Fixed line service is available in most cities (digital in Kabul) and mobile phones in most cities. SIM cards are available and international calls to Europe / EE. UU Usually they cost less than 0.5 USD / minute. Outside of big cities, your options are limited to a satellite phone.
An Afghanistan number should have the format +93 30 539-0605, where "93" is the country code for Afghanistan, the next two digits the area code and the remaining 7 digits the "local" part of the countries. Subscriber who can be called from within this particular area code using speed dial. You must dial "0" before the geographic area code (20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 for landlines) outside this area code (but still within Afghanistan).
Mobile numbers in Afghanistan should always be marked with all digits (10 digits, including a "0" in front of the "70n" in Afghanistan), no matter where they come from. The 70n is a mobile prefix, not a "prefix" as such, and the third digit (the n part) designates the original assigned mobile network. An example mobile number is considered +93 700-202-496.
- Roshan +93 (0) 79 997 1333. The most reliable service with the largest coverage. SMS is possible for most countries. SIM cards cost USD5, local calls are AFN5 / minute (10 cents / min.).
- Afghan Wireless Privately owned with 20% ownership by the government. AWCC has the only communications ring around the country offering high speed mobile and data services throughout all provinces. AWCC also offers the highest speed fibre-based connections to the outside world, with roaming to over 300 other operators in 120 countries. Services include Voice, FAX, GPRS and EDGE data services along with WiMAX and dedicated high speed internet service with 45MB links to NYC and 45MB links to Paris. SIM cards cost USD1, local calls are AFN4.99/minute billing in seconds.
- Areeba/MTN +93 (0) 77 222 2777. The cheapest cell service, offers the least coverage. SIM cards cost USD3, local calls are AFN5.5/minute.
- Etisalat +93 (0) 78 688 8888. A large network provider from the UAE, is the latest GSM network in Afghanistan. It became the first company to begin 3G services in early 2012.
- Thuraya is the most reliable.