Danish Ascom Nordic payphone 1994 - From the streets of Zanzibar.
Photo by Hamilton Davis. (A British CT700 )
Mobile phones are becoming increasingly popular and in-house phones are getting more and more common, but many people still rely on payphones, telegrams or letters for long distance communication. There are two types of payphones with two phone card companies. They are not interchangeable, so it is a good idea to buy both types of phone cards, which can be purchased in many places - - post office, pharmacy, street stalls, etc. You must have a phone card because the payphones do not accept coins or credit cards. To use a pay phone, insert the phone card into the appropriate slot. The amount of units remaining on the card appears in the window. A voice prompt then asks you to choose English or Swahili as your language and then leads you through phone usage. When you hang up, the phone card is returned to you. For long calls or international calls, it is a good idea to use the phone booths in the post office where customers can simply pay cash at the end of the call. Remember that formulaic greeting/parting etiquette governs phone conversations as well as interactions in person, so be prepared to talk for awhile or you risk being perceived as rude (for specifics, see the Greeting/Parting section of this website).
Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL)

TTCL also provides the only payphone services in Tanzania and Zanzibar consisting of approximately 1,100 payphones.  All payphones are card based, but a card is not required to access Global269 on properly enabled payphones.  TTCL payphones fit into one of two classes, those that are IDD enabled and those that are not.  Approximately 400 TTCL payphones are International Direct Dial enabled.

The international access code �000� must be dialled before the country code.

Payphones that are IDD enabled are externally labelled with a large yellow banner that stipulates Yes or No for IDD capability.   When the label is intact, it is correct approximately 90% of the time.   If you find one that does not allow you to dial 0002698 then simply move on to another �Yes� phone. Payphones are abundant throughout the metropolitan areas.