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3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Albania: Buying Guide

Albania – the country that has, over the years, become a popular travel destination for travelers of all kinds. Beaches, mountains, architecture – the country has it all.

There is a big chance that you would want to share your Albania experiences online – and I cannot blame you for that. It is truly a remarkable travel destination.

What can also be remarkable, in a bad way, is how expensive international roaming can be in Albania (or in general). Especially data roaming. Watching a YouTube video in full HD can cost you a lot.

Luckily, you can get an Albanian SIM card. That way, you can enjoy local rates.

How expensive are Albanian SIM cards, and how much will data cost you?

You can get an Albanian SIM card for 100 ALL (1 USD) or 500 ALL (4.50 USD) from ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile), 500 ALL or 800 ALL (7.20 USD) from Vodafone, or 500 ALL or 1500 ALL (13.50 USD) from One (formerly Telekom) in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).

To me, this sounds exciting. There are countries out there where data will cost you an arm and a leg (almost literally), so seeing that SIM cards and data are available for reasonable prices are always a good thing.

But how is network coverage throughout the country? Which mobile operator is the best? And what type of packages are available?

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Albania. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Albania Guide (logos of Vodafone, ALBtelecom & One Communications)

Original publication: 28th of May 2020. Last updated: 5th of May 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Albania?

Anyone 18 years or older living in or visiting Albania can buy an Albanian SIM card from Vodafone, One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania) & ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania) with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Albania).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Albania?

You can get an Albanian SIM card in Vodafone, One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania) & ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania) stores. They are also sold at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).

You can expect to pay the following for Albanian SIM cards:

  • Vodafone Albania: 500 ALL or 800 ALL (depending on the promotion)
  • One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania): 500 ALL & 1500 ALL
  • ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania): 100 ALL & 500 ALL

The following Albanian mobile operators also have SIM cards targetting tourists:

  • Vodafone Albania: 1500 ALL
  • ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania): 1000 ALL

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Can You Use Your Phone in Albania?

Albania uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Albania. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Albania, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Albania.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Albania or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Albania (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE (and soon 5G NR).

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Albania

Albania has three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Vodafone Albania
  • One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)
  • ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania)

The following frequencies are used in Albania:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3600 MHz-3700 MHz (n77/n78) – testing only

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Albania, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Albania

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is available in Albania. However, VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) is not available in Albania (yet).

This means that your phone does not have to downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Albania (unlike mobile operators that do not support VoLTE).

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE only in Albania:

  • Vodafone Albania
  • One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

The following mobile operators offer neither VoLTE nor VoWiFi in North Macedonia:

  • ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania)

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Albania

5G NR is not available in Albania as of 2022, and the Albanian government has not made any indications of when they will auction 5G licenses.

While Vodafone Albania has been testing 5G NR capabilities since 2019, there will not be a 5G NR auction yet because television broadcasters use frequencies intended for 5G NR (700 MHz).

However, two regulators in Albania, Autoritetit Te Komunikimeve Elektronike Dhe Postare (AKEP) and Autoriteti i Mediave Audiovizive (AMA), decided to work together to resolve that issue as of November 2021.

For now, you will have to deal with 4G/LTE (which has speeds above the global mean).

Best SIM Card in Albania

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Albania, I recommend going with Vodafone or One Telecommunications (formerly Telekom). Vodafone has the best overall network, while One Telecommunications is not far behind and slightly cheaper. ALBtelecom offers loads of cheap data at 3G (speeds).

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Best eSIM in Albania

Vodafone Albania offers eSIMs, but it is unclear if they are available to prepaid customers too.

I will ask the next time I go to Albania – I forgot to do so when I was there the last time 💀 (but if you know the answer, let me know).

In the meantime, you can get the Albania (Hej Telecom) eSIMs from Airalo.

Albania Hej Telecom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these four options:

  1. Albania/Hej Telecom 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Albania/Hej Telecom 3 GB eSIM for 30 days
  3. Albania/Hej Telecom 5 GB eSIM for 30 days
  4. Albania/Hej Telecom 10 GB eSIM for 30 days
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With these eSIMs, you can skip Albania's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Albania!

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If you plan on visiting other neighboring European nations, consider the Eurolink eSIM (six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days) in Albania and these other countries:

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Eurolink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 6 USD/country in Europe!

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Not staying in just Europe? Get the Discover Global eSIM with 1 GB of data (7 days – multiple top-ups available) for Albania and these other countries:

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Albania and eSIMs worldwide).

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Albania

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Albania, I recommend going with SimCorner's International Travel SIM card. You get 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Albania and 100+ countries, including neighboring Greece, Montenegro & North Macedonia.

SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
© SimCorner

You can use the Simcorner International Travel SIM card in the following countries:

Instead of spending between 5 USD to 15 USD for SIM cards in each country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

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SIM Card Registration in Albania

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in Albania. It will be done at the point of purchase.

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EU Roaming in Albania

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Note that Albania is not part of the European Union (EU) nor European Economic Area (EEA), meaning that EU roaming regulations do not apply in Albania.

As a result, you should not expect to roam for free if you have an EU/EEA SIM card while traveling in Albania.

It is unlikely that your mobile operator offers free roaming for Albania.

Western Balkans Roaming in Albania

Coming soon.

Roaming in the Western Balkans with Albanian SIM Cards

Coming soon.

Albania Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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Currency in Albania

1000 Albanian Lek Bank Note
© Bank of Albania/Banka e Shqipërisë

Albania uses the Albanian Lek with the symbol ALL (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just L. or lek. For example, 25 ALL = L.25/25 lek.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between ALL and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 ALL = 0.01 USD
  • 10 ALL = 0.10 USD
  • 100 ALL = 0.90 USD
  • 1000 ALL = 9 USD
  • 10 000 ALL = 89.70 USD

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Albanian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Vodafone Albania, One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania) & ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania), and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Albania has to offer to us.


Vodafone Albania

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone Albania, just Vodafone, is the largest mobile operator in Albania.

It is also the mobile operator with the fastest speeds.

Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa (mostly as Vodacom), Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: testing mode only
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone Albania

Vodafone has the best coverage throughout Albania.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Albania

You can get a Vodafone SIM card, called Vodafone Club, for 500 ALL or 800 ALL, depending on the promotion, with 300 ALL credit and 500 on-net SMS in Vodafone stores. SIM cards are also sold at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Vodafone 3 Weekly Tourist Pack SIM cards – Vodafone's tourist offering.

For 1500 ALL, you get 15 GB of data, 5 GB for Netflix, Twitch & YouTube, 500 local minutes, 10 international minutes 1 & 100 local/international SMS for 21 days.

1 to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

Vodafone Albania Vodafone 3 Weekly Tourist Pack

The Vodafone 3 Weekly Tourist Pack can be multiple times – your SIM card will not be deactivated after those 21 days.

However, do not reactivate the plan any other plan (yes, you can get regular Vodafone plans with this SIM card) before Vodafone 3 Weekly Tourist Pack expires.

Otherwise, you will lose your benefits.

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It is also possible to get a Vodafone eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Vodafone eSIM
© Vodafone

However, it is unclear if eSIMs are available for prepaid customers too.

I forgot to ask when I was in Albania the last time (but I did not have a phone that supported eSIM back then 🤓).

Let me know if Vodafone eSIMs are also available to prepaid customers.

In the meantime, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Albania (Hej Telecom) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Albania Hej Telecom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Albania and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in Albania and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Dial #123# to access the Vodafone menu.

Note that Vodafone offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Albania

Vodafone top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Albania.

The following (online) top-up options are available:

  • 300 ALL
  • 500 ALL
  • 800 ALL
  • 1000 ALL
  • 2000 ALL
  • 3000 ALL
  • 10 000 ALL

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, call 141 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial #123# or send a blank SMS (or whatever, like a dot, if your phone does not allow you to send a blank SMS) to 131 to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone (AL) app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Albania My Vodafone (AL) App
© Vodafone Albania

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Albania

Vodafone has four data-featured plans:

All Vodafone plans can be activated by dialing #123# or calling 131.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Daily/Weekly Bundles – Vodafone Albania

The Daily/Weekly Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Dial #123# or call 131 to activate Daily/Weekly Bundles:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
60 ALLDaily 100 MB100 MBN/AN/A1 day
300 ALLPaketa 3 Ditore300 MB300 minutes 130 SMS3 days
300 ALL1 GB Weekly1 GBN/AN/A7 days
700 ALLGigaMax Paketa 10 Ditore1.5 GB300 minutes 130 SMS10 Days
1500 ALLGigaMax15 GB 2500 minutes 3100 SMS 47 days

1 +3000 on-net minutes
2 +5 GB for Video Pass: Netflix, Twitch & YouTube
3 +10 international minutes to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States
4 also for international use (no country restrictions)

Vodafone Albania Daily Weekly Bundles
30 Days Bundles – Vodafone Albania

The 30 Days Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Dial #123# or call 131 to activate 30 Days Bundles:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
600 ALLVodafone Basic200 MB100 minutes200 SMS30 days
1000 ALLVodafone Start1 GB400 minutes400 SMS30 days
1200 ALLVodafone Standard7 GB2500 minutes1000 SMS30 days
1500 ALLVodafone Smart21 GB3000 minutes1500 SMS30 days
2000 ALLVodafone Premium31 GB3500 minutes 12000 SMS 230 days

1 +100 international minutes to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States
2 also for international use (no country restrictions)

Vodafone Albania 30 Days Bundles
Weekend Bundles – Vodafone Albania

The Weekend Bundles are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Dial #123# or call 131 to activate Weekend Bundles:

PricePlanDataValidity
200 ALLVodafone Weekend3 GB1 weekend (Saturday 0:01 – Sunday 23:59)
600 ALLVodafone 4 Weekends12 GB4 weekends (Saturday 0:01 – Sunday 23:59)
Vodafone Albania Weekend Bundles
Add-Ons – Vodafone Albania

The Add-Ons are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Dial #123# or call 131 to activate Add-Ons:

PriceAdd-OnDataValidity
100 ALL300 MB Internet300 MB7 days 
700 ALL5 GB Internet 5 GB30 days 
800 ALL6 GB Internet6 GB30 days 
Vodafone Albania Add-On Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Albania

  • Name: Vodafone Albania
  • APN: vodafoneweb

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

One Telecommunications Albania Logo
© One Telecommunications Albania

One Telecommunications Albania, just One (Telecommunications) and formerly Telekom Albania (and Albanian Mobile Communications – AMC a very long time ago), is the second-largest mobile operator in Albania.

4iG from Hungary purchased One Telecommunications and ALBtelecom, the last mobile operator covered in this guide, in March 2022.

4iG plans to combine the two mobile operators, but that will take a while.

Once completed, the combined mobile operator is supposed to have a bigger market share than Vodafone Albania.

One Telecommunications uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: not available yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about One Telecommunications:

* Coverage
* How to Get a One Telecommunications SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

One Telecommunications has extensive throughout Albania.

Below is One Telecommunications's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

You can get a One Telecommunications SIM card for 500 ALL or 1500 ALL (Paketa All Inclusive – 3 Javore) with 15 GB of data, 5 GB for Facebook Messenger, Message+, Viber & WhatsApp, 500 local minutes, 10 international minutes 1 & 100 local SMS for 21 days in One stores. One SIM cards are not sold at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).

1 to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

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One Telecommunications has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Albania (Hej Telecom) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Albania Hej Telecom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Albania and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in Albania and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Note that One Telecommunications offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

One Telecommunications SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 12 months (no top-up for 12 months or no activity for 12 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

One Telecommunications top-up vouchers are sold in One stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Albania.

The following (online) top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
100 ALL – 499 ALL30 days
500 ALL – 1200 ALL45 days
1201 ALL – 2000 ALL60 days
2001 ALL =>180 days
One Telecommunications Albania Top-Ups

To top up your One Telecommunications SIM card, call 141 and follow the instructions.

Text BA to 142 to check your One Telecommunications balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My One (AL) app (Android/iOS).

One Telecommunications Albania My One (AL) App
© One Telecommunications Albania

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

One Telecommunications has three data-featured plans:

All One Telecommunications plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 142.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Paketa Të Tjera (Other Packages) – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Paketa Të Tjera (Other Packages) are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 142 to activate Paketa Të Tjera:

PricePlanDataOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidity
200 ALLPaketa Ditore400 MB200 SMS100 SMS1 day
200 ALLInternet Ditore1 GBN/AN/A1 day
400 ALLInternet Javore2 GBN/AN/A7 days
500 ALLJavore1 GB300 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance7 days
600 ALLInternet Mujore2 GBN/AN/A30 days
1200 ALLInternet Mujore 10008 GBN/AN/A30 days
Paketat One Unlimited (One Unlimited Packages) – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Paketat One Unlimited (One Unlimited Packages) are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 142 to activate Paketat One Unlimited:

PricePlanDataWestern Balkan DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
600 ALLPaketa Unlimited S200 MBShared with data allowance100 minutesN/A30 days US 
900 ALLPaketa Unlimited M1 GBShared with data allowance400 minutes400 SMS30 days UM
1200 ALLPaketa Unlimited L8 GB2.68 GB2000 minutes200 SMS 130 days UL
1500 ALLPaketa Unlimited Beats22 GB3.34 GB4000 minutes300 SMS 130 days UB
2000 ALLPaketa Unlimited XL 32 GB4.46 GB4000 minutes 2500 SMS 130 days UXL

1 also for international use (no country restrictions)
2 +100 minutes to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

Paketa Shtesë (Additional Packages) – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Paketa Shtesë (Additional Packages) are data add-ons (without 5G NR access) for the Paketat One Unlimited plans. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Text the Activation Code to 142 to activate Paketa Shtesë:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
500 ALLInternet Xtreme M3 GB30 days MINT
600 ALLInternet Xtreme L5 GB30 days MINT1

APN/Internet Settings – One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)

  • Name: One
  • APN: internet.t

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania)

Albtelecom Logo
© ALBtelecom

ALBtelecom (Mobile), formerly Eagle Mobile Albania and not to be confused with Eagle Mobile in Russia, is the smallest mobile operator in Albania.

While it often has the cheapest plans and the most generous data allowances, it has the slowest speeds.

ALBtelecom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: not available yet
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about ALBtelecom:

* Coverage
* How to Get an ALBtelecom SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

ALBtelecom has the worst coverage throughout Albania.

Its 4G/LTE reception is nowhere close to its competition.

Below is ALBtelecom's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

You can get an ALBtelecom SIM card for 100 ALL (SIM Card Super 100) or 500 ALL with 3 ALL credit and 4 GB of data 1 (SIM Card Super 500) in ALBtelecom stores. ALBtelecom SIM cards are also sold at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).

1 if you create an account on Profili im

ALBtelecom Albania 500 SIM Card
© ALBtelecom

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Super Holidays Packages SIM cards – ALBtelecom's tourist offering.

For 1000 ALL, you get 15 GB of data, 1000 local minutes, 10 international minutes & 200 local SMS for 14 days.

1 to Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

ALBtelecom Albania Super Holidays Package
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ALBtelecom has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Albania (Hej Telecom) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Albania Hej Telecom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Albania and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in Albania and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with ALBtelecom.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

ALBtelecom top-up vouchers are sold in ALBtelecom stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Albania.

To top up your ALBtelecom SIM card, text RM VoucherCode to 141.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text RM 123456 to 141.

Text Balance to 130 to check your ALBtelecom balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Profili Im (My Profile) app (Android/iOS).

ALBtelecom Albania Profili Im My Profile App
© ALBtelecom

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

ALBtelecom has seven data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Daily & Weekly Packages – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Daily & Weekly Packages are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 131 to activate Daily & Weekly Packages:

PricePlansDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
150 ALLDaily Packages250 MB150 minutres150 SMS24 hoursCP1
500 ALLWeekly Package1 GB300 minutes300 SMS7 daysCP7
ALBtelecom Albania Daily Package
ALBtelecom Albania Weekly Package
Super Standard Packages – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Super Standard Packages are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 131 to activate Super Standard Packages:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 1On-Net SMSLocal/International SMSValidityActivation Code
500 ALLSuper Package 50050 MB50 minutesN/A50 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance30 daysP500
1100 ALLSuper Package 11003.5 GB2500 minutesN/A1000 SMS500 SMS30 daysP1100
1300 ALLSuper Package 13006 GB3000 minutes30 minutes3000 SMS600 SMS30 daysP1300
1300 ALLGigastic Package6 GB + 10 GB600 minutesN/A600 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance30 daysGIGA1300
1900 ALLSuper Package 190013 GB3500 minutes120 minutes3000 SMS600 SMS30 daysP1900

1 to Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

ALBtelecom Albania Super Standard Packages
Super Unlimited Packages – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Super Unlimited Packages are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 131 to activate Super Standard Packages:

PricePlanDataWestern Balkans Data 2Local MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
500 ALLSuper Start Package100 MB880 MB150 minutes150 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance30 daysstart
900 ALLUnlimited Super 900 Package3 GB 11.5 GB600 minutes600 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance30 daysU900
1100 ALLUnlimited Super 1100 Package8 GB 11.89 GB3000 minutes1000 SMS500 SMS 330 daysU1100
1300 ALLUnlimited Super 1300 Package24 GB2.23 GB2000 minutes1500 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance30 daysU1300
1900 ALLUnlimited Super 1900 Package32 GB3.23 GB“Unlimited”, 4000 minutes 4“Unlimited”, 4000 SMS1500 SMS 330 daysU1900

1 unlimited data @ 128 after exhausting your data allowance
2 in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia & Serbia
3 also for international use
4 +150 international minutes to Afghanistan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

ALBtelecom Albania Super Unlimited Packages
GigaNatën Packages – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

The GigaNatën Packages are data plans with data (without 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 138 to activate GigaNatën Packages:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
100 ALLGigaNatën 75 GB7 nights (23:01 – 6:59)N7
300 ALLGigaNatën 3020 GB30 nights (23:01 – 6:59)N30
ALBtelecom Albania GigaNatën Packages
Internet Packages – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Internet Packages are, as the name implies, data plans (without 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 138 to activate Internet Packages:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
100 ALLDaily0.5 GB24 hoursID100
300 ALLWeekly1 GB7 daysIJ300
500 ALLMonthly 5002 GB30 daysIM500
750 ALLMonthly 7504 GB30 daysIM750
1000 ALLMonthly 10006 GB30 daysIM1000
1500 ALLMonthly 150020 GB30 daysIM1500
3000 ALLMonthly 300040 GB30 daysIM3000
ALBtelecom Albania Internet Packages
4G Internet Packages – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

The 4G Internet Packages are, as the name suggests, data plans (without 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 138 to activate 4G Internet Packages:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
100 ALLDaily 1001 GB24 hoursID100
300 ALLWeekly 3001 GB7 daysIJ300
300 ALLMonthly 3002 GB30 daysIM300
500 ALLMonthly 5004 GB30 daysIM500
600 ALLMonthly 6006 GB30 daysIM600
1000 ALLMonthly 100010 GB30 daysIM1000
1500 ALLMonthly 150020 GB30 daysIM1500
ALBtelecom Albania 4G Internet Packages
Super Weekend Packages – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

The Super Weekend Packages are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 138 to activate Super Weekend Packages:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
200 ALLSuper Weekend 15 GB1 weekend (Saturday 0:00 – Sunday 23:59)W1
600 ALLSuper Weekend 420 GB4 weekends (Saturday 0:00 – Sunday 23:59)W4
ALBtelecom Albania Super Weekend Packages

APN/Internet Settings – ALBtelecom (formerly Telekom Albania)

  • Name: ALBtelecom
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Albania

Getting an Albanian SIM card is the best way to stay connected in the country.

However, for some, getting local SIM cards is not an option.

For example, if you have a SIM-locked device.

Luckily, there are other ways to get online when in Albania.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local mobile operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards.

That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Albania here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind.

Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local mobile operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

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The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Albania.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Albania

Getting a SIM card from Vodafone Albania or One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania) would do you well when considering an Albanian SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other European Countries

Visiting other countries in Europe? Check out my Europe SIM card buying guide, covering other European nations, such as:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

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