Making Cheap Calls To Gambia:
International Dialling Code: 220 - Dial out code: 00
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 smartphones, phone cards or pc to
pc or pc to landline international phone calls over the Internet
Among the free calls apps for smartphones are Viber, Vonage,
Nimbuzz, Fring, Tango, NetTalk, TalkBox, Vtok and Skype. Among
the other VoIP services are London Web, Yahoo Voice and Google
Hangouts, GTalk To Voip. The last of which allows some 'free'
landline calls as well by switching it to low cost local rates.
For more information see Voip Review (USA), voip-news.com
or 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.
Other services include:
Betamax GmbH - Sipdiscount (Germany)
Making Calls From Banjul:
have two phone options for making calls locally.
The first is by going to a telecentre & 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
Calls are bought by the unit, rather than the minute,
with local calls costing far less units than international
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,
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 $14.00 to
$16.00. 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 $0.50; Gamtel SIM cards are about
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 free.