There are three Austrian mobile operators:
Orange and "3" merged in 2013 to one network while the brand Orange was dropped. In addition there are resellers or MVNOs operating on A1 and T-mobile networks.
2G GSM is on 900 and 1800 Mhz like most of Europe. 3G UMTS is on 2100 Mhz. 4G/LTE has been started on 2600 Mhz and 800 (A1 only) Mhz but is not on offer for prepaid customers so far.
Mobile coverage is excellent for a country with difficult topography. In the mountains and in rural areas, A1 offers most of the time the best coverage followed by T-Mobile and "3".
A prepaid SIM card is often called "Wertkarte".
A1 is the biggest network operator in Austria giving the best coverage and speed in the country A1 coverage map 4G/LTE has been started on 800 Mhz in the countryside and 2600 Mhz in the cities but is not yet available for prepaid.
- Default prefix: 0664
Start up costsEdit
The starter pack is called B.free Welcome package and sold for 9.90 EUR in their stores and lot of agencies like post offices. Metro, Saturn, Media Markt, Niedermeyer Libro, Lidl, Hartlauer etc. Top up vouchers can be found everywhere in the county.
The Welcome packages come in 2 varieties:
- B.free call, text and data has a credit of 5 EUR preloaded
- B.free internet with data only has 1 GB internet valid for 30 days preloaded.
Data feature packs
- For the data only SIM:
- B.free Internet 30 Tage: 3 GB /30 days 10 EUR
- B.free Internet 12 Monate: 3 GB /12 months 20 EUR
You can add more traffic whenever you reach your data limit, Maximum speed is 4 Mbps.
- For the call, text and data SIM:
- 100 MB in 30 days for 3 €, activation: text JA to 2952, deactivation: text AUS to 2952, overuse: 0.20 €/MB
- Basic: 1 GB in 30 days for 6.90 €, activation: text start basic to 2959, deactivation: text stopp basic to 2959, overuse: 0.05 €/MB
- Top: 3 GB in 30 days for 19.90 €: activation: text start top to 2959, deactivation: text stopp top to 2959, overuse: speed reduced to 64 kbps.
Standard, micro and nano SIM
- APN: A1.net
- Username: ppp@A1plus.at
- Password: ppp
Bob operates on the A1 network
- Default prefix: 0680
Bob starterpacks are available for 14.90 € at post offices, Media Markt, Saturn, Libro or Lidl ond online with the same credit. Be sure to get a starter for "wertkarte" = prepaid, as only these can be topped up by vouchers, not their "gigabob" line which requires a Austrian bank account.
To activate the starter pack for data you need at least 5 EUR in your account. For activation of the data package text "ein" to 691 or type USSD code *111*1#
- only available package: € 5 / 1 GB / 30 days called "bob datenpaket wertkarte"
This data package renews itself every month, if it is not cancelled on time. For deactivation text "aus" to 691 or type USSD code *111*2# If you have used up data volume ahead of time, you can buy a new pack or pay 0.068 EUR per MB. To check credit or data credit type *101#
Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM are available.
- Your mobile device will receive a RFC 1918 IP address so your mobile device will not easily be reachable from the internet.
- Tethering is possible
- APN: bob.at
- Password: pop
- Server: http://start.bob.at
Yess! operates on the A1 network.
- Default prefix: 069981, 069982 and 0681
Default data rateEdit
- € 0.01 per MB
- yesss! classic Starter-Set for €4.99 with 5 € credit but no preloaded data
- yesss! complete Starter-Set for €14.90 with 1500 domestic minutes, 1500 domestic texts and 1,5 GB preloaded
Yesss SIMs can be purchase online at http://www.yesss.at/ to be sent to an Austrian address. Starting January 2015 yesss starter packs will be available in all supermarkets of the Rewe chain called Billa, Merkur and Bipa as well as Libro stores. Yesss has discontinued its cooperation with Hofer at the end of 2014.
Only one package is on offer: 1 GB in a month for €4. Activation: text "paket 1GB ein" to 810 820. Package doesn't renew itself. Overuse is the default rate.
Minimum online top-up amount is €20; larger amounts are in €20 increments only. This applies to both via Yesss.at and onlineaufladen.at.
Top-up vouchers are available with €10 and €20 amounts.
Standard SIM, micro SIM come together as a most frequent package; nano SIM is separate for yesss! classic starter pack.
T-MobileEditT-Mobile Austria has a good coverage within the country on GSM and UMTS. 4G/LTE has been rolled out but is not available for prepaid: t-mobile coverage map
- Default prefix: 0676.
Their prepaid lines are called "Klax" and are sold online and in a lot of shops: t-mobile shop finder Top up vouchers are widely available.
Klax starter packs are available in 4 varieties:
- Megaklax: 1500 domestic minutes, 1500 domestic texts and 1500 MB included for 15.00 €. Overuse is charged by 0.30 € per 50 KB. Included volume is valid 30 days
- Smartklax: 2000 domestic minutes, 2000 domestic texts and 2000 MB included for 20.00 €. Overuse and validity see Megaklax.
- Klax Total: 9 € credit included, domestic calls are charged by 0.09 € per minute, domestic texts are charged by 0.20 €, data by 0.30 € per 50 KB for 15.00 €.
- Surfklax with 10 GB preloaded for 15 € valid for 30 days. Overuse: 0.02 €/MB.
Data feature packsEdit
- Surfklax 5 GB for 30 days for 10 €. Activation: SURFKLAX 5GB
- Surfklax 10 GB in 30 days for 15 €: Activation SURFKLAX 10GB
- Default rate called Klax Internet for 0.02 € per MB.
The Sufklax packages will renew every month if not deactivated. For activation text SMS to 0676 2222. Change to default rate by texting "KLAXINTERNET" or stop packs by texting stop <package name>.
Important Note: Once you use up the datavolume for the Surfklax packages, you will not be able to "top-up" and buy more data for the same month. Your options are:
- Add more credit, and keep using data at the pricey rate of 0.02€ per MB, OR
- Add credits just before the expiry of the original 30-day period, so that it will renew, OR
- Buy an entirely new Surfklax starter kit for 5GB or 10GB.
If you add credits before the 30-day period, they will be used up at the expensive rate mentioned above. This is true as of November 2014.
The Megaklax, Smartklax and Klax Starterpaket SIMs have smaller data packages. The product lines can be switched anytime to Surfklax:
- Klax Tagespass: day pass (= 24 hours) with 50 MB for 1€
- Klax Data 100: 100 MB for 3€ per month, activation text data
- Klax Data 500: 500 MB for 5€ per month, activation text: data500
Overuse is charged with 0.30 € per 50 KB. Activation SMS to 0676 2222
Check credit by USSD code *101# and data credit by *114#
T-Mobile SIMs can be purchased in their own shops, online, on ebay.at or from some high street stores.
Standard SIM, although depending on the retailer Nano SIM packs also available
- APN: gprsinternet
- Username: t-mobile
- password: rt
HoT (Hofer Telekom) Edit
Hofer (as the Austrian branch of Aldi discounter stores are called) starts its own brand in January 2015. It's called HoT (for Hofer Telekom) and uses the network of T-Mobile in 2G and 3G as a MVNO.
Default data rate Edit
- 0.009 € per MB. Billing is in 1 MB incements.
Starter packs Edit
They can be purchased online at http://www.hot.at/ to be sent to an Austrian address or at all Hofer supermarkets Hofer Store Locator for 1.99 €. Top up vouchers (= Ladebons) of 10 or 20 € are available there too.
Data packs Edit
They offer two monthly packages with data:
- HoT fix: 300 domestic minutes OR domestic texts (can be mixed) and 3 GB data for 9.90 €
- HoT data: 3 GB of data for 6.90 €
Max. speed in HoT Data is 21 Mbit/s and HoT Fix is 7.2 Mbit/s. When the included data of the pack is used up, you will be charged the default data rate or can buy a "refill package" with 1 GB for 3.90 €. All packages must be subscribed online in your personal account.
SIM sizes Edit
They sell hybrid SIM cards with mini SIM, micro SiM and nano SIM
- for some devices you must enable (domestic) data roaming as this MVNO may be recognized as a roaming network. Be careful when enabled in Swiss border area as 1 MB is charged at 15.36 € !!! on Swiss roaming networks
- APN: webaut
Telering is a MVNO using the T-mobile network (details see above).
- Default prefix: 0650
Their prepaid data SIM is called "Free Willi" and sold online to be sent to an Austrian address or at shops. Top up vouchers can be bought online, at post offices, Libro, Penny stores and many kiosks.
The starter pack is called "Free Willi 3 GB Starter Paket" and sold for 10 EUR. It contains 3 GB of data valid for 30 days. "Free Willi" has data and text only, no voice. The data package is enabled by default and renews itself automatically if there is credit. Maximum download rate is 3.6 Mbps. After the 1st month you have the choice:
- data package add-on of 3 GB for 30 days for 8 EUR (since October 2014)
- standard tariff of only 0.01 EUR per MB
To stop the package text "Stop WILLI3GB" to 20650, to (re)enable text "WILLI3GB" to 20650 for free. There is an inactivity fee of 0.50 EUR per month after 4 months of inactivity.
- APN: web
- Username: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: web
Vectone Mobile Edit
Vectone Mobile is a MVNO and operates on the T-Mobile Austria network (find details above).
SIM cards are free of charge and can be ordered online sent to an Austrian postal address only or at certain agencies which show their logo. The SIM will be activated once popped into the phone. Top-up is possible online or in selected stores as SIM cards come without pre-loaded credit.
The standard data rate outside of packages is 10 Cents per MB.
Data feature packs Edit
All IN ONE Pocket Saver: 9.90 € including 500 mins national and international calls to certain countries, 3 GB of data, 3000 domestic texts, 5000 mins from Vectone Austria to Vectone Austria calls.
Data Pocket Saver are the data packs available valid for 30 days:
- 3.90 € - 1 GB data, activation: *3003#
- 9.90 € - 5 GB data, activation: *3004#
- 19.90 € - 10 GB data, activation: *3005#
To activate type code. It will not be automatically renewed.
Sim sizes Edit
Standard and micro SIM
Forbidden by the Terms & Conditions; enforcement of this is a question.
Technical Info Edit
- Data is not compatible with Blackberrys (below OS10)
- APN: mobile.barablu.com
- There are lot of complaints about Vecton's poor customer service on the internet
Drei Austria ("3")Edit
Drei Austria is the smallest network in the country 3 coverage map. LTE has started on 2600 MHz but is not available for prepaid yet.
Some of the old tariffs before the merger haven been discontinued or raised.
- Default prefix: 0660
Nimm3 is the name of their prepaid line (= Wertkarte). The starter packs are sold for 9.90 € and can be chosen as:
- Nimm3 Telefonie: calls, texts and data with 1000 domestic minutes, 1000 domestic texts and 1 GB data preloaded valid for 15 days
- Nimm3 Internet; data only with 1 GB preloaded valid for 15 days
The SIM card cand be found at Drei shops (shop list) or at Libro (store locator). Top up cards can be found at many stores, kiosks, petrol stations and supermarkets. Online reloads by many international credit cards are accepted.
Data feature packsEdit
- for Nimm3 Telefonie: SIM for calls, texts and data
|Volume||max. Speed||Cost||Domestic minutes||Domestic texts|
|1.5 GB||4 Mbps||15 €||1500||1500|
|3 GB||8 Mbps||20 €||2000||2000|
Data rate outside of package is 0.35 €/MB.
- for Nimm3 Internet: data only SIM (no calls or texts)
|Data option||Volume||Download Speed||Cost per month|
|Nimm3 Internet||1 GB||4 Mbit/Sec||6 €|
|Nimm3 Internet||6 GB||4 Mbit/Sec||12 €|
|Nimm3 Internet Flat||unlimited||10 Mbit/sec||18 €|
|Nimm3 Internet Klassik||by volume||4 Mbit/sec||0.02/MB|
Overuse rate is 0.35 € per MB.
Standard sim, micro SIM and nano SIMs are available
- Unfortunately the old roaming options have been discontinued and are only valid for cards bought until August 2013. They allowed roaming in all 3 networks free of extra charges for data too.
- The new option called 3Europa gives you an add-on of 1 GB data roaming in 3 networks of Italy, UK, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark for 7.50 €.