The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has two networks:
- Telekom (T-Mobile, a.k.a. Makedonski Telekom, owned by Magyar Telekom and Deutsche Telekom)
- Vip (owned by Telekom Austria and Telekom Slovenije by merging the two networks of One and vip)
In 2016 Lycamobile made the 3rd attempt to establish a MVNO in this country after two other trials have failed before.
2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 900 and 2100 MHz. 4G/LTE has started on 800 (B20) and 1800 MHz (B3) on both networks.
The combined vip network is the new market leader with 52% share. In 2014 one and vip networks agreed to a merger. The new company started commercial operations in 2015. The full integration of all operational and technical systems was finalised by the end of 2016 and the new network is now marketed under the vip brand.
You can get SIM cards in all of the operator's stores and sales points. The registration of the prepaid subscribers is a legal obligation (Law on Electronic Communications) to use mobile services. That's why you should bring along your photo ID for purchase.Instead, Macedonia is part of an own Balkan roaming zone with Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, where international data roaming is capped at the equivalent of 0.20 € per MB from July 2017.
Makedonski Telekom (Македонски Телеком, T-Mobile)EditTelekom also called T-Mobile or Makedonski Telekom used to be market leader in Macedonia with about 1/2 of the customers and has still the best network and around 48% of customers. 4G/LTE covers around 70% of population on 45% of territory in 2015. 2G 3G 4G coverage map. 3G is available to 98% of the people on 93% of the area in 2016.
SIM card is sold for 399 MKD with unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 100 MB data included in their stores (store locator). The also sell a prepaid surf card with data only for 499 MKD. It comes with 5 GB internet for one month.
Top-up vouchers are available from 100 MKD in kiosks, supermarkets, local shops, gasoline/petrol stations and Makpetrol shops or top-up on the website of Makedonski Telekom. At top-up of 100-300 MKG gives 60 days of vaildity, 590 MKD 90 days and 900 MKD one year.
Data feature packsEdit
Default internet is for 19.9 MKD per MB. For data usage, a minimum of 50 MKD is needed on your prepaid account. Or you can change any prepaid SIM card to the "Easy Internet" tariff line on which a MB is charged at 3 MKD only. To all lines these packages can be added:
- daily package: 300 MB - 29 MKD, activation: DEVEN
Furthermore, these monthly packs can be booked on their SIM cards:
|Daily Internet||49 MKD||1 GB||24 hours||DNEVEN|
|Weekly Internet S||49 MKD||400 MB||7 days||*142#|
|Weekly Internet M||99 MKD||1 GB||7 days||*142#|
|Weekly Internet L||129 MKD||2 GB||7 days||*142#|
|Monthly Internet S||129 MKD||500 MB||30 days||MESECHEN S|
|Monthly Internet M||249 MKD||2 GB||30 days||MESECHEN M|
|Monthly Internet L||499 MKD||8 GB||30 days||MESECHEN L|
For activation, text code to 140140 or dial *142#. Speed is up to 21 Mbps.
Whenever you reach the 80% utilization in prepaid you send SMS notification. Even Fix included traffic, additional Internet traffic will be charged - will only reduce the speed of mobile internet of 64/64 Kbps.
If you want to check the status of the spent internet, you can send an SMS at any time at the free of charge number 140 140 with text MB or Internet. If you want to deactivate Mobile Surf, you need to call the IVR 140 140 again.
- APN: internet
- Username: internet
- Password: t-mobile
- Website in English: https://www.telekom.mk/prepaid-en.nspx
vip (including One) Edit
The two vip and One networks have been completely merged in 2017. The new network is marketed as under the name of vip. It has a good coverage and started 4G/LTE in 2014 in key cities: Vip 2G 3G 4G coverage map . Note, that 4G/LTE is only available to postpaid customers so far.
The SIM card is sold in their stores: Store locator. With vip Prepaid SIM card, for a price of 299 MKD you get a SIM card with credit of 300 MKD that can be used for calls, text messages or web surfing. With vip 2SIM, for a price of 300 MKD you get 2 SIM cards with credit of 150 MKD each, which you can use according to your needs for talks, text messages or internet browsing.
Once the Vip Prepaid card is activated, it will be valid over a 12-month period. After the expiration of the 12-month period, you will be able to only receive calls and SMS messages for 3 more months. During those 3 months, you can top-up your credit and by doing so you will reactivate your prepaid card. Should you fail to top up your credit after the additional 3 months have passed, you number will be disconnected and erased from the system.
Top-up vouchers are sold for 100, 200, 300, 500 and 1000 MKD. To top-up by voucher, enter *100*<voucher PIN>#. To check balance, enter *101#.
Data feature packsEdit
Default internet is for 2.9 to 5.9 MKD per MB depeding on tariff. On all of their prepaid SIM cards these data options can be activated:
|19 MKD||100 MB||24 hours||DEN START|
|39 MKD||1 GB||DEN PROMO START|
|49 MKD||200 MB||7 days||NEDELA 200MB|
|79 MKD||1 GB||NEDELA 1GB|
|199 MKD||1 GB||30 days||MESEC 1GB|
|379 MKD||3 GB||MESEC 3GB|
For activation, text code to 1410. After the included data traffic is exceeded, you can continue surfing until the validity of the package ends, whereby the speed is automatically lowered to 32 Kbps, and the spent data traffic is not additionally charged. The activated internet package is automatically renewed after its validity ends, until you deactivate it by texting "STOP" to 1410. The included internet has 3G speed.
Tourist SIM Edit
For visitors Vip sells a tourist SIM card for 499 MKD. It includes 5 GB data and reduced call rates ranging from 3.9 MKD/min domestic, 7.9 MKD/min in neighbouring countries to 9.9 MKD/min to major European countries and North America.
For more data, you can activate another 5 GB in 30 days for 249 MKD by texting "START" to 144205.
- APN, username and password: vipoperator
- Website in English: https://www.vip.mk/privatni
In 2016 Lycamobile soft-launched in Macedonia as first MVNO and their 21st country after two previous attempts by different companies have failed. The network has been disclosed by users as vip.
Their SIM cards are as usually available for free in their shops. For a start, it might be hard to find them. So watch for their logo. You are supposed to make a top-up rightaway to have credit. For all online recharges Lycamobile gives 10% bonus.
For activation dial *132# to find your number. Locals can use an online form, but if you are a foreign national then contact customer service or go to a local authorised retailer to complete registration.
Data feature packages Edit
With every recharge of your accout of at least 100 MKD you'll be for 30 days on the Lyca Plus plan with data at 0.79 MKD per MB. Otherwise you'll be on the Standard plan at 0.99 MKD per MB. These monthly bundles are offered:
|XS||1 GB||59 MKD||*139*1001#|
|S||2 GB||99 MKD||*139*1002#|
|M||3 GB||129 MKD||*139*1003#|
|L||5 GB||229 MKD||*139*1004#|
|XL||7 GB||249 MKD||*139*1005#|
All packages auto-renew after 30 days, if you have loaded enough credit before.
Technical settings Edit
- APN: data.lycamobile.mk
- Username: lmde (as mentioned on their website, but this may be wrong, try 'lmmk' too)
- Password: plus
More info Edit
- Website in English: http://www.lycamobile.mk/en/