You Definitely Need A Sim Card In Mauritius
This guide will refer the best mobile network provider based on speed, accessibility, and cost.
1. No Public WiFi Per Say
Cities like Paris and Dubai offer free public WiFi everywhere you go, which allows you to stay connected with your family and friends in real time, nullifying the need for a sim card throughout your visit. Sadly Mauritius doesn't offer that much-appreciated feature for now, as free public internet called Wi-Fi Mauritius (still developing), is only available in 350 sites throughout the entire island, and not particularly the fastest. Your best bet for guaranteed WiFi connection is in your Airbnb or hotel. However, if you are going to be mobile then you definitely need a sim card. Mauritius has just three mobile network providers - Emtel, My.T (formerly Orange), and MTML. For the purpose of this guide, we will focus on the first two, simply because no one I have come across on the island uses MTML, and I have also never seen their ads or outlets. So MTML, you are the weakest link, goodbye!
2. Our Recommendation
Both Emtel and My.T are equally blazing fast - they provide 4G connectivity. However, based on my experience, Emtel has more consistent, stronger and wider coverage around Mauritius (I can't say for Rodrigues and Agalega). In addition to its advantages, Emtel's data bundles are cheaper than My.T's, and is more convenient to recharge because almost every shop, even in the most remote place, sells Emtel e-pins. To spot a shop all you need to do is look up at the door post, they almost always have an Emtel banner attached.
Aaaaaand there you have it folks! A succinct piece of Information to ensure uninterrupted internet connectivity during your visit. Also, be sure to subscribe to this blog to stay updated on the latest. See you in the next post.