Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Morocco

Morocco Topics specific to Morocco, including Western Sahara west of the berm
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Morocco Overland: From the Atlas to the Sahara - 4WD, Motorcycle, Van, Mountain Bike

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By bokad

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 27 Jan 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Herault France
Posts: 115
Internet and phone connection in Morocco

I'm planning to visit Morocco in April and after becoming frustrated with the internet cafes on a trip 2 years ago, have decided to buy a smart phone to access the internet and for use in emergencies.
I'll be mainly south of the Atlas around Merzouga, Zagora, Ouarzazate, and west to Sidi Ifni and Assa.

I don't need a lot of time on the internet, no more than an hour a day just to check and send e-mails and to look on the HUBB.

What's the best sim card to use considering the areas I'll be in?
How near to the towns will I need to be to pick up a signal?
Has WiFi taken on in the cafes and hotels?
What's the cost to access the web using a sim card?

Lots of Q's I know !
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 27 Jan 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 249
I use my iphone for web browsing but only via free wifi. Connection speeds aren't great anywhere particularly but enough for email and the hubb

security on wifi isn't great so you can normally find somewhere to connect even if it isn't intended to be public
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 27 Jan 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Antwerp/Laâyoune
Posts: 66
Don’t know which operator will be best for the region you’re going to visit, but in general 3G coverage is good in the cities and youll even be surprised sometimes to here your mail tone where you wouldn’t think internet was already invented.

WiFi is certainly growing fast especially in hotels and guesthouses, and as TheWarden states you’ll find it also on the street. I know people that open their wifi deliberately so others can enjoy it. Look for groups of young people with their phones hanging around a house.


I use Méditel because of their best coverage (in Laayoune, far from where you go) and ease of use (no special settings in iphone required), they charge 80DH for one month. Other operators should handle similar pricing.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 28 Jan 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dorset, UK
Posts: 332
I've never used a phone for internet, but I've used a dongle for a few trips now.

I use Moroc Telecom and I'm happy with the coverage.

This Thread may help with settings for a phone, Addie is a member on here btw.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 28 Jan 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Herault France
Posts: 115
Thanks for that link Twenty4seven, interesting reading
Dk
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 29 Jan 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Granada-Spain
Posts: 239
Maroc Telecom has the best coverage in Morocco. I´ve tried 3G but it´s only available in great cities.

There are public wifi´s everywhere, take a look at the "cafes" most of them have public wifi
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 31 Jan 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dorset, UK
Posts: 332
I don't have any experience of phones, like I said.

Using a Laptop and dongle on a 3m USB extension cable, I get 3G in many places good enough to Skype with Video, sadly I guess I even know where

Some examples,

Zagora, Foum Zguid, Tagounite, Tata, Azrou, Aglou plage, Moulay Bousselham
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 2 Feb 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United kingdom
Posts: 31
Hi there,
I just got back on Sunday and visited all the places you mention including the coast road down to Dakhla. You say you are going to buy a smartphone. I would highly recommend getting a chinese copy of a Samsung Note 2 (£120 and comes with a spare case and battery) on Amazon or any unlocked smartphone with TWO sim card slots. Then get a WorldSim card and fit that together with your local sim card. When away, make all calls etc via your WorldSim card and it will connect to the strongest signal available (Maroc Telecom probably) completely automatically. You use your ordinary dialing numbers ie no country codes required and it works all over the world (its pay as you go with internet or voice call topups).
Worked all over Morocco for me and in places more remote than you are considering.
Bye the way, if you make it to Assa, there is only one hotel, basic but clean, only they do not do food (ANY food, even breakfast) so take some with you (250DM per night).
Strange to have wifi but no food, it's usually the other way round.
Wifi free in every hotel I stayed in and NO passwords required anywhere. Never needed an internet cafe.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 4 Feb 2014
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 17
McDonalds

Remember guys ..... free wifi is available in most cities if you go to McDonalds ...... you only need to buy a coffee or 2 and sit in and you're sorted

Have used the McDonalds at Gueliz myself several times
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 4 Feb 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 249
yeah but Macdonalds is rubbish compared to a traditional cafe, and there aren't many/any south of the Atlas
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 5 Feb 2014
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 17
^^^^^^^

I know that mate but as a last ditch attempt if you're near a city it's a good fall back position :-)
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 25 Mar 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Homeless bum ((
Posts: 53
I bought a Maroc Telecom prepaid SIM and I've been happy with it.
I haven't found any sort of English menus or voice prompts though, french and arabic only. The guy at the teleboutique or maroc telecom shop can do the initial setup of APN and whatnot for you.
Note that there are separate credit balances for voice vs data so when you add credit to the phone you need to specify if you want it to go towards data (internet access) or else it will go to voice.

Accueil - Portail Maroc Telecom - Portail Maroc Telecom

To add credit to your phone buy a Maroc Telecom scratch card from any teleboutique. You can add credit to the phone by voice or by SMS.

Voice:
Call 555 then selection menu option 1 then enter the code from the back of the recharge card. Put "*3" at the end of the code if you want the credit to go to your internet access.

SMS:
Send an SMS to 555 with the code from the back of the recharge card.
Put "*3" at the end of the code if you want the credit to go to your internet access.

You should almost instantly get an SMS confirmation about the transaction and new balance.

You can check your balance (voice and data) by calling 580. Hope you understand french or arabic. Sometimes it has worked for me to send a blank or single character sms to 580 and I will get an SMS response with the balance. Doesn't always work though.

A 10 dirham recharge will get you 1 day of internet access. 50 dirham recharge will get you 10 days.

Coverage is pretty good.

On my phone the vendor had for some reason set "network mode" to WCDMA only and I found that sometimes there was no service in places where other people had connection. So I reset it to "GSM/WCDMA (Auto)" and it was better.

I've noticed wifi access to become more common and have found open access points at several restaurants and Ziz gas stations.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 25 Mar 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWarden View Post
yeah but Macdonalds is rubbish compared to a traditional cafe, and there aren't many/any south of the Atlas
Sounds like a good reason to head south

And the emoticon is relevant as well if you look at the letters that make it up
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mobile Internet in Africa MovingHouse Communications 5 13 Feb 2014 19:44
GPS tracking devices indianarach Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road 41 10 Nov 2013 19:03
To Central America Tom Udulutch Ride Tales 1 5 Feb 2013 18:34
Portable Satellite Internet Wheelie Communications 7 6 Nov 2012 12:31

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 18:28.