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Basics Edit

There are three mobile operators in Austria:

  • A1
  • T-Mobile
  • 3 (= "Drei")

Orange and "3" merged in 2013 to one network and the brand Orange was dropped. In addition there are many resellers or MVNOs on all networks.

2G GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz like in most of Europe. 3G UMTS is on 2100 MHz. 4G/LTE is on 2600 MHz in cities and 800 MHz on the countryside on A1, on 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz on T-Mobile and on 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz on 3.

Mobile coverage is excellent for a country with difficult topography and similar to Switzerland on a very high level. In 4G/LTE both A1 and 3 cover >98%, T-Mobile is slightly behind at 90% of the population. This survey follows the historical order mostly used in the country and is no ranking.

A prepaid SIM card is locally called "Wertkarte". This is a specific Austrian expression, not used in Germany. Unlike to most other European countries, SIM cards in Austria are still anonymous and don't need to be registered.

Data rates in Austria are among the lowest in Central Europe. Ironically, there are hardly any good EU roaming offers for prepaid: While data are sold domestic for as low as 0.1c per MB, EU roaming rates are still mostly around 6c per MB.

Online top-up vouchers are available for most networks at onlineaufladen.at without surcharges. Note that if you would like to use your credit or debit card on this website, payments are possible with Mastercard Securecode , Verified by Visa , Diners Club and Maestro Cards that have Mastercard Securecode enabled. Visitors from some EU countries may also use their Online Banking account to buy Top Up. Since this is restricted to certain countries/banks, check beforehand if your country is in the drop down menu. Further, you need to be able to receive text messages to you home sim, so if you dont want to connect it to a network in Austria, this method wont work.

EU roaming Edit

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Austria is part of the EU, where from 15 June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced. In most European countries you can now 'roam like at home' on a Austrian SIM card at domestic rates rather than excessive roaming rates. For specifics about the new regulation check European Union chapter and every provider below.

The Austrian operators have very different approaches. A1 applies Roam like home mostly without limits on prepaid plans, T-Mobile blocks internatl. data roaming and Drei and the most MVNOs apply a FUP on the base of 2.1 GB for €10 retail price of the plan, that is given out at domestic rates. All providers may apply a FUP for continuous roaming of more than 4 month, before they may add surcharges.

This means that the price for EU roaming is mostly between 4.50 € per GB (according to the applied FUP) and 9.10 € per GB (when the excess rate is applied). So data use on Austrian SIM cards abroad remains much more expensive than at home in Austria, even under the 'Roam like at Home' rules.

A1Edit

A1 Logo

A1 by Telekom Austria that is still the biggest telecommunication provider in the country with a very high standard: A1 coverage map 4G/LTE has been started on 800 MHz in the countryside and 2600 MHz in the cities covering 98% of population in 2016. It's now available for prepaid too.

AvailabilityEdit

The starter pack is called B.free Welcome package. It's sold in their stores and many agencies like post offices, Metro, Saturn, Media Markt, Niedermeyer, Libro, Lidl, MPREIS, Hartlauer etc. Standard, micro and nano SIM are sold.

Top-up vouchers of 10, 20 or 40 € can be found everywhere in the county at A1 shops, post offices, supermarkets, tobacco shops and service stations. To top up, type *102*<voucher code>#. To check balance, type *101#.

The welcome packages come in different plans with a monthly mandatory top-up and two plans without, that are more convenient for travellers: B.free and B.free internet

B.free Edit

The text and data prepaid SIM card has a credit of 5 EUR preloaded for 9.90 EUR and includes 2 GB and 1000 minutes and SMS. The only plan without a base rate is called B.free 5. Other combo plans include:

  • B.free S: 10 € including 1000 minutes and SMS (until July 3 GB, EU roaming: ~2.1 GB), unlimited A1 mins and SMS (data is expensive 0.40 € per MB). For activation text 'JA' to 2910.
  • B.free L: 15 € including 4 GB (until July 7 GB, EU roaming: ~3.2 GB), 1000 minutes and SMS, unlimited A1 mins and SMS. The 1st month the plan is free of charge, after 3rd month of use this plan costs 14 € and after 6th month of use 12 €. Speed up to 50 Mbps. For activation text 'JA' to 2930.
  • B.free Premium: 20 € including 9 GB (until July 12 GB, EU roaming: ~4.3 GB), 1000 minutes and SMS, unlimited A1 mins and SMS. After 3rd month of use this plan costs 19 €/m and after 6th month of use 17 €/m. Speed up to 50 Mbps. For activation text 'JA' to 2940.

All packages auto-renew after 30 days or can be renewed ahead of time by re-entering the activation code. The promotion with more data in brackets is valid for activations of the bundles until 31/7/17 and stays in force when you auto-renew your package.

B.free internet Edit

B.free internet is a data-only SIM. The starter for 9.90 € has 5 GB data valid for 30 days included. Default rate is 0.02 € per MB and speed up to 150 Mbps. These packages can be added:

  • B.free Internet S 30 Tage: 5 GB (EU roaming: ~2.1 GB) for 30 days: 10 €
  • B.free Internet L 30 Tage: 10 GB (EU roaming: ~3.2 GB) for 30 days: 15 €
  • B.free Internet S 12 Monate: 5 GB (EU roaming: ~4.3 GB) for 12 months: 20 €
  • B.free Internet L 12 Monate: 10 GB (EU roaming: ~6.5 GB) for 12 months: 30 €
  • B.free Net Cube Internet: "unlimited" for 30 days: 30 € - throttled to 20/5 Mbps. No internatl. roaming on this plan!

You can add more traffic whenever you reach your domestic data limit.

EU roaming Edit

A1 applies volume and time caps for EU roaming. For every 10 € retail price around 2.1 GB are given out at the domestic rate. For overuse or having used your SIM card for more than 4 months of continous roaming, a surcharge of 9.24€/GB will be added.

More information Edit

T-Mobile Edit

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T-Mobile Austria has a good coverage within the country on GSM and UMTS, slightly behind A1 and Drei, but still on a generally high level. 4G/LTE has been rolled out and is available on prepaid without surcharges. It covers 90% of the population in 2016: T-Mobile coverage map.

Their prepaid lines are called "Klax" and are sold online and in a lot of shops: T-Mobile shop finder . Standard and micro SIM, although depending on the retailer nano SIM packs also available.

Top-up vouchers are widely available. Top-ups are by vouchers of 10, 15, 20 or 40 € sold in many shops.

Check credit by dialing code *101# and data credit by *114#.

My Klax Flex Edit

In March 2017 T-Mobile changed their portfolio and introduced the 'Die-Wie-ich-will-SIM' (= The "How I want" SIM) officially called My Klax Flex. On this SIM all domestic allowances are fully customizable between minutes of voice, SMS and MB of data. Basic rule: one unit is one minute or SMS or MB.

Two different starter packs are offered:

  • € 10: "My Klax Flex 4000" containing 4,000 units (= mins/SMS/MB) for 30 days
  • € 15: "My Klax Flex 10000" containing 10,000 units (= mins/SMS/MB) for 30 days

Speed is up to 20 Mbit/s on the smaller and up to 50 Mbit/s on the bigger pack on 4G/LTE. All packages auto-renew for the same price after 30 days. In case of unsufficient credit for the auto-renewal the chosen plan stays active for 4 months. After 4 months you are switched to the default rate.

Default rate is My Klax Basic with 9 ct for a minute, SMS or MB of data in up to 10 Mbit/s. Rather then falling down on this rate you can add two booster packs:

  • € 1: 100 more units
  • € 10: 1000 more units

They are valid for the rest of the running time of the base plan.

Surfklax Edit

Surfklax is their data-oriented product for modems and tablets, but it has voice and text too. This only data package is offered for Surfklax SIM cards:

  • Surfklax 10 GB for 30 days at 15 € (no roaming!)

The Surfklax package will renew every month, if not deactivated. For activation text 'SURFKLAX 10GB' to 0676 2222. Change to default rate of 0.02 € per MB by texting "KLAXINTERNET" or stop packs by texting 'stop SURFKLAX 10GB'. There is no international data roaming on Surfklax possible.

If you add credits before the 30-day period, they will be used up at the default rate mentioned above. You can start another 10 GB pack anytime when you have added credit.

EU roaming Edit

Note that international roaming is blocked on My Klax Flex and Surfklax SIM cards by default. You can only use voice and SMS when roaming outside Austria at domestic rates, if you register your SIM card online, but data roaming is always disabled.

More informationEdit

Drei Austria ("3") Edit

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Drei.at Austria (called 'drei' spoken like 'try' for 3) used to be the smallest network in the country until they bought Orange and merged in 2013 to be become a very competitive player. 4G/LTE is on 1800 and 2600 MHz and covers already 98% of population: 3 coverage map.

Their market share is now on par with T-Mobile and network coverage and speeds are on par with A1 in 2017 on a high level. In the meantime, Drei has opened 4G/LTE for most of their prepaid plans. They offer the lowest rates of any network operator and the only real unlimited plans in the country. 3 offers domestic roaming with the "3-AT" (T-Mobile 2G) network. By automatic selection your phone will switch to this network if the connection to the home 3 network gets weak. Even though you don't pay a surcharge for using "3-AT", roaming data is limited. So either stick to 3 network by manual selection or enable roaming data.

Nimm3Edit

Nimm3 is the name of their prepaid line (= Wertkarte). These two starter packs are offered:

  • Nimm3 Telefonie
  • Nimm3 Internet

Both are sold at 15 €. Nimm3 Telefonie comes with 1000 domestic minutes, 1000 domestic SMS and 4GB data while Nimm3 Internet comes with 10GB data. Both are valid for 30 days.

Their SIM cards can be found at Libro (store locator) or Hartlauer. Interestingly, Drei shops (shop list) don't sell prepaid cards, only contracts. Standard SIM, micro SIM and nano SIMs are available.

Top-up cards can be found at many stores, kiosks, petrol stations and supermarkets. Online reloads by many international credit cards are accepted.

Nimm 3 TelefonieEdit

This is their regular SIM for calls, texts and data:

  • as Klassik (roaming blocked) or Klassik Travel (roaming possible) plan without any allowances and data at 0.15 € per MB @ max. 10 Mbit/s.
  • or as plan in these combo bundles all on 4G/LTE up to 50 Mbit/s for 30 days:
Price Data Austria Data EU roaming Voice Text intern. Voice
15 € 10 GB roaming blocked 1000 mins 1000 SMS
15 € 4 GB 4 GB 3000 mins 3000 SMS 300 mins
20 € 20 GB roaming blocked 2000 mins 2000 SMS 200 mins
30 € 16 GB 16 GB unlimited mins unlimited SMS 500 mins

Data rate outside of package is at high 0.35 € per MB. To all tariffs these add-ons called Zusatzpakete can be booked for extra data:

  • 1 GB for 30 days: 5 €
  • 5 GB for 30 days: 9 €

The max. speed of the add-ons depend on the max. speed of the base plan.

Nimm3 Internet Edit

This is their data-only SIM, with domestic data, calls and texts are possible, but at high prices. International roaming is blocked.

  • as Nimm3 Internet Klassik: by volume at 0.02 € per MB, @ max. speed 4 Mbit/s in 3G; and the only top-up package of 1 GB valid for another 4 months for 20 €.
  • or these monthy packages on 4G/LTE:
dom. Volume max. Speed Price
5 GB 30/10 Mbit/s 10 €
20 GB 30/10 Mbit/s 20 €
unlimited 30/10 Mbit/s 30 €
unlimited 50/20 Mbit/s 40 €

Note, that there are now two unlimited packages. The unlimited plans on 4G/LTE are really unlimited in speed and volume, but classified as "stationary", resulting in lower network priority in times of network congestion. More significantly, these plans are not usable across the EU as roaming is totally disabled, so there is no obligation to provide "roam like home".

Package won't be renewed automatically after 30 days. This is done, when you go online for the first time thereafter and have enough credit on your account. The same happens when your data volume is used up ahead of time and you have enough credit for another bundle. Otherwise rate will be charged at high 0.35 € per MB.

To check remaining allowance, download the "3 Kundenzone" (=3 customer zone) app from the App or Google Play Store. When you open the app, press "Automatisch erkennen" (=detect automatically) and you will be redirected automatically (please note that this WILL NOT work on WIFI, but only when checking on mobile data). Activity done in "3 Kundenzone" will NOT be withdrawn from your data allowance.

EU roaming Edit

Some of the plans are completely blocked for roaming but allow more data to be used in Austria. Plans which are not blocked for roaming have less data for same money but data can be fully used in EU roaming. You can easily switch between plans.

Drei treats the Channel Islands as "EU-zone" for voice and SMS only. Data is charged at excessive 15 € per MB. Again, on all Nimm3 Internet data-only plans, international roaming is blocked completely.

More informationEdit

  • Tethering is allowed
  • APN: drei.at

tele.ring Edit

Telering-logo
Telering is a sub-brand of T-Mobile using the T-Mobile network (details see above) in 2G and 3G and 4G/LTE. They have blocked all international data roaming abroad. So for mobile internet you can use it only in Austria.

Availability Edit

Their current prepaid data SIM is called "PFEIFT!" and sold online to be sent to an Austrian address or at shops. Top-up vouchers can be bought online, at post offices, in Libro, Penny stores and many kiosks.

Data rates Edit

The starter pack is sold in 2 variations:

  • Pfeift!: for 10 € with 10 € start credit.
  • Pfeift! Voll: for 10 € with 1000 units = minutes or SMS and 4 GB domestic data valid for 1 month. This pack renews every month for a fee of 10 € and is included for the start.

Maximum download rate on Pfeift! is 7.2 Mbps, max. upload 2 Mbps, and on Pfeift! Voll it is 20Mbps down/5Mbps up. Standard data tariff is now a lower 0.099 € per MB. There are three available add-ons for these tariffs:

  • + SPEED: Increase data speeds to max. 100 Mbps download, max. 50Mbps upload, 3 € per month
  • + 100 MB for 1 € per month
  • + 1 GB for 5 € per month

Note, that there is an inactivity fee of 0.50 € per month charged after 4 months of inactivity. To top-up use vouchers of 10, 15, 20 or 35 € sold in tobacco shops and post offices and other stores. Enter *104*<voucher code>#. Check balance by *101#.

EU roaming Edit

Note that international roaming is blocked on all plans by default. You can use tele.ring outside Austria only for voice and SMS if you register your SIM card online. Then the included min/SMS units can be used within EU ("Roam Like At Home") otherwise a surcharge will be added. Data roaming stays always blocked.

More information Edit

Yesss! Edit

Yesss-telekommunikation

Yesss! is a brand of A1 and operates on the A1 network on 2G, 3G and since 2016 on 4G/LTE for all prepaid plans.

AvailabilityEdit

Yesss! SIMs can be purchased online to be sent to an Austrian postal address. Yesss! starter packs are available in all supermarkets of the Rewe chain called Billa, Merkur, Libro stores, in post offices and in some petrol stations, too.

Yesss! Statersets are sold for € 1.99 as triple SIM cut out for mini, micro and nano. They contain 100 units as domestic SMS, minutes voice or MB data, and 15 mins to customer support. All included allowances are valid for 30 days. Sometimes this offer differs in promotions.

Minimal online top-up amount is €10; larger amounts are in €1 increments up to €100. This applies to both www.yesss.at and onlineaufladen.at. Top-up vouchers are available with €10 and €20 amounts. To check credit balance, type *121#.

Data feature packagesEdit

Default rate is at low 0.9 ct per MB (in 3G speeds only). These monthly packages are available, all now open to 4G/LTE:

  • combo packages with voice, text and data:
    • € 9.99 with 1000 units (mins/SMS), 4 GB data (2.2 in EU roaming): activation text 'paket complete L' to 810820. There is an optional free "Sorglospaket". This "don't worry" feature will in case of too many data roll over unused data to the next month and in case of too few data add 2 GB for € 4.
    • € 13.99 with 1000 units (mins/SMS), 6 GB data (3.1 GB in EU roaming), activation: text 'paket complete XL' to 810820
  • data-only packages:
    • 1 GB (EU roaming: 900 MB): € 4, max. 21 Mbps, activation: 'paket 1gb' to 810820, this package doesn't auto-renew!
    • 3 GB (EU roaming: 1.3 GB): € 5.99, max. 50 Mbps, activation: 'paket 3gb' to 810820.
    • 9 GB (EU roaming: 2.2 GB): € 9.99, max. 50 Mbps, activation: 'paket 9gb' to 810820.
    • unlimited (no internatl. roaming at all!): € 24.99, max. 21 Mbps, no roaming abroad, activation: 'paket unlimited' to 810820
  • to all packages, but the 1 GB data pack, a 1 GB add-on for more data within the running time of the base package is offered for € 3.90. This offer will be texted to you when the base package is depleted.

The 1 GB package and add-on are not renewed, all others are. To stop, text activation code and the word 'aus' to 810820. Overuse is charged at the default rate. You can also use your online account (yesss! Kontomanager) or a mobile app called "yesss! App" to activate the data options.

EU roaming Edit

Yesss! adopts "roam like at home", but data roaming is disabled by default. You have to enable data roaming before you can use it by sending a text 'roaming daten ein' to 810820 (or +43 681 810820 if you are already outside Austria). Yesss! applies caps on all data packages (see above) and the unlimited rate is excluded from internatl. roaming.

More infoEdit

  • tethering is not blocked
  • APN: Try web.yesss.at or webapn.at

bob Edit

Bob logo

Bob is a brand of A1 and operates on the A1 network in 2G, 3G up to 21 Mbit/s and with one tariff on 4G/LTE too up to 50 Mbit/s.

Availability Edit

Bob starterpacks are available for 9.90 € at post offices, Media Markt, Saturn, Libro or Lidl and online sent to an Austrian postal address with the same credit. Be sure to get a starter for "Wertkarte" = prepaid, as only these can be topped up by vouchers. Standard SIM, micro SIM and nano SIM are available.

All their plans now include 4G/LTE capped at 50 Mbps. Only their default Minibob stay on 3G with max. 21 Mbps.

Data options Edit

The following options exist regarding for voice and data:

  • Minibob: 6.8 cents per MB at 21 Mbit/s. This is the default rate, when no package is booked or all data are used up.
  • easybob M: € 11.90 for 5 GB (EU roaming: 4 GB) and 1000 minutes, 2000 SMS for 30 days. This package will auto-renew each month. To activate text "ein" to 695. To switch off text "aus" to 695.
  • easybob L: € 14.90 for 10 GB (EU roaming: 5 GB) and 2000 minutes, 2000 SMS for 30 days. This package will auto-renew. To switch on send a text "ein" to 696. To switch off send a text "aus" to 696.
  • easybob XL: € 19.90 for 20 GB (EU roaming: 6 GB) and 2000 minutes, 2000 SMS for 30 days. This package will auto-renew. To switch on, text "ein" to 697. To switch off text "aus" to 697.

Data-only SIM Edit

These prepaid options exist for data-only:

  • Gigabob Wertkarte: € 9.90 including 9 GB (EU roaming: 4 GB) for 30 days, max. speed 50 Mbps in LTE
  • Bob Breitband 1GB: € 5 including 1 GB (for EU roaming too) for 30 days, max.speed 50 Mbps in LTE

EU roaming Edit

Bob applies "roam like at home" roaming at domestic rates up to a certain limit (around 2.2 GB per € 10 retail price) and for a max. of 4 months without stable links to Austria or adds a surcharge of around € 9.70 per GB.

More informationEdit

  • Tethering is possible
  • APN: bob.at  
  • Username:data@bob.at  
  • Password: pop  
  • Website in German: https://www.bob.at/

HoT (Hofer Telekom) Edit

Hot

Hofer (as the Austrian branch of Aldi discounter stores is called) started its own brand in 2015. It's called HoT (for Hofer Telekom) and uses the network of T-Mobile in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE as a MVNO.

Availability Edit

They can be purchased online to be sent to an Austrian address or at all Hofer supermarkets (Hofer Store Locator) for 1.99 €. Hybrid SIM cards with mini SIM, micro SiM and nano SIM are sold.

Top-ups can be done by purchasing "Ladebons" (= vouchers) of 10 € or 20 € at Hofer stores. Your phone number (like 0677....) needs to be entered twice followed by the PIN code of the voucher online here for a recharge. Alternatively, you can use a credit card (Master, Visa, Diners or AmEx) or even a PayPal account to top-up directly online here: click on "mit Kreditkarte, Online Banking, PayPal".

You can get the balance of your account if you send a SMS to 6700 with the word "GUTHABEN" or just type and call *101#.

Default data rate Edit

  • is a low 0.9c per MB, billing is in 102.4 kB incements (= 0.1 MB). Hot Flex default rate stays at max. 7.2 Mbps. For 2 € per month you can add speeds to 21 mbps.

Data feature packages Edit

They offer two 30 day packages with data:

  • HoT fix: 1000 domestic minutes or domestic texts (can be mixed) and 4 GB domestic (2.2 GB roaming in the EU) data for 9.90 € on up to 4G with max. speed of 50 Mbit/s.
  • HoT fix Plus: 1000 domestic minutes or domestic texts (can be mixed) and 6 GB domestic (3.1 GB roaming in the EU) data for 13.90 € on up to 4G/LTE with max. speed of 100 Mbit/s.
  • HoT data: 3 GB of domestic data (1.3 GB roaming in the EU) for 5.90 €, on 4G/LTE up to 50 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 on your personal account. The plans have a max speed of 21 Mbps. For 2 € per month you can raise this to 100 Mbps.

EU roaming Edit

HoT gives data roaming in the EU at domestic rates, but caps the volume of its packs for roaming and employs a strict FUP of a max. of 4 months.

More information Edit

  • for some devices you must enable data roaming as this MVNO may be recognized as a roaming network. Be careful when enabled in Swiss border area as a MB is charged at 15.36 € (!!!) on Swiss roaming networks, better make a manual network selection and lock it on Hot/T-Mobile.
  • on some older devices "tele.ring" not HoT or T-Mobile is shown as network ID
  • APN: webaut
  • Apple iOS users may have to download a profile for tethering from here: http://www.hot.at/config/faqs/HoT_APN_iOS.mobileconfig
  • Website in German: http://www.hot.at

eety Edit

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Eety was taken over by the Drei (3) network in 2015. It has been relaunched on this nework in 2G/3G and since 2016 in 4G/LTE with up to 50 Mbps DL and 10 Mbps UL is enabled on all plans.

AvailabilityEdit

Eety SIM cards are available in many stores and supermarkets like Lidl (store locator) and Pagro Diskont (store locator) and some other shops (full store locator). It comes as hybrid in all three sizes either for € 1.99 without credit or for € 2.99 with € 1 credit preloaded.

Top-ups are available online at www.onlineaufladen.at/ or by vouchers offline sold for €10 and €20 in many supermarkets, kiosks ('Trafiken'), stores and service stations (list). To top up by voucher type *147*<voucher code># <call>. To check balance type *149#

Data rates Edit

All starter packs are on the:

  • eety Basis plan: 5 ct per MB, domestic SMS or domestic minute.

This can be changed to these monthly combo or data-only plans:

  • eety Start plan: 5.90 € for 1 GB, 100 mins and 100 SMS, activation: *151*1120#
  • eety Top plan: 9.90 € for 3 GB, 1000 mins and 500 SMS, activation: *151*1113#
  • eety Pro plan: 12.90 € for 6 GB, 1000 mins and 500 SMS, activation: *151*1119#
  • eety Connect plan: 14.90 € for 10 GB, 500 SMS, 500 mins to Austria and 20 countries, activation: *151*1130#. The Connect plan doesn't have internatl. roaming!
  • eety Data plans:
    • 2 GB: 4.90 €, activation: *151*1122#
    • 6 GB: 7.90 €, activation: *151*1123#
    • 11 GB: 11.90 €, activation: *151*1124#

Plans are valid for 30 days and will auto-renew if there is enough credit. Speed is up to 50 Mbit/s on LTE. Having used up all volume before, you can add a:

  • eety Extra add-on: 5 € for another 1 GB data, activation: *151*1116#, valid for 12 months and used after the regular package (Top or Pro plan only) has been depleted.

EU roaming Edit

Eety applies "roam like at home" in the EU at domestic rates up to a certain limit (around 2.2 GB per 10 € retail price). The exact amount is given in your Kontomanager online. This is given for a max. of 4 months without stable links to Austria or a surcharge of around 9.70 € per GB may be added. Also, EU roaming is throttled to 7 Mbps.

More info Edit

S-Budget Mobil Edit

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S-Budget Mobil is the MVNO of the SPAR supermarket group, one of Austrias biggest retail chains. It uses MVNE tele.ring and operates on the network of T-Mobile Austria in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE up to 7 Mbits.

Availability Edit

The starter pack is exclusively available in all SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR markets (locator) and online to be sent to an Austrian address. It's sold at 14.90 € including one month of plan Börserl 4100 (= 1000 dom. mins, 100 SMS and 3 GB, see below).

Top-ups are with vouchers of 10, 15, 20 and 35 € available in all SPAR outlets. To top-up type *104*<voucher code>#. To check credit, type *102#, to check validty *103#.

Data feature packs Edit

These monthly packs are available:

  • Börserl basis: data at the pay-as-you-go rate of 0.02 € per MB - default rate
  • Börserl 4100: 1000 dom. mins, 100 SMS, 3 GB: 9.90 € - activation: 'BOERSERL 4100'
  • Börserl 7000: 2000 dom. mins, 2000 SMS, 3 GB: 14.90 € activation: 'BOERSERL 7000'

Activation is by text to 20771. All overuse is by default rate. Packages auto-renew after 30 days. To stop text 'STOP <activation code>' to 20771.

Data-only SIM Edit

Aimed at tablets a new data-only SIM was introduced called S-Budget Internet. The special starter package is sold at 14.90 € including 4 GB for 30 days. Overuse is at default rate of 0.02 € per MB.

The only option is a 4 GB package for 30 days at 8.90 €. There is no way to upsize it until the month is over. You will surf on the default rate instead.

EU roaming Edit

Note that international roaming is blocked on all plans by default. You can use S-Budget Mobil outside Austria only for voice and SMS, if you register your SIM card online the included min/SMS units can be used within EU ("Roam Like At Home") otherwise a surcharge will be added. Data roaming stays blocked.

More info Edit

spusu Edit

Spusu

Spusu started as a MVNO on the 2G/3G Drei network in 2015. It couldn't be listed as their SIM cards were available online only. In 2016 things changed: 4G/LTE was added and offline sales in some shops began.

Availability Edit

Their starter pack (called "Spusu Wertkarte") is available online to be sent to an Austrian address and newly in more than 1000 tobacconists (called Trafiken) countrywide. It's sold at 20 € including the same credit.

You can top-up with vouchers of 10, 20, 30 and 50 € sold in these tobacconists, by bank transfer (SEPA-account required), by credit card or Paysafecard online. You will be awarded a 2 GB bonus for free at the first top-up.

If you don't use it for more than 1 year, 2 € per month will be charged and when the balance is depleted the SIM will be shut off.

Default data rate Edit

They don't sell any packages for voice, text or data, but offer a very cheap default rate:

  • 0.4 ct per MB (that's equal to 4 € per GB), billing is in 1 kB increments
  • for roaming in the EU 0.924 ct per MB are charged

More info Edit

MediaMarkt Mobil / Saturn Mobil Edit

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MediaMarkt Mobil and Saturn Mobil are the new MVNOs of the two electronic market chains MediaMarkt and Saturn with two different brands but an identical offer. They use network of Drei (3) in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE up to 150 Mbits.

Availability Edit

MediaMarkt Mobil is sold by MediaMarkt and Saturn Mobil by Saturn in their outlets and their online shops. There are different starter packs available (see below) as "3in1" SIM cards (nano, micro, mini).

You can top-up with vouchers of 10, 20 and 40 € sold at MediaMarkt and Saturn or online using a credit card.

Starter packs Edit

  • 1.99 €: "Starter" includes 50 min or SMS and 150 MB data
  • 6.99 €: "Data" includes 4 GB data (1.549 GB in the EU)
  • 11.99 €: "Smart" includes 1000 min or SMS and 5 GB data (2.658 GB in the EU)
  • 17.99 €: "Smart2" includes 2 SIM cards with a shared credit of 1000 min or SMS and 5.5 GB data (3.987 GB in the EU)

All packs auto-renew for the same price after 30 days. In case of insufficient credit you will be switched to the "Starter" plan. Default rate is 0.9 ct per MB for overuse or out of bundle use.

Add-on packages Edit

  • 9.99 €: 200 min/SMS/MB for EU roaming, valid for 14 days
  • 3.99 €: 1 GB data (EU: 884 MB), valid for 14 days

Data-only SIM Edit

A data-only SIM called "Couch Surfer" is available at € 24.99. It includes real unlimited data with a speed up to 30 Mbit. International roaming is not possible.

EU roaming Edit

International roaming at domestic rates is capped for each data plan at the volumes given above.

More info Edit

Ge org! Edit

Ge org!

Ge org! is the "old" MVNO of the two electronic market chains Media Markt and Saturn. In contrast to their new product which uses the Drei network, Ge org! uses the network of A1 (2G, 3G and 4G/LTE up to 50 Mbits) and the portfolio is very similar to yesss! (see above).

Availability Edit

Ge org! is still exclusively sold by Media Markt and Saturn but it's future remains unclear since Media Markt and Saturn started the new MVNO brand in cooperation with Drei (see section above).

Ge org! SIM cards are sold there for 1.99 € as

  • Ge org! Handy with 100 units (min/SMS/MB) for voice and data
  • Ge org! Internet with 1 GB credit

To top-up you can use vouchers sold at Media Markt and Saturn of 10, 20 or 50 € or by credit card in your online account called Kundencenter.

Ge org! Handy Edit

This is their voice and data line, available in three monthly plans:

  • Ge org! basic: Data only in a low pay-as-you-go rate of 0.009 € (that's 0.09ct) per MB
  • Ge org! voll smart LTE org: 1000 mins/SMS, 4 GB (2.2 GB in the EU) : 9.99 €
  • Ge org! voll smart LTE voll org: 1000 mins/SMS, 6 GB (3.1 GB in the EU): 16.99 €

To activate or change yout plan use their app or go to your online account. As data add-ons for extra volume 1 GB is sold for 4 €, 3 GB for 6.99 € and 9 GB for 9.99 €.

Ge org! Internet Edit

This is their data-only SIM with these monthly plans with speeds up to 50 Mbps:

  • 1 GB (900 MB in the EU): 4 €
  • 3 GB (1.3 GB in the EU): 6.99 €
  • 9 GB (2.2 GB in the EU): 9.99 €
  • unlimited @ max. 21 Mbps: 24.99 € - no internatl. roaming on this plan!

For more data 1 GB can be added for 3.90 €.

EU roaming Edit

International roaming at domestic rates is capped for each data plan at the volumes given above.

More info Edit

yooopi! Edit

Yooopi

Yooopi! is a MVNO of Alpinacom GmbH using MVNE Yesss! and the network of A1 in 2G, 3G and 4G.

Availability Edit

Yooopi! SIMs can be purchased online for free to be sent to an Austrian postal address. Yooopi! starter packs are available in Trafiken (= official tobacco stores), "handy"- and call shops.

Top-ups are available at service stations like OMV, Shell, Emi or BP or supermarkets of the Spar group. To top up, type *122*<voucher code>#, check balance by *121#, check package by *123#. Managment is possible by app or on your online account called Kontenmanager.

Data feature packs Edit

You can activate all packages by the appropriate Ladebon (top-up voucher) or by SMS to 810820. Default rate is expensive 0.09 € per 32 KB (= 2.80€ per MB!). These options are valid for 30 days:

  • All in One Paket: 500 dom. mins, 3000 SMS, 3 GB: 14.90 € - activation: 'paket allinone ein'
  • Österreichbon: 1000 dom. mins/SMS, 5 GB: 9.99 €
  • Datenbon:
    • 9 GB: 10 € - activation: 1114
    • "unlimited" (= FUP: 20 GB on 21 Mbit, then throttled to 128 kbps): 20 € - activation: 1115
  • Pluspaket:
    • Paket 15: 500 dom. mins, 250 SMS/MB for 15 days: 9.50 € - activation: 'paket plus15 ein'
    • Paket 30: 1000 dom. mins, 500 SMS/MB for 30 days: 19 € - activation: 'paket plus 30 ein'

All these packages auto-renew after 30 days, if not stopped by the activation command replacing 'ein" by 'aus'.

More info Edit

  • EU roaming policy is still unclear
  • APN: webapn.at
  • Website in German: http://yooopi.at/

wowww! Edit

Wowww!

Wowww! is a MVNO of ICC Calling Cards GmbH using MVNE Yesss! and the network of A1 in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE up to 50Mbit. Their portfolio is very similar to yooopi!

Availability Edit

Wowww! SIMs can be purchased online for free to be sent to an Austrian postal address. Wowww! starter packs and topups are available in at service stations like Shell, Jet or Esso, in tobacco stores, electroni markets like EP or Expert or post offices. SIM Card is given out in all 3 sizes.

Their vouchers of 5, 10, 20 or 40 € never expire. Top-ups and SIM management like credit check is done by app or on your online account called Kontomanager. You can also Top-Up by calling 810820 free of charge and following the instructions. When you call first, instructions will be given in german. To switch to other languages, press "2" and you will be redirected to a selection of multible languages, including English.

Data feature packs Edit

Default rate is 0.09€ per MB. These monthly packages are offered:

  • All in one: 500 dom. mins, 5000 SMS, 5 GB: 14.90 € - activation: 2113
  • Austria: 1500 dom. mins, 1500 SMS, 3 GB: 14.90 € - activation: 2112
  • Internet:
    • 1 GB: 4 €
    • 9 GB: 10 € - activation: 2114
    • "unlimited" (= FUP: 20 GB, then throttled to 128 kbps): 20 € - activation: 2115

All activations by SMS to 810820. All packages auto-renew. To stop text <code> aus to 810820.

EU roaming Edit

Wowww! applies the strict rule of a max. of 2.1 GB per 10 € retail price given out in EU roaming at the domestic rate. The exact limits can be found in the Kontomanager online.

More info Edit

Lycamobile Edit

Lyca

The UK-based MVNO started in 2013 in the Austrian market. It uses the network of A1 in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE on some bundles.

Availability Edit

Lycamobile's prepaid SIM card can be purchased in their own outlets (locator: check 'SIM') or online to be sent to an Austrian postal address for free. They are given out in all three sizes but don't have credit on it and you need to make a top-up. Some shops give the sim out for free. There should be a little box where you can take them. Other vendors only give them out when buying a product at their shop (often take out restaurants). If they don't give them free, try another location.

You can top-up online by using internatl. Visa or Mastercard with a secure code or in many shops (locator: check 'top up') by vouchers or direct top-up.

Data feature packs Edit

Default rate for data outside of packages is 9 ct per MB. Better buy these domestic data bundles, that are all valid for 30 days:

Data Volume Price Activation
100 MB 1.90 € *139*30100#
300 MB 2.90 € *139*30300#
1 GB 3.90 € *139*30500#
3 GB 4.90 € *139*301024#
6 GB 9.90 € *139*303072#

All packages auto-renew after one month, if you have enough credit. To stop, call customer service on 322 from your Lycamobile for free. Now, extra data can be added by bolt-ons, valid for the rest of the running time of the base package:

  • 500 MB: 3.90 €, activation: *139*601#
  • 1 GB: 4.90 €, activation: *139*602#

Roaming and tethering Edit

Strictly no tethering as Lycamobile sniffs and blocks tethering connections. Against EU rules Lycamobile doesn't offer its data bundles for roaming up to now and EU roaming stays on the domestic default rate of € 0.09 per MB always.

More information Edit

Vectone Mobile Edit

Vectone

Vectone Mobile is a MVNO and operates on the T-Mobile Austria network (find details above) in 2G and 3G and 4G/LTE only on their Data Pocket Saver packages so far.

Availability Edit

Their SIM cards are free of charge and can be ordered online sent to an Austrian postal address or to another country where Vectone operates. In Austria they are sold at certain agencies that display their logo. The SIM will be activated once popped into the phone. Standard/micro and nano SIMs are sold.

Top-up is done online or in selected stores as SIM cards come without pre-loaded credit. For topping up changing high bonuses are granted. Check their website in English for the current promotion. Check credit balance by *102#.

The standard data rate outside of packages is at 0.19 € per MB.

Data feature packs Edit

These combo packages for 30 days are offered, but speed is in 2G/3G only:

  • 0.99 €: 50 domestic mins or SMS, 50 MB, activation: *3030#
  • 4.90 €: 300 domestic mins, 300 domestic SMS, 300 MB, activation: *3131#
  • 9.90 €: 1000 domestic mins, 1000 domestic SMS, 5 GB, activation: *3120#
  • 14.90 €: unlimited domestic mins and SMS, 7 GB, activation: *3001#
  • 19.90 €: unlimited domestic mins and SMS, 10 GB, activation: *3032#
  • 25 €: unlimited domestic mins and SMS, 25 GB, activation: *3079#

Their data packs called Data Pocket Savers are valid for 30 days and on 4G/LTE too:

  • 3.90 €: 1 GB data, activation: *3003#
  • 7.90 €: 5 GB data, activation: *3131#
  • 9.90 €: 7 GB data, activation: *3004#
  • 19.90 €: 20 GB data, activation: *3005#
  • 29.90 €: 25 GB data, activation: *3117#
  • 49.90 €: 50 GB data, activation: *3118#

To activate type code. They won't be automatically renewed.

More information Edit

  • Like Lycamobile data bundles seem not to be given out for roaming
  • Tethering is forbidden according to Terms & Conditions; but enforcement of this is unclear.

Delight Mobile Edit

Delight

Delight Mobile is a MVNO and operates on the T-Mobile Austria network (find details above) in 2G and 3G and 4G/LTE only on their Data Pocket Saver packages so far.

Availability Edit

Their SIM cards are free of charge and can be ordered online sent to an Austrian postal address or to another country where Delight operates. In Austria they are sold at certain agencies that display their logo. The SIM will be activated once popped into the phone. Standard/micro and nano SIMs are sold.

Top-up is done online or in selected stores as SIM cards come without pre-loaded credit. For topping up changing high bonuses are granted. Check their website in English for the current promotion. Check credit balance by *192#.

Data feature packs Edit

These combo packages for 30 days are offered:

  • 4.90 €: 300 domestic mins, 300 domestic SMS, 300 MB, activation: *3112#
  • 9.90 €: 1000 domestic mins, 1000 domestic SMS, 3 GB, activation: *3111#
  • 11.90 €: 2000 domestic mins, 2000 domestic SMS, 5 GB, activation: *3105#
  • 14.90 €: unlimited domestic mins and SMS, 6 GB, activation: *3114#

Their data bundles are valid for 30 days and on 4G/LTE too:

  • 1.90 €: 500 MB data, activation: *3115#
  • 2.50 €: 1 GB data, activation: *3106#
  • 4.90 €: 3 GB data, activation: *3107#
  • 9.90 €: 7 GB data, activation: *3108#
  • 14.90 €: 15 GB data, activation: *3132#

To activate type code. They won't be automatically renewed.

More information Edit

  • no international roaming
  • Tethering is forbidden by the Terms & Conditions; but enforcement of this is unclear.
  • Data is not compatible with Blackberrys (below OS10)
  • APN: mobile.barablu.com
  • Website in English: https://www.delightmobile.at/en

m:tel Austria Edit

Mtel austria

M:tel Austria is a MVNO owned by Telekom Serbia operating on the A1 network (find details above) in 2G and 3G. It offers special plans for the ex-Yugoslav community living in Austria given free roaming in the EU and the Telekom Serbia Group operators in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Availability Edit

Their SIM cards are sold in Lidl supermarkets and many different spots (locator- klick on Startpaket) but can also be ordered online to an Austrain postal address. The Austria starter package is available at 9.90 € and includes 1 GB data in Austria and 500 min or SMS to all Austrian networks and Telekom Serbia networks in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Data feature packs Edit

Default rate outside of packages is 0.03 € per MB. They offer these packages for 30 days:

  • Nasa tarifa L: 9.90 € includes 2 GB data and 1000 min or SMS to Austria, EU and Telekom Serbia networks in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.
  • Nasa tarifa XL: 19.90 € includes 6 GB data and 3000 min or SMS to Austria, EU and Telekom Serbia networks in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Activation of combos is done through m:tel app, by entering 100# or calling the phone no 0800 667 667. You can add another 2 GB data for 5 € to their L package.

More information Edit

  • EU roaming policy is still unclear 
  • APN: web.mtel.at 
  • Website in German and Serbian: http://mtel.at/

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