How can a tourist connect to the internet while he is traveling in Iran?
Based on official reports between 53.5 to 56.5 million out of 82 million population of Iran have access to the internet. That means almost 66 percent of all.
But what about tourists? Do they have the same situation? Do they have access to the internet where ever they want? Let’s see how can tourists access to the internet in Iran.
Do people have access to the internet?
As we mentioned above the majority of people have access to the internet in Iran. Except for some special parts of the country such as remote areas or suburban roads, where there is poor coverage.
How is it possible to have access to the internet during traveling in Iran?
There are different types of internet connections in Iran. Wi-Fi connection and Mobile Data are the most used ones these days. And there are lots of service providers which provide internet in both different ways.
Some websites are banned in Iran, and you need to change your IP via a VPN or other software. Facebook, Twitter, and BBC are three of the popular banned websites.
Is there internet in Iran for tourists?
Tourists can also have access to the internet in Iran. If they get a local SIM that operates with an Iranian operator. Such as Irancell which DaricPay offers to tourists.
Having a local SIM allows tourists to connect to the internet if the SIM covers internet data. For example, the SIM which DaricPay has in its package includes 10GB data and 50-250 min call. The operator of this service is Irancell, one of the largest service providers in Iran. It almost covers all around the country and tourists can have access to the internet in Iran.
It is also rechargeable which means if the amount data and calls it covers was not enough, by sending a request it can be charged.
How to register for Iran internet as a tourist?
For getting an Iranian SIM, there are several options and we recommend the most convenient one, in which 3 simple steps must be taken. First, you have to send a request which includes your personal and contact information. Then, by submitting a copy of your first page of the passport your registration will complete. After that, your SIM will issue by the Irancell operator. If the above steps are taken before your arrival, you can receive your SIM with the Iranian debit card at the same time.
after SIM issuance and activation by the operator, you can use it on your mobile device. Keep it in mind if you are using a locked device, which is unable with your own carrier, you’ll need another one for the Iranian SIM.
How expensive is the internet and Mobile Data in Iran?
In Iran, the internet costs less than in European countries. An average for mobile data costs you around €1, which is double in Europe. The DaricPay connected package offers 10GB mobile data plus up to 250 min and also an Iranian debit card for €35. From our experience tourists, who are not in Iran for business, spend this amount in 20 days. If you are a blogger and the amount of mobile data you use is more than that you can charge your account for more.
Do I have to buy a SIM in order to surf the net in Iran?
If you do not want to stay connected everywhere, you do not have to buy a SIM. Almost all hotels provide free Wi-Fi to their guests. Also if you are not going to stay at a hotel, some cafes provide Wi-Fi, too. So you are able to use them when you want.