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Basics Edit

In the Republic of Georgia three GSM networks are operating:

  • MagtiCom
  • Geocell
  • Beeline

A forth operator Silknet is on CDMA standard, not compatible to GSM and therefore not mentioned any further.

2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G up to DC-HSPA+ on 2100 MHz and 4G/LTE started on all 3 networks on 800 and 1800 MHz in Georgia.

The special situation in the breakaway Republics of Abkhazia and of South Ossetia which are linked to the Russian phone system and different operators is shown at the end of the article.

MagtiCom Edit

Magti

MagtiCom is the market leader in the country. 4G/LTE started in 2015 in major cities on 1800 MHz and is now extended to 800 MHz. They have the best coverage in the country. LTE covers 90% of population in 2016 already: Coverage map.

Their prepaid SIM cards are called Magti, Bali or Bani and sold in their stores (locator) and other shops. They are 5 GEL with the same credit preloaded. mini and micro SIM available, nano-SIM (4FF).

Data feature packsEdit

Default rate outside packages is 0.70 GEL per MB. These monthly packs are offered:

Price Volume
3 GEL 500 MB
5 GEL 1 GB
7 GEL 2 GB
10 GEL 4 GB
15 GEL 6 GB
30 GEL 15 GB
150 GEL unlimited

In order to purchase the internet package, dial:*111# <call> or *100# <call> . After data limit is used up, you will stop receiving internet service unless you either buy a new package or agree to be charged the standard MB price (1 MB at 70 Tetri). Unused data are stored for 7 days following expiry of the package term. After 7 days, the units are annulled. If you purchase a new internet package before the expiry of those 7 days, the old units will be added to the new ones.

Welcome PacksEdit

There are 'Welcome Packages' for tourists available at Tbilisi Airport (probably elsewhere) with a new SIM card:

  • 30 GEL: 3 GB, free domestic calls, free domestic SMS/MMS, 30 minutes of international calls (using '00' or '+' prefix), valid for 15 days. Activation:  2230
  • 15 GEL: 5 GB, free domestic SMS/MMS, valid for 15 days. Activation: 3315
  • for free: without any allowances (at standard rate, but packages can be added)

The Magti booth at Tbilisi airport will setup the phone for you (ie changing the APN) and handle whatever registration/ID is required (just hand over your passport).  A SMS in English and Georgian confirms the package and expiry date. Tethering works on these plans.

The easiest way to extend the Welcome Pack past 15 days, topup and get more data is to visit a Magti sales office. There's usually someone with enough English to help.

More informationEdit

  • APN: 3g.ge
  • Website in English: MagtiCom
  • Internet plan details on MagtiCom.ge
  • MyMagti web site should login to your phone account automatically if you use the phones browser or tethering. It shows the balance plus available minutes, texts and data plus expiry date. Top-ups aren't possible with non-Georgian cards.
  • MyMagti app (Android) is not geo-locked and can be installed by anyone. At the bottom of the main screen is a language menu: Georgian, English or Russian. It shows the same information as the MyMagti web site.

GeocellEdit

Geocell

Geocell, owned by Swedish Telia and Turkish Turkcell is the 2nd network in the country. It started with 4G/LTE in 2015 and is available in Tbilisi, Gudauri, Bakuriani and Kazbegi in 2016 on 1800 MHz..

AvailabilityEdit

SIM card is available in their stores (Store locator). 5 GEL for SIM card with 5 GEL credit. For LTE you need a new LTE-enabled SIM card. Mini-SIM and micro-SIM are available Existing customers can replace their SIMs at operator shops and will get a free 500 MB mobile internet traffic bundle.

Data feature packsEdit

Default data is charged at 0.70 GEL per MB. They offer a Smartphone pack of 70 MB daily for 0.50 GEL. Activation is by *008. Using more, data is throttled or re-activate again.

These monthly bundles are offered:

Price Volume Activation
3 GEL 500 MB *135*1#
5 GEL 1.2 GB *135*2#
7 GEL 2 GB *135*3#
10 GEL 4 GB *135*4#
15 GEL 6 GB *135*5#
30 GEL 15 GB *135*7#

After spending the internet pack`s volume before its expiration date, subscriber will be charged with 0.15 GEL per MB. After the expiration of internet bundle, subscriber will be charged with 0.7 GEL per MB.

To check spent traffic amount and expiration date, send SMS to the number 7072 with the text: ? or dial *135# and follow instructions.

Tourist SIM Edit

In July 2016 Geocell introduced a special offer for tourists called "All Inclusive". The price of the package totals GEL 20 and it comes with 30 minutes of international calls to most internatl. destinations, unlimited calls and SMS to all Georgian networks, as well as 2 GB mobile internet traffic. Top-ups are possible using scratch cards on the prepaid LaiLai network of the operator, as well as over terminals in Geocell's shops. The initial bundle is valid for 15 days. To activate SIM card, call 7010 and follow the instructions or dial *100#. It's not known, if this offer will be given out in 2017 again.

More information Edit

  • APN: internet
  • Website: Geocell mostly in English

BeelineEdit

Beeline-GE

Beeline logo in Georgian

Russian-owned Beeline operated by Mobitel is the smallest operator in the country. But it still has good coverage in 2G and 4G and its new 3G has started in March 2017: Coverage map.

AvailabilityEdit

Beeline.svg

Beeline logo in English

SIM card is available for 3 GEL for SIM card with 3 GEL credit in their stores (Store locator).

No registration or ID documents required for purchase. Mini-SIM (standard) and micro-SIM available. Ask if you need nano-SIM.

Data feature packsEdit

Default data is at 0.70 GEL per MB. They offer these packages:

Price Volume Time Activation Deactivation
1 GEL 500 MB 7 days *120*500#
4 GEL 1 GB 30 days *120*1# *120*91#
9 GEL 4 GB 30 days *120*4# *120*93#
16 GEL 8 GB 30 days *120*03# *120*003#
25 GEL 30 GB 30 days *120*30# *120*930#

Check internet balance with *107#. All packages auto-renew, if not stopped.

As a promotion the sell unlimited internet for 5 GEL. In order to activate the unlimited data package, you need to activate it through the Beeline app and give a credit/debit card information during the purchase.

During the initial activation of the package, the amount will be deducted from the indicated credit/debit card, but the consequent activations can be paid through the mobile number account as well as the credit/debt card.

More informationEdit

  • APN: internet.ge.beeline.net

Abkhazia Edit

The breakaway Republic of Abkhazia uses the Russian (+7) instead of the Georgian phone system and Russian Rubles (RUB) instead of Georgian Lari (GEL) as their main currency.

There are 2 local mobile operators:

  • Aquafon
  • A-mobile

Foreign SIM cards usually don't roam in the country with the exception of major Russian operators MTS, Beeline, MegaFon. To purchase a local SIM card no ID is required and almost all available plans are prepaid.

Aquafon (Аквафон) Edit

Aquafon-0

Aquafon (Аквафон) is the oldest and largest mobile phone company of Abkhazia. 2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 and 900 MHz and 4G/LTE started 2014 on 800 MHz (band 20) and 1800 MHz. Coverage Map

Availability Edit

Their prepaid plans called "Universal", "Aquamarine" and "Orange" sold in their stores (list). SIM cards are sold for 50 RUB with a mandatory 100 - 200 RUB top-up.

More top-ups are sold in many stores in the country and all over Russia.

Data feature packages Edit

All these plans are mainly for voice calls and have a default data rate of 5.50 - 6.50 RUB per MB. You can add a data package called Aquanet:

Data Price Activation
50 MB 90 RUB *199*50#
100 MB 160 RUB *199*100#
250 MB 300 RUB *199*250#
500 MB 500 RUB *199*500#
1 GB 850 RUB *199*1000#
3 GB 1950 RUB *199*3000#
6 GB 3000 RUB *199*6000#

They also offer the special data plan called "My Choice" (Мой выбор 4G). It's sold for 50 RUB for the card and 630 RUB of mandatory top-up. It has low default data rate at 0.10 RUB per MB. You can switch to this plan by *111*12# They offer these monthly data packs only for the "My Choice" plan:

Data Price How to activate
1 GB 600 RUB *124*1000#
3 GB 1100 RUB *124*3000#
6 GB 1450 RUB *124*6000#
9 GB 1750 RUB *124*9000#
12 GB 2000 RUB *124*12000#
15 GB 2250 RUB *124*15000#
25 GB 3000 RUB *124*25000#
35 GB 3500 RUB *124*35000#

More information Edit

A-mobile (А-Мобайл) Edit

Aquafon
A-Mobile (А-Мобайл) is the second mobile phone operator of Abkhazia behind Aquafon, both in number of subscriptions and in age. 2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 MHz and since 2014 4G/LTE on 800 and 1800 MHz: coverage map

Availability Edit

Like Aquafon, they have SIM cards for voice called A+ Ultra, Resort, Easyplus or Avantgarde a special data SIM card for tables and modems and a visitor SIM at even lower rates than Aquafon. They are sold in their shops:(locator) for 50 RUB plus 200 RUB connection fee.

Data feature packages Edit

Default data on most plans is 5 RUB per MB. For more data, they offer these "unlimited" daily rates:

  • 100 MB: 30 RUB
  • 200 MB: 55 RUB
  • 300 MB: 75 RUB

Activation is by USSD code *3344#. These monthly packages are offered:

  • 100 MB: 150 RUB
  • 300 MB: 360 RUB
  • 500 MB: 500 RUB
  • 1 GB: 800 RUB
  • 2 GB. 1400 RUB
  • 3 GB. 1650 RUB
  • 4 GB: 1800 RUB
  • 5 GB: 2000 RUB
  • 10 GB: 3500 RUB
  • 15 GB: 4500 RUB
  • 20 GB: 5000 RUB
  • 30 GB: 6000 RUB
  • 50 GB: 7500 RUB

Activation is by *0433#.

Tourist SIM Edit

For tourists, they offer their "Guest" (Курортный) tariff with calls to Russia and internet. SIM card is 250 RUB with 200 RUB credit preloaded. Activation is through *0440#. You can add following packages:

  • 1 GB, 10 mins to Russia, 50 network mins for 7 days: 333 RUB
  • 3 GB, 30 mins to Russia, 100 network mins for 14 days: 555 RUB
  • 4 GB, 50 mins to Russia, 200 network mins for 30 days: 777 RUB

More information Edit

South Ossetia (Tskhinvali Region) Edit

The Republic of South Ossetia is also closely linked to Russia. Mobile phone service there is under the monopoly held by a branch of Russian-owned operator MegaFon, formerly known locally as Ostelecom. Ostelecom was founded in 2004 and in 2009 Russian telecoms giant MegaFon took a majority stake in the operator. The company was subsequently rebranded as MegaFon, with 3G and 4G/LTE network launches taking place in 2011 and 2013, respectively. However the rates are very different from their Russian counterpart and are generally much more expensive than in Russia.

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