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#1 Aleksandra

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 02:08 PM

Order Bulgarian Prepaid SIM Now

 

General Information

Bulgaria has three physical network providers in 2G and 3G:

  • Mtel (Мтел), formerly Mobitel (Мобилтел) , owned by Telekom Austria
  • Globul, aquired in 2013 by Telenor
  • Vivacom (Виваком), owned by the Bulgarian Telecomunications Company

All 3 providers have a good 2G and 3G coverage over 95% of the area. 2G is on 900 and 1800 Mhz, 3G on 2100 Mhz like in most of Europe. Some MVNOs operate on the networks of the three providers but don't offer good data rates.

 

LTE has not been started yet on the big three but only on a 4th provider called Max on 1800 Mhz in 2014.

SIM cards are available in the shops of the providers and in big supermarkets. You need a photo ID for registration.

 

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Mtel (Мтел), formerly Mobitel (Мобилтел)

 

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Their prepaid line is called "Prima" (Прима) Mtel Coverage Map

 

Default data rate

SIM can be acquired for 8 BGN (approx 4 EUR) in Mtel stores (locator in Bulgarian)and partner shops. The package includes 8 BGN balance, 200 minutes to the "family and friends" group, 100 SMS & 100 MMS to mtel phones.

 

Data standard rate is 0.25 BGN/100KB. The following packages can be booked:

 

Data feature packs

 

Data package                          Price         Volume    Period   Text SMS to 1796 to activate

Mtel FREE SURF 50 MB         9.90 BGN    50 MB    30 days     50 MB
Mtel FREE SURF 100 MB     14.90 BGN  100 MB   30 days     100 MB
Mtel FREE SURF 500 MB     19.90 BGN  500 MB   30 days     500 MB
 

To check your balance (MB), text a “Balans” free of charge to 1796. To make your data bundle a recurring one, text a message for activation typing in ”R” before the rest of the message, e.g. R512 MB.

 

Data SIM

Their Prima Data has data only and no voice calls. It can be acquired for 14.90 BGN (approx 7.5 EUR). This includes 400 MB that you can use within 20 days. After this you can top it up by one of the following packages

 

Data package                       Price             Volume      Period      Text SMS to 1796 to activate
Prima Free Data 1 GB           9.90 BGN     1 GB        14 days        1 GB
Prima Free Data 512 MB     19.90 BGN   512 MB     60 days       512 MB
Prima Free Data 1500 MB   29.90 BGN   1500 MB   60 days      1500 MB
Prima Free Data 5 GB          49.90 BGN    5 GB         30 days       5 GB
 

Prices outside of the packages are 2.56 BGN per MB.

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF) available. Other sizes can be cut.

 

Internet settings

APN: inet-gprs.mtel.bg

 

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GLOBUL

 

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At the end of April 2013 Telenor from Norway acquired GLOBUL from Cosmote in Greece. Globus Coverage Map

 

Start up costs

Their prepaid product is called "b-connect". The starter pack comes in 2 varieties for 6 BGN each in their or Germanos shops:

  • b-connect summertime: with 3 BGN calling time, 700 minutes to "my friends"
  • b-connect visitor: with 3 BGN calling time and reduced rates for international calls

Data feature packs

"Go Web" data packs are available for prepaid plans. Out of bundle use or overuse is billed with 2.40 BGN per MB. To check remaining data on pack, type *123#

 

Data package           Price         Volume     Period        Text SMS to 125 to activate

GoWeb 3MB         1.00 BGN       3 MB        24 hours   GA3MB
GoWeb 10MB       2.90 BGN     10 MB        30 days    GA10MB
GoWeb 64MB       9.90 BGN     64 MB        30 days    GA64
GoWeb 128MB   14.90 BGN   128 MB       30 days    GA128
GoWeb 512MB   19.90 BGN   512 MB       45 days    GA51
GoWeb 512MB   29.90 BGN   512 MB       90 days    GA53
GoWeb 1GB        29.90 BGN 1024 MB       60 days    GA101
GoWeb 1GB        39.90 BGN 1024 MB     120 days    GA103
 

Data SIM

In addition to the data add ons to b-connect prepaid SIM cards, Globul sells prepaid data only SIMs called Go Web data SIM in these forms:

  • Go Web 500 Starter Pack: 500 MB included for 9.90 BGN. The initially included 500 MB are provided in the form of 5 data bundles, each with included 100 МВ with 24-hours validity, as per the date of the bundle activation. For activation or after depletion, you will be directed automatically to their website, where you can activate or buy new bundles. The only bundle available is 100 MB in 24 hours for 1.90 BGN.
  • Go Web 512 Starter Pack: 512 MB included for 14.90 BGN. But with this pack you can book all different packages mentioned under Data feature packs using the activation code.
  • Go Web 1024 Starter Pack: 1024 MB included for 29.90 BGN. Further details see 512 Starter Pack

Globul Klick

With this add on Globul wants to promote the Opera Mini browser for every prepaid SIM. Using only this browser, you can get these discounted add ons:

  • 150 MB, 24 hours, 1.50 BGN, activation: text "K3" to 200
  • 250 MB, 7 days, 2.50 BGN, activation: text "K4" to 200
  • 500 MB, 30 days, 5 BGN, activation: text "K5" to 200

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF) available. Other sizes can be cut.

 

Internet settings

APN: internet.globul.bg

 

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Vivacom (Виваком)

 

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Vivacom has the best coverage in 3G in Bulgaria Vivacom Coverage Map

 

Start up and Availablility

In their shops (store locator) you can get a starter pack in different varieties:

  • Get free: with 3 BGN airtime and a bonus program for recharges: 6 BGN
  • Viva International Start: with 3 BGN airtime and reduced rates for foreign calls into certain countries: 6 BGN
  • Easy Traffic: data-only (no voice or text) with 1.2 GB included, valid for 10 days: 14.90 BGN and an ongoing rate of 0.01 BGN per MB.

Recharge vouchers are available for 10, 20 and 50 BGN

 

Data feature packs

For the talk and surf SIMs like Get free or Viva, the default data rate is 1.80 BGN per MB outside of bundles and 0.30 BGN / MB for overuse. The following packages are on offer:

 

Size        XS          S                M                 L                    XL

Volume   5 MB      15 MB       30 MB        150 MB        750 MB
Validity   1 day     30 days     30 days     30 days        60 days
Price      1 BGN    2.90 BGN  4.90 BGN  14.90 BGN   19.90 BGN
 

 

To activate, you have to type USSD code *3282# and make your selection.

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF) available. Other sizes can be cut.

 

Internet settings

  • APN: internet.vivacom.bg
  • Username and Password: VIVACOM

 

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Max Telecom

 

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Max Telecom launched the first 4G/LTE network in Bulgaria in May 2014 on 1800 Mhz. For a start it has a limited coverage in the 20 biggest cities and the resorts along the Black Sea coast in 4G:Max Coverage Map.

 

Data Packages

All packages include a data traffic of 30 GB.

 
Name                       Max Travel   Max Travel  Max Travel Extra   Max Travel Extra    Max Move
Starter Package    16.90 BGN   19.90 BGN   16.90 BGN             29.90 BGN             36 BGN
Validity                     5 days         10 days          5 days                   10 days                   30 days
Speed                       8 / 2 MBps   8 / 2 MBps    10 / 2 Mbps           10 / 2 MBps            8 / 2 MBps
 

After having used 30 GB, speed will be reduced to 512 and 128 kbps. For Max Travel and Max Move a USB modem can be rented for a refundable deposit of 40 BGN. For Max Travel Extra and Max Move a router for a deposit of 60 BGN.

 

They don't have 2G or 3G coverage, so be sure that your location is covered. Their packages and rental equipment is available at their stores (shop locator).

 

 

Source - http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com


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