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The Czech Republic is nestled between Germany and Poland and is one of eastern Europe’s most interesting countries. The country has some reasonably priced local SIM card deals that can help you reduce your phone bill while traveling. You can buy 1.5GB of data from the Czech Republic’s leading telco provider for CZK349 (about £10.90). So, whether you’re planning a week-long holiday or month-long tour of eastern Europe, check out the best SIM card options available at finder.com/uk.Prices last updated 19 Jun 2017
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There are three main operators in the Czech Republic: T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone. All operators go through a strict approval process before being allowed to operate in the country and each one competes with the others to offer the best deals. They have all been tried, tested and trusted by locals and international travellers alike and their deals are competitively priced. The Czech Republic has some of the best network coverage in eastern Europe and speeds are good.
Czech Republic operators offer great technology, providing good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE wireless services. All three operators sell prepaid credit, which allows users to take advantage of cheap offers and deals. The locals call their SIM cards “kartes” or “SIMs” and they can only be purchased from official stores and approved resellers by using your passport. Credit can be purchased from official stores, supermarkets and at the airport. Top-ups can be purchased online by using your credit card. Below, we have broken down each telco provider to highlight exactly what they can offer you during your visit to the Czech Republic.
T-Mobile is the largest operator in the Czech Republic and has good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. Its prepaid SIM card is called Twist and it can be purchased from official stores, approved resellers and online by using your credit card. SIM cards cost CZK200, which includes the same amount of credit plus 100MB data and is valid for 30 days. T-Mobile also offers free SIM cards, which come with CZK10 worth of credit. If you top up with at least CZK300, both SIM cards will give you unlimited T-Mobile calls and 100MB of bonus data, valid for 30 days. Text “NASIM VSITI” to 4603 to activate.
Credit can be purchased from official T-Mobile stores and most retailers, as well as online and at the airport. Top ups are valid for 12 months. Dial *101# to check your credit. The standard default data rate is CZK0.40 per MB. The following packs can also be purchased:
T-Mobile also has the lowest EU roaming rates. The following roaming packages are currently available:
It also sells a data-only SIM card called Twist Online for modems and tablets. The following SIM card options are available:
O2 is the second largest provider and offers great 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. O2 starter packs can be purchased from official stores, approved resellers or online. Nano, standard, mini and micro SIM cards are available.
The following SIM card deals are offered:
Text the relevant plan name to 999111 to activate. Credit can also be purchased from official stores, kiosks, petrol stations and supermarkets for CZK200, CZK300 or CZK500 to add to any plan. Dial *124*# to check your balance.
On the PředplaDENkaplan you can add the DEN VOLÁNÍ option, which allows calls to all Czech networks and basic Internet for CZK20 per day (CZK25 with SMS). The following data allowance is valid for this plan:
On the NA!VÝBĚRplan, 500MB is included for CZK150 and each multiple upload is only charged at CZK99. The following data packs can be added:
Vodafone is the smallest provider in the Czech Republic but it offers good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services. It’s extremely popular with the younger crowd because it offers great deals and promotions aimed at that demographic. Shop around for the latest deals because they are updated on a regular basis.
A prepaid starter SIM card be purchased for CZK200 and comes with the same amount of credit. Nano, standard, mini or micro SIM cards are available for GSM phones. SIMs can be activated by inserting them into your phone and entering the 1234 pin code. SIM cards can be purchased at official stores, approved resellers and most retailers. Credit can only be purchased online by using a Czech Republic credit card. However, credit can be purchased from most retailers with either cash or on any credit card. Vouchers are sold for CZK250, CZK500 and CZK1,200. Dial *22# to check your balance.
The following data packs can also be added:
|150MB||CZK99||Text “DATA 150 FIX” to 7700|
|500MB||CZK199||Text “DATA 500 FIX” to 7700|
|1.5GB||CZK349||Text “DATA GB FIX” to 7700|
Vodafone also offers the following tourist SIM cards:
While TripAdvisor is best known for its reviews, hotel bookings and flights, it also has many user comments that can help guide you through which SIM cards have been tried and tested in the Czech Republic. Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:
All networks require you to have a SIM-unlocked GSM-compatible international phone. To double check whether you have this, or whether it’s possible to unlock your device, contact your provider before you leave.
Your phone is your lifeline while traveling abroad so keep it safe. If you do happen to lose your handset or if it’s stolen, report it missing and find a replacement as soon as possible. Make sure you jot down the details of the police report so that you can claim any extra costs on insurance when you get home.
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