Buying a SIM Card in Bahrain: What You Need To Know

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Going to Bahrain soon and are looking for a Bahraini SIM card? Or are you already in Bahrain and in need of a new provider? In this video, I will tell you all about buying a SIM Card in Bahrain and tell you which one is the best!

This video is useful for both tourists/travelers visiting Manama, Riffa, Muharraq, or Bahrain in general, or those already (living) in Bahrain and are in need of a (new) Bahraini SIM card.

Bahrain has 3 telecom operators: Batelco, Zain Bahrain, and STC Bahrain. There are no Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in the country.

Viva Bahrain does not exist anymore. STC bought Viva and rebranded it into Viva Bahrain in December 2019. Any video or article still referring to Viva Bahrain is outdated.

What should you know about buying a Bahraini SIM card? A Bahraini SIM card, with a plan, will not cost you more than 10 USD, and you can get 1 GB of data for as little as 1 BHD, which is 2.65 USD/2.45 EUR/2.16 GBP/4.10 AUD/4.35 NZD/200 INR/500 LKR/225 BDT/425 PKR – quite affordable!

Moreover, mobile data speeds are fast in Bahrain, averaging around 36 Mbps download and 12 Mbps upload, making Bahrain the 39th fastest country for mobile data, according to the Speedtest Global IndexOpens in a new tab..

The most expensive data plan you can get is 30 BHD, which will come with 60 GB for 30 days, which applies to all operators.

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0:56: Operators in Bahrain
1:20: SIM card regulations in Bahrain
1:55: STC Bahrain
4:26: Batelco
7:31: Zain Bahrain
9:43: Best SIM card in Bahrain

Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 7 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region is Asia. In particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently is in the Netherlands.

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