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#1 Oleg Nikolajev

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 02:28 PM

General Information
Albania has 4 mobile operators:
  • Vodafone (Albania);
  • AMC (owned by Greek Cosmote and Deutsche Telekom);
  • Eagle Mobile (owned by ALBtelecom, which is owned by TürkTelecom);
  • Plus (owned by Plus Communications);
 
Vodafone is market leader, followed by AMC and Eagle Mobile, with Plus as smallest network.
2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 Mhz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 Mhz. Plus has still 2G coverage only, that's why they are not on the list. 4G/LTE is not available yet.
 
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Vodafone (Albania)
 
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Vodafone is leader in Albania with the best coverage in 2G and 3G in the country.
 
Voice and data plan
Vodafone offers two voice plans for prepaid with data addons:
  • Vodafone Card;
  • Vodafone Club;
 
The last mentioned plan is a community plan. This means you get cheaper rates to other people with the same plan. But you have higher rates to other Vodafone customers and other networks. If you want to switch between these two plans Vodafone charges you 250 or 500 Lek.
The Vodafone Club SIM card costs 500 LEK, and includes 400 LEK credit, Vodafone Card costs 500 LEK including the same credit.
The default rate for data is on both plans 0.97 Lekë/10KB. The following data packs are offered:
 
Time                                    Volume                          Price
1 day (= 24 hrs)                 40 MB                           60 Lekë
1 week                               250 MB                        300 Lekë
1 month (= 30 days)         500 MB                        500 Lekë
1 month (= 30 days)           1 GB                           800 Lekë
 
To activate call 131 and follow instructions. To check remaining data allowance, SMS to 131 twith any text in body. Package can be renewed ahead of time.
 
Data only plan
Vodafone offers this data-only for tablets and modems called Vodafone Mobile Broadband. The starter pack is sold for 1100 Lekë including 3 GB vaild for one month. The following two packages can be added:
 
Price                              Volume                           Period                       Activation
550 Lekë                         1 GB                              monthly                Text 1GB to 141
1000 Lekë                       4 GB                              monthly                Text 4GB to 141
 
Vodafone Mobile Broadband has no voice access. Default rate outside of bundles is 12 Lekë/MB.
With a modem included Vodafone offers these start-up data packages:
3G USB modem, speed up to 21.1 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 3 consecutive months: 3000 Lekë
3G USB modem, speed up to 42.2 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 3 consecutive months: 10000 Lekë
 
Recharges
The recharge is 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. You can receive information on you credit by sending a SMS for free with the text “Balance” to 141.
 
Availability
in all Vodafone Stores store locator;
 
SIM sizes
mini-SIM (2FF) available, other sizes can be cut;
 
Internet settings
APN: vodafoneweb
More information
Vodafone website in English
 
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AMC
 
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AMC is Vodafone's strongest competitor in Albania. Its 3G network reaches 95% of the country.
 
Voice and data plan
AMC offers three voice plans for prepaid with data addons:
  • AMCkarta
  • What's up karte
  • ALBA karta
 
Their tariffs only differ in voice and text, but not in data. So choose the cheapest one available.
The default rate for data is on all plans 0.97 Lekë/10KB. The following data add-ons are offered:
 
Time                                Volume                   Price                          Activation
1 day (= 24 hrs)                40 MB                 60 Lekë                      Text D to 142
1 week                             100 MB               120 Lekë                     Text W to 142
1 week                             250 MB               300 Lekë                     Text J to 142
1 month (= 30 days)      500 MB                500 Lekë                     Text M to 142
 
Data only plan
AMC offers this data-only for tablets and modems called AMC Mobile Broadband. The starter pack is 1400 Lek including 4 GB data vaild for one month.The following 4 packages can be added:
 
Price                      Volume per month               Period                  Activation
550   Lekë                         1 GB                          1 month             Text 1GB to 141
1000 Lekë                         4 GB                          1 month             Text 4GB to 141
2500 Lekë                         4 GB                          3 months             Text 3M to 141
4500 Lekë                         4 GB                          6 months             Text 6M to 141
 
AMC Mobile Broadband has no voice access. Default rate outside of bundles is 12 Lekë/MB.
With a modem included AMC offers these start-up data packages:
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 7.2 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 3 consecutive months: 3000 Lekë;
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 7.2 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 6 consecutive months: 4990 Lekë;
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 21.1 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 3 consecutive months: 5000 Lekë;
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 21.1 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 6 consecutive months: 5990 Lekë;
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 42.2 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 3 consecutive months: 10000 Lekë;
  • 3G USB modem, speed up to 42.2 Mbps, 4 GB per month for 6 consecutive months: 12000 Lekë;
 
Recharges
In all AMC Shops through AMC Flexi
By placing the SIM Card in a mobile handset and recharging as the usual SIM card recharge procedure
Through another mobile phone (mobile number) calling at +355681000141.
 
Availability
in all AMC Stores store locator
 
SIM sizes
mini-SIM (2FF) available, other sizes can be cut
 
Internet settings
APN: internet.amc
More information
AMC website in English
 
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Eagle Mobile (by ALBtelecom)
 
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Eagle Mobile is the 3rd mobile provider in the country. It started with 3G in 2012. So the coverage is still limited and much less then the two big ones.
Start up
Eagle offers a standard voice plan for prepaid with data addons. The starter pack costs 200 Lekë, including 100 Lekë credit.
The default rate for data is 0.10 Lekë per MB.
 
Data feature packs
The following packs can be booked on the SIM:
 
Time                      Volume               Price                         Activation
1 day (24 hrs)    "unlimited"           50 Lekë                text Ditore to 55755
1 week                "unlimited"         300 Lekë                text Javore to 55755
1 month                  1 GB              450 Lekë                 text 1GB to 55757
1 month                  4 GB            1000 Lekë                 text 4GB to 55757
1 month                  8 GB            1800 Lekë                 text 8GB to 55757
 
The speed will be reduced to 384 kbps in download and 96 kbps in upload for daily and weekly internet packages after the consumption of 1 GB within the validity period. Eagle Mobile offers internet service with a speed of up to 42 Mbps download and 21 Mbps upload in a very limited area. Packages don't renew themselves.
 
Availability
in all Eagle Mobile and ALBtelecom outlets: for locator: switch to English > Customer Care > Points of Sale
 
SIM sizes
mini-SIM (2FF) available, other sizes can be cut
 
Internet settings
APN: internet
 

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