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BasicsEdit

The islands of Malta and Gozo have three network operators:

  • Vodafone (to be merged with Melita)
  • GO
  • Melita (to be merged with Vodafone)

2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 2100 MHz and 4G/LTE on Vodafone's and Go's 1800 MHz frequency. Vodafone is in the lead with 44% market share in 2015, followed by GO with 39% and Melia with 15% only. Only one MVNO has started so far called Redtouch.

In May 2017 Vodafone and Melita agreed to a merger. Depending approval of the competition authorities, the two networks will be united under the Vodafone brand. The new company will control 62% of the mobile market then.

Vodafone Edit

Vodafone
Vodafone Malta is market leader with the best coverage on the island. Vodafone Coverage. It started 4G/LTE in 2013 on 1800 MHz and covers already 99% of population at the end of 2015 opened on most prepaid products. In 2017 Vodafone agreed to be merged with Melita in the upcoming years.

Availability Edit

You can purchase a pay-as-you-go SIM at any Vodafone location (store list). There is one store in the arrival hall of Malta airport. This outlet will sell a 20 EUR starter pack containing a SIM card pre-loaded with 5 EUR of text/phone credit and 1 GB of data.

Top-ups can be added to the account to purchase additional data or phone time; instructions are printed on the starter pack itself. Note that only one data block should be added at a time; adding two at once (e.g. adding a 10 GB data block and then a 300 MB data block right afterwards will cause the first one to be cancelled out). There are 9 Vodafone retail stores on Malta and one on Gozo. Various resellers are located on both islands. Top-up vouchers of 5, 10, 20 or 50 EUR may be purchased at many retailers (convenience stores, etc). Check balance by *123#.

Vodafone Pop Edit

In 2015 they changed their portfolio of the prepaid SIM cards that may not be so convenient for data users anymore. All SIMs are called POP now and have a monthly combo base plan. Start-up price is the monthly fee:

  • POP Easy: 100 domestic mins or SMS, 50 MB data for 28 days: 9.60 EUR
  • POP Talk: 100 domestic mins or SMS, 1000 Vodafone mins, 50 MB data for 28 days: 14.40 EUR
  • POP Smart: 100 domestic mins or SMS, 1000 Vodafone SMS, 500 MB data for 28 days: 14.40 EUR
  • POP Star: 100 domestic mins or SMS, 1000 Vodafone mins, 1000 Vodafone SMS, 500 MB data for 30 days: 20.80 EUR

All plans are on 4G/LTE too. To activate text EASY, TALK, SMART or STAR to 16200. All plans auto-renew. To unsubscribe, text STOP <plan name> to 16200.

Default data rate Edit

Out of bundle rate is 2 EUR per 100 MB. This rate will commence once all data allowance within the plan is consumed and will continue to recur until a totality of 3.2 GB. Any data above this limit will be charged at the rate of 10c per MB.

Data feature packsEdit

These packages for more data can be added to the POP base plans:

Price Data Time Activation
€1.00 250 MB 24 hours LDAY
€3.00 300 MB 7 days 300MB
€5.00 1 GB 1GB
€20.00 3 GB 30 days ALMONTH
€25.00 10 GB 10GB

For activation text code to 16200. All add-ons auto-renew, except the daily bundle. To stop text STOP<code> to 16200. To check usage send a empty free SMS to 16290. Overuse is charged on the default rate.

Data-only SIM Edit

For 25 € a data-only prepaid plan is sold. It contains 10 GB at a max. of 42 Mbps, valid for 30 days. Its out of bundle rate stays at 0.10 EUR per MB. More data can be added by these add-ons:

  • 100 MB, 7 days: 1.50 € - activation: '100MB' to 16200
  • 300 MB, 7 days: 3 € - activation '300MB' to 16200
  • 1 GB, 7 days: 5 € - activation: '1GB' to 16200
  • 10 GB, 30 days: 25 € - activation: '10GB' to 16200

Activation is by texting code or online on your account. All packages auto-renew. To stop go to your account or text STOP<code> to 16200.

SIM sizesEdit

Standard SIMs, micro SIMs and nano SIMs are available from all Vodafone retail stores. Resellers might not stock all sizes.

Technical detailsEdit

  • APN: Internet /or/ Connect
  • Username and Password: Internet /or/ connect

More info Edit

GO MobileEdit

Go
GO Mobile is the big rival of Vodafone on the island giving good coverage and speeds too. 4G/LTE started in December 2015 and covers 60% of population (4G coverage map), but is not yet available for prepaid users. At the moment it's expanding its fibre-optic 4G network and only postpaid users can benefit from these speeds.

AvailabilityEdit

There are six Go Mobile retail stores on Malta and one on Gozo. A store is located within the Baystreet Complex in tourist-friendly St Julians. Various authorized resellers are located on both islands. The store locator on the Go Mobile website has more details.

Starter packs are sold for 15 EUR containing 1 GB of data and 5 EUR credit. Activate by calling 149 free of charge.

Top-up vouchers of 5, 10, 20, or 50 EUR may be purchased at many retailers. When you top up 10 EUR you get 100 MB bonus, for 20 EUR you get 250 MB bonus valid for one month by texting TOPSAVER to 16414 before topping up.

Data feature packsEdit

The prepaid base plan has a default rate of 0.10 EUR per MB. If you are using mobile internet for the very first time, after purchasing the bundles below, send ‘internet' to 16413, to connect to the internet on your mobile.

Price Data Time Activation code
€ 5.00 500 MB 28 days 500MB to 16410
€ 8.00 1 GB 28 days 1GB to 16410
€ 20.00 6 GB 28 days 6GB to 16410

Provided there is sufficient credit on your account, bundles are automatically renewed upon their expiry date. To stop text STOP <bundle size> to the respective number. If the bundle is consumed before the time window expires, you can buy another bundle by sending an SMS with the codes and to the respective SMS number as indicated above.

To keep track of your bundle usage, send a blank SMS to 16415 for free.

SIM sizesEdit

All new sim cards come in triple format. Therefore you can make use of Standard SIMs, Micro SIMs and nano SIMs.

Technical detailsEdit

  • APN: gointernet /or/ gosurfing /or/ rtgsurfing

More info Edit

MelitaEdit

Melita
Melita is a Malta's smallest provider starting on 3G-only in 2100 MHz. In 2013 it received a 900 MHz license for 2G. 4G has not started yet. It offers good speed, where available and agressive pricing.

In 2017 Melita agreed to be merged with Vodafone network and the Melita brand will be subsequently dropped for mobile offers in the next years pending approval.

AvailabilityEdit

They have two prepaid starter packs available called "Flex Telephony" at their shops list for around 10 EUR plus tax.

Top-ups can be purchased at a lot of more retailers (select town on list): for 5 EUR with a 30 days validity or for 10 EUR with a 90 days validity.

Melita offers three monthly base plans for a minimum top-up, which can be added by more data:

  • Unlimited top-up plan: € 10 top-up, no mobile data included
  • Tentastic 100 MB top-up plan: € 10 top-up, 100 MB and lower domestic call and text rates
  • Tentastic 300 MB top-up plan: € 20 top-up, 300 MB and lower domestic call and text rates

The minimal monthly top-up is a requirement for the plans above. It's not consumed, but fully available for calls, text or data.

Data feature packsEdit

Default rate is 0.10 EUR per MB. Data bundles can be purchased. These are renewed automatically unless stopped by sending blank SMS to 16852.

Price Data Volume Time Activation
€0.50 50 MB 0:00h-23.59h blank SMS to 16850
€2.50 350 MB 7 days blank SMS to 16855
€4.50 600 MB 30 days blank SMS to 16860
€12.00 2 GB 30 days blank SMS to 16802

You can check the remaining balance of your data bundle by sending a blank SMS to 16830 (free of charge) at any time. If the bundle has been consumed before expiry, you can purchase another data bundle. The expiry date of the new bundle will be refreshed according to the latest bundle purchased.

SIM sizesEdit

Standard SIMs, Micro SIMs and nano SIMs can be obtained directly from Melita's retail shops. Resellers may not stock all variants.

Technical detailsEdit

  • APN: web.melita

More info Edit

Redtouch Fone Edit

Redtouch

Redtouch Fone is the first MVNO in Malta using the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G service, no 4G/LTE yet. Some think that Redtouch is more of a cute quirk rather than an operator to seriously consider. It’s a virtual operator owned by one of the country’s two major political parties. It is supposed to have a terribly bad service and is mainly aimed at the party faithful.

Availability Edit

Redtouch has a low profile on the island. You can buy the SIM card only in a few stores (address). Standard SIMs can be obtained directly from RedTouch Phone shops. There, the SIM card can be cut to suit your needs.

They have 4 top up denominations: €5, €10, €20, €30. You can use an e-top-up or online on the web in your personal account using a credit card. Credit is lost and line suspended, if no top-up is made within 365 days.

They have three "payless" monthly combo plans, but they don't include data. So better stick to the default Surf&Enjoy.

Data Feature Packs Edit

Data outside of packages is on a high default rate of € 0.42 per MB. Better add one of these monthly packages:

Price Data Volume Time Activation
€ 3.50 250 MB 30 days Dial *125*0250#
€ 5.00 512 MB 30 days Dial *125*0512#
€ 15.00 3 GB 30 days Dial *125*03000#

You can check the remaining balance of you data bundle by dialling *126#. If the bundle has been consumed before expiry, you can purchase another data bundle. The expiry date of the new bundle will be refreshed according to the latest bundle purchased.

Technical details Edit

  • APN: internet.redtouch.eu

More info Edit

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