Roam Like Home: Using Zong in Saudi Arabia is Cheaper than Even Saudis Networks

Ever wondered that your Pakistani SIM, while on roaming abroad, can be more cheaper than the local networks where you are travelling?

This has become true in case of Zong with its ridiculously low pricing for incoming and outgoing calls while on roaming in Saudi Arabia.

This new offer from Zong, called “Roam Like Home” is valid for all Zong prepaid customers, and is automatically activated without any prior subscription charges. Customers only need to activate the International Roaming access level by dialing the 310 helpline or visiting a service center prior to their travel.

Once activated, Zong users will be charged Rs 0.25/second or Rs. 15 per minute (exclusive of taxes) for outgoing calls to both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Charging pulse for all Zong calls while roaming in Saudi Arabia is per second.

Yes, these rates are for both outgoing calls to Pakistan and for incoming calls while roaming.

Zong Outgoing and Incoming Call Rates in Saudi Arabia:

  • Outgoing Calls to Pakistan: Rs. 0.25 per second plus tax
  • Outgoing Calls to any Saudi Network: Rs. 0.25 per second plus tax
  • Incoming Calls: Rs. 0.25 per second plus tax

Note: You have to be on Zain network in Saudi Arabia to avail these prices

This offer is ideal for Pakistanis travelling to Saudi Arabia in the holy month of Ramadan just around the corner

Check below infographic for a detailed comparison:

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  • Ahmed Habib

    Ha, and for 30 day visit…
    Total cost for IR activation 15000
    15 per minute call rate.
    Suppose made 1000 calls…
    15000+15000=30000
    30 rupees per minute?

    Alternative method:
    Buy a sim in Saudi Arabia for 1000 pkr
    Data rate maybe 5 SR for 1gb, 200 PKR
    Call free on skype
    Even if 500 PKR per gb, you will be able to make at least 5 hours of calling
    Which 300 minutes
    In total 6000 you will enjoy the luxury :-)

    • aamir7

      you are right, other than there are no IR activation charges

      • Ahmed Habib

        Thanks for correction, Zong offers free IR to 9 countries, now I know. :-)

        But still 15 per minute way to high for my liking but the luxury of own number can not be avoided.

      • anas qamar

        aamir, do you see any company giving truly unlimited data plans? I am talking abt the 3g/4g networks…

    • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

      Bhai jee , saudia ka konsa network 5 riyal ma 1 gb data de raha hai ? zara muje bhi bata dein , ma saudia ma hi rehta hon .

  • Great to see that you are using more and more infographics

  • AmirTut

    Saudi networks don’t charge for incoming calls though, so it would be cheaper for someone in Pakistan to call you on a Saudi sim. Miscall them and let them call you back. I think that would be cheaper.

  • Incoming tax is something annoying

  • Nabeel Aslam

    i’m in saudi arabia i want to roming zong… koi btay ga k yh kysy krn
    ???

  • Khan Gee

    G mera nam muhammad arif hy mai saodia arab me hon mera ya number international karo plz 03159434520

    • Khan Gee

      Sir plz plz ya number international karo plz

  • Zahid

    Would any one kindly let me know, in brief, how can I be able to easily make my number international/or get roaming for saudi arabia. Is it a must to have access to Zain network over there in Saudi Arabia or it is not a must?