You Go (PAYG) rates.

2 SMS are equal to 1 minute. In theory, you could send up to 10 000 SMS (if you have the Social Media plan) if you want to by not using any minute.

Virgin Mobile KSA Predefined Plans
© Virgin Mobile KSA
Create Your Plan – Virgin Mobile KSA

Create Your Own Plan is a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data and how many minutes you want.

Each Create Your Plan needs at least 1 GB of data and 100 minutes, costing 30 SAR.

If your plan costs between 100 SAR and 120 SAR (actual pricing differs per configuration), you get 3000 on-net minutes for free.

The following Flexible Plan options are available, which can be activated on the Virgin Mobile KSA app:

Data/Minutes (SAR)1 GB2 GB4 GB8 GB10 GB20 GB40 GB80 GB100 GB
100 minutes30457090100120140170180
250 minutes456085105115135155185195
500 minutes557095115125145165195205
1000 minutes8095120140150170190220230
1500 minutes105120145165175195215245255
2000 minutes130145170190200220240270280
5000 minutes280295320340350370390420430
Virgin Mobile KSA Create Your Own Plan Example
Daily Capped Bundles – Virgin Mobile KSA

The Daily Capped Bundles are, as the name implies, data-only bundles with a daily data allowance.

Dial *118# to activate Daily Capped Bundles:

PriceDaily Data
30 SAR512 MB/day (3.5 GB)7 days
40 SAR512 MB/day (7 GB)14 days
75 SAR1 GB/day (30 GB)30 days
Virgin Mobile Data Bundles – Virgin Mobile KSA

The Virgin Mobile Data Bundles are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

Dial *110# to activate Virgin Mobile Data Bundles:

PriceDataValidity
3 SAR50 MB1 Day
15 SAR500 MB7 Days
21 SAR700 MB30 Days
24 SAR1 GB30 Days
45 SAR2 GB30 Days
70 SAR4 GB30 Days
90 SAR8 GB30 Days
100 SAR10 GB30 Days
180 SAR10 GB90 Days
120 SAR20 GB30 Days
140 SAR40 GB30 Days
230 SAR50 GB60 Days
170 SAR80 GB30 Days
180 SAR100 GB30 Days
350 SAR100 GB90 Days
Virgin Mobile KSA Data Bundles
YouTube and Social Media Offers – Virgin Mobile KSA

The YouTube and Social Media Offers are, as the name implies, data-only plans for YouTube & Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, and WhatsApp.

Dial *100# to activate YouTube and Social media Offers:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesValidity
100 SAR25 GB5 GB750 minutes30 days
150 SAR20 GBUnlimited3000 minutes30 days
215 SAR100 GBUnlimited5000 minutes30 days

1 Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube

Virgin Mobile KSA YouTube and Social Media Offers
FRIENDi Package Combo Bundles – Virgin Mobile KSA

The FRIENDI Package Combo Bundles are, as the name suggests, combo plans with data and minutes.

Virgin Mobile KSA FRIENDi Package Offers Banner
© Virgin Mobile KSA

FRIENDi Package Combo Bundles are not exclusive to FRIENDi Mobile SIM cards.

Dial *112# to activate FRIENDi Package Combo Bundles:

PriceDataBonus DataLocal MinutesValidity
17 SAR750 MBN/A100 minutes14 Days
43 SAR3 GBN/A250 minutes30 Days
70 SAR10 GB2 GB500 minutes30 Days
90 SAR9 GB6 GB900 minutes30 Days
110 SAR25 GB5 GB1000 minutes30 Days
Virgin Mobile KSA FRIENDi Package Combo Bundles
FRIENDi Package Data Bundles – Virgin Mobile KSA

The FRIENDi Package Data Bundles are, as the name implies, data-only plans.

FRIENDi Package Data Bundles are not exclusive to FRIENDi Mobile SIM cards.

Dial *108# to activate FRIENDi Package Combo Bundles:

PriceDataValidity
1.99 SAR30 MB 1 Day
4.99 SAR100 MB 3 Days
8.99 SAR300 MB 7 Days
12 SAR500 MB 10 Days
14 SAR750 MB 14 Days
17 SAR1 GB 21 Days
25 SAR1.9 GB30 Days
39 SAR3.5 GB30 Days
60 SAR7.5 GB30 Days
99 SAR40 GB30 Days
110 SAR10 GB 90 Days
189 SAR20 GB 90 Days
260 SAR75 GB90 Days
330 SAR150 GB90 Days
Virgin Mobile KSA FRIENDi Package Data Bundles

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Saudi Arabia

I would highly encourage anyone visiting Saudi Arabia to get themselves a Saudi SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Saudi SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your mobile operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in Saudi Arabia, but they may not be cheap.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local mobile operators.

International Roaming

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 Saudi Arabia 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.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

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 Saudi Arabia.

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 Saudi Arabia

Getting a SIM card from STC or Zain would do you well when considering a Saudi SIM card.

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:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.


Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

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Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation.

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Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

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In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services, and products I have for this site and my YouTube channel.

If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cardsinternational SIM cardsmobile hotspots, or roam internationally.

Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

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