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BasicsEdit

Bahrain has three mobile network providers:

  • Batelco
  • Zain
  • Viva

2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 MHz and 4G/LTE on 1800 MHz has started on all three operators. 4G/LTE is available on prepaid. All providers cover already 95-99% of the country by 4G/LTE in 2016.

Legalities and restrictions Edit

Visitors can buy SIM cards in the agencies of the operators and authorized dealers, including at the airport. Since 2010 you must register your personal details showing a passport with the service provider. If you don't, your mobile phone will be cut off.

Further restrictions on the sale of SIM cards were introduced in 2015. A regulation was issued that limits individuals from purchasing no more than 10 prepaid SIM cards from a single service provider. You must be present in person when registering SIM cards and providers must re-check the identity of all subscribers on annual basis. Fingerprints will be used for subscriber identification too. Additionally, SIM cards will only be available for sale directly from service providers, nowhere else.

Always have in mind that Bahrain is a country, where the internet is severely filtered or censored. It is labeled as "Enemy of the Internet" by Wikipedia. You don't have access to many usual sites, unless you install a VPN program/app before using.

Batelco (Bahrain Telecom)Edit

Batelco

Batelco is the national provider and the only landline/ADSL provider in the country. It's the market leader with a 38% customer share. As in most cases, it has both best coverage and is the most expensive at the same time. 

Availability Edit

Their prepaid SIM card is called 'SimSim' and sold for 2 BHD in their shops: (Locator.)

Vouchers for refills are available for 1, (2), 3, (4), 5, 10, 20 and (30) BHD giving 5 - 430 days of validity. Refills in () are by electronic top-up only. To add value, type *125*<voucher PIN>#. To check balance, enter *122#.

They sell different SimSim lines. You need to choose between a weekly or monthly plan:

  • weekly: 1.5 BHD - 200 dom. mins, 2 GB data for 7 days, activation: *200#
  • monzhly: 6 BHD - 1000 dom. mins, 12 GB data for 30 days, activation: *600#

Data feature packs Edit

Default and overuse rate is 0.70 BHD per MB. So you better buy these add-on data packages below for adding more data to the weekly or monthly plan:

Data Price Activation
1 GB BHD 1 *911#
3 GB BHD 3 *922#
8 GB BHD 5 *933#
20 GB BHD 10 *944#

To check data volume, type *888*1*1#.

Data-only SIM Edit

Furthermore, they sell data-only SIM cards called "Prepaid Mobile Broadband". A mobile broadband starter is sold for 2 BHD with 2 GB LTE data valid for 15 days. It can be refilled by top-ups corresponding to a certain data bundle:

Refill Data Period max. Speed
1 BHD 1 GB 3 days 3G
2 BHD 1 GB 10 days
3 BHD 2 GB 30 days 4G/LTE
4 BHD 3 GB
5 BHD 4 GB

You have to activate the packages in your client's area. Speed will be throttled beyond the limit.

Bahrain WiFi Edit

Batelco builds up a WiFi hotspot network in the kingdom. So far 20 hotspot locations have been established (for list scroll down).

Everybody can enjoy 2 GB free every month by texting “BWIFI” to 88188. To connect as an Android user assign network SSID as Batelco Wi-Fi (Note: SSID is case sensitive), select security as 802.1x EAP from the drop down menu and select EAP Method as SIM from the drop down menu and Connect. iOS users are connected seamlessly.

Additional usage will be deducted from your main threshold as a Batelco prepaid customer. Non-customers can buy vouchers on the Batelco WiFi portal:

  • 1 hour: BHD 1
  • 3 hours: BHD 2
  • 24 hours: BHD 7
  • 48 hours: BHD 12

More information Edit

ZainEdit

Zain

Zain coming from Kuwait is the second carrier in Bahrain with a good coverage and similar prices. All prepaid data are on 4G/LTE too.

Availability Edit

Their prepaid voice and data SIM card is called "eeZee" and sold for 1 BHD with a credit of 1 BHD in their shops, including at the airport. Locator

Recharge vouchers are sold all over from 0.500 to 30 BHD giving a bonus of 10 - 25% from 10 BHD and 5 to 420 days of service validity.

Like Batelco Zain's eeZee has a weekly or monthly base rate:

  • weekly: BHD 1.5 - 100 dom. mins, 1.25 GB for 7 days, activation: *123*2#
  • monthly: BHD 6 - 500 dom. mins, 7 GB for 30 days, activation: *123*1#

Data feature packs Edit

Overuse rate is 20 fils per 100 KB. They offer these add-on packages for more data:

  • 1 GB: BHD 1
  • 2 GB: BHD 2
  • 8 GB: BHD 5
  • 20 GB: BHD 10

To subscribe type *123#.

Data-only SIM Edit

Furthermore, they sell data-only SIM cards for 4G/LTE called e-GO with these starter packs:

  • 4 GB, 10 days: 2 BHD
  • 5 GB, 30 days: 12 BHD including a free 3G (!) USB dongle

To activate 4G/LTE dial *943#. The following 'unlimited' packages on 4G/LTE too can be activated on te-GO SIM cards. Note that every top-up voucher corresponds to a package and 'unlimited' is governed by a Fair Use Policy:

Price FUP data Time
BHD 1 2 GB 3 days
BHD 2 5 GB 10 days
BHD 4 12 GB 30 days
BHD 10 20 GB 60 days
BHD 20 30 GB 60 days
BHD 25 40 GB 90 days
BHD 30 50 GB 90 days

When reached data quota, speed will be throttled to 256 kbps.

More information Edit

VivaEdit

Viva

Viva is the 3rd and newest carrier coming from Saudi Arabia. It has the reputation of having the lowest rates in the kingdom and the best value-for-money while coverage and speed is not as good as the other two. 

Availability Edit

The SIM card is available for 1 BHD and comes without credit preloaded, sold in their stores (locator) and at authorized dealers. 4G/LTE is enabled on all prepaid plans.

You can check your balance by dialing *101#. Recharge cards are available for 500 fils, 1, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 25 BHD. Bonus is given for recharges of 10 BHD or more. Recharge by entering *100*<voucher PIN>#. To check balance, type *101#.

You have addtionally a choice of a weekly or monthly plan starter pack too sold at BHD 1.5 or 6:

  • weekly: BHD 1.5 - 200 dom. mins, 2 GB for 7 days
  • monthly: BHD 6 - 1000 dom. mins, 12 GB for 30 days

Data feature packsEdit

Default and overuse rate is 20 fils per 100 KB. They sell these monthly data packages to top-up:

Data Price Activation
1 GB BHD 1 *81172*1#
3 GB BHD 3 *81172*2#
5 GB BHD 5 *81172*3#
12 GB BHD 10 *81172*4#

Data-only SIM Edit

They sell data-only SIM cards called 'Viva Prepaid Broadband' with these starter packs all on 4G/LTE:

  • 2 GB for 15 days: BHD 2
  • 3 GB for 30 days: BHD 12 including a free 3G(!) USB dongle
  • 3 GB for 90 days: 10 BHD
  • 4 GB for 180 days: 18 BHD
  • 5 GB for 360 days: 35 BHD

The following packages on 4G/LTE can be booked on these data-only SIM cards corresponding to the value of a top-up voucher:

Price FUP data Time
BHD 1 1 GB 3 days
BHD 2 3 GB 7 days
BHD 3 6 GB 30 days
BHD 5 12 GB 30 days
BHD 10 20 GB 60 days
BHD 15 17 GB 60 days
BHD 20 24 GB 90 days
BHD 25 40 GB 90 days
BHD 30 42 GB 180 days

After reaching data quota, speed will be reduced.

More information Edit

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