What is the best and cheapest way to use a mobile phone in Cambodia? I am with Optus in Australia, they have told me it's very expensive to use International Roaming. What does everybody else do? Can anybody help? Much appreciated.
#1 ron67 has been a member since 17/12/2007. Posts: 21
Cheapest solution is to buy a local sim card once you arrive. Although you're supposed to have a local ID to buy one it's normally not too difficult to find someone (eg a tuk tuk driver) who will buy the card on your behalf.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,644
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Yeah, tuk-tuk or others charge $20-$25 (USD) to get a $5 SIM card. There is a tourist card available but only lasts a week for about $12.
Survived a couple of weeks there without one. Most calls can be made through the Internet shops for about 500 riel/min--still expensive but found it much cheaper than buying a SIM card unless one chats a lot.
#3 teacherdavids has been a member since 30/1/2007. Posts: 7
MAnaged to buy one with a bit of begging from a shop at market centeral (North side). Cost us ten us for a 017 card. Seems to work in my phone from Denmark no problem. The shop told us to keep secret the sim card tho.....
#4 Millydane has been a member since 2/3/2008. Posts: 3
Hi, I bought one from a shop in Ban Lung, Ratanakiri with no hassle. I'd just come in from Laos and wasn't aware that there were restrictions on buying sim cards. She did take a photocopy of my passport (which I found strange for a prepaid sim - but now understand).
So might be worth just asking in a shop - especially in smaller places?