Hi, I am travelling with Encounters Travel to Morocco on 13 October - 21 October. Any tips on renting a cell phone for use while I am there?
What kind of "tips" are you looking for?
I don't know anywhere that rents cell phones but it is easy to buy a cheap sim card and cell phone.
@spmm - seeing if anyone knows any legit companies to use that are most affordable.
@heresmyreply - yea, was thinking about just getting a sim card for my phone, but my iphone is currently locked.
I purchased an inexpensive cell phone in Morocco, it was about 200 dirham, and then bought credit. It was near the Djmaa el Fna in Marrakech where I purchased the phone, but then I saw the exact same phone in Fes in a fixed price shop for 149 dirham. Still, I have it and the darn thing holds the charge between trips to Morocco, I'm usually there every 6 months and I can't charge it in the USA. When I get to Morocco I just buy more credit.
Honestly NO idea. I buy a card that has a code they put in the phone and it gives me so many dirham. With Meditel I often find deals where if I buy a 100 dirham card, it gives me 200 dirham in credit. It is just a cell phone for texting and making calls, not internet. Usually if I have 200 dirham in credit on the phone it lasts for a 2 week trip. Texts are super cheap in Morocco, phone calls to phones outside of the city you're in are more expensive. I have called many times to friends in Marrakech, called Casa a couple of times, and called friends in Fes, but I don't know what the charges are since it's a prepaid card.
First year I had the phone I even called my parents n the USA from Erg Chigaga down in the desert toward the Algerian border.
I use it mostly in Morocco though and just have it with me if someone in the USA needs to get ahold of me in an emergency.
It's a Samsung brand and I have been really impressed with how long it holds a charge compared to my LG phone I have here at home.
they're some deal for international call with cheap price in morocco
sometimes 30min for 30dhs or something like that's i'll try to check that's for you
they're pass international from inwi
15min for 19dhs
but i think it just for europa
and from meditel
79dhs -> 1h of international call
just check with them
Thanks Arsalane for the info! I just use the phone until credit runs out and buy more, but this is helpful in knowing how much it would be to phone the states.
To be honest I find that it is cheaper to take my excisting mobile - contact my service provider in advance (vodaphone) and limit my use while I am there. Contact is then best made through internet cafe's or similar, just keep your mobi for emergencies.
Are you going into the mountains or on a trek - if so covergae will be very poor anyway so not worth buying one. If you plan to be based in Marakech, other simiar cities or along the Med coast (or a combination of these), then I'd definately go for the online/internet route, and take your own USB webcam so you can skype.
Mobis and sims are easily and cheaply available however and Meditel offer a good deal - check out their website before you go. Hope this is useful - If you have any more Qs about Maroc - let me know - I have travelled there for the last 8 years.