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BasicsEdit

The country of Estonia has 3 network providers:

  • Telia (formerly EMT, owned by the Swedish Telia Group)
  • Elisa (owned by Finnish Elisa Oyj)
  • Tele2 (owned by Swedish Tele2 Group)

2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G is on 900 and 2100 MHz with good coverage, 4G/LTE has started on 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz (plus 2100 and 2300 MHz on Tele2) on all three networks all over the country and is generally available for prepaid.

Prepaid SIM cards called 'Kõnekaart' are available at newsstands, kiosks, supermarkets, other outlets and the shops of the providers. No ID or registration is necessary. Like other Baltic states, Estonia offers low prices for data compared to the rest of Europe.

Top-ups Edit

While being within the country, you can buy voucher codes at many outlets. But it's a different story from out of the country.

It's still a problem to recharge an Estonian mobile number from abroad without having an Estonian bank account (of SEB, Swedbank, Nordea or Danske Bank) even if SEPA top-ups from European bank accounts should theoretically work (see Telia below). There are no credit (or debit) card payment options for Estonian SIM cards. Furthermore, there are no 3rd party dealers or agencies who recharge Estonian SIM cards online. So if you want to top-up an Estonian mobile number from other countries, take vouchers with you or find an Estonian friend, who will buy it for you while staying in the country.

EU roaming: no Roam like at home? Edit

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Estonia is part of the EU, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced based on the 'roam like at home' principle. However, Estonian providers are mostly excluded because of very low domestic prices and will still apply some surcharges, While domestic packages can't be used abroad, EU roaming is only accessible on a default per-MB rate. For specifics about the new regulation check the European Union chapter and every provider below.
In light of very low domestic prices for data, EU roaming is charged very high. Telia and Elisa charge 9.24 € per GB, Tele2 even more than 60 €/GB. That's why you should buy a SIM card only for domestic use in Estonia and a SIM for EU roaming somewhere else.

Telia (formerly called EMT) (Super, Simpel)Edit

Telia

Telia new logo

Telia has been rebranded from EMT in 2016. It's owned by the Swedish Telia Company and market leader in Estonia with a 42% share of the mobile market in 2016. Their 4G/LTE network covers most of the country already and is open for prepaid.

AvailabilityEdit

Their prepaid kit is available at Telia (formerly EMT and Elion) stores and in many of their outlets. Their two brands for prepaid kõnekaarts are called Super and Simpel.

Top-up Edit

There is no way to recharge Telia online using PayPal or credit card, and no 3rd party resellers.

Recharges can be made at these places nationwide. Top-up voucher validity is limited.

Telia provides the only opportunity to recharge your account from outside Estonia using SEPA wire transfer from any European banking accounts. Read the instruction for more details. Please note that IBAN account numbers for domestic and int'l top-ups are different.

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"Super" prepaid pack logo

SuperEdit

Starter kit of Super is sold for 1 €.

Internet is sold on the same packages as Simpel (see below) capped at 10 Mbps on 4G/LTE. The daily cap is 1 € for 200 MB, then reduced to 32 kbps. You can add the same packages shown at Data feature packs.

SimpelEdit

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"Simpel" prepaid pack

Starter kit of Simpel costs 2.95 €, includes 2.95 € credit and 50 MB pre-loaded. Default data rate is 1 € up to 1 GB per day. To get more data, text DATA to 9123 and another GB for 1 € is given. The following packs can be added:

Data feature packages Edit

These monthly packets for 30 days can be booked on Super or Simpel plans:

Data Price Activation
250 MB 1 € *147*250#
1 GB 2 € *147*1#
3 GB 3.99 € *147*3#
5 GB 5 € *147*5#
10 GB 8 € *147*10#

To check data consumption, dial *123#; check general account balance by dialing *143# (for a 0.06 € fee). Speed is limited up to 10 Mbit/s (download), 2 Mbit/s (upload).

EU roaming Edit

Like all other Estonian operators Telia is exempt from Roam like home. So their packages are only valid domestic. For EU roaming a 0.9c per MB fee is charged. Once the first 1 GB (€ 9.24) is used up during the month, data usage will be suspended until the end of the month or until activation of further usage.

More informationEdit

Elisa (Zen)Edit

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Elisa logo

Elisa, originally based in Finland, has a very good coverage similar to Telia. They have opened 4G/LTE on some prepaid plans for a surcharge. In 2016 they are the leaders by amount of prepaid users in the country.

AvailabilityEdit

The prepaid card is called "Elisa Kõnekaart". Start-up kit costs 1€ and includes the same amount of credits. Default PIN is 1234. The SIM card is available at many outlets, Selver, Prisma, Rimi and Maxima supermarkets, R-Kiosks, Statioil and Elisa stores.

Account management, recharging and validity Edit

Elisa prepaid SIM card is valid for 6+1 months. After the 6 months the grace period begins (plus 1 month), when you can only receive the calls and text messages, but no outgoing calls or mobile data available. To extend its validity, recharge for at least 3€ and your account lifetime extends for next 6 months.

Top-ups can be made at Prisma, Rimi and Maxima supermarkets, R-Kiosks, Statioil, Eesti Post offices and some others. You should buy a recharge voucher which looks like the cash machine receipt and contains the 12-digits code. Redeem the voucher by dialing *135*CODE# and press the "call" button.

Minimal recharge amount by voucher is 3€.

Remember that recharging online is impossible without Estonian banking account. So, remember to buy some vouchers if you need to recharge later. Vouchers never expire, so you can take it with you and redeem later.

  • To check your balance, dial *135*1# and press the "call" button. You will get the text message with your account balance value.
  • To check the expiration date, dial *135*3# and press the "call" button. You will get the text message with the account lifetime details and expiration date.

You can use "My Elisa" self-service website (available in Estonian and Russian) to check your balance and validity term for free, get usage statistics and even locate your lost or stolen phone using cellular positioning service. To use the service, you should obtain a password. Send SMS with 'PAROOL' to 13323 and you will receive SMS text message with your password (you can change it later by yourself).

To change the system messages language to English, dial the following sequence: *135*923# or *135*723#.

Combo plans Edit

Elisa offers three combo plans with included allowances all valid for 30 days:

  • Basic: unlimited calls to Elisa, 3 hours to Telia and Tele2, no data: 3 € - activation: 95003
  • Standard: unlimited calls to Elisa, 6 hours to Telia and Tele2, 100 SMS, 1 GB domestic data: 6 € - activation: 95006
  • Premium: unlimited calls to Elisa, 9 hours to Telia and Tele2, 1 hour to the EU and Russia, 100 SMS, 5 GB domestic data: 9 € - activation: 95009

Note that allowances can't be used in the EU at roam like at home conditions, they are valid only in Estonia.

Data feature packagesEdit

Default rate is 0.05 EUR for 20 KB up to 1 EUR for 400 KB. Then it's free for the rest of the day with a cap of 100 MB. The following domestic data packages are available, valid for 30 days in Estonia only, at max. 4G/LTE speed, not for roaming:

Data Price Activation
500 MB 1 € NET4G1
1 GB 5 € NET4G7
4 GB 7 € NET4G30
10 GB 10 € NET4G30L
25 GB 20 € NET4G30XL

To order 4G internet access passes, send an SMS with code to number 95000. Speed will be throttled, when you exceed the included data quota. Packages are valid in Estonia only.

ZenEdit

Zen is the youth line of Elisa. The prepaid Zen Kõnekaart is available for 3 EUR with the same credit at the places mentioned above. It has the same data rates, packages and other specifics as the Elisa product above and offers some more combined packages.

EU roaming Edit

Elisa is exempt from EU roaming regulations. That's why roam at home principles don't apply to their domestic rates. EU standard roaming rate is 0.9c per MB (9.24€ per GB) regardless of an domestic allowance. For roaming in some countries special roaming packages have been introduced as add-ons:

  • Reisi nuttipaket: valid in Estonia, Finland (Elisa), Latvia and Lithuania (Bite), Croatia (Tele2), Sweden (Tele2 and Telenor), and Telenor in Norway, Denmark, Hungary and Bulgaria for 30 days.
    • 200 mins, 50 SMS, 5 GB: 12 € - for activation text 'ReisM' to 95000
    • 500 mins, 100 SMS, 10 GB: 19 € - for activation text 'ReisL' to 95000
    • 400 MB: 2 € - Reis1
    • 2 GB: 7 € - Reis7
    • 10 GB: 15 € - Reis30

For other destinations in the EU only the standard roaming rate of 0.9c/MB applies.

More informationEdit

Tele2 (Smart)Edit

Smart

Smart - Prepaid brand of TELE2

Tele2 markets prepaid SIM cards in Estonia under its own brand and under the Smart label with different add-ons. Tele2/Smart have started LTE on 800 and 2600 MHz, but will move some of its 4G range to the less usual 2100 and 2300 MHz bands. They cover 96% of population by 4G/LTE in 2017.

AvailabilityEdit

The prepaid SIM cards of Tele2 and Smart can be found at Tele2 stores, Post offices, R-Kiosk, Statoil, Maxima and other outlets, where top-up vouchers are offered too.

Check balance by *245# for 5ct. To activate English messages, type *109*2#.

Smart Kõnekaart Edit

The Smart SIM card is sold for 0.95 EUR with the same credit on and 100 MB for 30 days. You will get 2.95 € bonus if you top-up 4 € or more in the first week. Default rate for data is 0.04 € per MB in Estonia. Following domestic data packages can be booked:

Data Time Price Activation
500 MB 24 hours 0.99 € DATA500
1 GB 30 days 1.99 € DATA1GB
5 GB 30 days 4.99 € DATA5GB

For activation text code to 95002. Speed will be reduced when limit is reached to 64 kbps. A new pack can be booked ahead of time. Data are only valid in Estonia, not in the EU.

Tele2 Kõnekaart Edit

Tele2

TELE2 logo

Since 2015 Tele2 has prepaid SIM cards too. They come in 2 starter packs that double as their monthly combos valid for 30 days:

  • 4.95 €: 500 dom. mins, 500 dom. SMS and 2 GB domestic data, activation: 495
  • 9.95 €: 1000 dom. mins, 1000 dom. SMS, unlimited calls and texts to Tele2, 5 GB domestic data, activation: 995

For activation text code to 95002 (0.03 € fee applies). For more data you can add these add-ons for 30 days:

  • 1.99 €: 1 GB, activation: 1GB
  • 4.99 €: 5 GB, activation: 5GB

Activation is to 95002 too. You can even change a Smart Kõnekaart to a Tele2 by texting TELE2KAART and a Tele2 Kõnekaart to a Smart card by texting SMARTKAART to 95002. All allowances are valid in Estonia only. EU roaming at 6ct per MB (60€ per GB!).

Prepaid Internet (by Tele2)Edit

Their prepaid internet called Ettemaksuga Internet is distributed through the Tele2 brand. This SIM card is for 3.49 EUR start-up price with 5 GB valid for a week preloaded. It is sold in Tele2 stores and has voice and text too.

Default rate is the daily rate: 0.99 € per calendar day (0-24h) up to 1 GB. It can be topped up with these bundles:

Data Time Price Activation
5 GB 7 days 3.49 € DATA5
15 GB 30 days 9.49 € DATA15
30 GB 30 days 14.99 € DATAXL

For activation text code to 95001. Data valid only in Estonia.

EU Roaming Edit

The general rate for EU roaming is at high 6c per MB (62.40 € per GB!). Domestic package allowances are not valid outside of Estonia. Tele2 is exempt from "roam like home" principles and only offers this high default rate so far.

More informationEdit

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