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#1 Oleg Nikolajev

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 01:40 PM

 
General Information

Politically the island of Cyprus is divided into two parts. The Greek-speaking Republic of Cyprus in the south which is a member of EU and the Turkish-affiliated part in the north which calls itself KKTC.

This split is reflected in the phone system as well. In the south different providers operate than in the north and there is no roaming at all between them (even if Vodafone owns a network in every part). A call from north to south is possible but will be billed as a foreign call to another continent.

 

For a tourist it's very easy nowadays to cross the border at Nikosia and visit the other part. But you should know that you will lose coverage soon. Furthermore, the north is not part of EU, so roaming prices are not regulated.Visting the entire island, you may think of buying two SIM cards because of the present situation. In the South, the highest rates for data within the EU are charged right now, so you may compare EU roaming options to it.

 

First the two networks of the south are shown: Cytamobile (Vodafone) and MTN, then the two networks in the north KKTC Turkcell and KKTC Telsim (Vodafone) which are associated to the Turkish phone system. The restrictions about registration and taxes for foreign mobile devices enforced in Turkey (see chapter Turkey) don't apply to Northern Cyprus.

 

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Cytamobile (by Vodafone)

 

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Cyta is partly owned by the government and Vodafone and the biggest operator in the country giving the best coverage. Their prepaid SIM card is called soeasy.

 

Soeasy plan

This plan is for smartphones and talk, text and data. The SIM is sold for 7.50 €.

 

Default rate is 1.015 € per MB

 

Data package      Valid for     Incl. Data    Price (€)    Text SMS to 8000 to activate

soeasy MI day      1 day            20 MB        1.53              MI day

soeasy MI week   1 week          60 MB        3.05             MI week

soeasy MI month 1 month      200 MB       10.17            MI month

 

After you have consumed the soeasy mobile internet pack you have purchased, the charges that apply are €0,25/ΜΒ unless you purchase a new pack. For this reason they will inform you through an SMS when your pack has been consumed. You can purchase as many mobile internet packs as you like at any moment.

 

Consumption will take place from the pack you have purchased earlier until it is exhausted.

 

Vodafone mobile Internet

VMI is their data only SIM which is sold for 14.95 € including 200 MB data.

 

Top-Up Amount and Validity Period for VMI Pay as you go

 

Valid for          Incl. Data             Amount

15 days             100 MB                 €5

30 days             200 MB                 €10

60 days             440 MB                 €20

120 days           820 MB                 €35

 

The validity period is extended every time you top-up your account. The extension duration in days is shown in the table below.

 

Your service will be deleted 180 days after the expiration of the credit validity period unless you top-up your account before that date.

 

Vodafone mobile Internet holiday pack

Their VMI holiday pack is another data SIM which can be bought for 14.95 € or 20 € with 500 MB included. When you top up, you get the following data:

 

Valid for                Incl. Data               Amount

2 days                      250 MB                    €5

5 days                      500 MB                    €10

12 days                  1100 MB                    €20

20 days                  2050 MB                    €35

 

Your service will be deleted 90 days after the expiration of the credit validity period unless you top-up your account before that date.

 

Availability
  • They sell it everywhere (in supermarkets, kiosks etc.): Store locator
  • There are reload cards for 5, 10, 20 and 35 € available

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF) and micro-SIM (3FF) available.

Settings

APN: cytamobile

More information

Cytamobile-Vodafone website in English

 

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MTN

 

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MTN is the second network operator in the country: Coverage map

 

Voice plan

SIM card is available for 7.50 € with 2 € airtime and 20 SMS or 2 € with 1 € airtime. Default rate for data is €1.02 / MB. You can buy these bundles:

 

Valid for            Incl. Data          Price          Text SMS to 6040 to activate

1 day                   20 MB               € 1.52            data on day

1 week                 80 MB              € 4.00            data on week

1 month             200 MB              € 10.19          data on month

1 month             500 MB              € 15.13          data on month 500

 

Data Plan

Their data plan is called MTN Mobile Broadband Payasyougo and is sold for 10 € with 100 MB included.

 

Valid for     Incl. Data    Amount        Total Amount To Be Credited

15 days        100 MB      €5                     €5

30 days        200 MB      €10                   €10

60 days        440 MB      €20                   €22

120 days      820 MB      €35                   €41

180 days    1140 MB      €50                   €57

 

Upon the expiration of the validity period of the top-up card, the MTN Mobile Broadband PayAsYouGo service will become inactive but the remaining balance of your account will NOT be lost. If you renew your account within 180 days from the day the service becomes inactive, then your new available balance will be the sum of the two (new top-up data volume + remaining balance). If you do not renew your account within the 180 then your account will be deleted and you will no longer be able to use your SIM card.

 

You can't call from this SIM, it provide only Data and SMS sending (can't recieve).

 

Availability

They sell it everywhere (in supermarkets, kiosks etc.): Store locator

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF) and micro-SIM (3FF) available.

Settings

APN: internet

More information

MTN website in English

 
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KKTC Turkcell
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KKTC Turkcell is the North Cyprus branch of the leading Turkish network provider Turkcell.

 

The rates are charged in "Kontör" = units. 1 unit is 0.05 TL.

 

Start up costs and availability

The SIM card is sold in all Turkcell shops (store locator) for 15 TL with 100 units (worth 5 TL) of credit.

 

Data feature packs

Default data rate is 10 units (0.50 TL) per 100 KB. The following packets can be booked:

  • 50 MB, 7 days, 100 units = 5 TL, activation: 50
  • 100 MB, 30 days, 200 units = 10 TL, activation: 100
  • 500 MB, 30 days, 300 units = 15 TL, activation: 500
  • 1 GB, 30 days, 480 units = 24 TL, activation: 1
  • 2 GB, 30 days, 600 units = 30 TL, activation: 2
  • 4 GB, 30 days, 1000 units = 50 TL, activation: 5

For activation text code to 1111. Wait until the package is confirmed by text message. Packages can be used on Turkcell network in Turkey without roaming fees. To deactivate text "IPTAL" to 1111.

 

Further info
  • APN: cepten.kktcell /or/ internet.kktcell
  • online in Turkish: www.kttcell.com

 

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KKTC Telsim (by Vodafone)

 

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KKTC Telsim is the main competitor of KKTC Turkcell and a branch of Vodafone Turkey, but is not allowed to be called Vodafone for legal reasons as Vodafone has one network in the south too.

 

Like its competitor, the rates are charged in units: 1 unit is 0.05 TL. SIM cards are available in Tesla Shops (list ) or in Telsim Silver Shops (list).

 

Start up costs

They sell a SIM called Tourist package for 25 TL containing 50 international minutes, 500 text messages and 500 MB internet valid for 7 days only.

 

The standard SIM is for 10 TL with no credit.

 

Data feature packs

The following monthly data bundles are available and can be booked on tourist and standard SIM:

  • 100 MB, 200 units = 10 TL
  • 250 MB, 250 units = 12.50 TL
  • 500 MB, 350 units = 17.50 TL
  • 1 GB, 480 units = 24 TL
  • 3 GB, 750 units = 37.50 TL
  • 5 GB, 900 units = 45 TL
  • 10 GB, 1100 units = 55 TL
  • 15 GB, 1250 units = 62.50 TL

Packages must be booked calling customer service on 548 or in the Tesla Shops (see above).

 

More info
  • free data roaming without extra charges has been reported in Turkey on the Vodafone network
  • APN: internet
  • more info online in Turkish only: www.kktctelsim.com

 

Source - http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com


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