Whilst on wifi, does this work in Egypt?
Yes they do. Whatsapp can be a bit iffy but viber is better for making calls.
Thanks Kizzy. I'm thinking not getting a prepaid sim and just calling through the apps on wifi will this work?
Yes it will but are you going to be using your own wifi unit or the hotel wifi. The hotel wifi's are not very reliable.
Ideally I was hoping the hotels...
Hotel wifi will work but you may find the signal weak. Do you have an unlocked phone? If so you can purchase an Egyptian data sim at the airport. It's very cheap and they will set it up for you. You don't need to change your number, your whatsapp will still work and you will have a strong signal for messenger, especially on vodaphone.
I agree with Kizzy (waves at kizzy) I am only commenting as you are going Marsa and I can explain the hotels in the Marsa area. WhatsApp will frustrate the hell out of you. Most hotels do not have fixed wifi in Marsa and is very poor. What hotels have is a Mifi unit with a SIM in that everyone in the hotel fights for a connection with boosters throughout hotels..
If you need internet in Marsa then either invest in a Mifi unit unlocked around £30 off Amazon and purchase a Vodafone SIM at Airport on arrival. The guys at Vodafone desk will set it up and Vodafone is the quickest service in the area. I live here and have a Mifi with Vodafone and it flys. I have a 20gig SIM which costs less than £10 and WhatsApp works fine on that.
If you do not wish to purchase a Mifi unit then you can hire them from Marsa Airport at Vodafone desk for a small deposit and returned on departure.
Mifi is great just charge it take the beach around the pool.
Beats trying to connect to hotel Wi-Fi.
Jared, have you got any idea how long the SIM cards last as in if i got mine last November and i'm back this November and i had credit, will it still be there or even still work?
Usually the sim cards witch are brought from an airport is a prepaid holiday sim and lasts for one month but if you register it when your buying it than it will be valid for one year but you must make a phone call one's every three month.
And currently vodafone offers 12gb for 7€ or 19GB for 10 € plus the sim card cost of 5€ and vodafone is the best coverage in Egypt and marsa alam and south.
Also be aware the hotels are not all providing free of charge wifi service, some hotels such as fantazia and gorgonia charges 50 and 60€ per a week per a device and hotels in coraya bay gives you 165 MB free for your holiday than they charge you 30€ for 1 GB .
The best and fastest and cheapest way is to buy a local Vodafone sim card on arrival. Also your home number will be remained on what's up and social media accounts with the local sim card.
Have a nice holiday in Egypt
Thank you all for your great replies.