Roaming

Data Roaming Bundles
Data roaming bundles allows Mascom prepaid customers to keep their SIM cards while across borders and enjoy data connectivity while travelling.

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One World Roaming

APPLICABLE ON MTN South Africa, MTN Uganda, MTN Rwanda, MTN Swaziland and MTN Zambia

wdt_ID Location Retail (BWP, incl VAT)
1 Local P3.00
2 Back Home P3.00
3 Receiving Call P2.24
5 SMS P1.50
6 DATA/Megabyte P8.96
7 Calls to SADC P12.00
Location Retail (BWP, incl VAT)

International Roaming

International roaming is a service that allows your mobile phone experience to remain the same whilst away from home. From receiving and making calls to your family & friends, to sealing that deal whilst in another country roaming is a great service to use if used right. The experience should not leave you broke if you follow these simple and handy tips.

Roam for less with MTN networks!

Roam with MTN networks and get the best rates. Mascom subscribers get to enjoy great rates and accessibility to recharging their airtime whilst outside Botswana.

Dial +267109 for Mascom Top Up VISA direct debit service.

APPLICABLE ON MTN South Africa, MTN Uganda, MTN Rwanda, MTN Swaziland and MTN Zambia
Retail (BWP, incl. VAT)
Local P3.00
Back Home P3.00
Receiving Call P2.24
SMS P1.50
DATA/Megabyte P8.96
Calls to SADC P12.00

How to keep data charges low when roaming cross border.

If you want to place calls but not use data or receive emails:

By default, the setting for international data roaming will typically be in the “OFF” position. Check the settings on your particular device before traveling cross border. Turning data roaming “OFF” blocks email, browsing, WhatsApp, BBM and downloads, but it will not block text messages. International roaming rates apply when you send SMS.

  • – Tip for iPhone Users: Tap on: Settings>General>Network> Data Roaming (toggle to “OFF”).
  • – Tip for Android Users: Tap on: Settings>More networks>Mobile networks>Data roaming (uncheck it).
  • – Tip for Windows Phone Users: Tap on: Settings>cellular> Data roaming options (select “don’t roam”).
  • – Tip for Blackberry Users: Tap on: Settings>Mobile Network> While Roaming (select “Off”)

Failing to Roam?

Roaming is a pretty seamless experience when everything’s working. Once its set up, you just need to turn your phone on and you should be up and running. If you find it’s not working for you though, here are some things to check.

Not getting coverage across border?

Switch your phone off and then back on

It’s amazing how often this works. This resets your phone, and forces it to search for a roaming network to connect to.

Have you set up Mascom Roaming?

Check if you’re setup for Mascom International roaming before leaving, Dial 111 for Prepaid & 129 for Postpaid.

Is flight mode on?

If you put your phone on flight mode during a flight, check that you’ve switched it off once you land.

Is roaming available where you are visiting?

We’ve got you covered in a huge number of countries, but it’s not available everywhere. Availability can also differ between prepaid and postpaid.

Is your phone set to automatically select a network?

Automatic network selection helps your phone find and connect to roaming networks as you move about. Ensure you’re familiar with your handset settings in case you need to put the network selection on manual.

  • – Tip for Android Users: Tap on: Settings> Connections>More networks> Mobile networks>Network operators> Search or set to automatic

Can’t make/receive calls  OR  Can’t send/receive SMS

  • – Check that you’re entering the number correctly – For outgoing calls, including back home to Botswana enter the country code before dialing i.e. +267 71xxxxx. If dialing from your phone’s contact list, ensure the number has a country code prefixed to it. Some visited country numbers may be dialed as is. i.e. 083xxxxxx.
  • – If still failing report to Mascom Call Centre @ +26771272432 for Prepaid and +26771272409 for Postpaid issues.

Can’t use data

  • – Check that Data while roaming is on (it’s off by default for most phones)
  • – Note that social media like WhatsApp & FaceBook will incur data roaming charges!

International Roaming Countries

wdt_ID Country Networks Data Prepaid Postpaid
1 Canada Microcell Connexions Yes No Yes
2 Canada Rogers Wireless Yes No Yes
3 Canada Telus Yes No Yes
4 Canada Bell Yes No Yes
5 China China Mobile No No Yes
6 Congo, Brazzaville MTN No No Yes
7 Ivory Coast MTN No No Yes
8 Czech Republic EuroTel Praha No No Yes
9 Democratic Rep. Of Congo Celtel No No Yes
10 Democratic Rep. Of Congo Vodacom No No Yes
Country Networks Data Prepaid Postpaid

How to use Roaming

Activate roaming while in Botswana through MyMascomDIY, *123# or call the Mascom call centre at 111 for Prepaid. Postpaid customers call 129 to activate roaming.

Roaming allows Mascom subscribers to access the internet, retrieve Voice Mail messages, SMS’ and make and receive calls while outside Botswana.

Rates vary from country to country. Call +267 74693500 for assistance while roaming. All prices are VAT Inclusive.

How to use Roaming

Activate roaming while in Botswana through MyMascomDIY, *123# or call the Mascom call centre at 111 for Prepaid. Postpaid customers call 129 to activate roaming.

Angola
Prepaid Postpaid
Unitel
Local 50.40 45.00
Back Home 64.96 58.00
Receiving Call 50.40 45.00
SMS 5.60 5.00
DATA 151.20 135.00

 

DRC
Postpaid
Vodacom Airtel
Local 6.15 13.39
Back Home 6.15 26.79 ǂ
Receiving Call 4.02 7.14
SMS 2.68 3.30
DATA 20.54 133.93

 

Lesotho
Postpaid
Econet Vodacom
Local 9.11 6.15
Back Home 18.49 6.15 ǂ
Receiving Call 4.46 4.02
SMS 3.51 2.68
DATA 43.18 N/A
Prepaid roaming services are currently unavailable on Vodacom.

 

Malawi
Postpaid
TNM Airtel
Local 9.11 9.11
Back Home 18.49 18.49 ǂ
Receiving Call 4.46 4.46
SMS 3.51 3.51
DATA N/A 43.14
Prepaid roaming services are currently unavailable.

 

Mauritius
Prepaid Postpaid
CellPlus CellPlus MTML Emtel
Local 10.20 9.11 13.39 9.11
Back Home 20.71 18.49 26.79 18.49
Receiving Call 5.00 4.46 7.14 4.46
SMS 3.70 3.51 3.30 3.51
DATA 48.36 43.18  133.93 43.18

 

Mozambique
Prepaid Postpaid
Movitel mCel Vodacom Movitel
Local 6.89 13.39 6.15 6.15
Back Home 6.89 26.79 6.15 6.15
Receiving Call 4.50 7.14 4.02 4.02
SMS 3.00 3.30 2.68 2.68
DATA 23.00 133.93 N/A 20.54
Prepaid roaming services are available on Movitel.

 

Seychelles
Postpaid
Telecom
Local 50.00
Back Home 150.00 ǂ
Receiving Call 50.00
SMS 10.00
DATA 200.00
Prepaid roaming services are currently unavailable.

 

South Africa
Prepaid Postpaid
MTN Cell C 8ta MTN Vodacom CellC 8ta
Local           3.00           6.89 10.20 2.68 3.13 6.15 9.11
Back Home           3.00           6.89 20.71 2.68 4.46 6.15 18.49
Receiving Call           2.24           4.50 5.00 2.00 2.68 4.02 4.46
SMS           1.50           3.00 3.93 1.34 1.79 2.68 3.51
DATA           8.96 N/A 48.36 8.00 8.93 N/A 43.18
Prepaid roaming services are currently unavailable on Vodacom.

 

Swaziland
Prepaid Postpaid
MTN
Local 3.00 2.68
Back Home 3.00 2.68 ǂ
Receiving Call 2.24 2.00
SMS 1.50 1.34
DATA 8.96 8.00

 

Tanzania
Prepaid Postpaid
Airtel Vodacom Airtel Smart
Local 50.40 9.11 45.00 9.11
Back Home 120.00 18.49 107.14 18.49
Receiving Call 50.40 4.46 45.00 4.46
SMS 10.00 3.51 8.93 3.51
DATA 151.20 43.18 135.00 43.18

 

Zambia
Prepaid Postpaid
MTN Zamtel Airtel MTN Zamtel
Local           3.00 10.20 7.93 2.68 9.11
Back Home           3.00 20.71 11.80 2.68 18.49
Receiving Call           2.24 5.00 3.13 2.00 4.46
SMS           1.50 3.93 1.98 1.34 3.51
DATA           8.96 48.36 N/A 8.00 43.18
Prepaid roaming services are unavailable on Celtel.

 

Zimbabwe
Prepaid Postpaid
Econet Econet NetOne Telecel
Local 9.24 8.25 8.25 8.25
Back Home 14.27 12.74 12.74 12.74 ǂ
Receiving Call 3.39 3.03 3.03 3.03
SMS 2.58 2.30 2.30 2.30
DATA 33.56 29.96 N/A 29.96
Prepaid roaming services are currently unavailable on NetOne

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Rwanda
Prepaid Postpaid
MTN Rwanda
Local 3.00 2.68
Back Home 3.00 2.68
Receiving Call 2.24 2.00
SMS 1.50 1.34
DATA 8.96 8.00

 

Uganda
Prepaid Postpaid
Airtel MTN Africell Airtel MTN SMART Telecel
Local 10.20 3.00 11.00 9.11 2.68 9.11 13.39
Back Home 20.71 3.00 45.00 18.49 2.28 18.49 26.76
Receiving Call 5.00 2.24 17.00 4.46 2.00 4.46 7.14
SMS 3.93 1.50 5.00 3.51 1.34 3.51 3.30
DATA 48.36 8.96 140.00 43.18 8.00 43.18 133.93