International SIM cards for Jordan

Travelling to Jordan? Check out our guide to finding the best prepaid SIM card

Reduce your rates by using a local SIM.

Jordan is one of the Middle East’s most cultured nations, with much to see and do across the entire kingdom. Using your home phone network there can be expensive, so consider switching over to a local SIM card to take advantage of better deals and plans. Jordan has some good prepaid SIM cards available, with deals that can reduce your bills. You can buy 1GB of data from Jordan’s leading telco provider for as little as JOD5 (about AUD$9). So, whether you’re planning a short trip, longer stay or tour of the entire Middle East, check out the best SIM card options available on finder.com.au.

Prices last updated 18/09/2017
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Telco providers in Jordan

There are three main operators in Jordan: Zain, Umniah and Orange. All three operators go through a strict approval process before being allowed to operate, and each one competes with the others to offer the best deals. Their services have all been tried and tested by both locals and travellers, and can be trusted. According to OpenSignal’s coverage map, Jordan has very good service in the northern and western areas, but the more southeast you head, the worse your signal will become.

About Jordan’s operators

Jordan’s operators have good roaming rates and sell prepaid credit that allows users to take advantage of cheap local offers and deals. All three providers offer customers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Locals call their SIM cards “SIMs” or “chips”, and they can be purchased from official outlets or approved resellers. Credit can also be bought from the same retailers and at most stores and supermarkets. You will need to show your passport when purchasing a prepaid SIM card, and the retailer will then register and activate the SIM for you. Please note that there is an 8% tax charge added to all prepaid SIM cards and credit purchases in Jordan.

Below, we have broken down each telco provider to highlight exactly what’s available during your visit to Jordan.

Zain

Zain is the largest operator in Jordan and offers some great prepaid voice and data packages. It offers customers good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Internet speeds are fast and the network coverage is good. Your passport must be shown when purchasing a prepaid SIM card, and a registration form will have to be filled out and signed before it can be activated. Credit can be purchased from the same retailers and at supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.

The "Al Kul" prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for JOD5, but credit or packages will have to be added before use. There are also "Mish Tabee3i" combo packs that offer voice and data plans. You can order these plans by dialling *500#, and they come with 3GB of data and voice and data discounts for JOD8.82.

The standard default data rate is charged at JOD0.21 per MB. The following data packs can be added as well:

Main Internet Plans
Bundle ValidityBundle CapacityPrice (JD)
MonthlyFacebook, Whats App & Instagram2
Monthly250 MB2.5
Monthly500 MB3.5
Monthly1 GB5
Monthly2 GB8
Monthly4 GB12
Monthly7 GB15
Monthly10 GB20
Weekly100 MB1
Weekly1 GB3
DailyFacebook, Whats App & Instagram0.25
Daily50 MB0.5
Daily1 GB1

Dial *240# to subscribe to one of the above-mentioned packs. Dial *121*2# to check your balance. 4G/LTE can be added to any prepaid SIM card for JOD5 per month.

There is also the "EzNet" data-only SIM card available. The following options can be purchased:

  • JOD6: 3GB daytime + 3GB nighttime
  • JOD10: 6GB daytime + 6GB nighttime
  • JOD20: 32GB anytime

In addition, there are special 4G/LTE plans available for tourists that can bring down the cost of voice and data even further. For JOD12 you can purchase a voice and data SIM card, which comes with 3GB, 5,000 intranet, 50 local minutes and 50 local SMS, valid for 30 days. You can also add the 4G/LTE booster pack, mentioned above, to this prepaid SIM card.

There are prepaid data-only SIM cards available that come in the following options:

JOD102GB
JOD2530GB
JOD35100GB
JOD50200GB

Please note that there will be an 8% local tax added to all prepaid SIM card and credit amounts purchased in Jordan.

Zain’s APN: internet and website: www.jo.zain.com

Umniah

Umniah is the second-largest operator in Jordan and offers good prepaid voice and data packages. Umniah offers customers some great 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Internet speeds are fast and the network coverage is respectable. Your passport must be shown when purchasing a prepaid SIM card, and a registration form will have to be filled out and signed before it can be activated. Credit can be purchased at the company’s retail outlets, supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.

Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for JOD5, and credit can be added in the following denominations: JOD1, JOD3, JOD5, JOD6, JOD10 and JOD15.

The following prepaid voice and data packages are also available:

  • Kul Bil Kul: Standard SIM card charged at default rates
  • 100% Line: 250MB data free every month
  • Zarqa Plus: 1GB data for JOD5 every month
  • Khaleek Tabi3i Extra: 2GB data for JOD5 every month
  • Golden Line: 7GB data for JOD7, 14GB data for JOD9 or 21GB data for JOD12; each is a monthly charge

The following "evo mobile prepaid" data packs are available too:

1 minuteUnlimited data
(in 60 seconds)
JOD0.01
Happy Hour
(10-11am, 3-4pm)
Unlimited dataJOD0.1
(per hour)
24 hours130MBJOD0.35
24 hours500MBJOD0.50
Week200MBJOD1
Week400MBJOD1.5
Week500MBJOD2
Month500MBJOD3
Month1GBJOD5
Month2GBJOD7
Month2.5GB + 1GB for Skype onlyJOD5

Dial *888# and select the relevant pack to activate.

In addition, there is a data-only prepaid SIM card available called "evo mobile prepaid", which comes in the following options:

  • 3G USB dongle and 3.5GB of data valid for one month: JOD15
  • SIM card with 1.5GB of data valid for one month: JOD5

The following packs are also available:

Evo PlanCapacityFree CapacityPrice
Daily250 MB-JOD0.5
Weekly500 MB-JOD2
2-Weeks1 GB2 GB for Facebook
& sports URLs*
JOD3
Monthly1.5 GB-JOD5
Monthly smart7 GB2 GB at night**JOD6
Monthly Mix-JOD75 GB7 GB at night and
2 GB for governorates***
JOD7
Monthly Plus10 GB4 GB at night**JOD10
Monthly Mix-JOD1110 GB7 GB at night and
2 GB for governorates***
JOD11
Monthly Limited Edition30 GB-JOD15

There is a selection of special SIM card packages available for 4G/LTE only:

JOD109GB
JOD1220GB
JOD1530GB
JOD2860GB
(60 days)

For JOD2 per day, you can add 2GB of data, or for JOD5 per week, you will receive 5GB of data. Remember there is an 8% tax charge in Jordan.

Umniah’s APN for mobile phones: net

APN for routers and dongles: Umniah

Website: www.umniah.com/en

Orange

Orange is the smallest operator in Jordan but still offers some good prepaid voice and data packages. It provides customers with good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Internet speeds are fast and the network coverage is relatively good. Your passport must be shown when purchasing a prepaid SIM card, and a registration form will have to be filled out and signed before it can be activated. Credit can be purchased from the company’s retailers and at supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.

Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for a relatively cheap rate of just JOD1.72, and there are several prepaid base plans which can be added:

  • Orange Basic: Base plan, data is charged at JOD0.20 per MB
  • Orange 2: 1GB, 60 minutes, 60 SMS, valid for 1 week: JOD2
  • Orange 6: 2GB, 150 minutes, 150 SMS, valid for 1 month: JOD6
  • Orange 7: 4GB, free Facebook and Twitter, 400 minutes, unlimited SMS, valid for 1 month: JOD7
  • Orange 9: 5GB, free Facebook and Twitter, 500 minutes, unlimited SMS, valid for 1 month: JOD9
  • Orange 11: 7GB, free Facebook and Twitter, 700 minutes, unlimited SMS, valid for 1 month: JOD11

The following data packs can also be added to all prepaid SIM cards mentioned above:

Daily
50MBJOD0.5
Weekly
75MBJOD0.99
200MBJOD1.99
Monthly
250MBJOD2.99
500MBJOD4.99
1GB:JOD6.99
3GBJOD14.99
6GBJOD19.99

Dial *777# and select the relevant pack to activate. Dial 155# to check your credit and data balance.

Orange’s "3akaifak 2" data-only SIM card can be purchased for JOD15, and it comes with a 3G USB dongle and 3.5GB of data. Dial *201# or send an SMS to 99555 to purchase the package if you’re an existing prepaid customer.

The following top-up variations are available too:

Scratch card value (JOD)Validity periodDownload capacity (GB)Free off-peak capacity GB from 2-10am
12 days0.55-
1.52 days0.8-
31 week1.1-
51 month52
61 month64
101 month104
121 month124
222 month226
326 month3210

Dial *155# or send an SMS to 99555 to check your balance. You can also go online and update credit via the "my account" option. Dial *150*<14-digit code># to 99555 to add credit if you purchase vouchers.

The following 4G/LTE-only SIM card packages are available as well:

  • 4G 1 Month 16GB: Including a 4G USB dongle and 16GB for a month: JOD27.3
  • 4G 6 Months 100GB: Including a 4G MiFi router and 100GB for 6 months: JOD100
  • 4G IEW 1 Year 600GB: Including a 4G router and 600GB for 1 year: JOD300

The following data options can be added to the 4G/LTE-only SIM cards:

JOD1012GB1 month
JOD1225GB1 month
JOD2260GB2 months
JOD32160GB6 months

Remember there is an 8% tax charge in Jordan.

Orange’s APN: net.orange.jo, and website: http://www.orange.jo

Some top tips from finder.com.au staff:

  • The official language in Jordan is Arabic, so if you don’t know the language, then consider downloading Google Translate onto your phone before you travel. English is widely spoken throughout the country and is taught in all schools.
  • Locals call a SIM card a “SIM” or “chip”.
  • Ask the sellers to set up the SIM for you, because they will know how to do it. If not, follow the instructions we have highlighted above or go to the official operator website to get advice.
  • Remember, it’s always better to get things done early, before the shops get too busy. That way you are more likely to receive better assistance and avoid the crowds!

TripAdvisor tips for the best SIM cards and where to buy them

While it’s well known for reviews, booking hotels, flights and holidays, TripAdvisor also has many user comments that can help guide you through what SIM cards have been tried and tested in Jordan.

Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:

If you’re aiming for international calls, pick Umniah service provider and get their SIM card since its the cheapest when it comes to overseas calls. If you are after making local calls or Internet and other services, pick Zain.

“Free Wi-Fi is available nearly everywhere: cafes, hotel, hostels, even the private car/taxi. To buy a SIM card is cheap in Jordan, under JOD10 you be well covered for a week.”

90% of Jordan is covered with cell phone networks; never encountered any problems with Internet, especially on cell phones. 3G is provided by all networks and you can navigate without any worries, although it will cost you an arm and a leg for international roaming with Internet!

Pros and cons of Jordan’s top telco providers

All networks require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible international phone. To double check you have this phone, or if it’s possible for your provider to unlock your device, contact your provider before you leave.

Pros:

  • Good value for money
  • Jordan has good coverage
  • Prepaid credit when required
  • No in-store contract needed
  • Could be compatible with your current phone
  • Cheap handsets are sold in stores

Cons:

  • No devices offered with the SIM card packages
  • Can only be used on SIM-unlocked GSM phones
  • Tough rules and regulations could make buying a SIM card difficult
  • There is an 8% tax charge added on top of all prices
  • Signal can suffer in some regions

More questions about finding the best SIM?

Q: Can Jordan’s SIM cards be used throughout the Middle East region?

A: Jordan SIM cards can be used in other Middle Eastern countries, subject to additional roaming charges, but that defeats the object of purchasing a local SIM card to avoid using your home phone network abroad. We advise you to only use the Jordan SIM card in Jordan to reap the full benefits of what it can offer. If you plan on travelling around to other Arab nations, it might be better to purchase a SIM card from each country to cut costs.

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