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Cheapie Mobile?

Posted by piglet44 on 26/5/2009 at 01:09

Just discovered I can't use my mobile in Cambodia so is it possible to buy a cheapie phone and sim card in PP when we arrive?
if so what would this cost (a simple one no fancy footwork required- just want to SMS my kids once in a while)

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Posted by Lother on 26/5/2009 at 03:41

There's lots of places selling used mobiles in Cambodia, so you can pick one up pretty cheap. Or new too, of course, if you want, you should be able to get the cheapest ones for like $40? At least as of last year you need a Cambodian to buy you a SIM card, but you can ask a moto driver or your guesthouse for example, shouldn't be a problem.

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Posted by brucemoon on 26/5/2009 at 07:24


A sim card can be bought anywhere, and sold to anyone (as of April last).

I'm assuming you're mobile is on 3g and you are unable to use GSM sim cards (makes dual band a good option, eh?).

If you want to text your kids occasionally, maybe an internet cafe could be cheaper.


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Posted by winterof78 on 22/8/2009 at 14:11


I bought an Mfone SIM for $5 from a stall outside the Russian market (Cambodians pay $3) However I'm sure there's a SIM or SIM/phone combination that lets you call the UK cheaply, but I don't know how.

Does anyone know a third party service that makes calling the UK from Cambodia cheaper than $3 a minute. There's always SKYPE but the internet is painfully slow throughout Cambodia - I think it's because most places still have no fibre optic cables.



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Posted by BDV on 24/8/2009 at 15:30


MPhone Sim cards are around USD3.00 - USD4.00 (depending on the phone number) around the central market. You should be able to get a local to pick you up for around USD5.00 total.

This is also good area to pick up a cheap mobile....should be able to get something for below USD20.00 if all you want to do call and sms.

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Posted by Lother on 24/8/2009 at 15:45

Well, Mfone is good for calling out of Cambodia. As detailed here:
their overseas VOIP service costs 25 cents / min to most countries (incl. the UK). As I understand it, when you have an Mfone SIM, you don't need to add the 165 either when you call. At least I haven't, and have been charged around that price. I've used the VOIP quite a bit and been pretty happy with the sound quality and all that too.

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