When people come from their home countries to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah, they buy a SIM card either from the registered outlets or from outside. Sometimes, Hajj or Umrah agents hand over these SIM cards to them as the price of SIM cards is already included in the package. Now Saudi Government has made it mandatory to register your fingerprints for activation of any SIM card. You might face difficulties in registering your fingerprints. Today we are going to share with you the procedure to use your country’s SIM in Saudi Arabia without any kind of roaming charges.[irp]
Instead of purchasing the SIM of any Mobile Operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you can keep using your very own SIM from your native country such as Pakistan. All you have to do is connect to STC and dial 1500 to obtain an LRN. A Local Roaming Number or an LRN will allow you to use this number as a local number in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allowing you to make calls with local charges within the Kingdom, and you can also call anywhere in Pakistan on local charges. In this method, you will not need to have your passport registered, and will not need to provide your fingerprints too.[irp]
Register with the STC network
Dial 1500 and follow the instructions which will then give you the local number.
After this, every call to a Saudi number will be considered as a national call.
All you have to do is dial *1 prior to dialing the number you want to call in order to initiate the LRN.
Anybody wanting to contact you can do so on your LRN as a normal call.
The initial registration will give you a free starting balance of 5 SAR which will be valid for 3 days, during which you need to re charge enough to keep the number active and valid otherwise you will lose the number and will have to get another one.