Staying in contact with others when you travel aboard might be always a significant challenge. Most phone operators have not been roaming agreement with one or two Bhutanese network providers or even If they have, the cost might be pricey. Therefore, owning a Bhutan SIM card for yourself is the best way to stay in contact and have a great deal of money. If you are planning your Bhutan tours and still do not know how to find and get your own a mobile SIM card, this article can be your help by providing an overview of the two popular Network Providers in Bhutan.

Bhutan SIM Card and Mobile Network Operators

Bhutan Mobile Network Providers

Bmobile (By Bhutan Telecom)

The state-mobile network provider itself is run by the Government and also is the leading provider of telecommunications and internet services in Bhutan. It offers 3 data servicing packages including 2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 850 MHz, and 4G/LTE on 1800 MHz. What’s more, 4G/LTE is now available in the towns of Thimphu, Paro, Phuentsholing, Wangdue, and Punakha. Customers can also convert their current SIM to 4G free to cost.
Also, Bhutan Telecom provides satellite telephone using the Thuria system, allows any direct dialing from anywhere in the country, even in remote areas.

Where to Buy

Right after arriving at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, you can get a Bhutan prepaid mobile SIM card by showing them your passport and filling up a form. When you completely finish immigration procedures, the Bhutan Telecom counter will be right beside the money exchange counters. Now, you can have your own authentic Bhutan SIM card.
After owning a SIM card, you might cut it to fit your phone because, in Bhutan, they do not have any Micro or Nano-SIM.
Also, there are two types of SIM cards which are Tourist SIM and Prepaid SIM. Both of them are sold for NU 100. However, there will be major cons of the tourist SIM as it’s only available for a month and is not able to extend and no data packages can be active on it.

Bhutan Mobile Phone SIM Card B Mobile

Default Data Rate

Pay per use rate:
Flat rate: NU. 0.1 per 50KB
For tourist SIM: NU. 0.3 per MB

Data Feature Packages

PackageDataValidityPrice (NU.)
Daily 19170 MB24 hours19
Daily 29265 MB24 hours29
Weekly 39335 MB7 days39
Weekly 49425 MB7 days49
Monthly 99860 MB30 days99
Monthly 1991770 MB30 days199
Monthly 2992910 MB30 days299
Monthly 4995370 MB30 days499
Monthly 699145000 MB30 days699
Monthly 79917500 MB30 days799
Monthly 99924600 MB30 days999
Monthly 119932000 MB30 days1999

The Tourist SIM cannot be available these data packages above
Users can check these plans via eLoad or B-wallet. For prepaid recharge SIM cards, they automatically subscribe to these plans.
Dialing *170# for checking the package. Right after dialing this code, it will show you the main information as account balance, data package in MB and SMS count at no cost.

TashiCell

TashiCell is the only private-mobile network provider in Bhutan which is run by Tashi InfoComm Ltd. Its coverage is lower than B-mobile on 2G and 3G. The TashiCell also provides 4G data, however, it is still not so common. TashiCell SIM card is available in Thimphu, Paro, Phuntsholling, Wangdue, and Punakha.

TashiCell SIM Card Network Provider Bhutan

Where to Buy

You can have your own TashiCell SIM card by purchasing in their Customer Care Centers opening from 9 am to 4:30 pm (winter) and 5:30 pm (summer). Each SIM card of the TashiCell costs at NU 200 then if you currently have its SIM card, you can convert it to 4G for free.
There are two top-up, vouchers and E-top-up are available. For one who uses the voucher, type *77* <14digi code># and E-top-up, you are able to add any amount NU 10 to 500 giving 15-120 days available and getting 5% bonus. Checking the balance by dialing *770#

Default Data Rate

TashiCell offers different pay per use rate from the time of the day:
7 am – 12midnight: NU. 0.0006 per KB (NU. 0.6 per MB)
12midnight – 7 am: NU. 0.0002 per KB (NU 0.2 per MB)

Data Feature Packages

Including 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE:

PeriodDataPrice (Nu)ActivationOveruse
1 day100 MB19*766*1*1#NU. 0.5/MB
7days340 MB49*766*1*2#NU. 0.5/MB
 

 

30 days

800 MB99*766*1*3#NU. 0.4/MB
1700 MB199*766*1*8#NU. 0.4/MB
2700 MB299*766*1*4#NU. 0.3/MB
5000 MB499*766*1*6#NU. 0.3/MB
15000 MB777*766*1*5#NU. 0.2/MB
30000 MB1299*766*1*7#NU. 0.2/MB

To subscribe, type *766*1# then all packages will automatically renew. To unsubscribe, dial *766*2#. Checking data by dialing *766*4#.

Bhutan Mobile Customer Care Number

If you have some problem relating to your SIM card or data packages, you have dial these following number to get help:
B-Mobile: +975-2-343434
TashiCell: 7700 for mobile service and 7701 for internet leased line service

There is some information about SIM card in Bhutan (including tourist & prepaid SIM card) and mobile network operators in Bhutan. Hope it will be useful for your trip to the phenomenal kingdom.

Tips for the Best SIM Card in Bhutan

  • Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan. It’s highly unlikely that you will know this language, as it’s unique to the locals. For convenient travel, you should have Google Translate for your phone before you travel for help. However, don’t worry too much since over 90% of the population in Bhutan can speak English.
  • The Bhutanese call a SIM card a chip or SIM.
  • Feel free to ask the seller to set up the SIM for you, they are willing to do this. If not, just simply follow the instructions that we have highlighted above or find the way to the official operator website to seek advice.
  • Because towns are centralized and get busy quickly, get to the shops early, that way you are more likely to receive better assistance and avoid the crowds!

Pros and Cons of Mobile Network Providers in Bhutan

You know, nothing can be perfect and our Bhutan Mobile Network Providers are not exceptions. So below, I would like to list the advantages and disadvantages of the two of them.

Pros of Mobile Network Providers in Bhutan

  • Good value for money
  • Bhutan has good coverage
  • Prepaid credit when required
  • No in-store contract needed
  • Could be compatible with your recent smartphone

Cons of Mobile Network Providers in Bhutan

  • No cell phone devices provided with the SIM card packages
  • Only be used on SIM-unlocked GSM phones
  • Complicated regulations and rules making buying a SIM card difficult