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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.

SIM cards in Slovakia requires registration which takes some time and it's possible via online website (not instant) or in person in operator's store.

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 and covers now 71%, but has not opened for prepaid yet. Orange Coverage Map

Availability Edit

The SIM card is called Prima and available 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 and covers 55% of population: 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

EU Roaming Options Edit

Telekom charges a default rate 16 cents per MB. Following 30 day packages are offered and are activated by texting the activation code to 12330. These packages are valid for roaming in EU + EER countries and in USA

  • Balík XS - 35 MB for 2 EUR - Text DATA XS
  • Balík M - 100 MB for 5 EUR - Text DATA M
  • Balík XL - 500 MB for 15 EUR - Text DATA X

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 and heavy bonuses. 4G/LTE has started on 800 and 1800 MHz in Bratislava and Kosice and is available 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 may need an ID for purchase.

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>. In the first 3 months the face values of top-up credit will be increased by 25% as a bonus.

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 same 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 D. Max. speed is 14.4 Mbps. If you haven't booked internet on your SIM card before, O2 discounts the packages by 50% for the first three months.

EU Roaming Options Edit

Default rate is 0.06 EUR per MB. An option is available to change the rate to 2 EUR per 50 MB, which will auto-renew with another package during the day, when allowance is depleted. To activate text ROAMNET A to 99222. To stop auto renewal text ROAMNETOBNOVA D. To only buy one 50 MB package and fall back to default rate afterwards text ROAMNET1. To make it auto-renewable for multiple days until stopped, text ROAMNETOBNOVA A to 99222

Technical informationEdit

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

SWAN, 4ka Edit

SWAN

Swan Multimedia is a triple-play operator who has won the 4th LTE license in the country. It started in 2015 with 4G/LTE on 1800 MHz only in a limited area in Bratislava and another 60 towns covering about 50% of population: click on "internet" for towns in 2015.

Starting in October 2015, it markets its prepaid products under the lable 4ka too. As the operator does not have its own network everywhere yet, it provides national roaming services using the network of Slovak Telekom in 2G only, not 3G.

4ka Edit

4ka

4ka SIM cards are available at Slovak Post offices (map: click on SIM karty). SIM card is sold for 4 € with the same credit on. The card and credit validity is sixteen months from the last top-up.

Recharge vouchers can be found at all Post offices and more shops between 4-16 €. To top up type *111*<Voucher PIN>*<Phone number>#.

It is also possible to top up online, by credit/debit card, at https://www.4ka.sk/eshop/dobijanie-online .

Check balance by typing *55#.

Basic rate is EUR 0.04 per MB. This rate is valid in Swan and Telekom networks, and also in roaming in European Union. Additionally they offer two monthly packages:

  • 4G Giga: 1 GB for EUR 1. This basic package applies only on 4G network of Swan. In national roaming Telekom's 2G the operator charges EUR 0.04 for 1 MB additionally.
  • 4G Giga Plus: 1 GB for EUR 4, for use on its own limited 4G network and also when roaming on the 2G network of Telekom. The new data package allows surfing across practically the whole territory of Slovakia. However, the data package in national roaming applies only for the slow 2G network, with maximum speed of 230 Kbps.

3G is still not accessible and outside of its own 4G only Telekom's 2G for an extra price on 4G Giga or included on 4G Giga Plus. Outside Slovakia, in roaming, 2G and 3G are available.

Swan: 4G Internet 1.0 Edit

This different product is sold only in Swan-branded shops, not at Post offices. It gives almost "unlimited" internet in its limited 4G/LTE coverage area for 5 € per month. There is a FUP at 100 GB per month. Announced bandwidth is 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload, with some limitations for video streaming (throttled to 2 Mbps) and P2P traffic (throttled to 1 Mbps). The SIM card is sold online to be sent to a Slovak address or in one of their shops (shop locator). There is no roaming on this SIM.

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 and on 4G where Orange has coverage. The initial package costs 7 €. On SIM card there is credit of 6.90 €. 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.

Data Options Edit

The default tariff is enabled allowing high-speed data at 0.07 EUR per MB with a maximum of 0.40 EUR per calendar day for up to 200 MB in high speed, then reduced to 128 kbps. It is possible to book another 200 MB of data for 0.40 EUR

A 500 MB + Free Facebook high-speed package (500fka) valid for 30 days is offered for 5 EUR. TOnce depleted within the validity period a second package of 500MB can be booked for 3 EUR and subsequent packages of 500MB (up to the 9th package in a month) cost 1 EUR. to activate text "AJ 500" to 919. If you stay longer and want it auto-renew every month, text "AP 500" to 919. To stop the autorenewal text "DP 500" to 919. After that the speed will be reduced to 128 kbps.

Default roaming in EU is 0.13 EUR per MB. No data roaming packages available

Additional Information Edit

  • APN: orangewap
  • APN for iPhone: internet

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 5 EUR with 5 EUR credit and top ups are at Tesco's for 5, 10 or 15 EUR.

Their default data rate is 250 MB per day for 0.50 EUR on a calendar day (0-24h). When this 250 MB limit is exceeded, speed will be reduced to 48 kbps. An additional 250 MB can be added, at a cost of another 0.50 EUR, by texting "INTERNET OBNOVA" to 99222.

To check remaining credit, text to 99222 "Spotreba".

You can buy only one monthly package: 500 MB in 30 days for 5 EUR. For activation text "INET A" 99222. This bundle will auto-renew after 30 days. To stop, text 'INET D' to 99222.

  • APN: o2internet

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