Info: Mobile Telephone Providers in Cambodia

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I see questions about Cambodian mobile networks come up all the time.  So I thought I'd put together some info for travellers and expats on the mobile phone options in Cambodia.

Choosing a Cambodian Mobile Telco

Local cross-network calls - All carriers charge pretty much the same rate, 7-8 cents per minute.

Local cross-network SMS - All carriers charge a similar rate, normally 5 cents per message

On network calls and SMS - Most travellers won't be interested in on-network rates, but if you're living here and you can convince your friends and family to use the same network, you can get some very cheap calls.  Some carriers include free on-network SMSs, with others you can covert credit to on-network credit to receive bonuses.  Smart offers some of the most competitive on network rates and bonuses.

International SMS - All carriers charge 10 cents per message

International calls - This is where you need to do your homework.  Rates vary quite significantly.  Smart is, in general, cheapest, but if you're calling home a lot, it's worth checking which carrier offers the best rates to your country.  Also remember that most carriers require you to use a prefix to get the best international call rates.  This can be annoying, especially if you're using numbers that are saved in your phone. If you want to avoid this hassle use Smart or Metfone, as they don't use prefixes.

Data - Rates for data also vary significantly and most carriers have data packages as well.  For pay as you go data, qb is cheapest at 1c/MB.  Beeline offers the cheapest packages ($5/month for 3GB or $10/month for unlimited). Metfone seems to offer the best overall service quality at reasonable rates.

Credit validity - If, like me, you don't use your phone much, you should think about credit validity. qb offers the best validity ($1 is valid for 45 days, or $20 is valid for 365 days).  Smart also offers good credit validity, and has an option to extend your validity for 365 days.

Service coverage - As you might expect, the Big 3 (Metfone, Smart and Cellcard) provide better network coverage, however qb roams onto one of the larger networks in places where they don't have coverage.   In the cities, any of the Big 3 will provide adequate coverage, but if you're going to far-flung places, Metfone generally has the best coverage in the country and is the only carrier available in some locations (e.g., Koh Rong Samloen).

Network - While most providers have 3G+ networks in the city, generally outside of the cities they all revert to 2G. 

For more information, here's a summary of the five carriers and with links to their rates.  Please note, there are many packages, plans and promotions available, but for simplicity I've compared and provided information based on the basic prepaid plans of each provider.

Fast facts: 7 million subscribers; 3G; owned by Viettel
Quick Links: TariffsInternational Call RatesData packages,
Best for: Service coverage - Metfone has arguably the best network coverage in Cambodia

Fast facts: 5 million subscribers; 3.75G; owned by Latelz and part of the Axiata group
Quick Links: TariffsInternational Call RatesData packagesCredit validity
Best for: International calls and on-network calls, or extra long credit validity

Fast facts: 4 million subscribers; 3.5G; also known as Mobitel, owned by CamGSM
Quick Links: TariffsInternational Call Rates (prefix required), Data packagesCredit validity

Fast facts: 600,000 subscribers; 2G; owned by Sotelco
Quick Links: TariffsInternational Call Rates (prefix required), Data packagesCredit validity
Best for: Cheap data packages

Fast facts: 3.75G network in the city; owned by CADcomms
Quick Links:  TariffsInternational Call Rates (prefix required), Data packagesCredit validity
Best for: Low volume users (long credit validity), and cheap pay as you go data

Cambodia also has one CDMA carrier, with a very limited network,  Excell, which you can check out here

Disclaimer: I have personally used Cellcard, Smart and Metfone.  I do not have any personal experience with Beeline or qb.  The information above is based on information currently published and publicly available.

If you've got any more information or recommendations on Cambodian mobile networks, please leave a comment.

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  1. Thanks for sharing good and helpful article with us. This is very helpful for me.
    international calling rates

  2. Thanks for the info. Very useful for people who will travel to Phnom Penh.

  3. Could you please tell me where you got your information regarding the number of subscribers on each network? Thanks.

  4. Great comparison, and love the "best for" comments too - has helped me heaps. Thanks.


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