From Droam Prepaid SIM Encyclopedia

Cellular Operators

For travelers local prepaid SIMs are available at many major hotels. Satellite phones may require letter of permission from the ETC prior to bringing such phones through customs.

Ethio Telecom (Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation)

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is the sole telecommunication service provider in Ethiopia. Based in Addis Ababa, it is the second-largest state-owned company in Ethiopia. It supports GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / UMTS 2100 standards.

APN settings

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  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: et.mms
  • MCC: 636
  • MNC: 01

Prepaid plans

New Mobile SIM card costs 40 Ethiopian birrs(ETB) / 2.31$ and includes 15 ETB/0.87$ of airtime.Call charge is 0.72 ETB / 0.04$(during peak hours - from 7am to 9pm, except for Sunday and public holidays) and 0.30 ETB / 0.02$ (during off-pick hours - 9pm - 7am + Sunday + public holidays

EVDO Packages

Package Subscription Fee Monthly Charge Overage CChar
1 GB 230 ETB / 13.30$ 300 ETB / 17.35$ 0.35 ETB (0.02$) / MB
2 GB 500 ETB / 28.92$
3 GB 700 ETB / 40.48$

Initial subscription for CDMA(2000)1x data Internet service will cost you 151 ETB / 8.73$

Mobile Internet charge:

  • Usage Fee: 4.00 ETB (2.00$)/100 KB;
  • 15% VAT will be added on the charge.

How to top up

You can recharge your balance buy typing the following USSD command *805*<recharge code># and then dialing. To check your account balance type *804# and then dial.

There is another very handy code through which you can avail mobile internet using the existing balance : *999#

Note: Sometimes phone can get locked after restart. Default code is : 0000

VoIP applications

GPS and other navigation applications

Restaurants, hotels and other recommendation applications

Social Networking applications

Facebook Viber WhatsViberapp IMO Messenger etc ip address

Special Travel applications

Wi Fi Networks