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Basics[]

Pakistan has 4 mobile GSM operators and country code is +92.

  • Jazz
  • Telenor
  • Zong
  • Ufone
Greylist

Frequencies[]

Provider 2G (GSM) 3G (UMTS) 4G (LTE)
Jazz 900, 1800 MHz 2100 MHz (1) 900,1800 MHz (3,8)
Telenor 900, 1800 MHz 850, 2100 MHz (5,1) 850, 1800 MHz (3,5)
Zong 900, 1800 MHz 2100 MHz (1) 2100,1800 MHz (1,3)
Ufone 900, 1800 MHz 900, 2100 MHz (8,1) 1800 MHz (3)

Coverage and speed

Mobile internet in Pakistan used to rely on 2G EDGE service until the launch of 3G and 4G services in 2014 . Since then the mobile operators are quickly building up high speed networks throughout the country. Jazz and Telenor are already covering some hundred cities with 3G, Coverage on the countryside and in the mountainous areas in the north, where many visitors are likely to travel, is still poor. Sometimes when there's no signal, villagers will know of a "mobile point", a specific spot nearby that happens to have a signal from one or more networks. If You Want to How to Check Sim Owner Name and Details in Pakistan 2024

As of 2017 OpenSignal reported an average download speed of 12 Mbit/s with half of the population being served by 3G and 4G.

Biometric user registration[]

After the 2014 terrorist attack, the Pakistani government severely tightened SIM card registration rules in the country. All 100 million SIM cards now have to registered biometrically. This process led to long lines in the shops of the operators and is still going on in 2015.

Foreigners can buy prepaid SIM cards in the country showing their passport (and visa) documents in an operator's shop. They will copy your documents, take a picture of you (or you provide one) and take fingerprints on a scanner. Be prepared to wait for quite a while as Pakistan has one of the tightest SIM registration schemes in the world. You might also need to call the operator or will be called to verify your data and identity.

SIM cards are now being sold and activated only after the National Database and Registration Authority verifies the purchaser’s biometrics (thumb and finger impressions) online. Some 70,000 biometric devices have been installed at sale points of cellular mobile operators. A re-verification project was done in 2015, which required all mobile customers to confirm their identity with their mobile provider via biometric verification – in this case a thumbprint scan. They chose to reinforce its SIM registration procedures after an attack on a school in Peshawar in 2014 revealed that phones used in the attack had used fraudulently verified SIMs. Another tightening of laws in 2016 threatens fines for those, who don't register SIM cards properly with up to 3 years in prison or up to Rs. 500,000.

A SIM card will be deactivated after 180 days of non-usage. The Packageslab website gives an excellent survey of the latest updates in the country. There you can find listings of some more 3G/4G offers based on package sizes and additional data-only options for modems. Many information in this article are taken from this valuable source.

Device registration[]

From 2018 the regulator now requires all devices that are brought from outside Pakistan that use a local SIM card to register their IMEI numbers on the DIRBS or the device will blocked on the network after 60 days. This is a whitelist run by the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority). To know your IMEI number, type *#06#. Foreign visitors and nationals can use this website available here: https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk. It's not possible to register with the provider, but you need to register with the PTA only.

One person can register up to 5 devices per year. Once registered, you will receive a certificate of conformity indicating that the device is added to the whitelist of approved devices. Usually this certificates is issued within 24 hours of application. This doesn't apply to users with a foreign SIM card roaming in Pakistan.

All international travellers to Pakistan are encouraged to voluntarily visit the customs counter at the airport on arrival to declare any mobile phones that they have brought with them, especially if they plan on using them with a local SIM for more than 60 days. After you provide basic identification details, such as your passport number and your phone’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, as well as a fully filled and signed declaration form at the customs counter, you will be informed about whether the phone meets the compliance standards set by the PTA. A Certificate of Compliance (COC) will then be issued, and the system will auto-generate a Payment Slip ID (PSID) for payment of taxes/duty applicable on your phone, based on its Cost & Freight (C&F) Value in US Dollars. You can pay your dues immediately to register your phone. International travellers should keep in mind that they are only required to register their phones, if they plan on using a local SIM card in their phone for more than 60 days. The same PTA mobile registration rule applies to overseas Pakistanis visiting Pakistan, too. Because of biometric user registration and the short 60 period for device registration, this country has been greylisted on our wiki. Phones on roaming SIM cards will work as usual, with no registration required for the user or the device.

Jazz[]

Jazz

It has the widest coverage in 2G up to EDGE, but seems to be losing the race for 3G to Telenor.

Availability[]

Their SIM cards are available in their shops (locator) for a minimal price. You need to visit nearest Jazz Service Center or retail point, elect any number of your choice from the pool, verify through biometric system and your number will be activated immediately.

To activate 3G service on your prepaid SIM, you may need to dial *443*3# or text "SUB" on 7003. They offer different plans, but no data is included. Check balance, by *111#.

Jazz Data feature packages[]

Jazz is one of the best telecommunication companies in Pakistan and it has on the top rating not only because of its best and amazing call and SMS packages but also for its best Jazz internet Packages. Jazz has these packages below for 4G, 3G (and 2G) available. Default rate outside packages and for overuse is Rs. 2.39 per MB.

Package Data Validity Price Subscription
Internet Hourly 2 GB 2 hours Rs. 17 *846#
Daily Browser 50 MB 24 hours Rs. 10 *117*11#
Daily Social 200 MB for FB, WA Rs. 5 *114*5#
Daily Data 1.1 GB (2am-2pm) Rs. 20 *117*4#
3 Day Extreme 500 MB (2am-2pm) 3 days Rs. 15 *114*14#
Weekly Browser 300 MB 7 days Rs. 50 *117*3#
Weekly Streamer 750 MB Rs. 80 *117*7#
Weekly Premium 2 GB Rs. 110 *117*47#
Weekly Extreme 2.5 GB (2am-2pm) Rs. 60 *117*14#
Weekly Mega 4 GB Rs. 160 *159*2#
Weekly Mega Plus 8 GB Rs. 200 *453*2#
Monthly Browser 3 GB 30 days Rs. 347 *709#
Monthly Extreme 5 GB Rs. 608 *117*34#
Monthly Supreme 15 GB Rs. 869 *117*30#

Additional taxes of 17.5-19% apply in some states. Bundles won't auto-renew and have to be subscribed again. Overage of Rs.0.30 per MB applies for all bundles. To check data balance for free, type subscription code ending by *2#, e.g. *117*1*2#.

For social media they offer:

  • 10 MB for WhatsApp and 1,800 SMS for a day: Rs. 6 - activation: *334#
  • 25 MB for WhatsApp and 1,000 SMS for a week: Rs. 15 - activation: *101*1*07#
  • 5 GB for WhatsApp and 12,000 SMS for a month: Rs. 60 - activation: *101*1*02#

Data-only SIM[]

For their data SIM they offer these monthly bundles:

  • 15 GB: Rs. 999 - activation: *117*71#
  • 36 GB: Rs. 1500 - activation: *117*73#
  • 75 GB: Rs. 2500 - activation: *117*74#

To check status, add *2# at the end of the activation code. All packages auto-renew, to stop enter *4# at the end.

Telenor[]

Telenor

Telenor from Norway is the 2nd provider in Pakistan with 29% of the users. While its 2G network is not so widespread in the countryside as Jazz's, Telenor is faster in building up a 3G network. In 2016, they cover more than 250 towns in 3G speed and are adding more places.

They have the most 3G customers in the country right now, but they are still limited to towns. 4G started in August 2016 in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar and Sawaton on 850 MHz (band 5) and has spread to other major towns.

Availability[]

Their prepaid packages are called "Talkshawk" or the youth-oriented "djuice". They are available for a minimal fee in their sales & service centers:

3G doesn't need to be activated. Usage without subscribing to bundles will be charged at 10 Paisa (incl. tax) per 10 KB. After Rs. 50 of daily charging on default rate further usage will be completely free for the rest of the day.

For 4G you need a require a compatible handset and 4G SIM; Telenor is offering to replace customers’ existing SIMs for 4G SIM cards for free at its retail outlets.

Telenor Data feature packages[]

Default rate usage without subscribing to bundles will be charged at Rs. 0.75 per 64 kB. They offer these packs on 3G and 4G:

Data Time Price Remarks Activation
500 MB 1 hour Rs. 8 *60#
50 MB 1 day Rs. 12 *12#
350 MB Rs. 16 1am-7pm *10#
200 MB 3 days Rs. 42 +200 MB FB *32#
750 MB 7 days Rs. 75 *72#
2.5 GB Rs. 85 1am-7pm *345*144#
2 GB 30 days Rs. 170 +1GB Goonj

*345*835#

6 GB Rs. 500 *303#
10 GB Rs. 750 *345*136#

Taxes are included. Overuse will be charged at the default rate.

Data-only SIM[]

Telenor sells a data only SIM called Telenor 3G Connect. Together with a 3G dongle it includes 2 months of internet and 20 GB per month for Rs. 2,200. To activate, type *345*4005#.

You can use your existing Telenor Prepaid SIM with the Connect too after migrating it to a data package, which you can do so by dialing code *345*4006#. Once migrated, voice calls will be blocked on that SIM and you can add a package on 3G for 30 days:

  • 4 GB: Rs. 500 - activation: *345*2001#
  • 10 GB: Rs. 750 - activation: *345*2002#
  • 25 GB: Rs. 1,500 - activation: *345*1001#
  • 55 GB: Rs. 2,200 - activation: *345*1002#
  • 100 GB: Rs. 3,800 - activation: *345*1003#
  • 4 GB for 3 months each = 12 GB: Rs.: 1,000 - activation: *345*2003#

Check your remaining data and its validity by dialing *999# for Rs. 0.24 inclusive of tax.

Zong[]

Zong new

Zong, owned by China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak). Has become 3rd in terms of users count encompassing, 19% of the market. Zong started deploying 3G and 4G services in 2014. 3G/4G coverage-map. Zong’s 4G network has coverage of more than 300 towns and cities, and served a total of 2.3 million 4G subscribers in 2017.

Availability[]

A Zong SIM can be purchased for 500 Rs, which includes 300 Rs call credit in their stores: customer service centers. If you have a legacy SIM card you will need to upgrade to a 4G SIM card.

ZONG Data feature package[]

Out of bundle rate is Rs. 1 per MB. Zong offers these packages on 2G, 3G and 4G for the same price, where available:

Package Volume Time Price
Daily Basic 100 MB 1 day Rs. 21
Daily Data Max 500 MB Rs. 50
Super Weekly 2 GB 7 days Rs. 165
Super Weekly Plus 7 GB Rs. 220
Super Weekly Max 25 GB* Rs. 270
Monthly Mini 150 150 MB 30 days Rs. 50
Monthly Basic 500 500 MB Rs. 150
Monthly Premium 3GB 3 GB Rs. 300
Monthly Premium 12GB 12 GB** Rs. 717

(*) = 5 GB all time and 5 GB 4am-4pm, 10 GB for Youtube, (**) = 12 GB + free nights (FUP: 1 GB/night, 1am-9am)

For social media they offer these packages:

  • 100 MB WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter for a day: Rs. 10
  • 50 MB Facebook only for a day: Rs. 5

Prices are without taxes. 17%-19.5% come on top depending on province. Dial *6464# for activation menu or visit their website. To check data balance, type *102#. If you your bundle expires, the user’s mobile internet speed will be reduced to 256 kbps and charges of Rp.1 per MB will be applicable. You can buy Add-ons at Rs.10 for 100 MB extra by texting 'ba' to 6464. All packages auto-renew.

Ufone[]

Ufone

Ufone by Pak Telecom Mobile Ltd. (PTML) is the 4rd operator in the country with a 15% share. It started with 3G in 2014 on 2100 MHz and now new on 900 MHz as well and covers around 60 cities in 2016 so far: 3G Coverage.

Ufone has confirmed that its long-awaited 4G network was switched on in February 2019, bringing it in line with domestic rivals Telenor, Zong and Jazz. Ufone has initiated 4G services in all major cities of Pakistan, including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. Coverage has yet to be extended to Karachi, however.

Availability[]

Their prepaid packages are called "UWON" or youth-oriented ''Uth Package'' and are available for a minimal fee in their sales & service centers: where-to-buy. 4G enabled SIM cards are available from Ufone retail branches.

Ufone Data feature packages[]

Default tariff is Rs. 20 for the first MB and the user gets next 19 MB free, then gets charged for the 21st MB and gets the next 19 MB free and so on. They have a big variety of packages for 3G available:

Package Volume Time Price Extras Activation
Daily Light 40 MB 1 day PKR 10 Apps *2256#
Daily Heavy 75 MB PKR 15 Apps *2258#
Daily (1am-9pm) 50 MB PKR 5 Apps *3461#
Night (1am-8am) 2 GB PKR 12 *550#
3-day bucket 100 MB 3 days PKR 25 Apps *3350#
Weekly Light 250 MB 7 days PKR 50 Apps *7811#
Weekly Heavy 500 MB PKR 125 Apps *7815#
Super Internet 1 GB PKR 100 *220#
Monthly Light 1 GB 30 days PKR 250 Apps *7807#
Monthly Heavy 3 GB PKR 500 Apps *803#
Monthly Max 10 GB PKR 1000 Apps *5100#

To activate type *3# and choose package. Dial *706# to check the remaining balance of the buckets.

At the bundles marked with apps, Facebook, Line, WhatsApp and Twitter consumption is not debited from the data allowance. For social media they have these bundles:

  • 100 MB Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp for a day: PKR 5, activation: *4422#
  • Unlimited WhatsApp + 10,000 SMS for a day: PKR 5, activation: *3464#
  • Unlimited Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for a month: PKR 50, activation: *5858#

SCOM[]

SCO PK Logo

SCO logo

SCOM is a subsidiary of the Special Communications Organization which aims to provide connectivity in northern areas of Pakistan namely the two provinces of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. It roams on Ufone in the rest of the country instead.

SCOM is the first ever GSM cellular services in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. It was launched by SCO in 2004 with brand name of SCOM. SCOM provides largest network coverage in the area with equal footprint in rural and urban terrain in nearly 450 major cities, towns and villages both in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan (check coverage map).

Availability[]

Visit their nearest point of sale (list) to get their SIM card, where you will be asked for your biometric verification after checking the original ID card. Once the biometric verification is successful, an SCOM SIM will be provided to you.

You can top up with scratch cards, sold locally or outside the area in Ufone stores. To check balance, dial *125#, to top up by card *126*<voucher PIN>#.

SCOM Data plans[]

Data Packages (for AJ&K/GB) Rates
Unlimited SMS & WhatsApp Package 20,000 SMS, 300 MB WhatsApp Rs. 50 / month
Monthly Pack 3500 MB Rs. 300/ month
Monthly Gold 6 GB (1am to 7am) Rs. 449 / month
Monthly Premium 10 GB Rs. 549 / month
Daily PLUS 500 MB Rs. 29 / day
Super week offer (1 GB + 1 GB at Night ) Rs. 129 / week
Weekly Social Pack 7 GB (WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook & SCO Smart TV app) Rs. 80 / week
Monthly Social Pack 7 GB (WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook & SCO Smart TV app) Rs. 300 / month
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