If for tourists the trip to Tunisian resorts beaches has long ceased to be something extraordinary, then for Russian telecoms operators Tunisia often refers to exotic countries, the rates are sky-high, and the problem of calls to the homeland of tourists is very acute. Let's consider this topic in detail.
The cost of international roaming from MTS, Beeline and Megafon
Before reading this section, we recommend that you take a sedative. The price of a minute of conversation in roaming in Tunisia: MTS - 250 rubles per minute, Megaphone - 350 rubles per minute, Beeline - 200 rubles per minute.
Many tourists hope for special options, but this is not the case with Tunisia.
MTS has an excellent option "Zero without borders" with free roaming subscribers, but in Tunisia it does not work. Another useful option from MTS - "Outgoing calls from 11.9 rubles." Not available for connection.
Beeline had wonderful options "My Planet" and "Planet Zero", but now (the article was written in 2017), these options are generally canceled. Beeline simply states that they have the cheapest roaming. Indeed, he is the cheapest of all - 200 rubles per minute.
At Megaphone the option "Whole World" in Tunisia does not work. The option "Around the World" works, the tariff for it - 43 rubles per minute incoming or outgoing call and 14 rubles for SMS.
As of 2017, the best price of conversation from Russian operators in roaming is 43 rubles per minute.
Skype and other messengers
If the hotel has access to the Internet, then for calls you can use Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and the like.
For example, consider Skype. If the interlocutor has Skype, then the conversation will be free. Calls from Skype to city numbers in Russia cost $ 2 per 100 minutes. You can buy 300 minutes of calls to fixed and mobile numbers for $ 16. If pay per minute, then the call to mobile - 0.1USD, to landline - 0,023USD.
The main problem when using messengers in Tunisia is a bad connection. Delays in the passage of information packets on the Tunis-Russia route may exceed a second. In addition, the data packet loss is large. It's not always possible to talk normally.
In the world there are companies "virtual operators". They do not have their own base stations and towers, but there is a package of contracts with all the major cellular companies in the world. Such operators often give the best prices for international call services, making out for this special SIM-cards for tourists.
Tunisia is an exception. Calls from GOODLINE or GLOBALSIM cost about 2.5 USD per minute. This option is clearly expensive.
In detail about buying and using local SIM we told in the article " Buying a SIM-card in Tunisia ".
In Tunisia there are three major mobile operators. Operator # 1 is Ooredoo, it's an international company from Qatar. In second place, the local company Tunisie Telecom and the third operator is Orange.
Theoretically, you can find the name "Tunisiana", but this is not a real operator, but Ooredoo before renaming in April 2014.
You can buy SIM of any of these operators, they all work according to the GSM-900/1800 standard, that is, their SIMs are fully compatible with mobile phones and smartphones purchased in Russia. An additional phone for this task is recommended to take with you to Tunisia .
The coverage area is approximately the same, in all resorts there are base stations of all three operators.
Ooredoo and Orange call to Russia costs 0.54 Tunisian dinars per minute, which is much cheaper than any offer of Russian operators in roaming. At Tunisie Telecom, the price of a call with a mobile number in Russia is 0.6 dinars per minute.
Mobile Internet from Tunisian operators is much cheaper than Russian ones in roaming. Read the details in our article " Internet Prices in Tunisia ".
In resorts SIM-cards are sold in many stores, you just need to tell the seller the word "sim", he will understand. Usually, tourists are offered a SIM with a direct international call service. In any case, we recommend inserting the card into the phone immediately after purchase and dialing the Russian number. If the hooters go, then it works. If they do not go tell the seller.
Consider an important point. The Internet will also be included on the SIM. Once you insert the SIM in your smartphone, it will start downloading updates, news and other information from the Internet. In order for the account to not be reset, we recommend turning off the data transfer in the smartphone well in advance of installing the SIM.
Fixed telephone in the hotel
Tariffs in hotels can vary greatly, it all depends on the greed of the administration. Perhaps you can call for 0.5 dinars (the price of the operator), and maybe the call will cost 10 dinars per minute.
In advance, ask the employee at the reception desk to show tariffs for international calls, hence decide whether this method is profitable.
The result. What is the cheapest method?
The cheapest way is to buy a local SIM with the Internet and call via Skype, Viber or WhatsApp.
The big disadvantage is that incoming calls will not be available, but this problem is solved. If someone needs to get through to you, do not pick up the phone, and call this person via Skype.
If the phone is only needed for emergency communication, then use the Megafon option "All the World".
Have a good connection in Tunisia, and read reviews about this country from us on the site JJ-Tours.ru ( links below ).