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BasicsEdit

Albania has 4 mobile operators:

  • Vodafone
  • Telekom (previously AMC)
  • Eagle Mobile (owned by ALBtelecom, which is owned by TürkTelecom)
  • Plus (owned by Plus Communications)

Vodafone is market leader, followed by Telekom and Eagle Mobile, with Plus as smallest network.

2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 MHz on all networks. 4G/LTE has launched in 2015 on all networks, but Plus. Licenses on 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz were awarded.

You can buy prepaid SIM cards in the shop of the providers showing a passport or photo ID for registration.

Vodafone (Albania)Edit

Vodafone

Vodafone is market leader in Albania with the best coverage in 2G and 3G in the country and a 46% customer share. 4G/LTE has started in 2015. 4G/LTE is available in Tiranë, Gjiri i Lalëzit, Drimadhes, Durrës, Vlorë, Jalë, Dhërmi, Himarë, Sarandë, Fier, Elbasan, Shëngjin, Ksamil, Shkodër and Korçë.

Vodafone offers two prepaid plans: Vodafone Club with a monthly base plan and data add-ons and Vodafone One with a loyalty scheme. On both plans Vodafone is the most expensive operator in the country.

Availability Edit

Their SIM card is sold in all Vodafone stores (store locator) as mini or micro SIM, other sizes can be cut.

Recharges can be made by sending the 12-digit code of the scratch card via SMS to 141 or through calling 142 from a Vodafone mobile number or through Vodafone E-Top Up. Check credit by sending a SMS for free with the text “Balance” to 141.

Vodafone ClubEdit

The Vodafone Club SIM card costs 500 LEK, and includes 400 LEK credit. These monthly base plans with data are offered:

  • Club Xtreme: 800 Lekë - incl. 200 dom. mins, 3 GB of data
  • Club Superior: 1200 Lekë - incl. 2000 dom. mins, 20 interntl. mins, 2 GB of data
  • Club Extra: 1600 Lekë - incl. 2500 dom. mins, 60 interntl. mins, 3 GB of data

Activate by typing #123#. The default rate for data is 0.976 Lekë/10 KB. More data can be added with 2 GB for 300 Lekë and 4 GB for 500 Lekë.

Vodafone One Edit

The Vodafone One plan includes a complicated loyalty scheme with bonus points (pikë) for activation, every top-up and purchase. These data packages can be purchased:

Time Volume Price
1 day (= 24 hrs) 100 MB 60 Lekë
1 week 1 GB 300 Lekë
1 month (= 30 days) 1 GB 550 Lekë
1 month (= 30 days) 2 GB

750 Lekë

To activate call 131 and follow instructions. To check remaining data allowance, SMS to 131 with any text in body. Package can be renewed ahead of time.

More informationEdit

  • APN: vodafoneweb

Telekom Albania (previously AMC)Edit

Telekom

Telekom was rebranded from AMC in 2015 and is Vodafone's strongest competitor in Albania. German Telekom owns a majority stake in Greece’s OTE, which in turn owns most of AMC Telekom Albania. Its 3G network reaches already 91% of the country.

They started 4G/LTE in 2015 on 1800 and 2600 MHz in Tiranë, Durrës, Elbasan, Shkodër, Fier, Vlorë, Korçë, Kamëz, Vorë, Lezhë, Peshkopi, Kukës.

Availability Edit

SIM card is available in all Telekom Stores at least as mini-SIM, other sizes can be cut. top-ups can be made in all Telekom Shops through a recharge card, by credit card online here or through another mobile phone (mobile number) calling at +355681000141.

Voice and data planEdit

Telekom Albania offers a plan for prepaid with data addons called JUMP. The default rate for data is on all plans 99 Lekë per MB. The following data packages on up to 4G are offered:

Time Volume Price Activation
24 hours 100 MB 60 Lekë Text 'ID' to 142
1 week 500 MB 300 Lekë Text 'IJ' to 142
1 month 1 GB 500 Lekë Text 'M' to 142
1 month 3 GB 990 Lekë Text 'Jdata' to 142

For additional data you can add:

  • 2 GB for 300 Lekë by 'MINT' to 142
  • 4 GB for 500 Lekë by 'MINT2' to 142

All packages can also be bought through #100#.

Data-only planEdit

Telekom offers this data-only for tablets and modems now called Telekom Mobile Broadband. The starter pack includes 3 GB data valid for one month.

  • SIM-only; speed up to 4G/LTE, 4 GB data: 890 Lekë
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 21 Mbps, 3 months with 3 GB data each: 2500 Lekë
  • 4G USB modem, speed up to 150 Mbps, 3 months with 4 GB data each: 5500 Lekë

Telekom Mobile Broadband has no voice access. Default rate outside of bundles is 12 Lekë/MB. They now offer these packages to reload data valid for 1 month:

  • 2 GB: 490 Lekë, activation: text 'MBB2' to 142
  • 4 GB: 790 Lekë, activation: text 'MBB4' to 142

More informationEdit

Eagle Mobile (by ALBtelecom)Edit

Eagle mobile
Eagle Mobile is the 3rd mobile provider in the country. It's merging with the state telco ALBtelecom. It started with 3G in 2012. So the coverage is still limited and less then the two big ones. 4G/LTE has started in 2015 in Tirana.

AvailabilityEdit

Eagle offers a standard voice plan for prepaid with data addons. The starter pack costs 200 Lekë, including 100 Lekë credit. They are sold in all Eagle Mobile and ALBtelecom outlets: locator: switch to English > Customer Care > Points of Sale at least as mini-SIM, other sizes can be cut to size.

Data feature packsEdit

The default rate for data is 0.10 Lekë per 10 KB. The following packs in up to 4G/LTE speed can be booked on the SIM:

Time Volume Price Activation
1 day (= 24 hrs) 1 GB 100 Lekë text 100 to 138
1 week 1 GB 300 Lekë text 300 to 138
1 month 2 GB 400 Lekë text 400 to 138
1 month 4 GB 600 Lekë text 600 to 138

Packages don't renew themselves. To check data consumption text 'Balance' to 138.

More informationEdit

  • APN: internet
  • Website: for English: [1]

Plus Edit

Plus

Plus is the smallest operator in the country with a market share of 7%. It has started with 3G in 2015 and has a very limited network so far. That's why the can't be recommended for travelers. But where you have coverage, they sell data at the lowest rates.

Availability Edit

You can get their SIM card in their shops (list). Their prepaid line is called 'PLUS Unik'. For every top-up of 1,000 Lekë or more you can get 100 MB bonus valid for 30 days.

Data feature packs Edit

Data by default is at 0.48 Lekë per 10 kB. These bundles can be added:

  • daily package: 150 MB for 60 Lekë, valid until the end of the next day, activation: text 'PI60' to 131
  • weekly package: 500 MB for 200 Lekë, valid for one week, activation: text 'PI200' to 131
  • monthly package: 1 GB for 300 Lekë, valid for 30 days, activation: text 'PI300' to 131

More infomation Edit

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