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=='''Basics'''==
 
=='''Basics'''==
 
There are 3 mobile networks in Latvia:
 
There are 3 mobile networks in Latvia:
*'''LMT'''
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*'''LMT '''
*'''Tele2'''
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*'''Tele2 '''
*'''Bite'''
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*'''Bite '''
2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz. Bite uses '''E'''GSM 900 (operating only on the edges of the 900 MHz band, so some old phones might not be able to cover it). 3G is on 900 and 2100 MHz with all operators. 4G/LTE is on 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz (LMT-only).
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2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz. Bite uses '''E'''GSM 900 (operating only on the edges of the 900 MHz band, so some old phones might not be able to cover it). 3G is on 900 and 2100 MHz with all operators. 4G/LTE is on 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3) and 2600 MHz (B7).
   
The networks offer prepaid voice and data plans under different brand names like BiFri, LMT Karte, and Zelta Zivtiņa. Network coverage and 3G availability is best with LMT and Tele2. LMT started 4G/LTE in 2011 on 1800 and 2600 MHz and covers already half of the population, Tele2 started in 2014 with LTE on 1800 MHz and covers less. For rural areas all providers use 800 MHz now too. '''Amigo''' is the biggest MVNO in the country using the LMT network.
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In 2019 Tele2 and Bite signed a network sharing agreement for Latvia and Lithuania. The two operators’ networks will be merged, forming a joint shared network. This joint network will be built out gradually starting 2021, with the full network scheduled for completion by December 2023. Each party will hold 50% ownership in the joint venture.
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The networks offer prepaid voice and data plans under different brand names like '''Bites Karte''', '''LMT Karte''', and '''Zelta Zivtiņa '''(on Tele2 network). Network coverage and speeds are best with LMT and Tele2, but Bite is only slightly behind and all are generally on a good level. LMT started 4G/LTE in 2011 on 1800 and 2600 MHz and covers already more than 90% of the population, 70% by LTE-A. Tele2 and Bite started in 2014 with LTE and are only slightly behind. Bite For rural areas all providers use 800 MHz now too. '''Amigo''' was the only MVNO in the country on the LMT network, but ceased own operations in 2019.
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Starter SIM card packs and recharges are available at their shops, newsstands, kiosks like the ubiquitous Narvesen convenience stores, filling stations, supermarkets and other places. You don't need to show an ID or do any registration to get a Latvian SIM card.
   
Starter packs and recharges are available at their shops, newsstands, kiosks, petrol stations, supermarkets and other places. You don't need to show an ID or do any registration. Sometimes prepaid nano SIMs are not availaible, so bring along a cutting device if you need one.
 
 
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[[File:EU flag.png|thumb|110x110px]]Latvia is part of the EU, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced based on the 'roam like at home' principle. However, Latvian providers are mostly excluded because of very low domestic prices and will still apply some surcharges below €10 per GB. For specifics about the new regulation check the [[European Union]] chapter and every provider below.
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[[File:EU flag.png|thumb|110x110px]]Latvia is part of the EU, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced based on the 'roam like at home' principle. However, Latvian providers are mostly exempt from the new rules because of their very low domestic prices. They either disable most EU roaming, apply surcharges or give out hardly any roaming data at the domestic rate. For specifics about the new regulation check the [[European Union]] article and the remarks given specific for every provider below.
 
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== '''LMT '''(LMT Karte) ==
 
== '''LMT '''(LMT Karte) ==
[[File:Lmt.jpg|link=http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/File:Lmt.jpg|thumb]]
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[[File:Lmt.jpg|link=http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/File:Lmt.jpg|thumb|194x194px]]
LMT (stands for ''Latvijas Mobilais Telefons'') is owned by Telia Company and the state of Latvia. Its network has the best 3G and 4G coverage while its 4G/LTE reaches 90% of population in 2016, open for prepaid. [http://karte.lmt.lv/#i4g 2-4G coverage map]
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LMT stands for ''Latvijas Mobilais Telefons ''and is owned by Telia and the state of Latvia. Its network has the best 3G and 4G coverage, while its 4G/LTE reaches more than 90% of population in 2016, 70% on LTE-A: [http://karte.lmt.lv/#i4g 2-4G coverage map]
   
==== '''LMT''' '''Karte''' ====
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==== '''Availability''' ====
Their LMT Karte prepaid SIM is available from LMT service centers ([https://www.lmt.lv/lv/lmt-klientu-centri-un-veikali locator]), service stations, newspaper kiosks, post offices and some supermarkets. Starter kit costs 1 or 3 €. Refill vouchers available for 1.42, 2, 5, 10 and 20 .
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Their prepaid SIM is dubbed '''LMT Karte. '''It's available from LMT service centres ([https://www.lmt.lv/lv/lmt-klientu-centri-un-veikali locator]), service stations, newspaper kiosks, post offices and some supermarkets. The starter kit costs between €1.50 and €3, although LMT service centres deny the existence of the €1.50 starter kit, which can mostly be found in supermarkets, sometimes old stock but with a long expiry date by which it must be activated.
   
To activate the SIM call 29202010 and follow the instructions. You will be given an option to change the language into Latvian, Russian or English.
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To activate the SIM call '''29202010''' and follow the instructions. You will be given an option to change language into Latvian, Russian or English.
   
LMT sells only weekly data packages (valid for 7 days):
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==== '''Recharging''' ====
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Refill vouchers are available for €1.42, €2, €3.50, €5, €10 and €20 all over the country. You can recharge online using international credit card (Visa or MasterCard) online [https://www.lmt.lv/en/refill-lmt-karte through this page]. Most EU credit cards are accepted.
!Volume(s)
 
!Price
 
!Activation
 
!Deactivation
 
|-
 
|unltd. calls and SMS, 100 MB
 
|2.00 €
 
|NSA
 
|NSA-
 
|-
 
|10 mins, unltd. SMS, 1 GB
 
|1.50 €
 
|NIA
 
|NIA-
 
|-
 
|10 mins, unltd. SMS and data
 
|2.50 €
 
|NIPA
 
|NIPA-
 
|}
 
For activation text SMS with corresponding code to 1626. After using the included data volume, speed is throttled to 64 Kbit/s for the rest of the month. You can buy another weekly pack anytime. All packages auto-renew after one week if not cancelled. To check data balance, text the letter 'i' to 1626.
 
   
Note that all texts for activation and checks are charged at 0.0213 .
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Account validity time varies and depends on last recharge amount. When your credits lifetime has expired, you can only receive calls and SMS messages but not make or send them. After some more time (as grace period) if not recharged, your number will be terminated without any way to restore it.
   
==== '''Roaming''' ====
 
For international roaming the prices for LMT Karte were lowered in January 2017:
 
* in the Baltic and Scandinavian states: 100 MB per day for 1.40 €.
 
* in the rest of the EU/EEA: 500 MB per day for 4.22 €.
 
 
==== '''Mobile Broadband SIM''' ====
 
Their data-only SIM is called "''Priekšapmaksas mobilā interneta SIM karte''" = prepaid mobile internet card. It's sold at their agencies or at Statoil or Narvesen outlets:
 
* SIM-only valid for 120 days, preloaded with 1 week of internet (max. 10 GB): 5.65 €
 
* 4G USB dongle and SIM card, preloaded like above: 14.99 €
 
You can activate these packages on this SIM:
 
* daily = 24 hours: 1 GB: 1.40 €
 
* weekly = 168 hours: 10 GB: 5.65 €
 
To activate, text DI for daily or NED for weekly to 29202010. SIM is for data only and not for calls. After having used up volume, speed will be reduced to 64/16 kbps. New packages can be booked ahead of time up to 1 GB per day or 10 GB per week.
 
 
==== '''Recharging ''' ====
 
You can recharge online using international credit card (Visa or MasterCard) online [http://www.lmt.lv/lv/papildini-lmt-karti through this page.] Most EU credit cards are accepted.
 
 
Account validity time varies. It depends on last recharge amount. When your credits lifetime expired, you can only receive calls and SMS messages. After some more time (number lifetime grace period) if not recharged, your number will be blocked without any way to restore it.
 
 
{| class="article-table"
 
{| class="article-table"
!Recharge
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|-
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!Recharge
 
amount
 
amount
!Credit
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!Credit
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validity
 
validity
!Number lifetime
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!Number lifetime
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(grace period)
 
(grace period)
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|-
|1 €
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|€1
 
|10 days
 
|10 days
 
|70 days
 
|70 days
 
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|-
|2-4 €
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|€2-€4
 
|30 days
 
|30 days
 
|90 days
 
|90 days
 
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|-
|5-9 €
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|€5-€9
 
|60 days
 
|60 days
 
|120 days
 
|120 days
 
|-
 
|-
|10-19 €
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|€10-€19
 
|120 days
 
|120 days
 
|180 days
 
|180 days
 
|-
 
|-
|>20 €
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|> €20
 
|240 days
 
|240 days
 
|300 days
 
|300 days
 
|}
 
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You can check your account balance and expiry date by dialing *120# (for free).
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You can check your account balance and expiry date by dialing *120*# (for free).
   
==== '''More infos''' ====
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LMT is also offering an ongoing "daily bonus" event- any top-up made over €3 will result in either unlimited domestic calling, unlimited domestic SMS, or unlimited data until midnight the following day (the bonus is different each day). These bonuses can only be used in Latvia, not in roaming.
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==== '''Data feature packages''' ====
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Standard rate is 6.05 cents per MB. LMT sells daily, weekly, and monthly data packages for their LMT Karte:
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{| class="article-table"
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!dom. data
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!dom. voice
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!dom. SMS
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!EU cap
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!Validity
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!Price
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!Activation
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!Deactivation
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|-
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|unlimited
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|none
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|none
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|184 MB
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|1 day
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|€0.50
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|ID
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|ID-
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|-
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|100 MB
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|unlimited
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|unlimited
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|no cap
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|7 days
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|€2
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|NSA
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|NSA-
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|-
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|1 GB
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|10 mins
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|unlimited
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|551 MB
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|7 days
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|€1.50
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|NIA
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|NIA-
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|-
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|unlimited
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|10 mins
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|unlimited
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|918 MB
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|7 days
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|€2.50
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|NIPA
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|NIPA-
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|-
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|unlimited
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|unlimited
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|unlimited
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|8.93 GB
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|1 month
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|€14.89
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|MV
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|MV-
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|}
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For activation text SMS with code to 1626. After using the included data volume, speed is throttled to 64 Kbit/s for the rest of the month. You can buy another weekly pack anytime. All packages auto-renew after one week if not cancelled. To check data balance, text the letter 'i' to 1626. Overuse will be charged on the standard rate.
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Note that all texts for activation and checks are charged at €0.0213 and EU roaming at domestic rates is capped according to table above. The EU cap is the max. share of domestic data volume to be given out without surcharges.
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==== '''Mobile Broadband SIM''' ====
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Their data-only SIM is called "''Priekšapmaksas mobilā interneta SIM karte''" = prepaid mobile internet card. It's sold at their agencies or at Statoil or some Narvesen outlets:
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* SIM-only valid for 120 days, preloaded with a weekly package (max. 10 GB / EU cap: 2.03 GB): €5.65
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You can activate these two packages on this SIM:
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* daily (for 24 hours): 1 GB domestic data (EU roaming cap: 514 MB): €1.40
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* weekly (for 168 hours): 10 GB domestic data (EU roaming cap: 2.03 GB): €5.65
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To activate, text DI for daily or NED for weekly to 29202010. SIM is for data only and not for calls. After having used up volume, speed will be reduced to 64/16 Kbit/s. New packages can be booked ahead of time up to 1 GB per day or 10 GB per week.
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==== '''EU roaming''' ====
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LMT has chosen not to opt-out from EU roaming rules, but to use a rigid FUP cap on all plans where only a small share is given out at domestic rates for roaming in the EU. This data volume is specified above for every package. All volumes outside these limits are charged by the standard roaming rate of 6.05c per MB. One further monthly package is offered for roaming data in the EU:
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* 800 MB for 30 days: €4.22 , for activation: text 'ICE' to 1688
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There is also a pass available for the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Faroe Islands, Switzerland, and Turkey, as well as certain other countries further afield:
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* 1 GB for 15 days: €12.99, for activation: text 'PAS1' to 1688
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==== '''More info''' ====
 
* APN for LMT Karte: okarte.lmt.lv
 
* APN for LMT Karte: okarte.lmt.lv
 
* APN for Mobile Broadband: internet.lmt.lv
 
* APN for Mobile Broadband: internet.lmt.lv
 
* Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.lmt.lv
 
* Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.lmt.lv
   
=='''Zelta Zivtiņa''' (ZZ by Tele2)==
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=='''Zelta Zivtiņa''' (ZZ, by Tele2)==
Tele2 is on par with LMT on 2G and 3G covering 95% with 3G and 90% on 4G/LTE open for prepaid. They don't sell prepaid SIM cards under their own name Tele2 but through the brand "Zelta Zivtiņa" better known as ZZ meaning goldfish. For a 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE coverage map [http://www.zeltazivtina.lv/klientu-serviss/noderigi-parklajuma-karte/ click on: šeit]
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[[File:Tele2.jpg|thumb|220x220px]]Tele2 is mostly on par with LMT on 2G and 3G covering 95% with 3G and 90% on 4G/LTE open for prepaid. They don't sell prepaid SIM cards under their own brand Tele2 but through the brand '''Zelta Zivtiņa''' better known as '''ZZ''' meaning goldfish. For a 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE coverage map [http://www.zeltazivtina.lv/klientu-serviss/noderigi-parklajuma-karte/ click on: šeit]
[[File:Tele2.jpg|thumb|220x220px]]
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==== '''Availability''' ====
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[[File:ZZ.jpg|thumb|207x207px|
===='''ZZ''' '''(Zelta Zivtiņa)'''====
 
ZZ Sim Cards are available in their stores [http://www.zeltazivtina.lv/nac-pie-zz/sakuma-kompekts/nac-pie-zz/ click: Kur iegādāties?], newsstands, kiosks, petrol stations and others for either 1.49 or 3.99 EUR. The SIM for calls, texts and data has a default rate of 0.36 EUR per day for 30 MB. Extra data is charged at 0.07 EUR per MB.[[File:ZZ.jpg|thumb|207x207px|
 
 
Zelta Zivtiņa - prepaid brand of Tele2
 
Zelta Zivtiņa - prepaid brand of Tele2
]]You can add these monthly packages to the SIM valid for 30 days:
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]]Zelta Zivtiņa SIM cards are available in their stores ([https://www.zeltazivtina.lv/en/help/zz-customer-centres/ shop locator]) , newsstands, kiosks like Narvesen, petrol stations like Statoil or Lukoil and others for between €1.49 and €3.99. The SIM has a default rate of €0.36 per day for 30 MB. Extra data is charged at €0.07 per MB.
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To check account balance and expiration date, dial *245#.
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You can use online management website [https://mana.zeltazivtina.lv/Login/Login Mana ZZ] (available only in Latvian and Russian), and official mobile app ([https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lv.tele2.manazz in Google Play]) to check your account and modify packages.
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They sell three different plans:
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* ''ZZ TRIO: ''€3.90 with 150 domestic minutes, 150 SMS domestic SMS and 150 domestic MB. Activation: Text 'TRIO' to 1616.
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* ''ZZ VISI: ''€4.90 for 30 days with unlimited calls and SMS in Latvia. Activation: Text 'V' to 1616.
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* ''ZZ EIROPA:'' €6.99 for 7 days with 60 mins, 60 SMS and 200 MB data, that can be used in EU roaming too. Activation: text 'E' to 1616
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* ''ZZ VISI BEZLIMITA DATI:'' €4.49 for 7 days with unlimited data and unlimited calls and 1000 SMS, activation: text 'DATI' to 1616.
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To disable automatic renewal of plans go online to your personal account or text 'STOPATA' to 1616.
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==== '''Data feature packages''' ====
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You can add these monthly packages to wach plan valid for 30 days (except XS package - is valid 7 days):
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|-
 
|-
 
! scope="col" |Package
 
! scope="col" |Package
! scope="col" |Volume
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! scope="col" |Data
 
! scope="col" |Price
 
! scope="col" |Price
 
! scope="col" |Activation
 
! scope="col" |Activation
 
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|-
 
|XS
 
|XS
|50 MB
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|100 MB
|0.49 EUR
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|€0.99
 
|XS
 
|XS
 
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|-
 
|S
 
|S
|300 MB
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|500 MB
|1.49 EUR
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|€2.99
 
|S
 
|S
 
|-
 
|-
 
|M
 
|M
 
|1 GB
 
|1 GB
|3.49 EUR
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|€3.99
 
|M
 
|M
 
|-
 
|-
 
|L
 
|L
 
|2 GB
 
|2 GB
|5.99 EUR
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|€5.99
 
|L
 
|L
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For activation, text code to 1616. Speed is up to 100 Mbit/s on 4G/LTE. Note that all package allowances can only be used in Latvia, not for roam like at home in the EU (see below).
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==== '''ZZ Data SIM''' ====
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Furthermore, they sell a data SIM starter pack for €4.99 with 5 GB included valid for 10 days, which is on 4G/LTE too. The starter pack including an USB modem is for €11.99 , which doesn't support Windows 10. Data volume can be checked by texting T to 1616 or in ''Mana ZZ'' selfcare or their ZZ app. The following data packages can be added via refill bought in any kiosk or petrol station:
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!Data
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!Time
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!Price
 
|-
 
|-
|XL
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|5 GB
|10 GB
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|2 days
|11.99 EUR
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|€1.50
|XL
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|-
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|5 GB
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|7 days
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|€3
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|-
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|5 GB
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|14 days
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|€5
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|-
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|15 GB
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|30 days
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|€10
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|-
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|25 GB
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|60 days
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|€20
 
|}
 
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For activation, text code to 1616. Speed is up to 100 Mbit/s on 4G/LTE.
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This data SIM only works in Latvia and doesn't offer international roaming.
   
==== '''General information''' ====
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==== '''EU Roaming ''' ====
To check account balance and expiration date, dial '''*245#''' and press "call" button.
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EU roaming is only included with 200 MB in their [https://www.zeltazivtina.lv/en/prieksapmaksa/tarifi/zz-eiropa/ ZZ EIROPA]'' ''plan and not in any other data pack. The other 'plan' it works is [https://www.zeltazivtina.lv/en/prieksapmaksa/citi-tarifi/maksa-par-vienibam/ charge per unit] (no plan at all). Data is charged at €0.0093 per MB. There is available roaming packages for these countries (all valid 30 days and cost €9.99 , to activate send SMS to 1601 with activation code):
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*400 MB for Russia: activation: RUS4
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*500 MB for USA: activation: USA5
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*1 GB for Switzerland: activation: CH1
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*400 MB for Turkey: activation: TR4
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To activate all roaming packages, you must have activated ZZ EIROPA plan before.
   
You can use online management website [https://mana.zeltazivtina.lv/Login/Login Mana ZZ] (available only in Latvian and Russian), and official mobile application ([https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lv.tele2.manazz in Google Play]) to check your account and modify packages.
 
 
==== '''EU Roaming packages''' ====
 
For roaming in the EU/EEA countries, they offer these discounted packages:
 
* 250 MB for 7 days: 4.99 EUR, activation: EU250
 
* 500 MB for 7 days: 8.99 EUR, activation: EU500
 
* 1 GB for 30 days: 16.99 EUR, activation: EU1GB
 
For activation text code to 1601.
 
 
==== '''ZZ Data SIM''' ====
 
Furthermore, they sell a data SIM starter pack for 4.99 EUR with 5 GB included valid for 10 days, which is on 4G/LTE too. The starter pack including an USB modem is for 11.99 EUR, which does not support Windows 10 (as of November 2016). Data volume can be checked by texting T to 1616 or in Mana ZZ selfcare or app. The following data packages can be added via refill bought in any kiosk, petrol station.
 
*5 GB for 2 days: 1.50 EUR
 
*5 GB for 7 days: 3 EUR
 
*5 GB for 14 days: 5 EUR
 
*5 GB for 20 days: 6 EUR
 
*15 GB for 30 days: 10 EUR
 
*25 GB for 60 days: 20 EUR
 
 
===='''More info''' ====
 
===='''More info''' ====
 
* APN for voice and data SIM: internet.tele2.lv
 
* APN for voice and data SIM: internet.tele2.lv
 
* APN for data-only SIM: data.tele2.lv
 
* APN for data-only SIM: data.tele2.lv
 
* Website in Latvian, Russian and English: http://www.zeltazivtina.lv
 
* Website in Latvian, Russian and English: http://www.zeltazivtina.lv
[[Category:Europe]]
 
   
 
== '''Bite '''(Bites karte) ==
 
== '''Bite '''(Bites karte) ==
[[File:Bite.jpg|link=http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bite.jpg|thumb|130x130px|old logo]]
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[[File:Bite-0.jpg|thumb|148x148px|new logo]]
[[File:Bite-0.jpg|thumb|131x131px|new logo]]
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Bite is the smallest network in Latvia, but has good coverage and speeds in 3G on 900 MHz which is not so common worldwide. In 2016 private equity firm Mid Europa Partners sold Bite to funds affiliated with Providence Equity Partners.
Bite is the smallest network in Latvia, but has good coverage and speeds in 3G on 900 MHz which is not so common worldwide. It also has fast 4G speeds on 2600, 1800 and 800 MHz. 4G/LTE covers already 90% of population in 2016: [http://www.bite.lv/parklajuma-karte coverage map]. Bite is the local partner of Vodafone.
 
   
==== '''Bites karte''' ====
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Bite's 4G/LTE covers already 90% of population in 2016: [http://www.bite.lv/parklajuma-karte coverage map]. Bite is the local partner of Vodafone, but its prepaid product can only be used in Latvia.
Prepaid SIM cards called "''Bites karte''" are available in Bite stores [http://www.bite.lv/lv/outlets_list (list)], Rimi, Maxima, Narvesen and Statoil shops from 1-5 €, mostly with a balance of 2 €. Buy your refill vouchers for 1.42, 3, 5 or 8 EUR there.
 
   
After inserting a SIM card in your phone, use a PIN code written on the card. You should make a first call (does not need to complete) to activate the SIM card.
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==== '''Availability''' ====
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Their prepaid SIM cards called '''Bites karte''' starter kits are available only in Bite stores [http://www.bite.lv/lv/outlets_list (list)], however the refill tickets can be bought also in Rimi, Maxima, Narvesen and Statoil shops between €1 and €5, mostly with a balance of €2.
   
The first 5 MB per month are free. You don't need to book a package, as default rate is cumulative according to consumption:
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Buy your refill vouchers for €2, €3, €5 or €8 there.
* up to 100 MB: 1.42 EUR
 
* up to 500 MB: 3.56 EUR
 
* up to 2 GB: 6.40 EUR
 
* up to 6 GB: 9.96 EUR
 
* up to 10 GB: 12.09 EUR
 
For social media you can add internet packages for 1 EUR per application for 30 days: Waze, Facebook, Viber and Draugiem. You need to text the name of the app to 1600.
 
   
==== '''Data-only SIM''' ====
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After inserting a SIM card in your phone, use a PIN code written on the card. You should make a first call (does not need to complete) to activate the SIM card.
Their data-only SIM card for modems and tablets is called ''Priekšapmaksas internets ''or prepaid internet. Starter pack is sold at 6.40 EUR for the SIM card with the same credit loaded or 29 EUR including a 3G dongle. Credit will be valid for 3 months and the SIM for 6 months after the last top-up. All operations can be managed online on: http://www.manabite.lv&#x20;
 
   
They offer three rate plans for their data SIM:
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==== '''All-in-one packages''' ====
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There are available 2 combo plans in Bite, all valid 30 days:
!Plan
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*''Bite Priekšapmaksa:'' unlimited calls and SMS in Latvia, 100 MB in Latvia: €4.75 , activation: B2 LV
!Volume
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*''Bite Priekšapmaksa Eiropa:'' 100 mins and 100 SMS in Latvia, 100 mins and 100 SMS to other EU countries, 100 MB in Latvia and EU: €6.75 , activation: BITE EUROPE
!Rate
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If overuse intenet in EU, you'll be charged at €0.14 per MB. To deactiavte, add STOP after activation code.
!max. Speed
 
|-
 
|MONO
 
|unlimited
 
|0.43 € per hour
 
|0.5 Mbps
 
|-
 
|STEREO
 
|unlimited
 
|1.00 € per hour
 
|21 Mbps
 
|-
 
|TAXI
 
|
 
|0.04 € per MB
 
|21 Mbps
 
|}
 
Default rate from start is STEREO. You can change plans online or by calling 1601. 1st change is free, further changes are for 2.85 EUR. On Mono and Stereo plans always remember to disconnect from the internet when you stop using it.
 
   
==== '''More information''' ====
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==== '''Data rates''' ====
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The first 5 MB per month are free on Bites karte. You don't need to activate a package, as default rate is cummulative according to your consumption:
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* up to 100 MB: €1.42
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* up to 500 MB: €3.56
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* up to 2 GB: €6.40
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* up to 6 GB: €9.96
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* up to 10 GB: €12.09
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After, you'll be charged €0.04 per MB. For social media you can add internet packages for €1 per app for 30 days: Waze, Facebook, Viber and Draugiem. You need to text the name of the app to 1600.
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==== '''EU roaming''' ====
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Note that all prepaid plans of Bite (except ''Bite Priekšapmaksa Eiropa'') only offer national options in Latvia, international roaming is blocked and you can't use it outside the country.
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==== '''More info''' ====
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* No international roaming available
 
* APN: internet
 
* APN: internet
* Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.bite.lv/
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* Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.bite.lv/
   
== '''Amigo''' ==
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== '''<s>Amigo</s>''' ==
 
[[File:Amigo.jpg|thumb|166x166px]]
 
[[File:Amigo.jpg|thumb|166x166px]]
Amigo by ZetCOM is the most popular MVNO in the country. It uses the network of '''LMT''' in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE (see above) at lower rates.
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Amigo operated by ZetCOM was the only MVNO in the country. It used the network of LMT in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE (see above) until 2019.
   
==== '''Availability''' ====
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In June 2019 Amigo suspended its own operations and moved all customers to its host network LMT. No new SIM cards are given out anymore and all clients are being transferred to LMT.
Amigo SIM cards are sold at almost every supermarket, such as Elvi, Lats, Maxima, Rimi, as well as at Latvijas Pasts post offices, Statoil gas stations and Narvesen kiosks. These starters are available:
 
* 0.99 €: with 0.99 € credit valid for 30 days in basic tariff
 
* 3.50 €: with small combo package for 30 days
 
* 4.99 €: with large combo package for 30 days
 
All SIM cards are valid for 60 more days without being reloaded. To activate call 1633.
 
   
To change default language to English call 1633 press 3 and 3 again.
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==== '''More info''' ====
 
You can [http://www.amigo.lv/lv/papildini-tulit top-up online by credit card] (select "bankas karte") or by recharge voucher ("atjaunošanas karte vai čeks") sold in Latvia from 0.99 € to 19.99 € in the same shops. To top-up call 1633 and press 2.
 
 
==== '''Packages with data''' ====
 
Amigo offers two combo packages with domestic calls and SMS and data for 30 days:
 
* small pack: 3.50 € including 100 mins, 100 SMS and 100 MB, activation: M
 
* large pack: 4.99 € including unlimited mins and SMS and 30 MB, activation: L
 
To activate type the letter to 1678. This is non-recurrent. For more data or better data rates use these packages:
 
{| class="article-table"
 
!Data
 
!Validity
 
!Price
 
!Subscribe
 
!Unsubscribe
 
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|100 MB
 
|30 days
 
|0.98 €
 
|100MB
 
|100MBA-
 
|-
 
|500 MB
 
|30 days
 
|3.00 €
 
|500MB
 
|500MBA-
 
|-
 
|unlimited
 
|1 day
 
|0.50 €
 
|ITD
 
|ITN-
 
|-
 
|unlimited
 
|30 days
 
|10.78 €
 
|ICU
 
|ITN-
 
|}
 
Activation and deactivation is by texting code to 1688. The unlimited packages are governed by a rather vague policy of not to use excessive downloads. All packages auto-renew, if not cancelled. To check your data, text 'ITP?' to 1688.
 
 
For roaming in Europe Amigo has adopted the same policy as LMT mentioned above.
 
 
==== '''More information''' ====
 
 
* APN: internet.lmt.lv
 
* APN: internet.lmt.lv
 
* Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.amigo.lv/
 
* Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.amigo.lv/
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Latest revision as of 11:54, December 9, 2019

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BasicsEdit

There are 3 mobile networks in Latvia:

  • LMT
  • Tele2
  • Bite

2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz. Bite uses EGSM 900 (operating only on the edges of the 900 MHz band, so some old phones might not be able to cover it). 3G is on 900 and 2100 MHz with all operators. 4G/LTE is on 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3) and 2600 MHz (B7).

In 2019 Tele2 and Bite signed a network sharing agreement for Latvia and Lithuania. The two operators’ networks will be merged, forming a joint shared network. This joint network will be built out gradually starting 2021, with the full network scheduled for completion by December 2023. Each party will hold 50% ownership in the joint venture.

The networks offer prepaid voice and data plans under different brand names like Bites Karte, LMT Karte, and Zelta Zivtiņa (on Tele2 network). Network coverage and speeds are best with LMT and Tele2, but Bite is only slightly behind and all are generally on a good level. LMT started 4G/LTE in 2011 on 1800 and 2600 MHz and covers already more than 90% of the population, 70% by LTE-A. Tele2 and Bite started in 2014 with LTE and are only slightly behind. Bite For rural areas all providers use 800 MHz now too. Amigo was the only MVNO in the country on the LMT network, but ceased own operations in 2019.

Starter SIM card packs and recharges are available at their shops, newsstands, kiosks like the ubiquitous Narvesen convenience stores, filling stations, supermarkets and other places. You don't need to show an ID or do any registration to get a Latvian SIM card.

EU flag
Latvia is part of the EU, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced based on the 'roam like at home' principle. However, Latvian providers are mostly exempt from the new rules because of their very low domestic prices. They either disable most EU roaming, apply surcharges or give out hardly any roaming data at the domestic rate. For specifics about the new regulation check the European Union article and the remarks given specific for every provider below.

LMT (LMT Karte) Edit

Lmt

LMT stands for Latvijas Mobilais Telefons and is owned by Telia and the state of Latvia. Its network has the best 3G and 4G coverage, while its 4G/LTE reaches more than 90% of population in 2016, 70% on LTE-A: 2-4G coverage map

Availability Edit

Their prepaid SIM is dubbed LMT Karte. It's available from LMT service centres (locator), service stations, newspaper kiosks, post offices and some supermarkets. The starter kit costs between €1.50 and €3, although LMT service centres deny the existence of the €1.50 starter kit, which can mostly be found in supermarkets, sometimes old stock but with a long expiry date by which it must be activated.

To activate the SIM call 29202010 and follow the instructions. You will be given an option to change language into Latvian, Russian or English.

Recharging Edit

Refill vouchers are available for €1.42, €2, €3.50, €5, €10 and €20 all over the country. You can recharge online using international credit card (Visa or MasterCard) online through this page. Most EU credit cards are accepted.

Account validity time varies and depends on last recharge amount. When your credits lifetime has expired, you can only receive calls and SMS messages but not make or send them. After some more time (as grace period) if not recharged, your number will be terminated without any way to restore it.

Recharge

amount

Credit

validity

Number lifetime

(grace period)

€1 10 days 70 days
€2-€4 30 days 90 days
€5-€9 60 days 120 days
€10-€19 120 days 180 days
> €20 240 days 300 days

You can check your account balance and expiry date by dialing *120*# (for free).

LMT is also offering an ongoing "daily bonus" event- any top-up made over €3 will result in either unlimited domestic calling, unlimited domestic SMS, or unlimited data until midnight the following day (the bonus is different each day). These bonuses can only be used in Latvia, not in roaming.

Data feature packages Edit

Standard rate is 6.05 cents per MB. LMT sells daily, weekly, and monthly data packages for their LMT Karte:

dom. data dom. voice dom. SMS EU cap Validity Price Activation Deactivation
unlimited none none 184 MB 1 day €0.50 ID ID-
100 MB unlimited unlimited no cap 7 days €2 NSA NSA-
1 GB 10 mins unlimited 551 MB 7 days €1.50 NIA NIA-
unlimited 10 mins unlimited 918 MB 7 days €2.50 NIPA NIPA-
unlimited unlimited unlimited 8.93 GB 1 month €14.89 MV MV-

For activation text SMS with code to 1626. After using the included data volume, speed is throttled to 64 Kbit/s for the rest of the month. You can buy another weekly pack anytime. All packages auto-renew after one week if not cancelled. To check data balance, text the letter 'i' to 1626. Overuse will be charged on the standard rate.

Note that all texts for activation and checks are charged at €0.0213 and EU roaming at domestic rates is capped according to table above. The EU cap is the max. share of domestic data volume to be given out without surcharges.

Mobile Broadband SIM Edit

Their data-only SIM is called "Priekšapmaksas mobilā interneta SIM karte" = prepaid mobile internet card. It's sold at their agencies or at Statoil or some Narvesen outlets:

  • SIM-only valid for 120 days, preloaded with a weekly package (max. 10 GB / EU cap: 2.03 GB): €5.65

You can activate these two packages on this SIM:

  • daily (for 24 hours): 1 GB domestic data (EU roaming cap: 514 MB): €1.40
  • weekly (for 168 hours): 10 GB domestic data (EU roaming cap: 2.03 GB): €5.65

To activate, text DI for daily or NED for weekly to 29202010. SIM is for data only and not for calls. After having used up volume, speed will be reduced to 64/16 Kbit/s. New packages can be booked ahead of time up to 1 GB per day or 10 GB per week.

EU roaming Edit

LMT has chosen not to opt-out from EU roaming rules, but to use a rigid FUP cap on all plans where only a small share is given out at domestic rates for roaming in the EU. This data volume is specified above for every package. All volumes outside these limits are charged by the standard roaming rate of 6.05c per MB. One further monthly package is offered for roaming data in the EU:

  • 800 MB for 30 days: €4.22 , for activation: text 'ICE' to 1688

There is also a pass available for the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Faroe Islands, Switzerland, and Turkey, as well as certain other countries further afield:

  • 1 GB for 15 days: €12.99, for activation: text 'PAS1' to 1688

More info Edit

  • APN for LMT Karte: okarte.lmt.lv
  • APN for Mobile Broadband: internet.lmt.lv
  • Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.lmt.lv

Zelta Zivtiņa (ZZ, by Tele2)Edit

Tele2
Tele2 is mostly on par with LMT on 2G and 3G covering 95% with 3G and 90% on 4G/LTE open for prepaid. They don't sell prepaid SIM cards under their own brand Tele2 but through the brand Zelta Zivtiņa better known as ZZ meaning goldfish. For a 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE coverage map click on: šeit

Availability Edit

ZZ

Zelta Zivtiņa - prepaid brand of Tele2

Zelta Zivtiņa SIM cards are available in their stores (shop locator) , newsstands, kiosks like Narvesen, petrol stations like Statoil or Lukoil and others for between €1.49 and €3.99. The SIM has a default rate of €0.36 per day for 30 MB. Extra data is charged at €0.07 per MB.

To check account balance and expiration date, dial *245#.

You can use online management website Mana ZZ (available only in Latvian and Russian), and official mobile app (in Google Play) to check your account and modify packages.

They sell three different plans:

  • ZZ TRIO: €3.90 with 150 domestic minutes, 150 SMS domestic SMS and 150 domestic MB. Activation: Text 'TRIO' to 1616.
  • ZZ VISI: €4.90 for 30 days with unlimited calls and SMS in Latvia. Activation: Text 'V' to 1616.
  • ZZ EIROPA: €6.99 for 7 days with 60 mins, 60 SMS and 200 MB data, that can be used in EU roaming too. Activation: text 'E' to 1616
  • ZZ VISI BEZLIMITA DATI: €4.49 for 7 days with unlimited data and unlimited calls and 1000 SMS, activation: text 'DATI' to 1616.

To disable automatic renewal of plans go online to your personal account or text 'STOPATA' to 1616.

Data feature packages Edit

You can add these monthly packages to wach plan valid for 30 days (except XS package - is valid 7 days):

Package Data Price Activation
XS 100 MB €0.99 XS
S 500 MB €2.99 S
M 1 GB €3.99 M
L 2 GB €5.99 L

For activation, text code to 1616. Speed is up to 100 Mbit/s on 4G/LTE. Note that all package allowances can only be used in Latvia, not for roam like at home in the EU (see below).

ZZ Data SIM Edit

Furthermore, they sell a data SIM starter pack for €4.99 with 5 GB included valid for 10 days, which is on 4G/LTE too. The starter pack including an USB modem is for €11.99 , which doesn't support Windows 10. Data volume can be checked by texting T to 1616 or in Mana ZZ selfcare or their ZZ app. The following data packages can be added via refill bought in any kiosk or petrol station:

Data Time Price
5 GB 2 days €1.50
5 GB 7 days €3
5 GB 14 days €5
15 GB 30 days €10
25 GB 60 days €20

This data SIM only works in Latvia and doesn't offer international roaming.

EU Roaming Edit

EU roaming is only included with 200 MB in their ZZ EIROPA plan and not in any other data pack. The other 'plan' it works is charge per unit (no plan at all). Data is charged at €0.0093 per MB. There is available roaming packages for these countries (all valid 30 days and cost €9.99 , to activate send SMS to 1601 with activation code):

  • 400 MB for Russia: activation: RUS4
  • 500 MB for USA: activation: USA5
  • 1 GB for Switzerland: activation: CH1
  • 400 MB for Turkey: activation: TR4

To activate all roaming packages, you must have activated ZZ EIROPA plan before.

More info Edit

  • APN for voice and data SIM: internet.tele2.lv
  • APN for data-only SIM: data.tele2.lv
  • Website in Latvian, Russian and English: http://www.zeltazivtina.lv

Bite (Bites karte) Edit

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Bite is the smallest network in Latvia, but has good coverage and speeds in 3G on 900 MHz which is not so common worldwide. In 2016 private equity firm Mid Europa Partners sold Bite to funds affiliated with Providence Equity Partners.

Bite's 4G/LTE covers already 90% of population in 2016: coverage map. Bite is the local partner of Vodafone, but its prepaid product can only be used in Latvia.

Availability Edit

Their prepaid SIM cards called Bites karte starter kits are available only in Bite stores (list), however the refill tickets can be bought also in Rimi, Maxima, Narvesen and Statoil shops between €1 and €5, mostly with a balance of €2.

Buy your refill vouchers for €2, €3, €5 or €8 there.

After inserting a SIM card in your phone, use a PIN code written on the card. You should make a first call (does not need to complete) to activate the SIM card.

All-in-one packages Edit

There are available 2 combo plans in Bite, all valid 30 days:

  • Bite Priekšapmaksa: unlimited calls and SMS in Latvia, 100 MB in Latvia: €4.75 , activation: B2 LV
  • Bite Priekšapmaksa Eiropa: 100 mins and 100 SMS in Latvia, 100 mins and 100 SMS to other EU countries, 100 MB in Latvia and EU: €6.75 , activation: BITE EUROPE

If overuse intenet in EU, you'll be charged at €0.14 per MB. To deactiavte, add STOP after activation code.

Data rates Edit

The first 5 MB per month are free on Bites karte. You don't need to activate a package, as default rate is cummulative according to your consumption:

  • up to 100 MB: €1.42
  • up to 500 MB: €3.56
  • up to 2 GB: €6.40
  • up to 6 GB: €9.96
  • up to 10 GB: €12.09

After, you'll be charged €0.04 per MB. For social media you can add internet packages for €1 per app for 30 days: Waze, Facebook, Viber and Draugiem. You need to text the name of the app to 1600.

EU roaming Edit

Note that all prepaid plans of Bite (except Bite Priekšapmaksa Eiropa) only offer national options in Latvia, international roaming is blocked and you can't use it outside the country.

More info Edit

  • No international roaming available
  • APN: internet
  • Website in Latvian and Russian: http://www.bite.lv/

Amigo Edit

Amigo

Amigo operated by ZetCOM was the only MVNO in the country. It used the network of LMT in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE (see above) until 2019.

In June 2019 Amigo suspended its own operations and moved all customers to its host network LMT. No new SIM cards are given out anymore and all clients are being transferred to LMT.

More info Edit

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