Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki

These are three mobile GSM providers Saudi Arabia:

  • STC
  • Mobily
  • Zain

Since 2014 different MVNOs started in Saudia Arabia too. The most accessible to foreigners are Virgin Mobile, Friendi and Lebara mobile.


For all 3 providers:

Provider 2G (GSM) 3G (UMTS) 4G/LTE 5G
STC 900/1800 MHz 2100 MHz 1800 MHz (B3), TDD 2300 MHz (B40), TDD 2600 MHz (B38) n78 (NSA)
Mobily 1800 MHz (B3), TDD 2600 MHz (B38), TDD 2500 MHz (B41) n78 (NSA)
Zain 900/2100 MHz 1800 MHz (B3), 2100 MHz (B1), TDD 2600 MHz (B38) n41, n78 (SA)

Coverage is quite good in populated areas and along highways, but can be down to non-existent in remote places.


To buy a SIM card in a store, you have to show a photo ID (and possibly your visa) in a store of the operators. In a tightening of laws you are expected to give your fingerprints too from 2015. Note, that in public places you will be offered SIM cards by street vendors that are registered on someone's name. This should only be used as a last resort, as this is illegal and these cards can easily be switched off when detected.

In 2016 the regulator disconnected unregistered mobile subscribers, which had failed to submit their fingerprints in line with the new security measures introduced in 2015. The regulator said the fingerprint registration is meant to protect personal information of SIM cardholders and prevent buyers from obtaining mobile phones using fake or stolen ID cards.

In 2017 limits on the ownership of prepaid SIM cards in the country have been imposed by the regulator. Foreign residents (who make up more than 1/3 of the population) are now reportedly limited to 2 prepaid SIM cards across all providers, while Saudis are restricted to as many as 10 prepaid SIM cards. This is considered a temporary procedure to curtail the large number of illegal SIM cards in the market.

The Saudi regulator (CITC) announced that mobile users are no longer required to enter their identification numbers to recharge prepaid SIM cards. The commission had made it mandatory for prepaid SIM users to enter their ID (Iqama) numbers in 2012 in a bid to curb the sale of unauthorized SIM cards.

In 2018 a new tax of 5% is imposed to any top-ups or packages which is not yet fully included in all prices below.


Saudi Arabian internet is filtered through a content filter. Sites that are considered offensive by the authorities are blacked out. But most social media or messaging through Twitter or WhatsApp are not restricted.

VoIP ban lifted[]

In September 2017 the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced the lifting of the ban on all applications that provide voice and video call services over the internet, including FaceTime, Snapchat, Skype, Line, Telegram, Tango, Viber or WhatsApp calls and video calls. The apps need to meet imposed regulatory requirements, including the removal of content that violates the Kingdom’s regulations. Be aware that any traffic through these apps will be heavily monitored by the authorities.

STC (Jawwy)[]

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STC for Saudi Telecom Company, mostly owned by the state, is market leader in Saudi Arabia with the best coverage and speed throughout the country: mobile coverage. It started with LTE in 2010 and covers around 90% of population by 2015, which is only concentrated in a few towns on 1800 MHz (band 3) and 2300 MHz in TD-LTE (band 40).

They have announced to shut off 3G services permanently in 2020. STC channels now its prepaid products mostly to the new brand of Jawwy (see below). As of 2019 5G is available in some places of Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Medina and Damman. At the end of 2019 they changed logos.


STC calls their prepaid plan SAWA and is available at any of their stores or any mobile phone shop. (store locator) for SR 31.5 (tax incl.) with SR 25 credit.

STC eSIM is also available, more information on this link.


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A SAWA SIM is valid for 90 days from activation date. Validity can be extended to 90 days for credit and to 360 days for SIM, using any paid services like (making calls, sending SMSs, credit recharging, subscribing to SAWA packages or services). In case of any paid activity for 90 days, the credit will be deducted. In case of any paid activity for 360 days, the service will be cancelled.

Recharge cards are available from SR 10 to SR 300 giving 5 to 300 days of service validity depending on amount. To top-up by voucher, enter *155*<voucher PIN>#. Or top-up online with a credit card.

Data feature packs[]

Data by default is SR 2 per MB called Easynet. This can be activated by texting 2002 to 900 and deactivated b 2001 to 900.

These packages can be activated on the SAWA prepaid card:

Pack Data WiFi Soc. Med. Voice Time Price Activation
15 400 MB n/a 400 mins 1 day SR 15 7015
Daily 200 MB 200 mins SR 10 8111
Like 2 GB 2 GB 5 GB 500 mins 28 days SR 65 7065
Flex 8 GB n/a 200 mins SR 90 7090
Share 5 GB 5 GB 10 GB unlimited SR 110 7110
Post 10 GB 10 GB unlimited SR 160 7160
Star 100 GB n/a unlimited SR 220 7220

To activate a package, text code to 900. To all prices add 5% taxes. Social media includes YouTube, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Voice and SMS allowances are on-net only. All daily packages are once-off, all monthly packs auto-renew. To stop text 7009 to 900, to check balances text 8888 to 900. For more data you can add the Data Keys bundles below as well by the relevant code.

Data-only SIM[]

STC has also released a SIM with data only once called QUICKnet, now also Data Keys. It's open to 5G as well and can be used with similar packages for SAWA plans as well..

You can activate these packages:

Data Time Price Activation
1 GB 1 week SR 15 2151
1 month SR 30 2152
2 GB SR 50 2153
5 GB SR 80 2154
10 GB SR 110 2155
2 months SR 155 2155
3 months SR 180 2157
50 GB 2 months SR 230 2158
100 GB 3 months SR 350 2159
300 GB SR 470 2160
unlimited 1 day SR 20 2120
1 week SR 100 2162
1 month SR 350 2161

Activation is by texting code to 900. Add 5% taxes. Check balance by *166#.

More information[]

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  1. *Website of STC in English:



STC has launched “Jawwy from STC" in 2016 with a new customer care model and completely new plans. A special Jawwy SIM is necessary to use the service, but customers will be able to keep their current numbers.

Jawwy app[]

Everything is centered around the Jawwy app that allows to build, share and manage the plan in real time, instead of buying packages. The app offers a simple way for customers to activate services without calling customer support or visiting a store. Their app is available in both iOS and Android versions and in English too.


You need to buy their SIM card first online to be delivered to Saudi-Arabia or offline in a special Click & Collect store (locator) and download their app. These starter packs are available:

  • 30 SR with 25 SR credit = minimum base plan with 1 GB and 100 mins for 1 month
  • 70 SR with 10 GB, 500 domestic minutes and unlimited WiFi for 1 month
  • 150 SR with 10 GB, unlimited apps and 1500 domestic minutes valid for 1 month

To all prices add 5% taxes. After downloading Jawwy App and registering using your log-in ID, if there is no chargeable activity for 90 consecutive days, SIM will be disconnected and the service will be canceled

For recharging you can use regular Sawa recharge vouchers from STC.

Data options[]

Open the Jawwy app or your personal account online to customize your monthly recurring base plan of data and minutes by choosing from the following options for data. First you need to choose a base plan. You can up- and downsize the data plans anytime by app. To upsize, you will be charged the price difference.

All plans come with 100 all-net mins (more can be added), 3000 on-net mins and a data quota for 30 days:

  • 1 GB: 30 SR
  • 3 GB: 60 SR
  • 5 GB: 75 SR
  • 10 GB: 100 SR
  • 15 GB: 110 SR
  • 20 GB: 120 SR
  • 50 GB: 150 SR

More information[]



Mobily, partly owned by Etisalat, is the 2nd provider in Saudi-Arabia. It still gives good coverage and speeds in populated areas. 4G/LTE is in city centers only: coverage check on 1800 in FD-LTE and 2600 MHz in TD-LTE.


They have various prepaid cards for SR 30 with SR 25 credit without data in their stores: (store-locator).

For recharges, they give high free bonus: all the SR 10, 30, 50 and 100 are doubled in valued, but bonus credit is only valid for 1, 3 ,5 or 7 days respectively. A 5% tax is deducted at recharge.

Mobily has announced that prepaid SIM validity will now be based on activity rather than recharges only. This will apply to both new and existing subscribers. Prepaid customers should now use their package at least once within 90 days to sustain the SIM validity, whether for voice calls, SMS, internet, roaming or credit top-up. This gives greater flexibility to customers and avoid loss of their lines if not recharged.

Data feature packages[]

Default data is SR 0.15 per MB. These packages valid for 28 days can be activated on the prepaid card:

Data Soc. Med. Voice Price Activation Deactivation
1 GB 1 GB 100 mins SR 30 30 030
5 GB 5 GB 500 mins SR 75 75 075
15 GB unlimited 2250 mins SR 150 150 0150
100 GB unlimited SR 220 220 0220
unlimited SR 360 360 0360

To activate a package, text code to 1100. Social media includes YouTube, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Voice and SMS allowances are on-net only. All all packs auto-renew. To stop text code to 1100, to check balances text 4 to 1411. For more data you can add a data bundle:

Data Validity Price Activation Deactivation
150 MB 14 days SR 5 750 0750
500 MB 30 days SR 20 6090 6092
1 GB 30 days SR 30 6100 6102
2 GB SR 50 7200 7202
5 GB SR 75 7300 7302
15 GB SR 95 7050 7052
20 GB SR 135 6300 6302
30 GB 90 days SR 165 6070 6072
40 GB SR 220 8200 8202
50 GB 60 days SR 210 7090 7902
100 GB 30 days SR 160 7080 7802
150 GB 90 days SR 320 8080 8080
300 GB SR 450 300
600 GB 6 months SR 900 606

To subscribe, text code to 1100, to renew, text the same code, to unsubscribe, text deactivation code to 1100.

You can recharge by sending an SMS to 1100 include the following: <CustomerID><VoucherNumber>. Check data balance by *1411#

Data-only SIM[]

For unlimited data only in routers intended for house use, Mobiliy sells SIM card plans called "eLife Connect". These can be filled by these packages:

  • 30 GB for 3 months: SR 175, activation: 6070
  • 40 GB for 3 months: SR 230, activation: 8200
  • 50 GB for 2 months: SR 220, activation: 7090
  • 150 GB for 3 months: SR 335, activation: 8080
  • 300 GB for 3 months: SR 450, activation: 30

To activate or re-subscribe text code to 1100.

Roaming offer[]

Mobily offers cheap roaming rates to about 80 countries worldwide:

  • 500 MB for 24 hours: SR 49, activation: Trip0
  • 2 GB for 3 days: SR 99, activation: Trip1
  • 7 GB for 7 days: SR 199, activation: Trip2
  • unlimited for 30 days: SR 349, activation: Trip4
  • 30 GB for 60 days: SR 599, activation: Trip5

For activation, text subcription code to 1100 or enter *1100# and choose package.

More info[]



Zain is the 3rd and smallest of the three mobile operators in Saudi-Arabia. Neverthess, it has still fair coverage in the populated areas in up to 4G/LTE, but can be very patchy elsewhere: make a coverage check. 4G is on 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz, all on FD-LTE, partly with three-band aggregation like in Jeddah. Zain offers the lowest rates in the Kingdom right now. Zain reportedly offers the fastest data speeds partially due to 3CA.

In 2019 5G has started in some city centers and is available for prepaid with a capable device (5G coverage map).


Their prepaid plans are available at their stores: locator. They don't come with data. The only exception is the Shabab Prepaid starter that involves a combo plan (see below).

Like Mobily, Zain has started allowing subscribers to enjoy automatic extension to the line validity upon any kind of usage. With the new feature, the balance of prepaid lines will be extended for a further 90 days when the customer recharges, conducts a call, browses the internet or sends a SMS.

Data feature packages[]

Default data is 0.15 SR per MB.

For the Shabab Plan these options are available valid for 28 days

Data Soc. Med. Voice Price Activation Deactivation
4 GB 5 GB 500 mins SR 59 S59 CS59
10 GB unlimited 1500 mins SR 140 S140 CS140
100 GB unlimited SR 199 S199 CS199

To activate a package, text code to 959. Social media includes YouTube, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Voice allowances are to all nets. All all packs auto-renew. To stop text code to 959, to check balances text 'BC' to 959.

For more data and all other prepaid plans too, you can add a data bundle:

Data Validity Price Activation Deactivation
50 MB 1 day SR 1.50 D50 CD50
200 MB 7 days SR 5 D200M CD200M
500 MB SR 12 D500 CD500
2 GB 30 days SR 29 D2G CD2G
5 GB SR 50 D5G CD5G
15 GB SR 95 10GBM C10GBM
10 GB 90 days SR 165 10GB C10GB
40 GB 60 days SR 220 20GB C20GB
75 GB 90 days SR 265 50GB C50GB
150 GB SR 320 100GB C100GB
300 GB SR 430 300GB C300GB

Activation is in Zain shop or by your online self service account by the relevant code to 959. All packages auto-renew. To stop send deactivation code to 959. To check data balance, text 'BC' to 959.


For data only, Zain has released a data-only SIM with very similar packs as mentioned above.

Tourist Plans[]

As Saudi-Arabia is slowly opening up to tourism, Zain has introduced the first Visitor Packages. Two different starter packs are available:

  • Visitor 55: 2 GB, unlimited mins on-net, 30 mins to other domestic netwoks, SR 20 international credit for 28 days: SR 55.
  • Visitor 99: 4 GB, unlimited mins on-net, 60 mins to other domestic netwoks, SR 50 international credit for 28 days: SR 99.

You can extend or renew this pack by texting code V55 or V99 to 959 or add any local data package shown above.

Roaming offers[]

They offer very cheap roaming rates in the GCC countries Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Oman

  • 3 days of unlimited data: 179 SR, activation: GCC3 to 959
  • 7 days of unlimited data: 349 SR, activation: GCC7 to 959
  • 15 days of unlimited data: 599 SR, activation: GCC15 to 959

Furthermore, they offer data roaming bundles to about 80 countries worldwide (list):

  • 2 GB for 3 days: 99 SR, activation: RD2 to 959
  • 7 GB for 7 days: 199 SR, activation: RD7 to 959
  • 10 GB for 30 days: 299 SR, activation: RD10 to 959

To check bundle balance, text RBC to 959.


Similar to Jawwy by SBS Zain has also launched an app-based plan which can be customized and is fully managed by their Yaqoot app. But this plan is only available online and needs to be delivered by courier to a local address. This is why it's not mentioned any further.

More info[]

Friendi mobile[]

Friendi logo

Friendi mobile was the first MVNO in the Kingdom. It started in 2014 on the network of Zain in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE (for coverage see above). It's mostly directed to expatriates.


Their prepaid SIM starter pack is sold for SR 25 with SR 20 credit valid for 21 days, in their stores all over the country: store finder. It comes as a standard prepaid card or can be changed to a data SIM by dialing *113#..

Data feature packages[]

On the standard voice & data SIM default rate is SR 0.15 per MB. You can activate these packages:

Data Validity Price
30 MB 1 day SR 1.99
100 MB 3 days SR 4.99
300 MB 7 days SR 8.99
750 MB 30 days SR 18.99
1.5 GB SR 28.50
3 GB SR 45
5 GB SR 60
8 GB SR 90
15 GB SR 95
10 GB 90 days SR 110
30 GB SR 189
75 GB SR 260
150 GB SR 320

Activation, data check and stop of auto-renew is by typing *108# <call>

Data-only SIM[]

On the data-only SIM card, these monthly packages can be added:

  • 2 GB: SR 50
  • 3 GB: SR 70
  • 5 GB: SR 110

Activation, data check and stop of auto-renew is by typing *109# <call>

More info[]

Virgin mobile[]

Virgin mobile

In 2014 Virgin Mobile started its own brand in Saudi Arabia. It operates as a MVNO the STC network providing 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. (for coverage and frequencies see above).


The prepaid SIM starter pack is sold for SR 30 with SR 25 credit in their store: store finder. The starter pack comes with three SIM cards: one for voice and two for data. Start-up credit is valid for 21 days.

If your SIM is inactive for 60 days you will no longer be able to make outgoing calls or send texts from your phone. They will send you a message to remind you to top up your account to keep talking, texting and browsing. If your account is inactive for 90 days, you will no longer be able to receive calls or texts and your SIM will be deactivated. Check balance by *102#.

Data feature packages[]

Data rate is SR 0.55 per MB going down to SR 0.10 per MB after you have used more than SR 30 You can add these packages for 30 days:

Data Voice SMS Price
300 MB 50 mins n/a SR 15
1 GB 100 mins SR 30
2 GB 200 SR 45
10 GB 500 mins 1000 SR 70
40 GB 1000 SR 165

Activation of combo packs is by *108#. And they offer these data packages:

Data Validity Price
50 MB 1 day SR 3
500 MB 30 days SR 15
700 MB SR 21
1 GB SR 24
2 GB SR 45
4 GB SR 75
8 GB SR 90
10 GB SR 100
20 GB SR 120
40 GB SR 140
80 GB SR 170
100 GB SR 180

Activation is by typing *110#. All bundles auto-renew. To stop dial *100*3#.

More info[]

Lebara mobile[]

Lebara SA

In 2014, Lebara mobile, the leading ethno provider from the UK, started its first non-European MVNO in Saudi Arabia. It operates on the network of Mobily in 2G, 3G and now on 4G/LTE (see coverage above) and targets mainly migrant workers.


The prepaid SIM starter pack ard recharge vouchers are sold in their stores: store finder.

For every recharge you get free data: For a top-up of SR 10 you'll get 50 MB, SR 20 - 200 MB, SR 50 - 500 MB and SR 100 - 1 GB free bonus data.

Data feature packages[]

Default data rate is 0.15 SAR per MB. You can add these monthly packages called Mobile Net Savers:

Data Validity Price Activation
100 MB 7 days SR 5 *777*080#
300 MB SR 9 *777*200#
700 MB 30 days SR 19 *777*700#
1.5 GB SR 25 *777*1000#
3 GB SR 45 *777*2000#
7 GB SR 65 *777*5000#
10 GB SR 110 *777*10000#
20 GB SR 189 *777*20000#
50 GB SR 260 *777*50000#

You can buy as many Mobile Net Savers as you like as often as you like. Mobile Net Savers don't auto-renew on the expiry date or on exhaustion of the data allowance.

Data-only SIM[]

Lebara also offers a data-only SIM without voice or text in these 4 options:

  • 1 GB for 30 days: SR 25
  • 2 GB for 30 days: SR 40
  • 3 GB for 45 days: SR 50
  • 10 GB for 120 days: SR 125

More info[]