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Using your own phone network in Kazakhstan can be expensive, so consider switching over to a local SIM card to take advantage of better deals and plans. Kazakhstan has some of the best prepaid SIM card deals in the world, with offers that can really reduce your bills. You can buy 1GB of data from Kazakhstan’s leading telco provider for as little as KZT490 (less than AUD$2). So, whether you’re planning a short trip, longer stay or tour of the region, check out the best SIM card options available.
SimCorner has prepaid travel SIM cards to get you connected almost anywhere in the world.
There are four main operators in Kazakhstan: Kcell, Beeline, Tele2 and Altel. All four 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 connectivity report, Kazakhstan has good network coverage around the main cities and more urban areas but can worsen as you head toward the more remote regions. Network troubles aren’t just a problem for local providers; it will happen with any phone or provider you use there.
Kazakhstan’s operators offer good roaming rates and sell prepaid credit that allows users to take advantage of cheap local offers and deals. All four providers offer customers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Locals call their SIM cards “SIMs” or “chips”, and they can be purchased by showing your passport as a valid form of ID. Prepaid SIM cards can be found at official stores and approved resellers, as well as at the airport as you enter Arrivals. Credit can be purchased from the same retailers or at most stores and supermarkets throughout the country.
Below, we have highlighted what each provider can offer you during your stay in Kazakhstan.
One simple microchip sticker gives you discounted rates all over the world.
Kcell is the largest operator in Kazakhstan and offers some great prepaid voice and data packages. It provides customers with 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Internet speeds are fast and the network coverage is very 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. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers. Credit can be purchased from the same retailers, at the airport and at supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.
Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for KZT1,500, which includes KZT1,300 of credit. There are two prepaid plans available: “Long Calls+” (Ұзақ әңгімелер+) and “Simple+” (Қарапайым+). Data packs can be added to both of these SIM card packages.
Credit can be added through recharge cards or electronic top-up terminals, and they come in the following denominations: KZT500, KZT1,000, KZT2,000 and KZT5,000. To upload credit from vouchers, dial *110*<13-digit voucher PIN>#. You can also add credit by using your credit card online.
The following data packs can be added too:
To cancel the packages, dial *444*1*4# for daily and *444*4*4# for monthly, otherwise they will auto-renew. Dial *444*1*3# for daily and *444*4*3# for monthly to check the balance.
Kcell’s APN: internet, and website: http://www.kcell.kz/en
Beeline is the second-biggest operator in Kazakhstan and offers prepaid voice and data packages. Beeline provides customers with 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. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers. Credit can be purchased from the same retailers, at the airport and at supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.
Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for KZT1,000 and are called “Free Style”. They can be purchased from almost anywhere in Kazakhstan, but you will still have to take it to the official store for proper registration.
The standard default data rate is charged at KZT20.16 per MB. The following packages can be added to bring down the prices:
All of the above-mentioned packages auto-renew. Dial *622*333# to cancel. Dial *106# to check your data balance. Dial *102# to check your credit balance.
There is also a tourist SIM card available called “Welcome” (Қош келдіңіз!) that provides discounted international calls, data and SMS rates. Bundles can be purchased for KZT1,500, which includes 200 minutes of monthly on-net calls, 200 on-net SMS and 10GB mobile Internet data. Overuse is charged at KZT15 per MB, but refills can be added at any time by dialling *323*20#.
Beeline’s APN: internet.beeline.kz, and website: https://www.beeline.kz
Tele2 is the third-largest provider in Kazakhstan. It sells many different prepaid voice and data packages. 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services are available. Internet speeds are fast and the network coverage is acceptable but can be sketchy in some areas. 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. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers. Credit can be purchased from the same retailers, at the airport and at supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.
Prepaid SIM cards are sold in the following combinations:
Dial *121# to check your balance. Credit can also be added online by using your credit card. Check the official website for more details on online purchases.
The following data packs can also be added:
|Daily||15MB||KZT27||*147*1# to activate||*147*8*1# to cancel|
|60MB||KZT45||*147*2# to activate||*147*8*2# to cancel|
|7 days||150MB||KZT139||*147*3# to activate||*147*8*3# to cancel|
|300MB||KZT250||*147*4# to activate||*147*8*4# to cancel|
|30 days||1GB||KZT940||*147*9*1# to activate||*147*8*9# to cancel|
|5GB||KZT1,990||*147*5# to activate||*147*8*5# to cancel|
|10GB||KZT2,990||*147*7# to activate||*147*8*7# to cancel|
|12GB||KZT3,490||*147*6# to activate||*147*8*6# to cancel|
|1 year||12GB/month||KZT9,600||*142# to activate||*147*8*8# to cancel|
All packages auto-renew, so dial the code in the far right column if you wish to cancel. Dial *123*1*3# to check your data balance.
Tele2’s APN: internet.tele2.kz, and website: http://www.almaty.tele2.kz
Altel is the smallest operator in Kazakhstan with the slowest Internet speeds and more problems with network coverage. If you plan to stay in the main towns and cities, then this is probably a good option for you because it offers good deals and promotions, but if you plan to travel around the country, then avoid this provider because you will have problem after problem. It offers customers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. 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. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers. Credit can be purchased from the same retailers, at the airport and at supermarkets, corner stores and service stations. Dial *110# to check your credit.
The following offers are available on 3G and 4G SIM cards:
There are also 4G Internet SIM cards available:
Dial *111# to check your balance.
|BOOSTER 2GB||KZT500||Text *938*2# to activate|
|BOOSTER 5GB||KZT1,000||Text *938*5# to activate|
|BOOSTER 8GB||KZT1,400||Text *938*8# to activate|
Dial *807# to check your data usage.
Altel’s APN: internet, and website: http://www.altel.kz
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 Kazakhstan.
“You can get SIM cards in the departure zone on the floor above the arrival floor. There is a phone shop there.”
“International calls are quite expensive in Kazakhstan, though you can consider buying a local SIM card and send texts (price for sending text messages is the same regardless of the operator/country). I would rely on emails + text messages on cell phone.”
“Regarding calls, it is probably best to use your mobile. Whilst expensive (check your operator), it will be less hassle than trying to make international calls locally.”
All networks require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible international phone. To double check you have this phone, or whether it’s possible to unlock your device, contact your provider before you leave.
A: You can rent portable 4G routers if you intend to use a lot of data in Kazakhstan. The service is called Power Wi-Fi and is extremely popular with tourists who plan to stay for long periods of time. Devices can be collected at either Almaty or Astana airports, and you can drop them off when you head back to the airport to grab your flight home.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
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