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A guide to finding the best prepaid SIM cards in Montenegro

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High roaming charges can be reduced by investing in a local network operator.

Montenegro is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. As such, costs are high for accommodation, dining and other attractions. A great way to save money when visiting Montenegro is to invest in a prepaid local SIM card to reduce your data usage and roaming fees. You can get a starter pack with 1GB of data for EUR9.45 (US$11.10).

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SIM card regulations in Montenegro

You must complete a registration form and show valid identification to purchase a SIM card. There is also an electronic registry of users that began in May 2017. The providers must register every subscriber to fixed, mobile and Internet services.

Smartphone network operators in Montenegro

There are three network operators in Montenegro:

      • Telenor
      • Crnogorski Telekom (T-Mobile)
      • m:tel

Telenor

Telenor has 97% coverage on 3G, but only 24% on 4G. 4G became available on prepaid in 2016. Telenor cards are available at both Tivat and Podgorica Airports and at stores across the country. You can find a store closest to your location on the company’s store locator. Their basic pack comes under the name of “Start” or “Sve u 1”. It’s sold for EUR5 with EUR5 credit. The default data rate is EUR0.509/MB with a maximum speed of 21Mbps. The following data packs can be added by accessing “My Menu” on your phone and going to the menus for “Offers” and “Internet Offers”.

3G Data4G DataValidityPrice
600MB1.2GB1 dayMNT1,500
1GB2GB2 daysMNT2,000
1.5GB3GB3 daysMNT3,500
3GB6GB7 daysMNT7,000
5GB10GB15 daysMNT11,500
3GB6GB30 daysMNT16,500

To purchase a package, send an SMS with the original 3G data number to 592. If your phone is set to 4G, you will automatically receive the larger amount. Do not put spaces between the numeral and the GB or MB. For instance, to purchase the 3GB plan, text 3GB to 592. To check your data usage, text “B” to 592.

If you are visiting from another country, there is another intriguing data bundle. This night package is valid from 12am to 8am for seven nights. You get 30GB at a cost of MNT1,500. To purchase, dial S30 to 592.

In recent years, MobiCom has added three Tourist Combo data bundles that have data spread over 15-30 days with more SMS messages and lower international rates. In addition to a set amount of data, there is a credit amount preloaded onto the card that can be used for data (at MNT0.09 per MB), calls or texts. They are:

DataCreditValidityPrice
600MBMNT5,00015 daysMNT20,000
1.1GBMNT10,00030 daysMNT35,000
5GBMNT15,00030 daysMNT60,000

You can extend your Tourist Combo up to 90 days.

APN: internet

Website: http://www.mobicom.mn/en/

Unitel

Short for United Telecommunications, Unitel was founded in a joint venture with South Korea in 2005. It became 100% Mongolian-owned in 2010. It covers 88% of the population. Its 3G network launched in 2009 followed by 4G in 2016 for the following cities:

  • Ulaanbaatar
  • Erdenet
  • Darkhan City
  • Dalanzadgad
  • Tsogttsetsii

The general consensus is that the Unitel network has better prices but inferior coverage when compared to MobiCom. There are Unitel official stores throughout Ulaanbaatar.The company website has a good map to make it easier to find them. Be forewarned that neither the website, the phone support nor the signage in the stores is in English. English is not a very common language spoken in Mongolia, so it may be difficult to buy a SIM card if it’s your only language. Make sure you bring your ID, passport or a driver’s license to register your new card.

Unitel has all three SIM card sizes available for MNT3,000 with MNT1,000 worth of credit preloaded. You can top-up with vouchers which have PIN numbers attached to them. Dial #1411<PIN># to top-up. To check your account balance, dial *1411#. Unitel offers three different prepaid plans on an a la carte basis. These plans and their rates are:

Plan NameVoiceTextData
Smart TalkMNT35/minMNT20/SMSMNT0.09/MB
Smart DataMNT70/minMNT20/SMSfree
Smart TimeMNT70/minMNT20/SMSMNT0.09/MB

The following data bundles can be added onto the Smart Data plan to give you more days of unlimited data with additional credits.

DataCreditValidityPrice
UnlimitedMNT1,0005 daysMNT5,000
UnlimitedMNT1,00015 daysMNT10,000
UnlimitedMNT1,00030 daysMNT15,000
UnlimitedMNT2,50030 daysMNT25,000
UnlimitedMNT5,00090 daysMNT40,000
UnlimitedMNT5,000180 daysMNT70,000
UnlimitedMNT5,000360 daysMNT120,000

Another option is a data-only SIM card that comes as part of a 3G modem stick. The SIM offers 10GB for 30 days for EUR19. There are no voice or text components to this bundle. There’s also a package offering unlimited Internet for 10 days for EUR9.90.

Additional options for the 3G modem stick include:

      • EUR1: 1GB, 1 day
      • EUR6: 5GB, 7 days
      • EUR12: 5GB, 30 days
      • EUR10: “Unlimited data” (200GB), 10 days

APN: internet-prepaid

Website (only in Montenegrin): http://www.telekom.me/

m:tel

The smallest network in Montenegro, m:tel has limited 2G and 3G coverage and no 4G/LTE coverage. It should be used only as a last resort.

Two starter SIM cards are available at m:tel:

      • Hello ONE: EUR1 with EUR1 credit.
      • Hello NET: EUR5 with 4GB valid for 15 days.

There are a number of packages available for data and voice and for strictly data. Most of these start at EUR4 with EUR4 credit included. The most popular bundle is called “Hello” and is sold for EUR5 with 4GB of data. You can add an additional 5GB of data for 15 days for EUR4.90.

APN: mtelinternet

Website: http://www.mtel.me/

Advice from TripAdvisor about SIM cards in Montenegro

TripAdvisor is well known for its hotel and attraction reviews, but it has forums dedicated just to SIM cards and telco networks as well. Here’s some advice from a recent visitor to Montenegro.

“When you buy Telenor’s sim card and dial *123#, there is a menu where you choose which offer that is best for you. In your case that’s Internet. I just checked on the website it’s 3 euros. Ask salesperson at the shop if you need to fill up some application forms.”

An additional question about SIM cards in Montenegro

Q: Is Montenegro part of the EU’s Roam-Like-At-Home plan?

A: No. Montenegro is neither part of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area Agreement (eeaa). This means it is not subject to the laws passed in 2017 concerning roaming rates. Those roaming rates from other countries would be enforced in Montenegro. Montenegro is part of a Balkan roaming zone with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia. In July 2017, these countries enacted registration whereby data roaming is capped at EUR0.20 per MB.

Pros and cons of Montenegro’s top SIM card operators

Montenegro has two potent SIM card providers battling for customers, while a third is trying to close the gap. Here are some of the positives and negatives about these companies.

Pros:

      • T-Mobile has a plan that goes as high as 200GB over 10 days.
      • Telenor’s 3G network extends to 97% of the population.

Cons:

      • m:tel’s network is very limited even on 2G and 3G levels.

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