Throughout the event, you will be able to CALL or EMAIL your sponsors, friends, family and significant others directly from the desert. This is possible thanks to satellite facilities (and occasional mobile signal reception).
To make a Satphone call, be sure to take cash or a credit card with you.
Cost of calls: Approximately €3 per minute.
Email: Free (one per day up to 1000 words, text only, single recipient only).
It is also possible for friends and family to SEND messages TO you during the race, via the dedicated page on the organisers website.
In order for the message to reach you, it must contain your runner’s name and number. The facility for doing this ONLY exists from the Saturday before the race starts until midday on the penultimate day.
Another option is to buy a Moroccan sim card with pay as you go credit. Maroc Telecom, Meditel and Inwi are the main brands. Maroc Telecom usually has the best coverage. 100dhs (around £8) will buy you enough data for the race. The pay as you go cards are scratch cards – message 555 and enter the number on the card. If you want to do JUST data, put *3 after the number. If you want calls and messages too, just enter the number.
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Note that mobile phones may NOT be used on the course or the bivouac. Competitors wishing to make or receive a mobile call must walk away from the camp or step off the course in order to do so.
Be aware that signal is intermittent and there are NO charging facilities.
Also, you should make your friends and family aware that there are normally 2 or 3 days during the race where there is no mobile reception at all and that they will be unable to contact you.