There are three network operators in Greece:
MVNOs don't exist in Greece. You have to go to one of the three MNOs. 2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G mainly on 2100 MHz and some 900 MHz and LTE has been started on 1800 MHz on all three operators.
Cosmote has the best coverage but the worst speed. Wind has the lowest prices. SIM cards are available in shops for a proof of ID like a passport. Be aware that many shops prefer to sell you more expensive bundles (e.g. with 3G USB sticks) stating they ran out of stock of naked prepaid SIM cards. But where there are bundles, there are SIM cards too.
With all the three providers you have the choice between a call, text and data SIM card and a data-only SIM with lower data rates but no calls and SMS possible.
|Call, text & data||Cosmokarta, What's up||Prepay, CU, International||F2G, Q|
Internet on the go prepaid
Cosmote is the national provider with the most subscribers and the best coverage in 2G and 3G but often very slow speeds compared to the competitors: 2G/3G Cosmote Coverage. 4G/LTE was launched in 2012 and is available in about 40 cities so far: 4G Cosmote Coverage on 1800 MHz and is available for prepaid.
Their prepaid SIM for talk, text and data is called Cosmokarta or What's up. They are available for 5.01 EUR without credit in their stores (store locator).
Default rate is the daily tariff of 1 EUR in 24 hours and 20 MB maximum up to 3G speed. If used more, speed will be reduced. Two different bundles can be booked on Cosmokarta or What's up:
- Internet Monthly Pass 60: 60 MB in 31 days: 3 EUR, overuse: 1.03 EUR/MB, up to 3G speed
- Internet Monthly Pass 200: 500 MB in 30 days: 5 EUR, overuse: 1.03 EUR/MB, up to 4G speed
Both packages can be subscribed by calling 1330 free of charge. Some more packages are available for What's up only, but they include domestic texts and data.
Internet on the Go prepaidEdit
Their prepaid SIM for data only has the following starter packs available:
- 15 € for COSMOTE Sim Pack includes SIM card only with 10 € credit.
- 35 € for COSMOTE Full Pack includes 3G USB Stick and SIM with 20 € credit,
- 49 € for COSMOTE Pocket WIFI includes 3G Mifi and SIM with 20 € credt
- 89 € for COSMOTE 4G Full Pack includes 4G USB Stick and SIM with 30€ credit
You can book these monthly packages called "Internet on the Go AnyWay":
|Online promo price||Regular Price||Volume||max. Speed|
|15 €||20 €||2 GB||3G|
|15 €||25 €||5 GB||4G|
|35 €||10 GB||4G|
|35 €||45 €||20 GB||
Passes can be booked on their website; their website allows online payment for passes but only one payment per day may be made. Navigation to the website is free of charge when using a Cosmote SIM.
Both combi micro/regular and nano SIM
Vodafone EditVodafone Greece is the 2nd network in Greece what subscribers, coverage and speed is concerned: Vodafone 2G/3G Coverage. 4G Coverage is on 1800 Mhz and limited to Athens, Thessaloniki and a few other places 4G Coverage list. It is given out for contract customers only so far.
The 15 € for the SIM starter pack include 15 days and a maximum of 2 GB of internet. It supports VoIP like Skype but can not be used for phone calls, meaning there is only data in this offer.
|2 €||500 MB||30 minutes|
|5 €||1 GB||1 day|
|10 €||2 GB||3 days|
|20 €||2 GB||15 days|
|40 €||5 GB||30 days|
- The 30 minutes and 3 days packages can only be booked by SMS, all other packages by recharge vouchers too
- Vodafone does not allow tethering on the iPad (throught Carrier settings) but it works with the same SIM card on iPhone (Carrier settings 14.0) as long as you specify the same APN for tethering and regular surf (web.session)
- Once connected, you can check your data balance here
Vodafone Prepay / CUEdit
The voice, text and data SIM are called Vodafone Prepay or CU. The connection set for Prepay is 5 EUR, CU is free. Recharge vouchers are available for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 EUR. Default data option is the daily rate of 1 € for up to 15 MB.
There are two additional packages for phone & data called Surf & Email 60 and Surf & Email 100, good for 120 MB for 3 € and 500 MB for 5 € respectively. They are intended for smart phones and can be purchased by an activation call or SMS from a prepaid Vodafone CU SIM card. The charge is deducted from the previously loaded units.
They ban VoIP and seem to be degrading Skype so it is virtually impossible to Skype with these packages. If you load 5 EUR, you actually get 4,86 EUR net worth because of a 12% telecommunication tax.
Both plans are good for 30 days (The data has to be used up insiede a month from activation) and can be activated by calling 1286 and typing code "55" for S&E 100, or send an SMS with SURF60 or SURF100 to 19109 (you need to put the SIM into a phone to do that).
Vodafone international Edit
For tourists and visitors Vodafone sells their new "international" SIM card. For a top-up of:
- 5 €; you get 500 MB and 300 minutes to other Vodafone internatl. numbers for 30 days as bonus
- 10 € or more; you get 500 MB and 1000 mins to other Vodafone internatl. numbers for 30 days as bonus
You can change from CU or Prepay plans to this tariff line too. It contains heavily discounted international bundles for calls: 50-90 mins in 30 days to landlines and mobiles in the EU or 160 mins to the US for 5 EUR. For more data, you can add the Surf & Email bundles 60 and 100 (see Prepay/CU above). All activations by calling 1252 free of charge. Again, VoIP is blocked on this tariff.
SIM sizes Edit
Combi regular and micro SIM
- APN for Kartointernet: web.session
- APN for Prepay and CU: webonly.vodafone.gr
Wind is the smallest network provider in Greece, but can give good speeds where available at attractive rates: Wind 3G Coverage Map In 2015 4G/LTE started in major parts of Athens and is given out without surcharge to all customers.
F2G is the name of their prepaid talk, text and data line. The connection pack is free, but you have to buy a top-up card for 10, 15, 20 or 30 EUR. You can also buy the SIM card for 5 EUR including 0.55 EUR credit, 60 min, 50 text and 20 MB (valid for 30 days) but without top-up right from the start at their stores: Wind Store Locator. Two different data packages can be booked on the F2G SIM:
- Giga Surf: 1 GB in 30 days for 5 EUR, you can later add 250 MB for 2 EUR
- Absolute Surf. 5 GB in 30 days for 15 EUR
Giga Surf bundle can be activated up to 4 times in a month on www.f2g.gr or the F2G app. Above bundle charge is 1 EUR per 20 MB.
Wind also sells their Mobile Broadband without contract data-only SIM card. The connection pack comes in 3 different varieties:
- SIM only: 3 GB data included in 30 days: 14.90 EUR
- SIM with 3G USB modem: 3 GB included in 30 days: 29.90 EUR
- SIM with 3G WiFI router: 3 GB included in 30 days: 49.90 EUR
Following top ups are available:
- 1 GB in 30 days: 5 EUR
- 5 GB in 30 days: 15 EUR
These SIM cards can be loaded with Wind top up cards. To activate a pack, text the 16 digit number to 1268. To check data balance, text free SMS to 1228 with the word "balance". This SIM is for data only and no SMS but these two numbers.
- APN: gint.b-online.gr /or/ gnet.b-online.gr
If you register online you can check your balance, add packages and top up (with credit card or PayPal).