International SIM cards for Malta

A tourist’s guide to finding the best prepaid SIM cards in Malta

Use a combo package to get the best deals on voice, text and data.

The island nation of Malta is one of the most appealing tourist destinations in Europe. However, with its small size, the costs for hotels, restaurants and nightlife are elevated. In order to minimise your expenses when visiting, consider investing in a prepaid SIM card to lower your charges for calls, texts and data consumption.

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    SIM card providers in Malta

    On 24 May 2017, Malta network operators Vodafone and Melita announced a merger to combine their assets under Vodafone’s name in a deal to be finalised in the second half of 2017. Upon approval of the government, possibly as soon as 2018, Melita’s network will disappear off the market.

    For the time being, Melia remains an option, along with Vodafone and GO. Before the merger, Vodafone had 44% of the market as of 2015, with GO at 39% and Melita at 15%. You can purchase a starter pack with a SIM card preloaded with EUR5 of text and/or phone credit plus 1GB of data for EUR20 (£17.80).

    Vodafone

    Vodafone is Malta’s leading provider in both the number of subscribers and quality of service. There is one Vodafone store in the Malta airport that sells cards for EUR20, offering EUR5 of text and phone credit along with 1GB of data. All three SIM card sizes are available at Vodafone retail outlets. Top-up vouchers are available in denominations of EUR5, EUR10, EUR20 and EUR50. To check your balance, dial #123#.

    Vodafone POP

    Vodafone POP is the current line of prepaid SIM cards, having come into existence in 2015. They are a monthly combination plan of voice, text and data, but are not data-friendly. You will likely have to add on a data bundle to your bill. The Vodafone POP offerings are all on 4G/LTE. To activate them, text the name of the plan (listed in the table below) to 16200. All plans auto-renew, so make sure to cancel yours when your trip is over by texting STOP <plan name> to 16200.

    PlanDomestic minutes/SMSVodafone minutes/SMSDataValidityPrice
    POP Easy100None50MB28 daysEUR9.60
    POP Talk1001,000 minutes50MB28 daysEUR14.40
    POP Smart1001,000 SMS500MB28 daysEUR14.40
    POP Star1001,000 minutes & 1,000 SMS500MB28 daysEUR20.80

    To access more data, Vodafone offers five data bundles that can last from a day up to a month. They are as follows:

    PriceDataValidityActivation code
    EUR1250MB24 hoursLDAY
    EUR3300MB7 days300MB
    EUR51GB7 days1GB
    EUR203GB30 daysALMONTH
    EUR2510GB30 days10GB

    To activate a plan, text the code to 16200. Make sure and note that everything except the 24-hour plan renews automatically, so text STOP <code> to 16200 when you leave town.

    APN: Internet or Connect

    Website: http://www.vodafone.com.mt

    GO Mobile

    With Vodafone’s acquisition of Melita, GO Mobile is the only other major player in Malta. It began offering 4G/LTE in 2015 and has 60% of the population covered on this top-of-the-line network. GO has six stores located on Malta and one more on the island of Gozo. To find the store closest to where you’ll be staying, the brand’s store locator on its website is a lifesaver.

    The GO starter pack costs EUR15 and is comprised of EUR5 credit for texts and calls, and 1GB of data. GO offers nice bonuses for top-ups of at least EUR10. When you top up for EUR10, you get a bonus of 100MB. For EUR20, it’s 250MB. Both are valid for one month if you text the word TOPSAVER to 16414 before you pay for the top-up. Checking your balance requires sending a blank text message to 1232.

    GO has three “Pay as you GO” bundle plans that are valid for 28 days each. They are:

    PlanDataSMSVoiceActivationCost
    Go Text500MBUnlimitedNoneGOTEXTEUR8
    Go Talk500MBNone60 minutesGOTALKEUR8
    GO Data1GBUnlimited60 minutesGODATAEUR15

    To activate a plan, text its code to 16410. All plans auto-renew after one month. There are three additional data bundles available to give you an additional boost:

    PriceDataActivation code
    EUR5500MB500MB
    EUR81GB1GB
    EUR206GB6GB

    APN: gointernet or gosurfing or rtgsurfing

    Website: http://www.go.com.mt

    Melita

    Melita is about to ride off into the sunset as it joins Vodafone’s network in a merger that was announced in May of 2017. Until the deal is complete, it’s still offering two prepaid starter packs. The starter packs cost around EUR10 and are available in Melita stores. Top-ups are available at retailers at the rate of EUR5 for 30 days and EUR10 for 90 days.

    Melita has three monthly plans with the aforementioned top-ups that have additional data bundles available. They are:

    PriceDataValidityActivation
    EUR0.5050MB1 dayBlank text to 16850
    EUR2.50350MB7 daysBlank text to 16855
    EUR5.001GB30 daysBlank text to 16860

    APN: web.melita

    Website: http://www.melita.com

    Additional information from TripAdvisor on SIM cards

    TripAdvisor has a community bulletin board that specialises in Malta travel. Here are a few tips on Malta SIM cards from visitors to the country.

    “You need some form of identification, passport or driving licence (to buy a SIM card)!”

    “You will need to top up with credit. There were bundles that include say an hour talk time for about EUR25. There are other operators. There’s a Vodafone store in arrivals at the airport though it closes at 8 or 9PM (depends which day).”

    Pros and cons of Malta’s top SIM card providers

    Pros:

    • GO Mobile has generous data bonuses when you top up your card.
    • Vodafone store is conveniently located at Malta airport.

    Cons:

    • Data plans on startup and combo bundles are not very impressive.
    • When Vodafone completes its merger with Melita, there will only be two network operators to choose from.
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