Network technology and coverage Edit
Spain has 4 network operators
- Movistar (owned by Telefónica)
- Yoigo (with roaming on Movistar)
All others are resellers or MVNOs reselling the operators, except Yoigo. They are very strong in Spain on the prepaid market caring for 17% of all customers.
The country is all covered by 2G and mostly by 3G up to HSPA+ and DC-HSPA. Nationwide Movistar has the best coverage, followed by Vodafone and Orange, which is still very reasonable. 2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 900 and 2100 MHz. Yoigo is a 3G/4G-only network with limited own resources, but free roaming on Movistar elsewhere, thus giving it a good coverage.
4G/LTE was launched on all operators in 2013 by using 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz frequencies. For prepaid customers LTE is only available on most plans of Vodafone, Yoigo and Orange (eff. Oct 2015) and some MVNOs. According to Open Source in 2015 4G coverage is 52-59% on all operators with average speeds of 18-25 Mbps, only on Yoigo a bit less.
All SIM cards have to be registered by law. Usually you do this in the shops of purchase showing your photo ID (passport or national ID card). As a tourist without a postal address in Spain you have basically this choice:
- to go to a shop of one of the four network operators (movistar, Vodafone, orange or yoigo). Their stores can be found in every inner city or shopping mall. Their support may be better and reloads can be made almost everywhere. But this comes with extra price.
- to go to an agency of the smaller resellers / MVNOs operating on the same networks. They may have less support, only a few shops which have to be searched for and not so many places to top up, no LTE yet, but are generally cheaper.
- on Movistar network: Tuenti, DIGI mobil, Lycamobile
- on Vodafone network: hits mobile, Lebara móvil
- on Orange network: Carrefour Móvil, MASmóvil, happymóvil, Jazztel, Simyo, República Móvil
- There are a few SIM card stands in major airports like MAD or BCN, but they are very overpriced. It's advised to go to a branded shop in downtown or in shopping malls instead.
When you use MVNOs, be sure to switch on data roaming and check the appropriate APN.
This survey only shows the most important offers, for more details in English refer to this WIKI which has more or less accurate information.
Different taxes in the Canary Islands, Melilla and CeutaEdit
In 2014 Spanish operators switched to prices with taxes included (= IVA incluido). The prices given here are for the mainland and the Balearic Islands and include 21% sales tax (IVA). However, on the Canary Islands the applicable tax (IGIC) is only 7%. So prices on the Canaries are to be lowered by 14%. On top-ups made there, you normally get a 14% bonus to adjust the tax difference. In the African enclaves of Melilla the tax is 4%, in Ceuta 10% (IPSI). So tax rates have to be adjusted there too.
Vodafone was the first network which opened 4G to prepaid customers in 2014 and migrates slowly all its plans there. Meanwhile, it has expanded its LTE coverage to all major towns in the country that can be checked here: Vodafone 4G coverage map. All of their prepaid data products are on 4G/LTE where available.
Voice & Data SIM Edit
Vodafone yu Edit
Unlike other operators Vodafone hasn't outsourced their "youth line" but sells it cheaply in their stores under the name Vodafone yu. The SIM is sometimes free in promotions but can be up to 12 € (+ 5 € for a nano SIM) with no credit. It's a combined tariff with data, domestic calls and texts which has been opened for 4G/LTE. It is sold in 3 packages:
- Yuser: 1 GB data, 20 domestic minutes, 20 domestic SMS per month for 10 €.
- Superyuser: 1.5 GB data, 50 domestic minutes, 60 domestic SMS per month for 15 €.
- Megayuser: 2 GB data, 100 domestic minutes, unlimited domestic SMS per month for 20 €.
All packages include free calls and texts amongst Vodafone yu numbers too. You can subscribe or change the package by typing *525*51# for Yuser, *525*52# for Superyuser or *525*53# for Megayuser. All packages last for 30 days but can be renewed anytime sooner by typing *525*6#. Otherwise the packages will renew automatically after 30 days if there is credit and unused data or minutes will roll over. After the data volume is used, bandwide is reduced to 32 kbps as long the package is valid or 2 €/day for 200 MB beyond.
You can renew the plan after you use up the data allowance by typing *525# and then selecting to renew the same plan on the menu. You can do that as often as you like as long as you have credit.
Vodafone fácil Edit
They sell this prepaid standard SIM card in their stores for 5 € with 5 € credit. Vodafone fácil has all domestic calls at 6 Cent per minute and 18 Cent per call. All tariffs can be changed to this by typing *626#.
You can book a 300 MB data package for 5 € on 4G/LTE valid for 30 days by typing *313*22# <call>. This is a very easy way to get a small data amount from a lot of shops. That's the only package for this card, but it can be renewed anytime. Default rate outside of package is 2 € per day for 200 MB.
Tourist SIM: International Smartphone Edit
Their new voice and data SIM card is called International Smartphone and sold for 15 € containing 1.5 GB data up to 4G/LTE and 60 minutes domestic and international calls to 35 countries valid for a month. This pack is valid for 30 days. It renews automatically, if you have enough credit. In this case unused voice or data will roll over. When used beyond the limit, speed is throttled to 32 kbps, data use outside of package charged with a daily fee of 2 € for 200 MB. You can change to this plan by typing *565#
Their data-only tariff called Internet Móvil Prepago has been totally renewed at the end of 2014. Finally, it is now on 4G/LTE in up to 150 Mbit/s. Starter pack is sold in Vodafone's stores for 15 € with 1.5 GB preloaded valid for 3 months. Having used up the pack, you will be on the daily tariff of 200 MB for 2 EUR or can choose one of these two monthly add-ons for 4G data:
- 750 MB: 10 EUR
- 1.5 GB: 15 EUR
The data-only SIM card can be managed online and on data-only plans VoIP is open. It can not be topped up by vouchers like on voice SIMs. And online and ATM top-ups are only allowed, if you have a Spanish debit or credit card. So the only way to top up, is to return a Vodafone store each time for reloading.
- APN for smartphones: airtelnet.es
- APN for modems or routers; ac.vodafone.es
- Username and password: vodafone
- Vodafone blocks VoIP on its voice & data plans
- Use *138# to find out the number for your SIM (it's not always written down on the SIM)
SIM card with new number is sold for 20 € including 20 € credit in Yoigo stores (store locator) in all three SIM sizes. If you bring a number from another provider, you will need to pay only 15 €, but still receive 20 € credit. Some shops try to sell SIM card with a surcharge, try to get the official price or go to a different store like the Phone House that also resells Yoigo (stores).
Data feature packEdit
- La del Uno 650MB: 650 MB high speed volume in 4G/LTE up to 75 Mbps per month for 8 €.
- La del Uno 1GB: 1 GB high speed volume in 4G/LTE plus 20 domestic minutes per month for 10 €. On this tariff only, VoIP is unblocked.
After having used the included data, speed is reduced to 128 Kbps and an add on is offered: 200 MB extra for 2 €. The package will renew automatically every 30 days if there is credit. Data rates outside package: 1.45 €/day.
- APN: internet
- Yoigo actively blocks VoIP on its plans (except of the La del Uno 1GB)
Network: 2G up to EDGE, 3G up to HSUPA. 4G/LTE up to 150 Mbit/s with a coverage of 80% of the population. UPDATE: Effective 18/Oct/2015 Orange opens 4G/LTE to its (own) prepaid customers, not MVNOs. For 4G you need to have a 4G-enabled Orange SIM card.
SIM card can be obtained for free, but a minimal top up of 10 € has to be made at purchase. They are sold in every Orange store in Spain (store locator) in all three sizes. With the purchase of 10 € they will give you another 5 € promocional credit (total 15 €). This extra credit is marked "saldo promocional" and can be used only for domestic calls, texts and data within 30 days, while regular balance stays valid for 365 days at least. Top-ups can be made almost everywhere in the country. Again, you will be awarded extra "saldo promocional" for every recharge.
The Mundo SIM has 3 data packages to choose from. It can be set at purchase, online or by app in the client's area. The are valid for 30 days and renew automatically if credit is available. Overuse or out of bundle use is charged by 0.363 € per 10 MB.
- 500 MB (promotion: 750 MB up to 31/1/16): 6 €
- 1 GB (promotion: 1.5 GB up to 31/1/16): 9 €
- 2 GB (promotion: 3 GB up to 31/1/16): 15 €
Activation at purchase, online in the client's area, by app or by texting "ALTA MUNDO <pack size>" to 1470. If having used up all data, you can renew the packs ahead of time by sending a free SMS to 1470 with the following text: "RENOVACION MUNDO <pack size>", For pack size fill in '500MB', '1GB' or '2GB' and be sure to have enough credit. Deactivation by changing to Mundo SIM without data pack by app or in the client's area.
Other prepaid tariffsEdit
Online in the client's area "mi Orange" or by calling customer service, all prepaid tariffs of Orange are interchangeable. A Mundo SIM can be changed to or from:
- Tarifa Ardilla (= squirrel): no monthly base rate, data by add-on of 300 MB at 4 € per month
- Tarifa Ballena (= whale): 8.95 € per month including 1 GB of data (promotion: 1.5 GB until 31/1/16) and free domestic calls with a flagfee of 0.18 € per call. Ballena can be used in laptops, tablets and dongles in addition to smartphones, and tethering is allowed. If you have used up your 1 GB data allowance for the month, you can buy another 1 GB for another 8.95 €.
- Tarifa Ballena 12: 12.95 € per month, inlcuding 1.6 GB of data (promotion: 2.4 GB until 31/1/16) and 30 domestis mins included. Rest like Ballena above.
Tourist SIM Edit
Like Vodafone, Orange has started to offer a Tourist SIM that is aimed at visitors and can't be changed in tariff. Their SIM called "Holidays" offers 1.5 GB and 60 minutes voice to Spain and 40 other countries (list) within 15 days for 15 EUR. If you exceed your quota, speed will be throttled to 10 kbps.
You can only upsize this package by booking the complete package again ahead of time. For this, you need to add credit and text 'BONO HOLIDAYS' to 1470. Otherwise this SIM will auto-renew after 15 days, if you have loaded enough credit before. You can also change any other prepaid SIM to this in your client's area.
EU roaming optionEdit
The EU roaming option called "Go Europe" can be booked on their SIM cards (not on the tourist SIM "Holidays"). Once enabled, all EU roaming data on Orange's roaming partners will be billed automatically like this: 100 MB in 24 hours for 1 € (tax incl.). For more details see our European Union section here in detail.
Orange used not to provide a tethering profile for iPhones (Note: as of December 2014, I have been able to make it work seamlessly. Tethering may be possible finally with Orange Mundo - not confirmed!). So you couldn't tether from your iPhone (unless you change the firmware). But tethering is not blocked generally, but possible from all non-Apple smartphones working on Android, Windows, Blackberry etc. as well as tablets, routers and modems.
- APN: orangeworld
- user: orange
- password: orange
- MCC: 214
- MNC: 03
- VoIP not allowed, but possible
- more info in English: Orange
Movistar (by Telefónica) Edit
10 EUR with 10 EUR credit in every Movistar store in all three sizes.
Data feature packEdit
Two new prepaid tariff plans come with data:
- Habla 6: no base rate, data at the default rate
- Vive 7: 600 MB - 7 €, open on 4G/LTE
- Vive 13: 1 GB - 13 €, open on 4G/LTE
Default and excess rate is 1 € for 75 MB per week. Unused data of the previous week rolls over to the next week.
- APN: movistar.es
- Tethering works and seems allowed as per movistar.es tether faq
.Tuenti (formerly tuenti móvil)Edit
.Tuenti is a sub-brand of Telefónica using the Movistar network in 2G and 3G and since 2015 on 4G/LTE too. It gives still the best coverage in Spain and is the one of the few MVNOs on prepaid on LTE now.
Their SIM card is free, but you have to choose one of their packages right away. Special rules apply to foreigners with registration in shops, see below. You have to download the tuenti app free from iStore or Google Play. The SIM has to be combined with a tuenti profile (available in English) on which the card is managed. tuenti is a social messenger similar to Whatsapp. Navigate to "mobile" or "móvil" on the menue of the app. Only one SIM can always be associated with one specific email address.
The remaining balance is valid for use within 6 months. After this time the SIM will fall into hibernation. No calls, SMS or data can be sent or received. You have to top up €5 or more within another 6-month period. If you don't do that, your number and your balance will be lost. If you top up by at least €5, your line and balance will be reactivated for another 6-month period of usage. If there is no remaining balance for a 6-month period the card will be deactivated without the possibility to reactivate. The full expiry policy is explained here (in Spanish).
Extra rules for foreignersEdit
Legally they are not allowed to discriminate foreigners, but tuenti has invented some special rules for them: In physical stores like Movistar shops you can do the registration only by showing your passport. Unlike holders of Spanish ID cards (DNI, NIE) you must pay 25 € and the only option to choose is the 7 € package. The rest will be given as a 18 € card balance. In the following month, you will have a free choice. Thus tuenti seems to try to hold on to you.
This strange policy is not enforced if you order it online. You can use your passport ID or Spanish ID cards (called DNI and NIE) online and pay with a credit card or cash-on-delivery and choose any package you like. They'll send it to any Spanish address like your hotel.
Data feature packEdit
These monthly packs are offered:
- 1 GB (in ongoing promotion 2 GB): 7 € with 50 minutes VOZDigital (see below)
- 1 GB: 12 € with unlimited VOZDigital
- 2 GB: 18 € with unlimited VOZDigital
When 80% of data are used, tuenti offers by SMS and online a "Bonoplus". These add-ons give 300 MB extra for 3 € or 500 MB extra for 5 €, 1 GB is also possible, but only within the running time of the initial pack. They can be booked several times but are not transferable to the next package month.
Otherwise overuse is charged with 3c/MB. Online this default option can be changed to a complete cutoff when the included data is used up. Package and addons must be booked online using the tuenti app on the phone or website, navigating to "móvil" after the SIM is combined with the tuenti app. The package will automatically renew if there is enough credt. This can be disabled online.
VOZDigital (formerly called Zerolimites) Edit
This VoIP feature by which Telefónica tries to hype their social messenger called "tuenti" is automatically activated when you book a package. It means that VoIP calls made through this app are free and will not be debited from your data allowance. The app can be installed on every iOS or and Android smartphone, but when you use other providers, you will be billed incoming for the data consumption. You can also create an account without an associated SIM online, and accept/call other tuenti members, via Chrome, Opera and even Firefox browsers. However, you need 3G, 4G, WiFi or a landline data connection to use VOZDigital.
From their website, most Movistar stores, Telecor, FNAC and lots of other places: Tuenti points of sale. Recharges can be made using the Tuenti app or online using an international credit card. Topups can be bought at movistar stores too. From March 2014 tuenti móvil is finally sold on the Canary Islands too in 140 movistar stores for a slightly lower price because of the reduced tax rates there (see Basics above).
- If you call 2201 you will receive a SMS with balance and expiration date.
- APN: tuenti.com
- user: tuenti
- password: tuenti
- mini-SIM, micro-SIM and nano-SIM available.
Carrefour uses the Orange network on 2G and 3G.
SIM cards can be purchased online on the Carrefour website but this requires a Spanish fiscal number (NIE/NIF) and a Spanish postal address to be sent to. In Carrefour megastores (locations: store locator) it can be bought using a foreign passport and local Spanish (hotel) address for registration only. Note, that there are two different SIM cards on sale: the INTERNET móvil with data-only and the regular prepaid card with voice and data and a different tariff.
Credit can be displayed by calling *113# (for free up to 5 times per month). You can add credit online or in Carrefour supermarkets. Some tabacco shops and the Carrefour chains Día and Clarel offer credit for Carrefour Móvil too.
Tarjeta Carrefour Internet Móvil Prepago (= prepaid data-only SIM):Edit
SIM costs 5 € without credit. It is a data SIM for data and SMS only, no voice calls.
- Tarifa diaria: default plan, no activation is necessary, 1.21 Euro per day (= 24 hrs), 100 MB at full 3G speed, thereafter speed is reduced to 128 kbps. You are charged only for the days that you connect. A 3 € per month minimum spending applies (as long as you have credit).
- Bono 1 GB add-on: 10 € for 30 days, 1 GB at full 3G speed, thereafter speed is reduced to 128 kbps. Activation: by sending SMS to 22864 with "ALTA BONO 1GB". Deactivation: by sending "BAJA BONO 1GB" to 22864. Data balance check: by sending "BONO 1GB" to 22864 (5 free SMS per month)
- Bono 3 GB add-on: 20 € for 30 days, 3 GB at full 3G speed, thereafter speed is reduced to 128 kbps. Activation: by sending SMS to 22864 with "ALTA BONO 3GB". Deactivation and data balance check: see above.
Tarjeta prepago Carrefour (= prepaid voice and data SIM):Edit
The SIM costs 10 € with the same credit. You pay 0.50 Euro per day for 20 MB at full 3G speed, thereafter speed is reduced to 128 kbit/s. You are charged only for the days that you connect, but no data packages are offered on this tariff and it can't be changed to a data SIM. 3 € per month minimum spending applies (as long as you have credit). This tariff can not be changed to the Internet Móvil Prepago. They offer one bundle:
- 1 GB of data and 30 domestic minutes valid for 30 days: 7.90 €. Beyond the quota, speed will be throttled to 32 kbps. To activate, text 'ALTA BONO NAVEGA HABLA' to 22864. Bundle will auto-renew. To stop text 'BAJA BONO NAVEGA HABLA' to the same number.
Carrefour does not allow tethering. On the iPhone it is disabled, on Android devices possible anyway.
Make sure to use the right APN. You may have to manually change the APN on the iPhone, because on default it uses the wrong Orange APN.
- APN: CARREFOURINTERNET
- more information (in Spanish): Carrefour prepaid SIM
MÁSmovil is using the Orange network on 2G and 3G as MVNO.
Data feature packsEdit
Default rate outside of packages is 3.63ct per MB. If you don't have booked a package, they will charge you a monthly minimum consumption of 3 €. Másmovil offers these prepaid data bundles valid for 30 days:
- 400 MB: 3.50 €, activation: MMOPTI400MB
- 1.2 GB: 6 €, activation: MMOPTI1.2GB
- 2 GB: 12 €, activation: MMOPTI2GB
Packages can be booked on your account or by texting code to 2377. They will auto-renew after one month, if there is sufficient credit on your account. To stop, disable in your personal account.
- APN: internetmas
- Tethering and VoIP are allowed
- more info in Spanish: Másmovil
HappyMóvil is solely available at ThePhoneHouse stores in Spain: Store Locator. and managed by Másmóvil. It's a MVNO using the Orange network on 2G and 3G. You can easily compare tariffs at ThePhoneHouse as they sell Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo, República Móvil and Lebara there too.
Only ThePhoneHouse sells the product line HappyMóvil. The SIM card costs 15 € with the same credit on it. Try to get the Nacional plan without a base rate.
Top-up agencies are sometimes hard to find, but most Spanish post offices (Correos) can do.
Data feature packages Edit
Different monthly data packages are offered on the tariff line "Nacional", that can be used for calls too:
- 1.2 GB: 6 €
- 3 GB: 16 €
- 5 GB: 29 €
Packages are for 30 days and can't be upsized ahead of time. When data is used up, you'll get another 300 MB at slow 16 kbps, then at the default rate of 10.89 ct per MB. All packages include free domestic calls for the first 10 mins of the call, but a 18.15ct flagfall per call applies.
All these packages can be booked or unsubscribed in store or by calling 91 111 8507. There is a monthly minimum consumption of 2 € as long as you have credit. Packages will auto-renew, if you have enough credit. Otherwise, you'll be charged the default rate for data.
More Information Edit
- APN: internettph
- HappyMóvil sells discounted IDD phone calls, but with an high connection fee
- more info in Spanish only: http://www.happymovil.es/
DIGI mobilEditWith DIGI mobil you get a Romanian and a Spanish number on one SIM. In Spain this MVNO operates on the good Movistar network on 2G and 3G.
The SIM card costs 10 € with 10 € credit. It is available online and offline only in a few shops: DIGI mobil shop locator. Top ups can be made there and in many kiosks where they are support the smaller MNVOs.
Data feature packEdit
- Naveg@500: 500 MB in 30 days: 5 €
- Naveg@1000: 1 GB in 30 days: 8 €
To subscribe go the USSD menu *100# choose option 2 "internet móvil" and 1 "Alta DIGI naveg@". This package will renew every month if there is credit. You can unsubscribe on the same menu with "Baja DIGI naveg@". After having used all package volume, speed will be reduced to GPRS or you can buy add-ons called "Extra":
- 200 MB: 2 €
- 500 MB: 5 €
- 1 GB: 8 €
- 2 GB: 14 €
Bear in mind that the extra add-ons always refer only to the original period of the monthly package and are not transferable to the next month. To buy an add on go online on your DIGI mobile account "Mi cuenta DIGI" or on the USSD menu *100# option 2 "internet móvil" and choose option 4 "Aumenta MB"..
- credit can be checked on *134# and data credit on *130# free of charge
- be sure to use the Spanish number (+34... ) in Spain and enable (domestic) roaming
- APN: internet.digimobil.es
- Username and Password: digi
hits mobileEditThis MVNO operates on the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G giving good coverage and speed.
The SIM can be bought for 5 EUR with 10 EUR credit online with free shipping in 7 days if you have a local Spanish address. Offline, they are sold in kiosks and other agencies. Unfortunately, they don't have a list of distributors but you can ask for the nearest store by calling [tel: 800 654321] (free within Spain). Top-ups can be made online with international credit cards.
Data feature packsEdit
The default rate for internet is 5 cents per MB as long as no package is activated. They have the following packs:
- 250 MB: 3.90 €
- 650 MB: 4.90 €
- 1.3 GB: 7.90 €
- 2 GB: 13.90 €
- 3 GB: 24.90 €
The packs are for one month exactly lasting until the previous day of booking in the following month. When all volume is used, you will surf on the default rate or can buy a new package ahead of time. All packages renew automatically after one month if there is enough credit. To activate the package simply send a free SMS to 22321 containing the word BONO followed by the chosen volume, to deactivate BAJA BONO ##### and to renew ahead of time RENUEVA BONO #####.
Internatl. voice and domestic data Edit
They also offer bonos for national and international calls and data usage in Spain:
- 100 min + 500 MB: 9.90 €
- 250 min + 1.5 GB: 19.90 €
- 1000 min + 3 GB: 39.90 €
Internatl. calls include all lines to 36 countries and landlines to 22 more (see list). To activate text 'BONO TODO ###' where ### is 500 MB, 1.5 GB or 3 GB. To renew or suspend auto-renewal just follow steps shown above.
- APN for smartphones: tel.hitsmobile.es
- APN for routers and modems: pc.hitsmobile.es
- the whole website is available in English: hits mobile
Lebara móvilEditThis MVNO of the British Lebara Group has been heavily marketed and operates in Spain on the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G giving good coverage and speeds.
The SIM can be bought online on the Website of Lebara Spain (available in English) to be sent to a Spanish address or offline from a lot of kiosks and phone shops all around the country: Store finder (mark: SIM). It is sold for 10 EUR with the same amount of credit loaded.
Topups can be made there and some other stores which all are clearly marked with the Lebara logo or online with international credit cards. As an ongoing promotion Lebara doubles the recharge amount for all top-ups (not only online) of €10 or more. To participate in this promotion, you need to text the word "DOUBLE" to 22333 before. Thus very good rates for data can be achieved as 50% of the balance is given as free bonus. Better check, if promo is still on.
Data feature packEdit
Default rate is expensive 0.29 EUR per MB which is charged without booking a package or for overuse. So buy a package. The following monthly data packages are available. For activation send SMS with the code.
- 250 MB: 5 EUR. Activation: DATA250
- 500 MB: 6 EUR. Activation: DATA750
- 1 GB: 8 EUR. Activation: DATA1GB
- 2 GB: 14 EUR. Activation: DATA2GB
- 3 GB: 25 EUR. Activation: DATA3GB
- 5 GB: 35 EUR. Activation: DATA5GB
- 300 MB add-on to all the passes above: 5 EUR. Activation: D300
- 500 MB add-on to all the passes above: 6 EUR. Activation: D500
- 1 GB add-on to all the passes above: 10 EUR. Activation: D1GB
For all activations text all code to 22333. All packs are valid for 30 days. There is no way to reactivate them ahead of time. You can only buy the add-ons. All passes will automatically renew every 30 days if there is credit. To stop text NODATA### (### = size of pack) to 22333.
- APN: gprsmov.lebaramobile.es
- No tethering on iPhones, as Lebara doesn't give out a profile, but possible on other devices.
- All of their website is available in english, check for further details and offers
- The LG Nexus 5 couldn't be configured for data usage
- BlackBerry 10 devices are not supported
LycamobileEditLycamobile is the main competitor of Lebara on the international ethno market. In Spain Lycamobile is a MVNO on the good Movistar network of Telefónica in 2G and 3G.
Startup costs Edit
Their SIM can be ordered online on their website free of charge to be sent to a Spanish address for free. Offline they can be found in web and phone shops and other kiosks. They don't have a store locator, so they might not be so easy to find. Look for their logo.
In the Lycamobile-branded stores their SIM is the cheapest. It may be free or for a small fee, depending on shop, but requiring an immediate top-up: Prices range from 10 EUR with 5 EUR credit to 7.50 EUR with 7.50 EUR credit (that is 5 EUR credit and 2.50 EUR bonus credit).
Top-ups can be made in their agencies as well as online using an international credit card. For recharges on the standard plan, you will be awarded 50% bonus: 5€ -> 7.50 €, 10€ -> 15€, 20€ ->30€, 30€ ->45€. This is not offered on the Plan Ahorro (see below).
Data feature packEdit
Default rate is 14.5c per MB on the Standard plan and 3.6c per MB on the Plan Ahorro, charged when the bundle is used up or no bundle is booked.
To change from the default standard plan to "Plan Ahorro" type *201*101# and follow the instructions or send a text message with "PLANAHORRO" to 2525. Note that by changing to "Plan Ahorro" you won't be able to get the 50% bonus on the standard plan anymore when topping up. So right now, it's not much use for purchasing packages, as data on the standard plan are around 50% more expensive than on the Ahorro Plan:
|Data Volume||Standard Plan||Plan Ahorro||Activation|
|250 MB||5.00 EUR||3.25 EUR||9050|
|600 MB||7.50 EUR||5.00 EUR||9100|
|1 GB||7.50 EUR||5.00 EUR||9150|
|2 GB||14.00 EUR||9.00 EUR||9300|
|3 GB||25.00 EUR||16.50 EUR||9400|
|5 GB||35.00 EUR||23.00 EUR||9405|
Activation is done by sending a SMS containing an activation code to 3535. The promotional packs of the Plan Ahorro can only be booked after having changed to this plan. Remember, you won't get any bonus, when topping up. All packs will renew automatically after one month if there is enough credit. To unsubscribe call costurmer service on 321 or #93 from Lycamobile.
You can check your remaining credit balance with *221# and your data balance with *137#. For more data you can add bonos extensibles valid for the rest of the running time of the base packages:
- 500 MB: Standard Plan: 6 €, Saver Plan: 4 €, activation: text 601 to 3535
- 1 GB: Standard Plan: 7 €, Saver Plan: 5 €, activation text 602 to 3535
- APN: data.lycamobile.es
- Username: lmes (that's lowcase L, not capital i)
- Password: plus
More information Edit
- strictly no tethering: Lycamobile doesn't give out a profile and tries to block tethering by sniffer programs. You can use it in all kinds of 3G devices, but not simultanously
- Lycamobile blocks VPNs and services which act like VPNs (BBM per example)
- the Lycamobile website is available in English. Check for further details and offers
- Lycamobile offers cheap roaming bundles to be used in certain countries only. All packages are valid for 30 days and can't be renewed ahead of time. For more info see Euro5
Jazztel prepago Edit
Jazztel is another MVNO on the reasonable Orange network (for coverage and speed see Orange above). While Orange opened their 4G/LTE for Jazztel, their prepaid product called Jazztel prepago stays on 2G and 3G only.
Their prepaid starter pack called Jazzcard móvil is available online to be sent to a Spanish postal address or in many stores. They have a store locator here, but its addresses are not reliable. Many places actually don’t have it in store, but the Telecor or PhoneHouse shops on the list are a safe bet. It is sold for 5 EUR with the same credit included. A hybrid mini-micro SIM card is given out in shops, online you can choose a nano SIM too.
You can recharge where you can top up the usual MVNOs or online. This is the preferred way as in promotions Jazztel gives 50% online recharge bonus on all top ups. This is an ongoing promotion which is prolonged all the time. International credit cards work if they are 'verified by Visa' or have a 'Mastercard Secure Code' and you check the “pago seguro” box in the recharge menu. The 50% bonus gives great rates for data on packages.
Data Feature Packages Edit
Default data rate outside of packages is 9.5 ct per MB. These packages are offered for 30 days:
|150 MB||50 mins||5 €||MINIBONO|
|250 MB||3.50 €||BONO250|
|250 MB||1000 mins||15 €||COMBI15|
|600 MB||6 €||BONO600|
|1 GB||7.50 €||BONO1000|
|1 GB||200 mins||10 €||COMBI10|
|2 GB||12 €||BONO2000|
|2 GB||1000 mins||25 €||COMBI25|
|3 GB||15 €||BONO3000|
Activation is by texting code to 2288 or online on your Jazztel account. Bonos are for 30 days and don’t renew. The voice allowances include Spain and 40 further countries mentioned on this list (scroll down). All calls from Jazztel to Jazztel and all domestic landlines are free with a max. per call of 10 mins per call and of 3,000 mins per month on all plans.
With their ongoing recharge promotion, you can effectively buy 1 GB for 5 € or 3 GB for 10 € which is a very good rate for Spain. Remember that you surf on the default rate after your bono has run out. You can not upsize your bono as long as another bono is still active.
Technical infomation Edit
- VoIP is allowed and possible
- Tethering is possible from Android devices, but no profile for iPhones is given out
- APN: jazzinternet
- Check balance by typing *169#
Simyo is one of the oldest and most established MVNOs in the country. It operates on Orange's network. In October 2015 4G/LTE was opened to prepaid without surcharges. It has been off our list for a while, because it couldn't be found in stores, as it has been only for purchase online.
It's still hard to find a SIM card on location in shops. Their preferred way is to order it online on their website. They only send it out to a Spanish postal address for a 7 € shipping fee. In shops you can find it at holaMOBI located in around 100 places in Spain (holaMOBI locator) and in some hipermercados of Carrefour (locator) and a few independent shops. There, they charge you 10 € for the starter, but Simyo gives to all new clients 10 € welcome credit after activation. Be sure to get the prepaid (prepago or de tarjeta), not a contract (contrato) SIM.
There are many top-up locations in supermarkets, small internet stores, post offices or at the service stations of Repsol. Online only Spanish credit cards are accepted. To check balance, type *126#.
Data feature packages Edit
Default data for overuse or use without packages is 3.63 ct per MB. Better use one of these monthly packages called bonos:
- 100 MB: 1 €
- 500 MB: 3 €
- 1 GB: 6 €
- 2 GB: 10.50 €
- 3 GB: 14 €
- night bono 1 GB: 1.99 €, only valid 10.30pm-8am, can be added several times
All packages are for 30 days and auto-renew if you have enough credit. To upsize during the running month, they only offer the 100 MB, 500 MB and 1 GB packages again for the same price. To purchase, check your personal Simyo account or call customer support at 121.
Technical information Edit
- Tethering and VoIP calls are allowed
- APN: orangeworld
República Móvil Edit
República Móvil is another MVNO on the 2G and 3G network of Orange. It started in 2013 and offers good rates and like Tuenti a free VoIP application.
You can order the starter pack on their website for free. But they send it out only to a Spanish postal address. In shops it is sold at at holaMOBI located in around 100 places in Spain (holaMOBI locator) and since October 2015 in all PhoneHouse stores (PhoneHouse locator) with a lot more shops for 10 € with the same credit preloaded.
You can top-up online, but some foreign credit cards may not be accepted. In Spain you can use all MÁSmóvil recharge channels: supermarkets, small internet stores, post offices, some service stations and many more. Look for the MÁSmóvil logo (see above). Check credit on your personal online account.
Data feature packages Edit
Stardard overuse rate for data is 3.63 ct per MB. These packages are offered for one month:
- 500 MB: 2.90 €
- 1.2 GB: 5.90 €
- 2 GB: 9.90 €
- 3 GB: 14.90 €
You can book and customize every data pack for the month on your online account. Take care, that they don't offer data add-ons. Having reached the quota, you have the choice to pay the default rate or for 1 € extra be throttled to 16 kbit/s for the rest of the month. All packages auto-renew after one month, if there is enough credit.
Technical information Edit
- Tethering and VoIP calls are allowed
- like Tuenti they offer "unlimited" free VoIP calls by using the HazteUnSimpa app that you can find here for download
- APN: internettph
- República Móvil is not available in Mellila and Ceuta for taxation issues, but on the Canaries they started recently too.
Cellhire in the UK rents a data SIM card with optional MiFi rental for Spain.
Cellhire offers a 10 GB Data SIM Card with 3G and 4G data on the Orange network for the monthly rental fee of £39.99. A 3G MiFi can be added for an extra £10 or a 4G MiFi for an extra £27.99. Data SIM and MiFi are for rent on a 30 day rolling contract and have to be returned.
When the 10 GB bundle runs out, speed is throttled, but you can continue to use data at no charge. You'll need to pay £10 in advance as a refundable deposit. 4G coverage is limited and isn't available everywhere in Spain (check Orange coverage). You will sign a 30 day rolling contract which will continue until you return the SIM and MiFi. This is not a prepaid product! Delivery fees to the EU are not specified but for a similar product in France they charge GBP 30 for delivery. The device is not insured and all liability for loss or damage is on the renter.t