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Mobile phones in Sharm

I have read though the tips thread but I am still very confused.

Most sites seem to tell me what it costs to call out or receive but I am looking to find out the all round costs.

I am off to Sharm soon but due to an illness in the family I need to stay in close contact with the UK and I need to know they can call me regularly without it costing them a lot of money as previously my parents had a hefty phone bill.

Could someone point me in the right direction?

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Hi SAZMO2005

I'm no mobile expert but was just wondering if it would not be possible to enquire to your network provider or local phone shop who may be able to help more with the contract you have??


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Unsure why you are confused?

Take a spare handset if poss, buy an Egyptian sim to put in that. (Will cost about 20LE, there are about 8.5LE to £1).

If you don't have a spare handset you can buy one out there at a reasonable price.

Send texts from the Egyptian one & ask UK people to reply on your UK number. That's the cheapest way.

Generally speaking - calls to the UK on an Egyptian Sim card cost 4 LE a minute (About 40p) and texts to the UK about 50 Piastres a minute (About 5p)

When you have your sim card you will need to buy credit (on top of the 20LE cost of the sim) & denominations are 5,10,20,25,50,100 or 200LE.

If anyone needs to call an Egyptian mobile / landline from the UK you can do it for 5p/6p per minute via a special access number.

See here for info: http://www.0844calls.co.uk/index2.php

There are no set up or subscription costs, you just enter their access number for Egypt before the mobile number.

Egypt landline 0871 754 90 90

Egypt mobile 0844 566 69 69


Edited: 01 March 2010, 11:29
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Alternatively (not cheaper than the above option but probably less fiddly) buy a global SIM like http://www.globalsimcard.co.uk/index.php and UK callers will be charged for a call to the Isle of Man - the site lists the call rates.

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Many thanks for your help.

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