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BasicsEdit

Albania has now only 3 operators left in 2018:

  • Vodafone
  • 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.

No roaming
Be aware that Albania is not part of the EU, nor the EEA, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced. So roaming rates are not capped or regulated in the country and can be much higher on most European SIM cards roaming in the country. Only on some Vodafone plans Albania is included in the Euro zone. Better buy a local SIM card instead.

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

ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile)Edit

Albtelecom

new logo

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.

AvailabilityEdit

Eagle mobile

old logo of Eagle Mobile

ALBtelecom 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:

Volume Time Price Activation
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.

More informationEdit