Cheap Telephone Calls To
Making Cheap Calls To Gambia:
International Dialling Code: 220 -
Dial out code:
There are now many free downloads allowing people in the
USA, UK or Europe to make cheap / free
calls to Gambia.
This can be done through phone cards or pc to pc or pc to
landline international phone calls over the Internet to Banjul.
the VoIP services are London
Google Talk /
GT Talkster, and
Skype. The last 2 of which allows some
'free' landline calls as well by switching it to low cost local rates.
For more information see
Voip Review (USA),
voipproducts.eu which include reviews and comprehensive resources of services
available in your country.
Another budget option is to buy phone calling cards which
can be cheap compared with standard services.
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Making Calls From Banjul:
You have two phone options for making calls locally. The first is by going to a
& the second option is to
buy a cellular phone (commonly referred to as a "mobile").
A local telecentre in Gambia is like a payphone—you can make calls from
there, but it is trickier to receive calls. Telecentres are
everywhere, especially in residential area.
Calls are bought by the unit, rather than the minute, with local
calls costing far less units than international calls.
Approximately, local calls cost about one dalasi
per minute, while international calls cost about $0.90-$1.10 per
minute. Note that in many telecentres, rates differ depending on the
hour and day—Sunday night after 11:00 pm are usually the cheapest.
The Gambia uses UK and French phone jacks so you may need an adapter
for both types of socket.
Buying a mobile phone, called a "mobile," is a reasonable option if
you intend to stay in the country for a while and
the device (and the cost) can be shared among several people. Mobile
phones from the United States will not work in The Gambia, so don’t
bother bringing them. Mobile phones can be bought at many
Gamtel, Gamcel and
Africell offices. One Africell office is located on Kairaba Avenue, in
the large white building at the junction with Mosque Road (number 73
on “Bakau to Serekunda area” map) Also on Kairaba Avenue, a Gamtel
Office is located slightly past the junction with Post Office Road,
coming from Fajara (number 86).
There are three parts you must buy to make a mobile function—the
actual phone, a SIM card, and a scratch card. The cheapest
phones run at about $90.00 to $110.00. A SIM card, (a one-time
purchase) plugs in to the phone, hooking you to the network and
providing your unique phone number. Africell SIM cards run
around $18.00; Gamtel SIM cards are a bit cheaper at $11.00.
The final component is a scratch card, which acts a substitute
for the phone plans you buy in America—it gives you a set amount
of talking time. Your scratch cards must be bought to correspond
to the type of phone; i.e. a Gamtel phone card will not work
with an Africell phone. They can be purchased at many local
shops and telecentres—look for the signs that are usually posted
outside the building. Scratch cards can be bought in varying
amounts at the price of about $0.04 per unit, ranging from about
$1.50 to $9.00. Units correspond to minutes by a certain
variable, depending on whom you phone—international calls take up
far more units than local ones. For instance, a scratch card
costing about $1.50 will give you about two minutes to talk to
your family in America but about 45 minutes to speak to your
friend in Serekunda. You only need a scratch card to make
outgoing calls—the best part about Gambian mobiles is that
incoming calls (including international) are completely