What Prepaid SIM Card Should You Buy in Myanmar?

If you intend to travel to Myanmar particularly visit great destinations like Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, and Mandalay, you will probably wonder: “Which sim card is best in Burma? What’s the current cost of a SIM card? Where’s the best place to buy the SIM card – local shops or go to the carrier’s outlets? And are micro-SIM cards available?…”.

These kinds of questions are common as staying connected or uploading a photo to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram,…is indispensable during your wonderful trips.



Here are 4 Operators in Myanmar providing 4G service.

1.TELENOR       (Best Value)
2.OOREDOO      (Best Internet Speed)
3.MPT                 (Best Network Coverage)

4.MYTEL            (Best For Roam)


1.Telenor Tourist SIM

Visiting Myanmar? Whether it’s for business or for leisure, Telenor Myanmar keeps you connected with its most affordable price plans and world class call quality.

With the Telenor Tourist SIM, you will have access to the country’s largest 4G network enabling you to make local and international calls,and stay online to update your loved ones and business collea gues. Now you can also top up in multiples of 1000 on E-load from any Point of Sale. E-load top up is available from 1,000 Ks to 100,000 Ks.

Telenor Tourist SIM can also be bought easily at Yangon& Mandalay International Airport opened 24*7.

The price of Tourist SIM is 6,500 MMK (Tax inclusive) and it includes following;






2.Ooredoo: For the Fastest Internet in the Cities

At the time your correspondent visited Myanmar, Ooredoo's main pitchman was a shocked-looking teenager staring aghast at a smartphone screen where, presumably, something was being downloaded at breakneck speeds. Ooredoo pitches its Internet more than its voice services, and it's true: Ooredoo has one of the fastest 3G speeds in the country.

The advertising leaves out the fact that Ooredoo's service quickly vanishes the minute you venture beyond the cities or major airports (my signal blipped out a few miles away from Heho airport headed to Pindaya). This may already have changed by the time you read this, as I passed by Ooredoo's cellular tower under construction in downtown Pindaya the next day.



If Internet access is important to you, then get an Ooredoo SIM card. It included free 1GB Internet access on top of the package I'd purchased, for a total of 2GB! But it only had a connection in Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay. Inle Lake and Pindaya, sadly, were dead zones.



3.MPT Nation Wide Network Coverage

The former government monopoly Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has the most extensive country-wide coverage, but (as of early 2015) obtaining and using a SIM from MPT was much more expensive than getting one from one of the newer telcos operating in Myanmar.


For tourists in Myanmar tours, they sell a special SIM only at the MPT Shop in Yangon International Airport in both terminals. You pay 10,000 Ks. for the starter and get 1 GB data and 5,000 Ks. credit valid for 10 days. Data over the package is billed at their default rate of 6 Ks. per MB. Compared to their regular SIM cards, this is not a good deal.





4.MYTEL 

Welcome to Mytel Network! You can find the Mytel prepaid SIM cards across the country in Mytel flagship stores, handset retailers, electronics stores, etc. Mytel prepaid card will allow you to call domestically and internationally, send SMS and use Internet with the best affordable rates and high quality of network.



Foreigner Nationals:

Passport (personal identifying page and visa page)