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Basics[edit | edit source]

The (former Yugoslav) Republic of Macedonia was officially renamed in 2018/9 to Republic of North Macedonia after an agreement with Greece.

(North) Macedonia has two networks:

  • Telekom (T-Mobile, a.k.a. Makedonski Telekom, owned by Magyar Telekom and Deutsche Telekom)
  • A1 formerly called Vip (owned by Telekom Austria by merging the two networks of One and vip)

In 2016 Lycamobile made the 3rd attempt to establish a MVNO in this country after two others have failed before.

2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 900 and 2100 MHz. 4G/LTE has started on 800 (B20) and 1800 MHz (B3) on both networks.

The combined A1 network is the new market leader with 52% share. In 2014 one and vip networks agreed to a merger. The new company started commercial operations in 2015. The full integration of all operational and technical systems was finalized by the end of 2016 and the new network is now marketed under the vip brand rebranded in 2020 to A1.

In 2020 Makedonski Telekom has the fastest average mobile data speed in North Macedonia, according to a report published by the Agency for Electronic Communications. The operator achieved an average speed of 52.71 Mbps, ahead of A1 with 46.29 Mbps. Umlaut also gave both North Macedonian providers very high marks in 4G/LTE coverage and speeds in 2020.

You can get SIM cards in all of the operator's stores and sales points. The registration of the prepaid subscribers is a legal obligation (Law on Electronic Communications) to use mobile services. That's why you should bring along your photo ID (ID card, passport) for purchase.

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Be aware that Macedonia is neither part of the EU, nor of the EEA, where since 2017 new international roaming rules have been enforced. So roaming rates on European SIM cards are not capped or regulated in the country and can therefore be much higher. 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 between these countries. It's intended to end all roaming surcharges by summer 2021 which is a prerequisite to eventually join the EU/EEA common roaming zone.

Makedonski Telekom (Македонски Телеком, T-Mobile)[edit | edit source]

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Telekom also called T-Mobile or Makedonski Telekom used to be market leader in Macedonia with about 1/2 of the customers and has still the best network and around 48% of customers. 4G/LTE covers around 70% of population on 45% of territory in 2015. 2G 3G 4G coverage map. 3G is available to 98% of the people on 93% of the area in 2016.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Different SIM cards are sold In their stores (store locator):

  • for 399 MKD with unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 100 MB data included for 7 days
  • for 499 MKD with 5 GB internet for 30 days
  • for 1199 MKD with unlimited calls and 15 GB for 30 days

Top-up vouchers are available from 100 MKD in kiosks, supermarkets, local shops, gasoline/petrol stations and Makpetrol shops or top-up on the website of Makedonski Telekom. At top-up of 100-300 MKG gives 60 days of validity, 590 MKD 90 days and 900 MKD one year.

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Default internet is for 19.9 MKD per MB. For data usage, a minimum of 50 MKD is needed on your prepaid account. Or you can change any prepaid SIM card to the "Easy Internet" tariff line on which a MB is charged at 3 MKD only. To all lines these packages can be added:

Data package Price Volume Period Activation
Daily Internet 49 MKD 1 GB 24 hours DNEVEN
Weekly Internet S 49 MKD 500 MB* 7 days *142#
Weekly Internet M 99 MKD 1 GB* 7 days *142#
Weekly Internet L 129 MKD 2 GB* 7 days *142#
Monthly Internet S 129 MKD 500 MB* 30 days MESECHEN S
Monthly Internet M 249 MKD 2 GB* 30 days MESECHEN M
Monthly Internet L 499 MKD 8 GB* 30 days MESECHEN L

(*) = data quota is doubled in volume when you activate it through their MK Telekom app

Otherwise, for activation, text code to 140140 or dial *142#. Speed is up to 21 Mbps.

Whenever you reach the 80% utilization in prepaid you send SMS notification. Even Fix included traffic, additional Internet traffic will be charged - will only reduce the speed of mobile internet of 64/64 Kbps.

If you want to check the status of the spent internet, you can send an SMS at any time at the free of charge number 140 140 with text MB or Internet. If you want to deactivate Mobile Surf, you need to call the IVR 140 140 again.

Technical settings[edit | edit source]

  • APN: internet
  • Username: internet
  • Password: t-mobile

More information[edit | edit source]

A1 (formerly vip, merged with One)[edit | edit source]

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The two vip and One networks have been completely merged in 2017. The new network has been marketed as under the name of vip. In 2017 Telekom Slovenije sold its shares to Telekom Austria who as new owner rebranded it to A1 in September 2019.

Whatever it's called now, it has a good coverage and started 4G/LTE in 2014 in key cities: Vip 2G 3G 4G coverage map .

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Availability[edit | edit source]

The SIM card is sold in their stores: Store locator. They sell different cards:

  • for 299 MKD with unlimited calls and 50 MKD credit for 7 days
  • for 399 MKD two SIM cards with unlimited calls and 50 MKD credit for 7 days
  • for 799 MKD an internet SIM card with 10 GB for 30 days

Once the A1 Prepaid card is activated, it will be valid over a 12-month period. After the expiration of the 12-month period, you will be able to only receive calls and SMS messages for 3 more months. During those 3 months, you can top-up your credit and by doing so you will reactivate your prepaid card. Should you fail to top up your credit after the additional 3 months have passed, you number will be disconnected and erased from the system.

Top-up vouchers are sold for 100, 200, 300, 500 and 1000 MKD. To top-up by voucher, enter *100*<voucher PIN>#. To check balance, enter *101#. 

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Default internet is 5.9 MKD per MB. On all of their prepaid SIM cards these data options can be activated:

Price Volume Period Activation Deactivation
19 MKD 100 MB 24 hours DEN START STOP DNEVEN 100MB
39 MKD 500 MB DEN PROMO START STOP DNEVEN 1GB
49 MKD 400 MB 7 days START NEDELA 200MB STOP NEDELEN 200MB
79 MKD 1 GB START NEDELA 1GB STOP NEDELEN 1GB
119 MKD 2 GB START PROMO STOP PROMO
99 MKD 500 MB 30 days MESEC 500MB STOP MESECEN 500MB
199 MKD 2 GB MESEC 1GB STOP MESECEN 1GB
399 MKD 6 GB MESEC 3GB STOP MESECEN 3GB
499 MKD 10 GB MESEC 10GB STOP MESECEN 10GB
999 MKD 15 GB MESEC 15GB STOP MESECEN 15GB

For activation, text code to 1410. After the included data traffic is exceeded, you can continue surfing until the validity of the package ends, whereby the speed is automatically lowered to 32 Kbps, and the spent data traffic is not additionally charged. The activated internet package is automatically renewed after its validity ends, until you deactivate it by texting code to 1410.

Tourist SIM[edit | edit source]

For visitors A1 sells a tourist SIM card for 499 MKD. It includes 5 GB data and reduced call rates ranging from 3.9 MKD/min domestic, 7.9 MKD/min in neighbouring countries to 9.9 MKD/min to major European countries and North America.

For more data, you can activate another 5 GB in 30 days for 249 MKD by texting "START" to 144205.

Technical settings[edit | edit source]

  • APN, username and password: vipoperator

More information[edit | edit source]

Lycamobile[edit | edit source]

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In 2016 Lycamobile soft-launched in Macedonia as first MVNO and their 21st country after two previous attempts by different companies have failed. The network has been disclosed by users as vip, now called A1.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Their SIM cards are as usually available for free in retail shops and almost every petrol station. For a start, target newspaper-tobacco small shops,´24/7 shops, an petrol stations . So watch for their logo near entrance with square window sticker. You are supposed to make a top-up right away to have credit. For all online recharges Lycamobile gives 10% bonus.

For activation dial *132# to find your number. Locals can use an online form, but if you are a foreign national then contact customer service or go to a local authorized retailer to complete registration.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

With every recharge of your account of at least 100 MKD you'll be for 30 days on the Lyca Plus plan with data at 0.79 MKD per MB. Otherwise you'll be on the Standard plan at 0.99 MKD per MB.

These data bundles are offered:

Package Volume Time Price Activation
XLS 1 GB 7 days 59 MKD *139*1007#
Data 99 2 GB 7 days 99 MKD *139*1032#
XS 500 MB 30 days 59 MKD *139*1001#
S 1 GB 30 days 99 MKD *139*1002#
M 2 GB 30 days 129 MKD *139*1003#
L 3 GB 30 days 219 MKD *139*1004#
XL 6 GB 30 days 249 MKD *139*1005#
XXL 8 GB 30 days 399 MKD *139*1006#

All packages auto-renew after 30 days, if you have loaded enough credit before.

Technical settings [edit | edit source]

  • APN: data.lycamobile.mk
  • Username: lmmk
  • Password: plus

More info[edit | edit source]

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