Massive Travel Tip: Save money. Free data. Get a MTC sim card in Namibia.

Today staying connected is near the top of most people’s priority list whether they are at home or travelling. The problem when travelling is do you switch on international roaming and stick with your own service provider or do you buy a local SIM card on arrival? The former can be quite expensive whilst the latter difficult to get done in a foreign country. In this post I’ll tell you how to save money and get free data when you get a MTC sim card in Namibia.

Roaming vs a Local SIM

The former is convenient, but not always possible in all African countries and often quite expensive. Added to this is the fact that free WiFi is not as prevalent as is in many countries in the East and West. The challenge with a local SIM is getting the right package and often ends up being as expensive. Especially if you purchase one of those “tourist specials” at the airport only to find out later that it was a bad deal.

If you are visiting Namibia there is good news. The country has one of the easiest procedures to get activated locally and some of the cheapest data rates and packages on the continent. Namibia has two service providers in Namibia, MTC and TN-mobile. The former has and still enjoys considerable market share and therefore can offer amazing packages to locals. Yes, there are no tailor-made solutions for tourists, but because of the affordability of local packages there is no need.

Get a MTC sim card in Namibia.

Get your MTC sim card activated

You can purchase a local SIM card and have it activated in under 5 minutes. All of this is done at the airport about 50 meters away from the international arrivals gate. Yes that’s correct. Walk out of the gate. Stop, look left and around the corner from the Hertz booth you’ll see a blue shop marked with the blue MTC lettering.

Walk in and ask for a local SIM card. Hand them your phone. They’ll remove your SIM card and replace it with a MTC SIM. You’ll get your SIM back of course. They’ll activate your new SIM and settings. Voila you are ready to go.

Alternatively, you can purchase and activate your local SIM card at any of the MTC shops in the country. There is one in every mall in Windhoek. Additionally, it can be done at many of the larger supermarkets.

With your MTC sim card activated you’ll be ready to chat in seconds

MTC sim prepaid package options

All that remains is for you to purchase a pre-pad package. You don’t have to purchase a contract. Load it onto your phone and you should be able to access the internet, your apps and make local calls immediately. Often they will ask you to use the self-service machine situated at the entrance of the shop. This is an easy process, simply follow the instructions as indicated on the machine or ask for assistance.

The package (see all MTC prepaid packages here) I will recommend is the Aweh Gig. Over a period of 7 days it provides you with 1Gb of data, 500mb of whats app data 100 minutes of local calling, as well as 700 local text messages. The cost of the package is N$32.00 (less than US$2.00). You can load an additional 2Gb of data for another N$39.00 (about US$2.50) if required.

After 7 days the package will expire and you simply load another one. This should take care of your local call requirements i.e. hotels, transfers, tour guides etc and allow sufficient data for social media and online calling. Recharge vouchers to top up are available in most shops all over Namibia.

The various prepaid packages offered by MTC in Namibia

90BG free data with your MTC sim card

For those in need of additional data I would recommend the Aweh Super package. It offers 700 local free minutes, 1500 free local texts and 3Gb of data. Here is the travel tip and free data. Over and on top of that you receive an additional 90GB FREE. This can be used between 00:00-06:00 daily. It’s not ideal. But, it is a great alternative to searching for good wifi when you need to upload larger files.

Hopefully, this short blog makes your decision with regards to using a local SIM card in Namibia less stressful and at the same time saves you a bit of money.

Enjoy your stay in Namibia!

Nick fr Namibia

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