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Basics[edit | edit source]

Albania has now three operators left:

  • Vodafone Albania
  • Telekom Albania (previously AMC)
  • ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile, owned by TürkTelecom)

The services of Plus (owned by Plus Communications) were terminated in January 2018 and the operator closed down.

Vodafone is market leader with 1.5 million users, followed by Telekom with 1.2 million and ALBtelecom with about 1/2 million.

2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 MHz on all networks. 4G/LTE has launched in 2015 on all networks, but Plus. Licenses on 1800 and 2600 MHz (bands 3, 7, 20) were awarded to all three providers. In 2019 800 MHz (band 20) was given to Vodafone and Telekom.

You can buy prepaid SIM cards in the shop of the providers showing a passport or photo ID for registration. You need to give your local address where you stay in Albania.

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Be aware that Albania is not part of the EU, nor the EEA, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced. So roaming rates are not capped or regulated in the country and can be much higher on most European SIM cards roaming in the country. Only on some Vodafone plans Albania is included in the Euro zone. Better buy a local SIM card instead.

In April 2019 Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, (North) Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia agreed to reduce roaming charges between their Balkan countries. The agreement will come into effect from July 2019 when roaming costs will be lowered and mobile calls will cost 0.19 € per minute, an SMS will cost 6 cents and internet will be 2.5 cents per MB roaming in one of these countries. It's intended to end all roaming charges by summer 2021 which is a prerequisite to eventually join the EU/EEA common roaming zone.

In May 2019 Albania and Kosovo have finalized an agreement to reduce roaming fees between the two countries, applying the same principles of the EU’s ‘roam like home’ policy. Under the agreement, regulated pricing structures will be put in place from June 2019 to ensure that mobile subscribers from Kosovo do not pay higher tariffs for services whilst roaming in Albania (and vice versa) than they would in their home market. Operators are allowed to charge a small surcharge during a transitional period, whilst roaming fees will be lifted entirely from July 2021, when a wider region-wide agreement comes into effect.

Be aware that during summer time the mobile network operators may be very congested resulting in slow mobile internet speeds and limited coverage try to stick as more as possible on Wi-Fi networks.

Vodafone (Albania)[edit | edit source]

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Vodafone is market leader in Albania with the best coverage in 2G and 3G in the country and a 46% customer share. 4G/LTE has started in 2015. 4G/LTE is available in Tiranë, Gjiri i Lalëzit, Drimadhes, Durrës, Vlorë, Jalë, Dhërmi, Himarë, Sarandë, Fier, Elbasan, Shëngjin, Ksamil, Shkodër and Korçë.

Vodafone offers one prepaid plan to be added by different daily, weekly or monthly packages.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Their SIM card is sold in all Vodafone stores (store locator) as mini or micro SIM, other sizes can be cut.

Recharges can be made by sending the 12-digit code of the scratch card via SMS to 141 or through calling 142 from a Vodafone mobile number or through Vodafone e-top up. Check credit by sending a SMS for free with the text “Balance” to 141. Credit validity depends on the top-up amount.

If you top up online from 1000 Lekë and more you will gain 3 GB of free internet for 28 days.

A new SIM cards is sold for 800 Lekë and contains 300 Lekë initial communication time as well as 500 free SMS (valid towards Vodafone Club numbers for one month).

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Default rate for data is 0.976 Lekë/10 KB. They offer these plans:

Package Data Time Voice Text Price Extras
GigaMax 15 GB 1 day 500 min 100 SMS 1500 Lekë 5 GB for video
3 Ditore 300 MB 3 days 300 min 30 SMS 300 Lekë
10 Ditore 1.5 GB 10 days 300 min 30 SMS 700 Lekë
Basic 50 MB 30 days 50 min 50 SMS 500 Lekë
Talk 200 MB 200 min 200 SMS 800 Lekë
Start 300 MB 300 min 300 SMS 1000 Lekë
Combo 2 GB 2000 min 200 SMS 1200 Lekë
Go 3 GB 2500 min 200 SMS 1500 Lekë
Z 5.5 GB 400 min 400 SMS 1500 Lekë 10 GB for social media
Silver 5.5 GB 2500 min 300 SMS 1500 Lekë 10 IDD mins
Run 8 GB 3000 min 500 SMS 2000 Lekë 10 GB for social media
Gold 12 GB 3500 min 400 SMS 2200 Lekë 60 IDD mins
Fly 18 GB 3500 min 400 SMS 2500 Lekë 100 IDD mins

Activate by typing #123#. Note that larger packets give the total indicated data volumes only on 4G network. On 2G/3G only about 2/3 of this volume is included. Social media pack includes: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Viber. IDD minutes are valid to Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Sweden, Poland, Norway, China, Slovenia, Greece, Italy, France, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands , Spain, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, Hungary.

For data-only, they offer these plans:

Plan Data Time Price
Ditore 100 MB 1 day 60 Lekë
Javore 1 GB 7 days 300 Lekë
Mujore 1 GB 30 days 500 Lekë
3 GB 1000 Lekë

As an universal plan with freely adjustable mins, SMS and MB they offer Mi Mix with units. 1 unit is 1 minute voice call, 1 SMS or 1 MB data. It comes in three sizes for 30 days:

  • S: 800 units (as mins, SMS or MB) = 1000 Lekë
  • M: 4000 units (as mins, SMS or MB) = 1300 Lekë
  • L: 7000 units (as mins, SMS or MB) = 1600 Lekë

They offer special weekend packs only valid from Saturday 0.01am to Sunday 11.59pm:

  • 3 GB for one weekend: 200 Lekë
  • 12 GB for 4 consecutive weekends: 600 Lekë

For additional data they offer:

  • 300 MB to weekly packs: 100 Lekë
  • 3 GB to Z, Silver, Gold and Combo plans for 30 days: 500 Lekë
  • 4 GB to Z, Silver, Gold and Combo plans for 30 days: 600 Lekë

Tourist SIM[edit | edit source]

For tourists Vodafone introduced an offer in 2018 for 1300 Lekë (or 10 €) with 10 GB, 500 dom. mins, 100 dom. and internatl. SMS, 10 IDD mins all valid for 14 days. You can add another package for the same price. To check balance or activate type #123#. It's unclear, if this is still offered. Check locally.

Roaming[edit | edit source]

Vodafone offers two data roaming bundles for Europe and beyond in Vodafone networks in Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, BH Telecom Bosnia & Herzegovina, Mtel or Vivacom Bulgaria, A1 or Tele2 Croatia, SFR or Bouygues France, Vala Kosovo, A1 Macedonia, Telenor Montenegro, A1 Serbia, Si.mobil Slovenia, A1 Austria, Swisscom Switzerland, Proximus Belgium, Monaco Monaco, Rogers Canada and AT&T USA:

  • 300 MB for 24 hours: 300 Lekë
  • 1 GB for 10 days: 1000 Lekë

To activate the bundle dial #123# -> 5 -> Roaming -> 1 (roaming bundles).

More information[edit | edit source]

  • APN: vodafoneweb

Telekom Albania (previously AMC)[edit | edit source]

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Telekom was rebranded from AMC in 2015 and is Vodafone's strongest competitor in Albania. German Telekom owns a majority stake in Greece’s OTE, which in turn owns most of AMC Telekom Albania. Its 3G network reaches already 91% of the country.

In 2019 Telekom Albania was sold to an Albanian-Bulgarian group by the owners of Vivacom Bulgaria subject to government approval.

They started 4G/LTE in 2015 on 1800 (B3) and 2600 MHz (B7) in Tiranë, Durrës, Elbasan, Shkodër, Fier, Vlorë, Korçë, Kamëz, Vorë, Lezhë, Peshkopi, Kukës and have reached most populated areas.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Telekom's SIM card is available in all Telekom Stores at least in all sizes.

Top-ups can be made in all Telekom Shops through a recharge card, by credit card online here or through another mobile phone (mobile number) calling at +355681000141.

Online bonus is 3 GB for top-ups of 1000 Lekë and higher.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

The default rate for data is on all plans 9.994 Lekë per MB. Telekom Albania offers different prepaid plans. These monthly combo packs are offered:

Package Data Time dom. Voice Texts Price Extras
Ditore 350 MB 1 day 50 mins 150 SMS 150 Lekë
Javore 1 GB 7 days 300 mins 300 SMS 500 Lekë
AI 15 GB 21 days 500 mins 50 SMS 1500 Lekë 10 IDD mins,

5 GB for social & chat

Basic 50 MB 30 days 50 mins 50 SMS 500 Lekë
Small 200 MB 200 mins 400 SMS 800 Lekë
Medium 2 GB 2500 mins 300 SMS 1200 Lekë
More 4 GB 3000 mins 300 SMS 1300 Lekë
Large 5 GB 3000 mins 400 SMS 1400 Lekë 10 IDD mins
EB 5 GB 400 mins 400 SMS 1400 Lekë 10 GB for social & chat
Advance 9 GB 3000 mins 400 SMS 1500 Lekë 10 GB for social & chat
XLarge 10 GB 3500 mins 500 SMS 2000 Lekë
Pro 19 GB 3500 mins 500 SMS 2000 Lekë 100 IDD mins

All packages can also be bought through #100#. For data-only they offer these plans:

Plan Data Time Price
Ditore 500 MB 1 day 150 Lekë
Javore 1 GB 7 days 300 Lekë
Mujore 1.5 GB 30 days 500 Lekë
4.5 GB 1000 Lekë

For social media and chat on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, FB messenger they offer:

  • 10 GB for 30 days: 550 Lekë

For video streaming on Netflix and YouTube this pass is sold:

  • StreamOn: 20 GB for 30 days of video streaming: 1200 Lekë

As an universal plan with freely adjustable mins, SMS and MB they offer FIT packages with units. 1 unit is 1 minute voice call, 1 SMS or 1 MB data. It comes in three sizes for 30 days:

  • FIT+: 500 units (as mins, SMS or MB) = 500 Lekë
  • FIT4000: 4000 units (as mins, SMS or MB) = 1300 Lekë
  • FIT7000: 7000 units (as mins, SMS or MB) = 1500 Lekë

They offer special weekend packs only valid from Saturday 0.01am to Sunday 11.59pm:

  • 3 GB for one weekend + 5 GB for FB messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and Message +: 200 Lekë
  • 12 GB for 4 consecutive weekends + 5 GB for social media from above: 600 Lekë

For additional data they offer to monthly plans:

  • 3 GB: 500 Lekë
  • 5 GB: 600 Lekë

Tourist SIM[edit | edit source]

Like Vodafone Telekom offers a similar tourist plan. For 1500 Lekë Telekom offers 15GB data, 5 GB for WhatsApp, Viber and social media, 500 dom. min, 10 internal. min and 100 dom./internatl. SMS all valid for 21 days. You can add another tourist pack for the same price for more.

Data-only plan[edit | edit source]

Telekom offers this data-only for tablets and modems now called Telekom Mobile Broadband. The starter pack includes 3 GB data valid for one month.

  • SIM-only; speed up to 4G/LTE, 4 GB data: 890 Lekë
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 21 Mbps, 3 months with 3 GB data each: 2500 Lekë
  • 4G USB modem, speed up to 150 Mbps, 3 months with 4 GB data each: 3900 Lekë

Telekom Mobile Broadband has no voice access. Default rate outside of bundles is 12 Lekë per MB. They offer these packages to reload data valid for 1 month:

  • 2 GB: 490 Lekë, activation: text 'MBB2' to 142
  • 4 GB: 790 Lekë, activation: text 'MBB4' to 142

Roaming[edit | edit source]

Telekom offers three data roaming bundles for Europe and beyond valid in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Estonia, France, North Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Ukraine and the UK:

  • 150 MB for 24 hours: 250 Lekë
  • 700 Mb for 7 days: 800 Lekë
  • 1.5 GB for 14 days: 1500 Lekë

More information[edit | edit source]

ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile)[edit | edit source]

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State telco ALBtelecom has been merging the 3rd mobile provider that was previously called Eagle Mobile. It started with 3G in 2012. So the coverage is still limited and less then the two leading ones. 4G/LTE has started in 2015 in Tirana and is now available in many cities: coverage map.

Availability[edit | edit source]

ALBtelecom offers a standard voice plan for prepaid with data add-ons. They come in two sizes:

  • for 100 Lekë: without any allowances
  • for 500 Lekë: with 300 Lekë credit and 4 GB if you install the "Profili Im" app 

They are sold in all ALBtelecom outlets (locator) at least as mini-SIM, other sizes can be cut to size.

The top-up online feature of Albtelcom works on some hours of the day if you top-up from 1000 Lekë and more you will get 4 GB as bonus.

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

The default rate for data is 0.10 Lekë per 10 KB. These combo packs are offered:

Package Data Time dom. Voice Texts Price Activation
Ditore 250 MB 24 hours 150 mins 150 SMS 150 Lekë CP1
Javore 1 GB 7 days 300 mins 300 SMS 300 Lekë CP7
Super 500 50 MB 30 days 50 mins 50 SMS 500 Lekë P500
Super 700 300 MB 200 mins 500 SMS 700 Lekë P700
Super 1100 3.5 GB 2500 mins 500 SMS 1100 Lekë P1100
Super 1300 6 GB 3000 mins 600 SMS 1300 Lekë P1300
GigaStike 10 GB 600 mins 600 SMS 1300 Lekë G1300
Super 1900 16 GB 3500 mins 600 SMS 1900 Lekë P1900

Activation is by sending code to 131. Check balance by *100#.

The following data-only packs in up to 4G/LTE speed can be activated on the SIM:

Data Time Price Activation
500 MB 24 hours 100 Lekë ID100
1 GB 7 days 300 Lekë IJ300
2 GB 30 days 500 Lekë IM500
4 GB 750 Lekë IM750
6 GB 1000 Lekë IM1000
20 GB 1500 Lekë IM1500
40 GB 3000 Lekë IM3000

Activation is by texting code to 138. Packages don't renew themselves. To check data consumption text 'Balance' to 138. For more data you can add:

  • 2 GB for 30 days: 200 Lekë, activation: IE200
  • 4 GB for 30 days: 400 Lekë, activation: IE400

They offer special weekend packs only valid from Saturday 0.01am to Sunday 11.59pm:

  • 5 GB for one weekend: 200 Lekë, activation: W1 to 138
  • 20 GB for 4 consecutive weekends: 600 Lekë, activation: W4 to 138

For nighttime use 11pm to 7am only they offer these packages:

  • 5 GB for 7 nights: 100 Lekë, activation: N7 to 138
  • 20 GB for 30 nights: 300 Lekë, activation: N30 to 138

Roaming[edit | edit source]

ALBtelecom offers a variety of roaming packages for data:

  • 1 GB for 10 days valid in:
    • Italy (on TreWind): 990 Lekë, activation: GigaRoaming Itali to 136
    • Greece (on Wind): 990 Lekë, activation: GigaRoaming Greci to 136
    • Turkey (on Türk Telecom and Turkcell): 990 Lekë, activation: GigaRoaming Turqi to 136
    • Kosovo (on both operators): 990 Lekë, activation: GigaRoaming Kosove to 136
  • 200 outgoing mins, 50 incoming mins and 200 MB for 10 days valid in:
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: 990 Lekë, activation: Bosnjë Hercegovine to 136
    • North Macedonia: 990 Lekë, activation: Maqedoni to 136
    • Montenegro: 990 Lekë, activation: Mal i Zi to 136
    • Serbia: 990 Lekë, activation: Serbi to 136

More information[edit | edit source]

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