International SIM cards for Senegal

A traveller’s guide to prepaid SIM cards in Senegal

Cut down on roaming expenses with a local SIM card.

With popular resorts and a growing national park system, Senegal’s tourism industry is on the rise in West Africa. If you are visiting Senegal and wish to cut down on your travel expenses, investing in a prepaid SIM card can reduce your roaming costs.

finder UK offers the following guide to the nation’s telco operators.

Prices last updated: October 2017
Promoted
WorldSIM

WorldSIM.com International SIM cards

Heading overseas? Reduce your global roaming charges by up to 85% with a prepaid 4G international SIM card from WorldSIM.

Works in 200 countries
Receive calls for free in over 95 countries
Keep your existing number with WorldSIM Virtual Numbers service
Free UK and US mobile numbers included
Add data bundles to suit your needs – Only pay for what you need
4G SIM card works with any unlocked phone and fits all SIM sizes
Affordable rates for global calls, texts and data

    WorldSIM WorldSIM
    Top deal!

    £10 off, when your order is over £60

    £10 off everything! Apply this discount code when spending over £60 at Worldsim to make a tidy saving. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Popular WorldSIM discount codes

    Last checked Code description Code
    24 Jul 2019 £10 off, when your order is over £60 SMA****
    24 Jul 2019 5% off sitewide Sma****
    24 Jul 2019 5% off all products at WorldSIM WG5****
    24 Jul 2019 Bag a bargain on your international sim at WorldSIM today ********

    Mobile network operators in Senegal

    Prepaid SIM cards are the best choice in Senegal, where 99% of all users are on a prepaid plan. There are three network operators in use:

    • Orange
    • Tigo
    • Expresso

    All three have been licensed for 4G networks as of 2017, but Orange is the first to go live. You can get a prepaid SIM card for 7 days with 500MB of data for XOF3,000 (about £4).

    Orange

    Orange is the country’s leader in coverage, but as of 2015 that meant being the only country with 3G in every sector of the country. In the capital city of Dakar, its 3G reached 73% of the population. Orange’s website lists the 4G service but has no information about its coverage area.

    In Senegal, a prepaid SIM card is called “puce” and is sold at Orange’s retail outlets as well as by smaller marketplaces and street vendors for XOF1,000 with XOF1,000 credit preloaded.

    Orange’s prepaid line is called “Diamono” and comes with a bonus of 100% on your first top-up, so if you’re going to be in Senegal a while, make your top-up a big one for maximum return.

    Top-ups are available at all Orange Money outlets, at various other outlets and kiosks, at Sontal stores or online at the International Orange top-up site.

    Orange has two types of data bundles – those sorted by volume and those sorted by time. They are all available under a package called “Pass Internet” and come with free access to Facebook, which is not charged as part of your data volume.

    The introduction of the 4G network has added two new volume-based packages which are also available on the 3G network.

    To activate any package, dial #1234# and follow the prompts or go online to http://www.passorange.sn

    Orange’s volume-based packages

    PriceData VolumeValidity
    XOF25040MB1 day
    XOF500150MB1 day
    XOF1,000200MB7 days
    XOF2,000500MB7 days
    XOF5,0002GB30 days
    XOF10,0005GB30 days
    XOF15,0008GB30 days
    XOF25,00020GB30 days

    Orange’s time-based packages

    PriceData VolumeValidity
    XOF250Unlimited30 minutes
    XOF400Unlimited1 hour
    XOF1,000Unlimited3 hours
    XOF1,0003GB1 day
    XOF5,0005GB1 week
    XOF19,00010GB1 month

    APN: internet

    Website (in French): http://www.passorange.sn

    Tigo

    Tigo has moved up in the world, overtaking Expresso for second place in 2014 and never looking back. At last check, it owned 23% of the national market. Its 3G market is limited to Dakar and six other large cities in Senegal. It has a 4G network in development.

    Tigo’s starter pack is called “TIGO classique” and costs XOF1,000 with the same amount in credit preloaded for seven days. The packs are available at Tigo outlets and are sold by many street vendors as well. You’ll need to show your passport to register the card if you’re from out of the country, so it makes sense to go to an outlet the first time you buy one.

    Topping up is only available at physical locations. You can buy vouchers in denominations from XOF250 to XOF10,000.

    Tigo’s data packages

    To activate any plan, dial #100# and select your package.

    PriceData VolumeValidity
    XOF10010MB1 day
    XOF25050MB1 day
    XOF500200MB1 day
    XOF1,0003GB1 day
    XOF750Unlimited1 night (12am-8am)
    XOF500100MB7 days
    XOF2,000500MB7 days
    XOF1,00050MB/day7 days
    XOF3,00050MB/day30 days
    XOF5,0002GB30 days
    XOF10,0005GB30 days
    XOF19,00010GB30 days

    APN: web.tigo.sn OR web.sentel.com

    Website (in French): http://www.tigo.sn

    Expresso

    Founded in 2007, Expresso is third among the three providers in terms of number of customers. It only has 3G in Dakar and a few other locations. A 4G network is still in the planning stages. Its prepaid SIM card costs XOF2,000 and comes with a credit of the same amount. Both mini-SIMs and micro-SIMs are available in Expresso shops.

    Its data bundles are called “forfaits” and each has a separate activation code listed below.

    Expresso data packages

    PriceData VolumeValidityActivation Code
    XOF10020MB1 day*19*100#
    XOF200100MB1 day*19*200#
    XOF300100MB10 days*19*300#
    XOF500500MB10 days*19*500#
    XOF1,0001.5GB28 days*19*1000#
    XOF19,00010GB30 days*70*1900#
    XOF390Unlimited4 hours*1#

    APN: expresso

    Website (in French): http://www.expressotelecom.sn/fr

    Advice from TripAdvisor about SIM cards in Senegal

    In addition to being an online review platform for hotels and attractions, TripAdvisor has an impressive online community of members. Here’s some advice from a recent visitor to Senegal:

    “A sim for the Orange network costs XOF1,000. Coverage was very good throughout the country.”

    Pros and cons of Senegal’s top SIM card operators

    Senegal has three major SIM card providers. Here are some of the positives and negatives about these companies.

    Pros

    • Orange has activated its 4G network, the only one in the country to date.
    • Dakar has strong coverage from all three providers, so if you stay in the capital you can pick and choose the best rate for your needs.

    Cons

    • Tigo and Expresso have poor coverage outside the major towns.
    • “Unlimited” data plans only last between 4 and 8 hours.
    Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

    Ask an Expert

    You are about to post a question on finder.com:

    • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
    • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
    • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
    • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

    Finder.com provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

    By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

    Questions and responses on finder.com are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
    Go to site