Take your data global
SimCorner has prepaid travel SIM cards to get you connected almost anywhere in the world.
- Get cheaper data
- Avoid hefty roaming charges
- Calls or data-only SIMs available
- Worldwide delivery available
We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!
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.
Each month, we pick the best prepaid plans for 5 different categories to help you find the right mobile plan.
Winner, finalists and methodology for Finder Awards 2020 Best Prepaid SIM.
Looking to save a few dollars without skimping on premium features? We've sorted out the best mid-range phones that money can buy.
Australians could save a collective $669 million each year by switching to a cheaper phone plan. 5.8 million Australians fork out $40 or more each month for a SIM-only phone plan, but they could be saving up to $1,080 per year if they switched to a cheaper option. Cheapest plans and bundles for the new iPhone 11.
Flexiroam provides affordable international data plans without the hassle of switching SIM cards.
School-up on how much money you’ll need to save to pay for a trip to Fiji, from food costs to sightseeing.
Pelikin is a prepaid multi-currency travel card and app that could save you money when travelling overseas. Here's all the details of the account.
Save yourself from steep roaming costs with SimCorner's prepaid international SIM cards.
Spriggy is an app and prepaid card that helps Australian kids understand how to manage digital money, with the help of their parents.
Two 4G/LTE networks offer coverage in the major cities of Tajikistan.
finder.com.au is one of Australia's leading comparison websites. We compare from a wide set of banks, insurers and product issuers. We value our editorial independence and follow editorial guidelines.
finder.com.au has access to track details from the product issuers listed on our sites. Although we provide information on the products offered by a wide range of issuers, we don't cover every available product or service.
Please note that the information published on our site should not be construed as personal advice and does not consider your personal needs and circumstances. While our site will provide you with factual information and general advice to help you make better decisions, it isn't a substitute for professional advice. You should consider whether the products or services featured on our site are appropriate for your needs. If you're unsure about anything, seek professional advice before you apply for any product or commit to any plan.
Products marked as 'Promoted' or 'Advertisement' are prominently displayed either as a result of a commercial advertising arrangement or to highlight a particular product, provider or feature. Finder may receive remuneration from the Provider if you click on the related link, purchase or enquire about the product. Finder's decision to show a 'promoted' product is neither a recommendation that the product is appropriate for you nor an indication that the product is the best in its category. We encourage you to use the tools and information we provide to compare your options.
Where our site links to particular products or displays 'Go to site' buttons, we may receive a commission, referral fee or payment when you click on those buttons or apply for a product. You can learn more about how we make money here.
When products are grouped in a table or list, the order in which they are initially sorted may be influenced by a range of factors including price, fees and discounts; commercial partnerships; product features; and brand popularity. We provide tools so you can sort and filter these lists to highlight features that matter to you.
We try to take an open and transparent approach and provide a broad-based comparison service. However, you should be aware that while we are an independently owned service, our comparison service does not include all providers or all products available in the market.
Some product issuers may provide products or offer services through multiple brands, associated companies or different labelling arrangements. This can make it difficult for consumers to compare alternatives or identify the companies behind the products. However, we aim to provide information to enable consumers to understand these issues.
Providing or obtaining an estimated insurance quote through us does not guarantee you can get the insurance. Acceptance by insurance companies is based on things like occupation, health and lifestyle. By providing you with the ability to apply for a credit card or loan, we are not guaranteeing that your application will be approved. Your application for credit products is subject to the Provider's terms and conditions as well as their application and lending criteria.