Mobile Telephones in Azerbaijan

Find out how to get yourself a mobile cellular phone in Azerbaijan...

Mobile telephone users can get 3G services and high speed Internet access. In addition to GSM, there is CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access).

Both fixed contracts and prepaid services are available. Vouchers can be bought at almost all supermarkets, mini markets, mobile telephone shops and newspaper kiosks.

Mobile Providers

Azercell is the largest mobile operator in Azerbaijan covering 80 percent of the country.

  • To find a local Azercell outlet: Click here
  • Mobile code: 050 and 051

Bakcell is a private company and its network covers 96 percent of Azerbaijan.

Nar Mobile/Azerfon is a relatively new mobile provider in Azerbaijan

Buying a mobile telephone and SIM card

To buy a mobile telephone the buyer's passport is required and the purchase is then registered. To buy a SIM card, the buyer's passport or ID is also needed.

To get a mobile telephone contract, the following documents are required:

  • Registration Certificate confirming stay in Azerbaijan for more than 30 days
  • Passport
  • Valid temporary or permanent residence permit for Azerbaijan

A SIM card can be purchased from shops selling mobile telephones or from the mobile telephone outlets.

CDMA and Wi-Fi

Catel/Fonex is a CDMA operator in Azerbaijan. Catel's Wi-Fi network covers Baku, the Absheron Peninsula and some regions of Azerbaijan.

Lost or Stolen Mobile Telephones

A mobile cellular telephone has:

  • A SIM Card with number. This is the telephone number. Access can be protected by personalising the card with a 4 digit PIN number
  • An IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity). This is the mobile's unique identification number

The IMEI number protects the owner if the phone is lost or stolen. It is usually printed beneath the battery or can be found by typing the following into the keypad:

  • # 0 6 #

If a mobile telephone is lost or stolen, contact the service provider and give the IMEI number. The service will be suspended and the phone may be traced. To report a theft, supply the police with the IMEI number and the date, time and place the phone was last used.