MTN Uganda launches HelloWorld for customers traveling abroad to enjoy roaming discounts

MTN Uganda has today launched HelloWorld, a roaming service that enables MTN customers to enjoy discounted calling, SMS and internet rates while travelling to their favorite destinations around the world.

MTN has categorized various countries into price-based zones, “Zone One” and “Zone Two”, when you dial *160*55# from your MTN line. In countries under Zone One, customers can subscribe for HelloWorld at UGX. 1,000/- per day, while the subscription rate is UGX. 500/- per day in Zone Two.

All a customer needs to do is subscribe to the zone with the partner network in their selected country, for the number of days they will be travelling; after which they will be able to enjoy discounted calls within that country, to any network in Uganda or anywhere else in the world.

MTN HelloWorld subscribers can also send SMS at discounted rates, receive SMS for free and best of all enjoy affordable internet straight from their smartphones while roaming.

“In addition to affordable roaming rates, MTN HelloWorld offers peace of mind and convenience to travelling customers. We are delighted to have introduced a solution that will allow customers to keep their MTN number on to stay in touch without the need to get a new SIM card or buy a calling card in every country visit,” said MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mapula Bodibe.

“A customer doesn’t always have to subscribe every time they travel to a different country. If your trip covers countries within the same zone, you do not need to subscribe again. However, if your trip covers countries in more than one zone, you will need to subscribe to the two zones to enjoy the service,” added Ms. Bodibe.

For customers subscribed to MTN HelloWorld, data is charged as low as 0.4/- per KB (about 400/- per MB) to 2/- per KB (about 2000/- per MB), a much more favorable alternative to other roaming solutions. Furthermore, subscribers do not have to depend on Wi-Fi hotspots to keep their internet connections active.

Active Zones

This service is not available with Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan partner networks due to the availability of the already discounted One Network Area roaming service, that enables you to enjoy special tariffs on calls, SMS and internet within East Africa.

Zone One includes countries like South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, DRC, USA, UK, China, Canada, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Ghana while Zone Two covers USA, UK, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Portugal, France, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, among others. The full list is available on MTN’s website.

To subscribe for as littles as UGX 500 per day, dial *160*55 or call +256 771001000 and visit for more details.

How to Subscribe:

  • Simply dial *160*55# to subscribe
  • Choose a zone with your destination country. A list of countries and partner networks is available on:
  • Choose the number of days according to your travel plans
  • Subscribe for the maximum number days if you are a frequent traveler
  • You can subscribe to more than one zone at the same time
  • Make sure you are connected to the specified partner network whenever you use the service
  • You can load airtime from MTN Mobile Money by dialing *165#
  • Check status or stop your subscription at anytime


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