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Question Using moroccan SIM card

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In a couple of weeks time I'll leave (again) to Morocco, the idea is some off-roading with MS6 in between.

This time I'll be a little bit more clever and I'll buy a local SIM card to use in an unlocked mobile.

My question:

- between IAM and Meditel what is the best operator in terms of network signal on remote areas and also ratings when calling abroad?

Both operators show network signal maps on their sites, IAM looks more promising:
IAM - http://www.iam.ma/Particuliers/Mobil...ationale.aspx#
Meditel - Couverture nationale

Feedback of recent experiences will be appreciated!

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Hi

I got a Maroc telecom phone SIM and a Dongle+SIM from the shop in Assilah, passport being the only ID required.

Most people we spoke to seemed to think that was the way to go unless you're in a built up area all the time. We ended up not using the mobile SIM, just a £3 Skype phone from Ebay via the unlimited internet dongle. Coverage and speed was consistantly surprising, really pretty good.

Happy travels

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I got a Maroc telecom phone SIM and a Dongle+SIM from the shop in Assilah, passport being the only ID required.

Most people we spoke to seemed to think that was the way to go unless you're in a built up area all the time. We ended up not using the mobile SIM, just a £3 Skype phone from Ebay via the unlimited internet dongle. Coverage and speed was consistantly surprising, really pretty good.

Happy travels

+1 for that - those dongles work really well
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Hi, I tried both, Meditel and maroc Telecom-Jawal; this last one is the best one for off road areas, wider and better coverage in this zones.
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As Afrikya says the IAM-Jawal has better coverage including some inner zones of Western Sahara
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There is also a network called inwi inwi : Operateur telecom et Internet mobile 3G au Maroc

Hence there is some healthy competition and double or triple recharges on offer.
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I've been reading about people using Inwi and everybody says its awful.
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I have used all three networks. Recently I have used an inwi SIM for my smartphone and found it fine, although to be honest it took them a few hours to get it working.
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Thank you all for the useful feedback!

Bought a 100dirham IAM SIM card in Tanger and guess what there is a promotion and got a further 100dirham bonus.

Regards from Merzouga,
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Hi,
Just wondering if it's working well? Hoping I could plug it direct into an ipad....

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. We ended up not using the mobile SIM, just a £3 Skype phone from Ebay via the unlimited internet dongle. Coverage and speed was consistantly surprising, really pretty good.

Happy travels


Grizzly question mate
if have the dongle and a Maroc sim- but why do you need the ebay fone for?
I make skype calls from pc without a fone - what's the need/benefit?
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Some of the cyber cafe facilities have been a bit grubby, but the main thing of taking a phone is privacy.

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