Namibia is a country with a very low population density. But mobile phone coverage is quite good in populated areas and along the main highways. Some level of coverage is nearly always available throughout the country with exception to some National Parks (like Etosha), where you get data and phone services only in the rest camps.
In 2017 mobile coverage stands at 95% of population, but 4G is only available in large towns and some villages. Expect data speeds to be lower at other places.
Namibia has two network operators:
- Telecom Namibia (TN mobile)
2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 2100 MHz only. 4G/LTE has started on both operators on 1800 MHz in some town centres only.
Voice over IP (VoIP) is technically illegal in Namibia, and many wired internet connections (including WiFi at hotels) will block some types of VoIP traffic, though MTC seems not to block anything over cellular data. As of 2016 Google Hangouts worked reliably.
All prices are without sales tax (V.A.T.) which is 15% in Namibia. So you'll need to add 15% to all prices given below.
MTC is the first mobile phone provider with the most customers in Namibia and a pretty good coverage: MTC coverage map . It's the recommended network for travellers. Coverage along the main (B) routes (at least for the routes tourists will travel) is very solid for voice/text, but data is only 2G (EDGE) outside of towns. 3G (UMTS) data is usually available when passing through towns of any size.
You can find MTC shops called "Mobile Homes" in all shopping malls in Windhoek and also at the airport, when arriving at the Husea Kutako Airport (WDH). The airport shop is open between 6am and 9pm covering all international arrivals and is friendly and efficient (and seemingly trustworthy).. They also configure your phone and do all necessary setup.
You can get a prepaid SIM card called Tango for N$ 6.99. It can be used for voice and data. Tourists may be offered their MTC Traveller SIM card for N$ 19.95 with N$ 19 credit included. Micro- and Nano Sim cards are not always available, but the MTC shop at the airport cuts them for free.
You can find a list of "Mobile Homes": here Recharges can be bought throughout the country including street merchants.You can top up N$ 5-300 extending SIM life for 1 to 100 days depending on the amount. Check balance by typing *131#.
Data feature packages Edit
After activation default tariff is N$1 per MByte. For data their bundles are all valid for 60 days:
|40 MB||N$ 13|
|80 MB||N$ 20|
|400 MB||N$ 85|
|800 MB||N$ 139|
|1.5 GB||N$ 235|
|3 GB||N$ 353|
|15 GB||N$ 1069|
To activate one of the packages, buy and activate sufficient credit (give it some slack), then send an dial *682# or *147# and follow the instructions. Add 15% taxes (VAT) to all packages. All bundles above are for 60 days. You can purchase multiple bundles.
Combo Packages Edit
The best combo deal is the 'Aweh Gig package', which offers 100 domestic minutes, 700 SMS, and 1 GB of data (plus a bonus 500 MB of WhatsApp data without VoIP calling), all good for 7 days at N$ 32 (+ 15% taxes). This is a much better package than buying the regular 1 GB data pack (with the caveat it's only good for the week). To activate, text '#AwehGig#' to 134. Aweh Gig vouchers can be bought at MTC vending machines. Once 1 GB of data has been used, another Aweh Gig package can only be activated after the end of day 7.
More info Edit
- APN: internet
- Homepage: http://www.mtc.com.na/
Telecom Namiba (TN mobile, formerly LEO, Cell One)Edit
Telecom Namibia Ltd. Mobile was previously called LEO Mobile and Cell One and is also called TN Mobile. It's the smaller network with a slightly lower coverage and lower prices: TN Mobile National Footprint.
Telecom Namibia also runs a TD-LTE network on 2600 MHz (band 38) in some towns. This replaces their old WIMAX network and is intended for stationary home use mostly.
They offer two prepaid plans called 'Hola!' and 'Prepaid per Second' in their shops that have the same rate for data. Hola! has lower call rates per minunte, but a 30 second billing increment instead of Prepaid by second.
To top-up by voucher text the PIN to 124. To check balance type *124#.
Data feature packages Edit
Data outside of bundles is N$ 0.90 per MB. These data bundles are on offer:
|20 MB||N$ 5||*130*20#|
|40 MB||N$ 10||*130*40#|
|60 MB||N$ 15||*130*60#|
|100 MB||N$ 23||*130*100#|
|300 MB||N$ 35||*130*300#|
|600 MB||N$ 99||*130*600#|
|1 GB||N$ 139||*130*1000#|
|2 GB||N$ 199||*130*2000#|
|5 GB||N$ 399||*130*5000#|
|10 GB||N$ 849||*130*10000#|
|20 GB||N$ 1049||*130*20000#|
|40 GB||N$ 1599||*130*40000#|
|50 GB||N$ 1999||*130*50000#|
|100 GB||N$ 3299||*130*100000#|
To all prices add 15% VAT. Recently TN has introduced "unlimited" data packages which are only limited by a FUP of 90 GB:
- unlimited for 24 hours: N$ 49 - activation: *130*49#
- unlimited for 7 days: N$ 299 - activation: *130*299#
- unlimited for 30 days: N$ 999 - actiavtion: *130*999#
To these rates 15% VAT are to be added for the final price.
Combo packages Edit
Like MTC TN has combo packages as well which can be a better deal. Theirs are called Jiva and are all valid for 7 days:
- Jiva: 1 GB data, 100 mins, 700 SMS: N$ 30 - activation: *130*776#
- Jiva Plus: 1.3 GB data, 500 MB social media data, 100 mins, 700 SMS: N$ 35 - activation: *130*777#
- Jiva Surf: 1.3 GB data, 500 MB social media data, free surf at night (midnight-6am), 150 mins, 1000 SMS: N$ 40 - activation: *130*778#
To all rates add 15% taxes.
More info Edit
- APN: internet
- Homepage: http://www.telecom.na/index.php/tn-mobile