Dili - Post Report Question and Answers

Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Up to you. A local SIM is not very expensive and runs $20/month for about all the service you need. - Aug 2021

Local cell service is readily available and inexpensive. Bring an unlocked phone with you if you have to have the latest editions, though. It takes a long time for the new iPhones to make it here. - Sep 2017

Definitely bring an unlocked phone. You can buy a phone here but it will cost a bit more. The cell plan isn't bad. We pay about 3 dollars a month for the phone and 10 dollars every 15 days for 2.5GB of data. - May 2017

There are three major providers -- Timor Telecom (Timorese/Multinational-owned), Telekomsel (Indonesian) and Telemor (Vietnamese). While there is competition among them, prices are fairly similar -- high. While Timor Telecom has the best network across the country, there are many places where the two competitors networks are better and more reliable. A lot of people own more than one sim cards, or change from one provider to another and don't keep the same number ... - Sep 2016

High costs and slow connection? - Nov 2013

Bring one with you or get one when you arrive. They are plentiful and cheap here. They have recently added an additional cell phone provider, so rates should start to be a bit more competitive than in the past. - Apr 2013

Buy one when you get here. They are cheap. - Mar 2010

Buy one when you get here. They are cheap. - Feb 2010

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