Albania has now only 3 operators left in 2018:
- Telekom (previously AMC)
- Eagle Mobile (owned by ALBtelecom, which is owned by TürkTelecom)
The services of Plus (owned by Plus Communications) were terminated in January 2018 and the operator closed down.
Vodafone is market leader with 1.5 million users, followed by Telekom with 1.2 million and Eagle Mobile with about half a million.
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 (bands 3, 7, 20) were awarded.
You can buy prepaid SIM cards in the shop of the providers showing a passport or photo ID for registration.
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.
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.
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
Plan Vodafone One has a complex loyalty program with bonuses (pikë) for activation, each top-up and purchase. These data packages can be purchased:
|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||
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.
- APN: vodafoneweb
- Website (switch to English): https://www.vodafone.al
Telekom Albania (previously AMC)Edit
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.
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:
|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#.
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
- APN: internet.t
- Telekom website in Albanian only
ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile)Edit
State telco ALBtelecom has been merging the 3rd mobile provider previously called Eagle Mobile. 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 and is now available in many cities.
AvailabilityEditALBtelecom offers a standard voice plan for prepaid with data add-ons. The starter pack costs 200 Lekë, including 100 Lekë credit. They are sold in all ALBtelecom outlets (locator) 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 activated on the SIM:
|1 GB||24 hours||100 Lekë||ID100|
|1 GB||7 days||300 Lekë||IJ300|
|2 GB||30 days||300 Lekë||IM300|
|4 GB||30 days||500 Lekë||IM500|
|6 GB||30 days||600 Lekë||IM600|
|10 GB||30 days||1000 Lekë||IM1000|
|20 GB||30 days||1500 Lekë||IM1500|
Activation is by texting code to 138. Packages don't renew themselves. To check data consumption text 'Balance' to 138. For more data you can add:
- 2 GB for 30 days: 200 Lekë, activation: IE200
- 4 GB for 30 days: 400 Lekë, activation: IE400
Promotion: Free 4 GB valid for 28 days: Instead of buying a data package right away, you may download and register at their Android/iOS App and get 4 GB free of charge (once per customer) as a promotion.
- APN: internet
- Website in English: https://www.albtelecom.al/en/individual/
- Coverage map (possibly outdated): https://www.albtelecom.al/en/about-albtelecom/about-us/network-coverage/