Staying in contact with others when you travel aboard might be always a significant challenge. Most the 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 package 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 the remote area.

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, Bhutan Telecom counter will be right beside the money exchange counters. Now, you can have your own an 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 card 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

Package Data Validity Price (NU.)
Daily 19 170 MB 24 hours 19
Daily 29 265 MB 24 hours 29
Weekly 39 335 MB 7 days 39
Weekly 49 425 MB 7 days 49
Monthly 99 860 MB 30 days 99
Monthly 199 1770 MB 30 days 199
Monthly 299 2910 MB 30 days 299
Monthly 499 5370 MB 30 days 499
Monthly 699 145000 MB 30 days 699
Monthly 799 17500 MB 30 days 799
Monthly 999 24600 MB 30 days 999
Monthly 1199 32000 MB 30 days 1999

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 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:

Period Data Price (Nu) Activation Overuse
1 day 100 MB 19 *766*1*1# NU. 0.5/MB
7days 340 MB 49 *766*1*2# NU. 0.5/MB
 

 

30 days

800 MB 99 *766*1*3# NU. 0.4/MB
1700 MB 199 *766*1*8# NU. 0.4/MB
2700 MB 299 *766*1*4# NU. 0.3/MB
5000 MB 499 *766*1*6# NU. 0.3/MB
15000 MB 777 *766*1*5# NU. 0.2/MB
30000 MB 1299 *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.