Montenegro has three network operators:
- Crnogorski Telekom (a.k.a. T-Mobile)
Telekom and Telenor both have a good coverage in 2G on 900 and 1800 MHz, and on 3G on 2100 MHz. 4G/LTE started with Telekom and Telenor on 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz. m:tel has a lower coverage on 2G and 3G only. The tax of 1€ per month for users of mobile telephony that was in place 2012-14, has been abolished again.
When buying a prepaid package, the customer is obliged to correctly complete a registration form and produce a corresponding identification document for the authorized person at the point of sale. So be prepared to show an ID card or passport and do some paperwork.
Starting in May 2017 all operators have employed an application for electronic registration of users of prepaid mobile services. The Law on Electronic Communications stipulates that the operators must, without delay, register subscribers of fixed, mobile (postpaid and prepaid), as well as internet services.
All outlets of authorized distributors of SIM cards of mobile operators are equipped with mobile phones running applications for customer registration. This is the first app of its kind in the former Yugoslavia region and one of the first in Europe.
EU roaming EditInstead, Montenegro is part of an own Balkan roaming zone with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia where data roaming is capped at 0.20 € per MB from July 2017.
Telenor (formerly Promonte) covers 97% of the population with 3G and 24% with 4G/LTE, see coverage map. It has surpassed T-Mobile in customer numbers. From 2016 4G/LTE was made available for prepaid. You need to have one of their new 4G/LTE SIM cards or can change an old one in their stores for 3 €.
Get their SIM cards in stores: Store locator. Also available at Tivat airport. Also available in newstands throughout the country. At Podgorica airport it's available from "Tobacco" kiosks. There are 3 of them and sometimes only one of them has the sim, so if you're out of luck at one of them, try the other ones.
Voice and data SIM cardEdit
Their regular packs are called "Sve u 1" or "Start" and are sold for 5 € with the same credit on. Default data is charged at 0.509 € per MB and speed is up to 21 Mbps. These data packs can be added:
|100 MB||24 hours||0.50 €|
|200 MB||30 days||2.45 €|
|500 MB||30 days||3.45 €|
|1 GB||30 days||4.45 €|
|3 GB||30 days||5.95 €|
|10 GB||30 days||
The add-on can be activated with My Menu *123# in the part Offers, Internet offers. It can be activated unlimited number of times during a month.
Data-only SIM cardEdit
Prepaid data-only SIM Card for 9.95 € with 10 GB of credit included in 15 days in up to 4G/LTE. If you use up included traffic before these 15 days expire, you can continue surfing at reduced speed of 128 Kbps, or you can top-up your internet account by activating one of tariff add-ons and increase the speed again.
With an USB modem you get prepaid data SIM card for 39.95 € and 15 GB of traffic in 30 days. Same policy applies. These add-ons with speeds up to 21 Mbps can be bought:
|0.95 €||24 hours||500 MB|
|9.95 €||15 days||10 GB|
|19.95 €||30 days||20 GB|
If you use up data before the expiry of tariff add-on, you will be able to continue using the internet at reduced speed of 128 Kbps until the expiry of the tariff add-on. The add-on can be activated with My Menu *123# in the menu Offers, Internet offers.
Tourist package Edit
For the summer season 2017 Telenor has introduced a new Tourist package with a 4G/LTE card in two versions: One with free activation of 1 GB of mobile internet for 3 days. The activation of the 4G tourist package costs 5 €, with 1 € of initial credit.
- APN: flat
- APN instruction Note: data-only SIM automatically configures to APN "internet" that doesn't work. You need to set APN manually
- Website in English (partly obsolete): https://www.telenor.me/en/consumer/
Crnogorski Telekom (T-Mobile)Edit
Crnogorski Telekom (a.k.a. T-Mobile, formerly Monet) owned by Hungarian and Deutsche Telekom has a good coverage on 2G, 3G and 4G rivalling with Telenor, see coverage map. They have lost the top spot to Telenor, but battle hard to regain it. According to an independent test in 2016, it still is the best of the the networks. In 2016 they finally opened 4G/LTE for prepaid too. They cover 70% by the end of 2016 with 4G/LTE using 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz.
Get their SIM cards in their stores: Store locator in local language. Their prepaid SIM starters called Telekom Prepaid are for 5 € with 1 € credit.
SIM cards are also available at kiosks, but don't get one there - you need to visit a store anyway to register the SIM with your passport. If you install a SIM card from a kiosk before registering, it will invalidate it in their system.
Recharge vouchers of 5, 10 or 20 EUR are available. To top up your account enter *123* then type in the secret number from the voucher and press #. In the end, to confirm, press OK/YES (*123*xxxxxxxxxxxxx# OK). To check the status of your account, enter *122# and, to confirm, press OK/YES.
Data feature packsEdit
Default data rate outside of packages is 5 ct per 100 KB. These bundles are offered:
|0.50 €||100 MB||1 day||MO INT1 to 1477|
|2.90 €||1.5 GB||7 days||SURF to 1467|
|3.90 €||1.5 GB||15 days||INT15 to 1467|
|12 €||5 GB||30 days||INT 30 to 1467|
One day is 0.00h - 23.59h on the day the option was activated. According to users, you can buy a new package ahead of time when all data is used up. For activation text code or type *111#. On both 1.5 GB bundles 2 GB are given extra for Facebook, Twitter and FB Messenger. Check status by texting INT INFO to 1467. These bundles can be added for more data:
- 500 MB for 7 days: 2 €, activation: MO INT7 to 1477
- 1 GB for for 15 days: 3€, activation: MO INT15 to 1477
Data-only SIM Edit
They sell a 3G modem stick with a 10 GB data-only SIM card valid for 30 days for 19 €. This card has only data and no voice nor text. They also sell a data-only top-up or SIM-only with unlimited internet for 10 days at 9.90 €. These options can be added:
- 1 GB for 1 day: 1 €
- 5 GB for 7 days: 6 €
- "unlimited" for 10 days: 10 € - "unlimited" means 200 GB.
- 5 GB for 30 days: 12 €
These options need to be added through your online account.
Holiday Prepaid Package Edit
This SIM card is sold for 5 € with 3 € credit and intended for visitors. The holiday number shall remain active for 30 days from the last top-up (or the time of activation). This offer is only seasonal July to September.
The package enables the free activation of the Surf+ option with 3 GB 4G/LTE mobile internet, 2 GB for Facebook, Twitter and Messenger as well as unlimited internet on Crnogorski Telekom's Wi-Fi network. The internet traffic included is valid for seven days. After the first free activation, the Surf+ option is available for 5 €.
- APN: internet-prepaid
- Telekom website in Montenegrin
m:tel has the smallest network in the country with a limited coverage on 2G and 3G and an own incompatible WiMAX network. 4G/LTE hasn't started yet. So better make a network scan before you buy a SIM card.
Their SIM cards are available in their shops: points-of-sale
- Hello ONE: 1 € with the same credit
- Hello NET: 5 € with 4 GB valid for 15 days
Data and voice SIM Edit
They offer a big variety of tariffs called: Hello, Send hello, m:go plus, m:go turist, Hello Net, All inclusive, Hello in and Hello one. Most starters are for 4 € with the same credit included. Their standard pack is called Hello and has a default data rate of 0.06 € per 100 KB. The SIM is sold for 5 € with 4 GB data. You can add 5 GB for 15 days at 4.90 €.
For data you may choose m:go plus plan with a rate of 0.04 € per 100 KB. This line is sold for 3 € and you have 3 € available on your prepaid account and unlimited internet for the next 30 days. You have 300 MB per month at your disposal. Every top-up for any amount brings you 300 MB of free internet that you can use for 7 days. After you have spend 300 MB data you will be able to have unlimited access to the internet and the speed will be reduced to 128 Kbps. Other data packages are not available for this plan.
Tourist SIM Edit
For the tourist season, mtel has improved their offer for the tourist SIM. By activating m:tel turist, users will have 200 GB of internet at maximum speed for the first 3 days, after which the speed is reduced. With each top-up made until September 30, 2017, all users get a new 200 GB at the maximum speed for three more days.
You can extend by *105# with 5 GB at maximum speed for 7 days for 2.9 EUR, and for 15 days to pay 4.90 EUR. Also, the menu also offers a 50% discount for calls to foreign networks of Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Hungary, Macedonia, Kosovo, Romania and Bulgaria for a price of 1 EUR.
This offer is valid at least until September 30, 2017. The price of the m:tel turist package is 5 € with an initial credit of 1 €.
More info Edit
- APN: mtelinternet
- Website in English: http://www.mtel.me/