Monrovia - 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?

I used an embassy iphone for most calls. I only used my personal phone with wifi. Using the local provider (without wifi) to place calls outside of Liberia is extremely expensive. - Oct 2021

We did but usually we just make arrangements with our U.S. carrier and survive the additional cost. That is why you FaceTime. - Aug 2019

Use a local provider. - Aug 2019

Orange has scratch cards and monthly options that are very affordable. - Aug 2019

We use local mobile providers which are cheap, for good 4G and international calls, on a pay-as-you-go basis. There are two main providers competing for business, many people have both to take advantage of different offers. - Nov 2017

Three companies - Cellcom (Orange), Lonestar (MTN), and Novaphone. Many people have two as they have varying functionality outside of Monrovia. - Jun 2016

There are three major cellular service providers. Coverage outside of Monrovia is unreliable. Complaints about service are common for all three companies. There are often problems with disappearing credit or network failures. Call rates, including international, are fairly cheap. Data is more expensive, but there are a variety of plans depending on data usage. - Aug 2015

It is the only way to have a phone. Don't use good ones in public, they will be snatched. Get a cheap one. Rates are reasonable. Calls are dropped a lot. - Dec 2013

Cellcom and Lonestar are the providers here, with Cellcom being the better in my opinion. If you bring your own with you, be careful if it's a smartphone. IPhones and such have been ripped right out of peoples' hands. - Dec 2012

Everyone has them - calls are pretty cheap. - Aug 2010

Cell phones are easily obtainable once in country (and provided to you if at post).There are five primary carries. Calls to the U.S. are about $.10/minute. - Jul 2009

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