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BasicsEdit

Slovakia has 4 network providers and some MVNOs:

  • Orange (France Télécom)
  • Telekom (a.k.a. Slovak Telekom, formerly T-Mobile)
  • O2 (Telefónica Slovakia)
  • SWAN (4G/LTE only)

2G is on 900 and 1800 Mhz, 3G on 900 and 2100 Mhz, LTE has been started in 2014 on all three providers. LTE licenses on 800, 1800 and 2600 Mhz have been granted. A 4th provider called SWAN started in 2015 on 4G/LTE and 1800 MHz only.

OrangeEdit

Orange

Orange is the market leader in Slovakia with the most customers, best network and highest speed. It's 3G covers more than 91% of the population. It has started LTE in 2014 in 3 towns on 800 and 2600 MHz but has not opened for prepaid yet. Orange Coverage Map

Availability Edit

The SIM card is called Prima and availlable for 10 EUR with 10 EUR credit at their stores and outlets (Store locator - fill in town name) You have to show a photo ID. You can top up your Orange mobile account at the Orange points of sale or using top-up scratch cards available all over or online.

Default data rateEdit

They have a flexible default data rate according to volume used in a month: It starts additive with 0-5 MB 0.79/MB, 5-50 MB, 0.07 EUR/MB,  50-200 MB 0.02 EUR/MB and 200-650 MB 0.01 EUR/MB  Beyond this volume, data will be stopped. It's much cheaper to buy packages:

Data feature packsEdit

Validity Data Volume Price Activation code
7 days 150 MB 2 EUR AJ
30 days 700 MB 8 EUR AJ30

Packages are valid for 7 or 30 days and don't renew themselves. Data transfer rate at the overdrafts 150/700 MB is reduced to 64 kB/s. Activation by text to 473 or online on your account.

Data-only SIMEdit

Furthermore they offer a data-only SIM they call Kreditný Internet. As SIM-only starter pack (dátová SIM karta) it's available for 11.90 EUR with 9 EUR of credit. With a USB modem (Huawei E3131) it is sold for 39 EUR (incl. 9 EUR credit)..

Data used a.m. is charged at 0.01 EUR/MB, data used p.m. at 0.02 EUR/MB in 100 KB increments. No packages are offered here. Validity of credit is 90 days, of the SIM card 12 months.

Technical informationEdit

  • mini-SIM available, other sizes may have to be cut
  • APN: internet

Telekom (formerly T-Mobile)Edit

Telekom Logo
Telekom a.k.a. Slovak Telekom, formerly T-Mobile is the 2nd mobile provider and the biggest telecommunications company in the country. It has pretty good coverage and started 2014 with 4G/LTE, which is now open for prepaid: Coverage map.

Availability Edit

The SIM card is called "Easy" and available for 9 EUR with 9 EUR credit at their stores and outlets (Store locator) at Tesco supermarkets and department stores Nay Elektrodom. You have to show a photo ID. You can top up at points of sale or using top-up scratch cards available all over (petrol stations, supermarkets, post offices).

Default Data RateEdit

This default rate is activated on Easy : For 0.50 EUR you get up to 200 MB (at 0.10 EUR per MB) of data on a calendar day (0-24 h), then reduced speed to 64/16 kbps.

Data feature packsEdit

You can only add one package for data:

  • Surf 1000V 4G Sieti: 1 GB in 30 days: 5.99 EUR. Activation: text SURF1000 ZAP to 1330

Technical informationEdit

  • mini-SIM available, other sizes may need to be cut
  • APN: internet

O2 (Telefónica Slovakia)Edit

O2 logo

O2 in Slovakia, run by the Czech division of Telefónica has the smallest network in the country right now. Yet it offers good speed where 3G is available, mainly in the cities. 4G/LTE has started on 800 and 1800 MHz, but not for prepaid. Coverage map.

AvailabilityEdit

Their prepaid SIM called O2 Fér is available online for free and at their stores and outlets (Store locator) . You will need an ID card.

Topups can be made at retail outlets - stations of Slovnaft, OMV Shell or Agip networks, in certain COOP Jednota and GG Tabak stands with O2 logo; or via recharge coupons (from € 8 to € 20 ) bought in O2 stores - on your phone dial the following *133*< 14-digit code from the coupon ># and press <Call>.

Default data rateEdit

The default rate enabled is the daily rate: for 0.50 EUR on a calender day (0-24h), you get 250 MB of data. This data rate is valid on the O2 network in the Czech Republic too.

Data feature packsEdit

Following monthly packs are sold

Volume Price Activation Code
100 MB 3 EUR INETS A to 99222
500 MB 6 EUR INETM A to 99222
1 GB 8 EUR INETL A to 99222
2 GB 11 EUR INETXL A to 99222
5 GB 15 EUR INETXXL A to 99222

For activation text code. Package will renew automatically. To stop text Code replacing A by C. Max. speed is 14.4 Mbps.

Technical informationEdit

  • mini-SIM and micro-SIM available.
  • APN: o2internet

SWAN Edit

SWAN

Swan Multimedia is a triple-play operator who has won the 4th LTE license in the country. It started in 2015 on 1800 Mhz only in a limited area in Bratislava and another dozen towns: click on "internet" for towns. Yet they were unable to make any roaming agreements with the other operators to cover the rest of the country so far. Nevertheless, where it has coverage, it gives out data very cheap.

4G Internet 1.0 Edit

This is the name of their only mobile data product right now. It gives almost "unlimited" internet in its limited coverage area for 5 € per month. There is a FUP at 100 GB per month. Max. speed is 50 and 10 Mbit/s. The SIM card is sold online to be sent to a Slovak address or in one of their shops (shop locator)

Technical information Edit

  • APN: internet

FunFón (on Orange)Edit

Funfon
FunFón is a partner brand service of Fun radio and mobile operator Orange. So it resells Orange's network in 2G and 3G. The initial package costs 5 €. On SIM card there is credit of 3 €. It's available at the stores of mobile operator Orange (see Orange). Top ups can be made with recharge cards or online with international credit cards like Visa or Master.

They have only one data tariff which is automatically enabled. 0.40 EUR per calendar day for up to 200 MB in high speed, then reduced to 128 kbps. No packages are offered.

It's a good option if you only need a few data on a good network.

  • APN: orangewap

Tesco mobile (on O2)Edit

Tesco
Tesco mobile is a joint venture between the UK cash'n'carry market chain and O2 in Slovakia. Their SIM cards and top ups are exclusively available at Slovakias biggest retailer: For store locator click on the small map down right.

It uses O2's network in 2G and 3G (see O2). The SIM is sold for 2.50 EUR with 0.50 EUR credit and top ups are at Tesco's for 5, 10 or 15 EUR.

Data rate is their default 400 MB per day for 0.50 EUR on a calendar day (0-24h). If you use more data, speed will be reduced.

You can buy one monthly package: 500 MB in 30 days for 5 EUR. For activation text "INET A" 99222.

  • APN: o2internet

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