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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in the Maldives: Buying Guide

The Maldives – known for their pristine beaches, resorts & fantastic weather.

Because of all these factors, the Maldives is a popular travel destination for those experiencing (a cold) winter(s) in the Northern Hemisphere.

But is laying on the beach the only thing you can do in the Maldives?

No… but also yes.

While there are some museums to see, malls to explore & markets to stroll through, the Maldives is a true beach-life destination.

Oh, the nightlife is fantastic too – so you have got that going too.

What is not fantastic is that the Maldives is an expensive travel destination.

While the resorts are next-level, the prices can be out of the world too.

So any way to save some money is always a good thing, such as using a local SIM card.

Local SIM cards, and local rates, are almost always cheaper than international roaming.

Luckily, the costs of SIM cards in the Maldives are low.

You can get a Maldivian SIM card for 30 MVR (2 USD) with 20 MVR (1.30 USD) credit from both Dhiraagu and Ooredoo. They also sell tourist SIM cards with generous starter packs from 11 USD to 50 USD at Malé-Velana International Airport and some regular Dhiraagu and Ooredoo stores.

Yes, those tourist SIM cards do sound expensive. But you always get data with them.

Most include data and SMS. So it is not just 50 USD for a SIM card. That is some Diego Garcia type of scam.

Is there a lot to know about Maldavian SIM cards with just two mobile operators?

Yes, and that is why I wrote this guide.

In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the Maldives. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in the Maldives Guide (logos of Dhiraagu & Ooredoo)

Original publication: 21st of February 2020. Last updated: 15th of December 2021.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in the Maldives?

Anyone living in or visiting the Maldives can buy a Maldavian SIM card from Dhiraagu and Ooredoo without restrictions.

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 the Maldives).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in the Maldives?

You can get a Maldivian SIM card in Dhiraagu and Ooredoo stores. They are also available at Malé-Velana International Airport.

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

  • Dhiraagu: 30 MVR with 20 MVR credit
  • Ooredoo Maldives: 30 MVR with 20 MVR credit

The following mobile operators also have SIM cards targetting tourists:

  • Dhiraagu: 11 USD (Lite Traveler), 15 USD (Traveler Starter), 20 USD (Traveler Basic), 35 USD (Traveler Plus) & 50 USD (Traveler Premium)
  • Ooredoo Maldives: 537 MVR/35 USD & 818 MVR/50 USD (airport & regular Ooredoo stores – Tourist Plans) + 15 USD, 20 USD, 30 USD & 50 USD (airport SIM cards)
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Can You Use Your Phone in the Maldives?

The Maldives uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in the Maldives. 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 the Maldives, 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 the Maldives.

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 the Maldives 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 the Maldives (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE (and soon 5G NR).

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in the Maldives

The Maldives has two mobile operators:

  • Dhiraagu (Dhivehi Raajjeygé Gulhun)
  • Ooredoo Maldives

The following frequencies are used in the Maldives:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in the Maldives, 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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5G NR in the Maldives

Commercial 5G NR has been available in the Maldives since 2019. It is available on the Dhiraagu and Ooredoo Malvives network. However, 5G NR reception is still limited as of 2022.

Best SIM Card in the Maldives

If you want to buy the best SIM card in the Maldives, I recommend going with Dhiraagu. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. It also has more choice in plans.

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Best eSIM in the Maldives

Both Dhiraagu and Ooredoo Maldives offer eSIM (to prepaid customers).

Ooredoo Maldives, through Airalo, allows you to order your eSIM before you even step afoot in the Maldives.

You can get the Ooredoo Maldives 17 GB of data for 30 USD eSIM or the Ooredoo Maldives 30 GB of data for 50 USD eSIM.

Skip the queues and order your Maldives eSIM at home!

SIM Card Registration in the Maldives

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

Note that SIM card registration also applies when you get the Ooredoo Maldives SIM card through Airalo.

(Tourist) Goods and Services (GST) Tax in the Maldives

In the Maldives, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not always inclusive of the advertised prices.

This applies to mobile services too.

Currently, the GST rate is 6%, meaning a 100 MVR top-up will cost you 106 MVR.

However, there is a special tax rate for tourists. At least, if you buy something in a tourist establishment.

If you buy anything, including SIM cards and top-ups, at a tourist establishment, the GST rate is 12% instead of 6%.

This means a 100 MVR top-up will cost you 112 MVR.

So yeah, get your SIM card from the most remote place far away from other tourists as possible 😂.

The Maldives Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of the Maldives

The Maldives is probably the most expensive travel destination in South Asia.

The country is known for its exotic high-end resorts, so you better save some good money before heading to the Maldives.

Usually, this also means that the cost of mobile data is high, especially because the Maldives is a (remote) island nation.

Surprisingly, the costs are not too high, but higher than the regional average.

The average price for 1 GB of data in the Maldives is 3.24 USD, above the Asian average of 1.79 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

When looking at the countries above, the Maldives is the fifth most expensive country for mobile data in Asia.

But… the prices are quite reasonable for Maldivian standards.

Especially when you see the mobile data speeds the country has to offer.

Is mobile data fast in the Maldives?

Yes, it is. The 6th fastest in Asia (excluding the Middle East).

The Maldives' median mobile download speed is around 48 Mbps, close to double the global median.

Within a year, the median download speed went from 29 Mbps to 48 Mbps in the Maldives, which is excellent.

Again, the Maldives consists of several islands at least 750 kilometers away from mainland Asia.

Oh, and you are better off using 4G/LTE in the Maldives than using your hotel's or resort's WIFI.

Not only are those slow, but some have the audacity to charge you 10 USD or 20 USD (not MVR – USD) a day to access their WIFI.

Daylight robbery – that is for sure.

With low SIM card prices, extensive nationwide coverage, fast mobile download speeds, and reasonable mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in the Maldives.

Currency in the Maldives

500 Maldivian Rufiyaa Bank Note
© Maldives Monetary Authority

The Maldives use the Maldivian Rufiyaa with the symbol MVR (which will be used throughout this article).

However, prices are often listed as MRF, Rf, /-, or ރ. For example, 25 MVR = MRF, Rf, /-, ރ 25.

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

  • 1 MVR = 0.06 USD
  • 10 MVR = 0.65 USD
  • 100 MVR = 6.50 USD
  • 1000 MVR = 64.70 USD
  • 10 000 MVR = 647.40 USD

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

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Maldivian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Dhiraagu & Ooredoo Maldives, 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 the Maldives have to offer to us.


Dhiraagu (Dhivehi Raajjeygé Gulhun)

Dhiraagu Maldives Logo
© Dhiraagu

Dhiraagu, standing for Dhivehi Raajjeygé Gulhun, is the largest mobile operator in the Maldives.

It held a monopoly from 1988 to 2005 until Ooredoo entered the Maldivian telecom market.

In the past, Dhiraagu was a joint venture by the Maldivian government and Cable & Wireless.

Now, it is owned mainly by Batelco from Bahrain (52%), partially owned by the Maldivian government (42%) & some other shareholders (6%).

Dhiraagu uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Dhiraagu:

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

Coverage – Dhiraagu

Dhiraagu has the best coverage in the Maldives.

4G/LTE reception can be found almost anywhere – even on the smaller islands.

Below is Dhiraagu's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Dhiraagu

You can get a Dhiraagu SIM card for 30 MVR with 20 MVR credit in Dhiraagu stores. They are also available at Malé-Velana International Airport. Dhiraagu Treaveler SIM cards, for between 11 USD to 50 USD, are also available at the airport and regular Dhiraagu stores.

The following five Dhiraagu Traveler SIM cards are available:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
11 USDLite Traveler100 MVRN/AN/A50 SMS14 days
15 USDTraveler StarterN/A4 GB50 minutes50 SMS7 days
20 USDTraveler BasicN/A17 GB300 minutes300 SMS7 days
35 USDTraveler Plus6.50 USD17 GB150 minutes150 SMS30 days
50 USDTraveler Premium9.50 USD30 GB300 minutes300 SMS30 days
Dhiraagu Maldives Traveler SIM Card

It is also possible to get a Dhiraagu eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card or for 30 MVR if you change from a physical SIM card to an eSIM.

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

  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Mini
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Dhiraagu

Dhiraagu top-up vouchers are sold in Dhiraagu stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Maldives.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
8 MVR – 19 MVR10 days
20 MVR – 49 MVR20 days
50 MVR – 99 MVR45 days
100 MVR – 199 MVR90 days
200 MVR – 499 MVR180 days
500 MVR – 1000 MVR365 days

To top up your Dhiraagu SIM card, dial *141*VoucherCode# or dial *123# and follow the instructions.

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 *200# or text BAL to 727 to check your Dhiraagu balance.

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

Dhiraagu Maldives App
© Dhiraagu

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Dhiraagu

Dhiraagu has eight data-featured plans:

Most Dhiraagu plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 343.

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

Sera Bangla Combo To Go – Dhiraagu

The Sera Bangla Combo To Go plans are combo bundles with data, minutes to Bangladesh & SMS. These are exclusive to Bangladeshi customers.

Text the Activation Code to activate Sera Bangla Combo To Go:

PriceDataSocial Data 1On-Net SMSBangladesh MinutesValidityActivation Code
59 MVR500 MBN/AN/AN/A30 daysAdd 500MB
90 MVR1 GB500 MB50 minutesN/A30 daysAdd 1.5GB
175 MVR2.5 GB1 GB125 minutes15 minutes30 daysAdd 3.5GB
275 MVR6 GB2 GB500 minutes20 minutes30 daysAdd 6GB
375 MVR13 GB3 GB500 minutes30 minutes30 daysAdd 13GB

1 for Snapchat, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp

Dhiraagu Maldives Sera Bangla Combo To Go Plans
Salhi Prepaid Plans – Dhiraagu

The Salhi Prepaid Plans are combo bundles with data and minutes.

Text the Activation Code to activate Salhi Prepaid Plans:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesValidityActivation Code
145 MVRSalhi Weekly1 GB/day (7 GB)“Unlimited”, 45 000 minutes7 daysAdd S1GB7
265 MVRSalhi 2 Weeks1 GB/day (14 GB)“Unlimited”, 45 000 minutes14 daysAdd S1GB14
495 MVRSalhi Monthly1 GB/day (30 GB)“Unlimited”, 45 000 minutes30 daysAdd S1GB30
Dhiraagu Maldives Salhi Prepaid Plans
Combo To Go Plans – Dhiraagu

The Combo To Go Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to activate Combo To Go:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
250 MVRCOMBO 4 GB4 GB150 minutes150 SMS30 daysAdd CB4
350 MVRCOMBO 6 GB6 GB250 minutes250 SMS30 daysAdd CB6
475 MVRCOMBO 8.5 GB8.5 GB350 minutes350 SMS30 daysAdd CB8
650 MRCOMBO 12 GB12 GB500 minutes500 SMS30 daysAdd CB12
850 MVRCOMGO 20 GB20 GB1200 minutes1200 SMS30 daysAdd CB20
1200 MVRCOMBO 34 GB34 GB2000 minutes2000 SMS30 daysAdd CB34
Dhiraagu Maldives Combo To Go
Monthly Data Plans – Dhiraagu

The Monthly Data Plans are data-only bundles.

Monthly Data Plans can be activated on the Dhiraagu app:

PriceDataSocial Data 1
99 MVR500 MBN/A
150 MVR1 GB200 MB

1 for Snapchat, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp

Dhiraagu Maldives Monthly Data Plans
Mini Data Add-Ons – Dhiraagu

The Mini Data Add-Ons are data-only add-ons.

Text the Activation Code to activate Mini Data Add-Ons:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
15 MVRData 15100 MBN/A12 hoursAdd Data15
30 MVRData 30250 MBN/A24 hoursAdd Data30
50 MVRData 50500 MB250 MB3 daysAdd Data50
75 MVRData 751 GB500 MB7 daysAdd Data75

1 for Snapchat, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp

Dhiraagu Maldives Mini Data Add-Ons
Social Media Add-Ons – Dhiraagu

The Social Media Add-Ons are data-only add-ons for Snapchat, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp.

Text the Activation Code to activate Social Media Add-Ons:

PriceSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
35 MVR1 GBUntil add-on expires 2Add SM-Boost
60 MVR2 GB7 daysAdd SM-2GB
165 MVR4 GB30 daysAdd SM-4GB

1 for Snapchat, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp
2 can only be purchased when you have an active 165 MVR 4 GB Social Media Add-on

Dhiraagu Maldives Social Media Add-Ons
Perks – Dhiraagu

The Perks are data-only add-ons for select apps, including Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Spotify, WeChat & WhatsApp. They can only be purchased with an active Combo To Go plan.

These Perks are available, which can be activated on the Dhiraagu app.

PricePlanApp DataValidity
49 MVRChat1 GB 1Until plan expires
49 MVRSocial1 GB 2Until plan expires
49 MVRStreaming1 GB 3Until plan expires

1 for Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp
2 for Snapchat
3 for Amazon Prime Video, Dhiraagu Play, Dhiraagu TV, Netflix & Spotify

Dhiraagu Maldives Perks
Streaming Add-Ons – Dhiraagu

The Streaming Add-Ons are data-only add-ons for Amazon Prime Video, Dhiraagu Play, Dhiraagu TV, Netflix, Spotify & TikTok.

Text the Activation Code to activate Streaming Add-Ons:

PriceStreaming Data 1ValidityActivation Code
120 MVR4 GB5 daysAdd STR-4GB
250 MVR5 GB30 daysAdd STR-5GB
500 MVR15 GB30 daysAdd STR-15GB

1 for Amazon Prime Video, Dhiraagu Play, Dhiraagu TV, Netflix, Spotify & TikTok

Dhiraagu Maldives Streaming Add-Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Dhiraagu

  • Name: Dhiraagu
  • APN: internet.dhimobile

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Ooredoo Maldives

Ooredoo Logo
© Ooredoo

Ooredoo Maldives, just Ooredoo, is the other mobile operator in the Maldives.

It was the first mobile operator to introduce 3G and 4G/LTE in the country.

Ooredoo, as a company, is active in Northern Africa, Southeast Asia & the Middle East.

Ooredoo uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12 and/or Band 28), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

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 Maldives

Ooredoo has extensive coverage throughout the Maldives.

Reception on the smaller islands may not be as strong as on the bigger ones.

Below is Ooredoo's coverage map:

Here is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Ooredoo Maldives

You can get an Ooredoo SIM card for 30 MVR with 20 MVR credit in Ooredoo stores and partner stores. Ooredoo Tourist Packs, for between 15 USD to 50 USD, are also available at Malé-Velana International Airport.

Ooredoo Maldives SIM Card Price

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

You actually have two versions. The ones only sold at Malé-Velana International Airport (which I call airport SIM cards) and the regular Tourist Packs.

The following Airport SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
15 USD4 GBUnknown
20 USD17 GBUnknown
30 USD17 GB30 days
50 USD30 GB30 days

If you are a tourist from China and get a 15 USD or 30 USD airport SIM card, you also get unlimited Baidu and WeChat data.

If you are a tourist from India and get a 15 USD or 30 USD airport SIM cards, you also get unlimited Google and WhatsApp data.

Then you also have the regular Tourist Packs, which are sold at Malé-Velana International Airport, Ooredoo stores & partner stores:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
537 MVR/35 USDTourist Plan $35100 MVR17 GB150 minutes150 SMS30 days
818 MVR/50 USDTourist Plan $50150 MVR30 GB300 minutes300 SMS30 days
Ooredoo Maldives Tourist SIM Cards

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

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

  • Google Pixel 3/4/5
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone XR
  • Samsung Galaxy Note S20/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20

Note that Ooredoo offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFI (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Ooredoo Maldives

Ooredoo top-up vouchers are sold in Ooredoo stores, partner stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Maldives.

To top up your Ooredoo SIM card, dial *201*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *201*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 *200# to check your Ooredoo balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Ooredoo MV (Android) or Ooredoo Maldives app iOS).

Ooredoo Maldives App
© Ooredoo Maldives

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Ooredoo Maldives

Ooredoo has three data-featured plans:

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

Combo Packs – Ooredoo Maldives

The Combo Packs are combo bundles with data and minutes.

The following Combo Packs are available, which can be activated on the Ooredoo app:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesValidity
30 MVRDaily Combo250 MB250 minutes24 hours
150 MVRWeekly Combo500 MB500 minutes7 days
Ooredoo Maldives Combo Packs
Aachaa (Daily) Plans – Ooredoo Maldives

The Aachaa (Daily) Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Aachaa (Daily) Plans can be activated by dialing *929*1#:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidity
150 MVRAachaa 7 GB Pack1 GB/day (7 GB)UnlimitedN/AN/A7 days
500 MVRAachaa 30 GB Pack1 GB/day (30 GB)“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutesN/AN/A30 days
750 MVRAachaa 60 GB Pack2 GB/day (60 GB)“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutesN/AN/A30 days
750 MVRAachaa Prepaid 3M2.5 GB/month (7.5 GB)“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes25 minutes/month (75 minutes)50 SMS/monthh (150 SMS)3 months
1500 MVRAachaa Prepaid 6M3 GB/month (18 GB)“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes50 minutes/month (300 minutes)100 SMS/month (600 SMS)6 months
3000 MVRAachaa Prepaid 12M3.5 GB/month (42 GB)“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes100 minutes/month (1200 minutes)200 SMS/month (2400 SMS)12 months 
Ooredoo Maldives Aachaa Prepaid Plans
Ooredoo Data Plans – Ooredoo Maldives

The Ooredoo Data Plans are, as the name suggests, data-only bundles.

These Ooredoo Data Plans are available, which can be activated on the Ooredoo app:

PricePlanDataValidity
15 MVRDaily 100 MB100 MBUntil midnight
25 MVRDaily 250 MB250 MB24 hours
50 MVRDaily 2 GB2 GB24 hours
100 MVRWeekly 5 GB5 GB7 days
125 MVRData 1251.3 GB30 days
175 MVRWeekly 10 GB10 GB7 days
200 MVRData 2002.5 GB30 days
350 MVRData 3507 GB30 days
500 MVRData 50012 GB30 days
660 MVRData 66018 GB30 days
880 MVRData 88025 GB30 days
1100 MVRData 110040 GB30 days
Ooredoo Maldives Data Packs

APN/Internet Settings – Ooredoo Maldives

  • Name: OoredooData
  • APN: OoredooData

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Maldives

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

However, for some, getting a Maldivian 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 operator.

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

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 the Maldives 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 mobile 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 the Maldives.

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 the Maldives

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Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!

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