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SIM Cards in Greece: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Greece – the birthplace of democracy, the Olympic Games & the beginning of Philosophy.

The country has an impressive history, which is still visible throughout the country when exploring it.

Besides its history and culture, Greece is also a popular travel destination.

For some, especially the youth, it is an excellent destination for alcohol-fueled holidays.

For others, exploring its stunning nature is the main draw to the country.

Whatever you feel like doing in Greece, you certainly will not be bored – and want to share your experiences online.

But beware – international roaming can be expensive. Sometimes, it's like daylight robbery.

Luckily, using a local SIM card can make you avoid international roaming rates and instead enjoy local rates.

But, how much do SIM cards cost in Greece?

You can get a Greek SIM card for 5 EUR (5.35 USD) from COSMOTE, Vodafone & WIND in their stores. Sub-brand SIM cards (Frog Mobile, Q, Vodafone CU & What's Up) are also sold in their stores for the same price. SIM cards are also sold at airports, including Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH).

Note: Frog Mobile, a COSMOTE MVNO, SIM cards are not sold in every COSMOTE store, so you may have to shop around to find them if you truly want one

Just looking at the SIM card prices, no mobile operator has a clear advantage because they all sell them for the same nice price.

Of course, some are better than the others, but there is (luckily) no mobile operator that is so bad that you should avoid them at all costs in Greece.

But there are still some advantages of going with a particular mobile operator than another.

And I will tell you about that today.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Greece Guide (lofos of Vodafone, Vodafone CU, COSMOTE, Q, WIND, What's Up & Frog Mobile)

Original publication: 11th of September 2021. Last updated: 2nd of March 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Greece?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Greece, I recommend going with COSMOTE or What's Up. COSMOTE has the best overall network, with the best coverage and fastest speeds – even for 5G NR. What's Up is a COSMOTE sub-brand with slightly lower prices but full access to the COSMOTE network.

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So, who are all these mobile operators and what options are available for you?

Greece has three mobile operators, three sub-brands and one Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • COSMOTE Greece
  • Vodafone Greece
  • Nova Greece
  • Frog Mobile (COSMOTE Greece MVNO)
  • Q Greece (Nova Greece sub-brand)
  • Vodafone CU (Vodafone Greece sub-brand)
  • What's Up (COSMOTE sub-brand)
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In this guide, I will stick to the mobile operators and the most popular MVNOs, all in bold above, to limit the length of this guide (but also not to overwhelm you with all the options available).

But if you are interested in getting a SIM card from one of the unbolded MVNOs, you would have to do the research yourself for the time being. I stopped actively testing and reviewing MVNOs to spend time reviewing travel eSIMs instead, like the ones for Greece.

Anyone 18 or older living in or visiting Greece can buy an Greek SIM card with no real restrictions, but you do have to comply with the Greece SIM card registration regulations.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Which, in this case, is only showing your passport at the point of sale.

Where Can You Buy an Greek SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get a Greek SIM card in COSMOTE/Germanos, Vodafone & Nova stores and from authorized dealers. The sub-brands (Q, Vodafone CU & What's Up) are also sold in their stores. Some Greek airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

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

  • COSMOTE Greece: 5 EUR
  • Vodafone Greece: 5 EUR
  • Nova Greece: 5 EUR
  • Q Greece: 5 EUR
  • Vodafone CU: 5 EUR
  • What's Up Greece: 5 EUR

Note that SIM cards can be more expensive than those listed above when purchased at an airport.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date EUR (Euro) to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.05 USD
  • 10 EUR = 10.70 USD
  • 100 EUR = 107 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Greece

In recent years, (travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

As a result, the adoption of eSIM technology by mobile operators worldwide rose impressively quickly.

Currently, COSMOTE & What's Up offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if you purchase an eSIM from any of these mobile operators, you must comply with Greece's SIM card registration regulations.

Suppose you do not wish to do so for privacy reasons (for example) or want to be connected immediately without paying for an overpriced SIM card (or eSIM) sold at an Greek airport. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for Greece.

In my Greece eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide (even in Greece).

Buying an eSIM for Greece Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Meraki Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than an Greek SIM card or eSIM in specific scenarios.

Moreover, Europe-wide and global eSIM options are also available at competitive prices (without having to deal with expensive international roaming rates).

In this Greece SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my Greece eSIM buying guide for more information about travel eSIMs covering the country.

But here is a quick overview already + applicable discount codes if you are interested in purchasing a travel eSIM for Greece:

  • Airalo: Meraki Mobile (Greece only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Greece & Europe (32 countries)
  • Holafly: Greece & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls
  • Nomad: Greece, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: NEWMAY15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

Once again, check out my Greece eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Greece Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Meraki Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

The eSIM guide is as comprehensive as this SIM card buying guide, but it solely focuses on travel eSIMs (while the guide you are reading focuses on local SIM cards and eSIMs for prepaid users (where applicable).

Greek Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through COSMOTE (+ What's Up Greece), Vodafone Greece (+ Vodafone CU) & Nova Greece (+Q Greece) 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 said, let's see what Greece offers us.


COSMOTE Greece & What's Up Greece

COSMOTE Greece Logo
© COSMOTE

COSMOTE Greece is the largest mobile operator in Greece.

It also has the best overall network performance.

COSMOTE Greece also has a sub-brand called What's Up Greece (just What's Up).

What's Up Greece Logo
© What's Up/COSMOTE

Initially, it was a youth-focused brand.

Nowadays, anyone, including the elderly, can get What's Up SIM cards 🤪.

The difference between COSMOTE and What's Up is that What's Up has slightly cheaper plans.

It also offers perks and goodies that are interesting to the (Greek) youth (you may not be able to take advantage of these perks as a short-term visitor).

There is no difference between the two brands besides the COSMOTE- and What's Up-specific plans.

What's Up customers have full access to the COSMOTE network, including 5G NR access.

COSMOTE (and What's Up) use(s) the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about COSMOTE & What's Up:

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

Coverage – COSMOTE & What's Up Greece

COSMOTE has the best 4G/LTE and 5G NR coverage in Greece.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is COSMOTE's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see COSMOTE's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – COSMOTE & What's Up Greece

You can get a COSMOTE or What's Up SIM card for 5 EUR in COSMOTE or Germanos (ΓΕΡΜΑΝΟΣ) stores. COSMOTE and What's Up street sellers will sell SIM cards too, although a plan purchase is required. COSMOTE SIM cards are sold at airports (through ConnectPhone), like Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH), but What's Up SIM cards are not.

It is also possible to buy COSMOTE and What's Up SIM cards from other dealers, including kiosks, convenience stores & small grocery stores throughout Greece.

However, SIM card activation can take a few days when done through these third parties, so you are better off getting your SIM card in a COSMOTE or Germanos store.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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It is also possible to get a COSMOTE or What's Up eSIM for 9.90 EUR (compared to 5 EUR for a regular SIM card.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Greece, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from COSMOTE or What's Up.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Greece eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Meraki Mobile (Greece only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Greece & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Greece & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Greece, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Greece eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Greece Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Meraki Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with COSMOTE or What's Up.

Note that COSMOTE and What's Up offer VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – COSMOTE & What's Up Greece

COSMOTE top-up vouchers, which What's Up SIM cards can use too, are sold in COSMOTE or Germanos (ΓΕΡΜΑΝΟΣ) stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops.

To top up your COSMOTE or What's Up SIM card, text ANA VoucherCode to 1314.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text ANA 123456 to 1314.

If you top up with top-up cards, the following bonuses apply:

Top-UpBonus DataBonus Validity
12 EURN/AN/A
15 EUR600 MB15 days
20 EUR600 MB15 days
30 EUR600 MB15 days

If you refill in COSMOTE or Germanos stores (POS eTopUp), the following bonuses apply:

Top-UpBonus DataBonus CreditBonus Data Validity
12 EUR – 14.99 EUR600 MBN/A15 days
15 EUR – 19.99 EUR900 MBN/A15 days
20 EUR – 100 EUR 11.2 GBN/A15 days
30 EUR – 59.99 EURN/A+10%N/A
60 EUR – 100 EURN/A+15%N/A

You can also recharge online (COSMOTE/What's Up) with (international/EU) debit and credit cards

If you top up online (sites or apps), the following bonuses apply:

Top-UpBonus DataBonus Validity
10 EUR600 MB15 days
12 EUR600 MB15 days
15 EUR900 MB15 days
20 EUR1.2 GB15 days
30 EUR1.2 GB15 days

1 if you top-up at least 30 EUR, you can choose whether you want bonus data or extra credit – not both

Text YP to 1314 to check your COSMOTE or What's Up balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My COSMOTE app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery) or the What's Up app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

COSMOTE Greece My COSMOTE App
© COSMOTE
What's Up Greece App
© What's Up/COSMOTE

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – COSMOTE & What's Up Greece

COSMOTE has three COSMOTE-specific data-featured prepaid plans:

What's Up has one What's Up-specific data-featured PREPAID plan:

COSMOTE and What's Up share only one data-featured plan:

All COSMOTE and What's Up plans can be activated on the My COSMOTE or What's Up apps.

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Unlimited GB Packages – COSMOTE

The Unlimited GB Packages are data plans (with 5G NR access) for COSMOTE customers.

Unlimited GB Packages can be activated on the my COSMOTE app:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataValidity
2 EURUNLIMITED GIGA DAYUnlimited2 GB24 hours
2.5 EURUNLIMITED GIGA ΣΚUnlimited5 GB1 weekened
6.5 EURUNLIMITED GIGA WEEKUnlimited6 GB7 days
COSMOTE Greece Unlimited GB Plans
Extra Packages – COSMOTE

The Extra Packages are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for COSMOTE customers.

Extra Packages can be activated on the my COSMOTE app:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
4 EURExtra Week Max300 MB300 minutes300 minutes100 SMS7 days
COSMOTE Greece Extra Packages
Packages to National Networks – COSMOTE

The Packages to National Networks are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for COSMOTE customers.

Packages to National Networks can be activated on the My COSMOTE app:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
7.20 EURCOMBO BASIC400 MB400 minutes400 minutes40 SMS30 days
10.90 EURCOSMOKAPTA COMBO TO ALL500 MB1000 minutes1000 minutes200 SMS30 days
13.50 EURCOSMOKAPTA COMBO UNLIMITED2.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited400 SMS30 days
COSMOTE Greece Packages to National Networks
Call Packages – What's Up

The Call Packages are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for What's Up customers.

Call Packages can be activated on the What's Up app:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3 EURMini CallsN/A200 minutes100 minutesN/A7 days
5 EURMini Combo1 GB200 minutes100 minutesN/A7 days
5.04 EUR500’ προς WHAT’S UP & 100’ προς όλουςN/A500 minutes100 minutesN/A15 days
7.20 EURBasic Calls400 MBN/A400 minutes40 SMS30 days
10.90 EURCalls to All512 MBN/A800 minutes300 SMS30 days
13.50 EURUnlimited Calls2.5 GBN/AUnlimited600 SMS30 days
What's Up Greece Call Packages
© What's Up/COSMOTE
Giga Now/Internet Packages – COSMOTE & What's Up

The Giga Now or Internet Packages are data plans (with 5G NR access) for COSMOTE and What's Up (COSMOTE calls it Giga Now and Internet Packages for What's Up).

Giga Now/Internet Packages can be activated on the My COSMOTE app or What's Up app.

What's Up customers can also text the Activation Code to 1330 to activate Internet Packages:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataValidity
1.50 EURGIGA DAY6 GB1.5 GB24 hours
2 EURGIGA ΣΚ6 GB2 GB1 weekend
4 EURGiga Weekend6 GB4 GB7 days
8.50 EURGiga Month4 GB4 GB30 days

1 exclusively for What's Up customers. It cannot be used while roaming

COSMOTE Greece Giga Now Plans
EU Roaming – COSMOTE & What's Up

You can use your COSMOTE and What's Up allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Åland Islands
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

My Review – COSMOTE & What's Up Greece

I had the chance to try out What's Up in March 2022.

Although I would probably have gone for COSMOTE itself, it has a SIM card shortage.

I had to visit about five stores before finding one with SIM cards in stock.

And as it was a Saturday, most stores were closing within an hour… so I could not be picky 🤪.

Either way, What's Up has slightly cheaper options than COSMOTE itself while having full access to the COSMOTE network.

Except for 5G NR, it seemed… I did not have any 5G NR reception during my weekend in Greece, even though it is advertised that What's Up customers can use it.

Even then, I had a pleasant experience What's Up.

You can read my What's Up review here.

COSMOTE & What's Up Greece Review by Phone Travel Wiz

APN/Internet Settings – COSMOTE & What's Up Greece

  • Name: COSMOTE OR What's Up
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone Greece & Vodafone CU

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone Greece, just Vodafone, is the second-largest mobile operator in Greece.

It is, together with Nova Greece (formerly Wind), the oldest mobile operator in the country.

Vodafone also has a sub-brand called Vodafone CU.

Vodafone CU Greece Logo
© Vodafone Greece (CU)

It is a youth-focused brand.

Nowadays, anyone, including the elderly, can get Vodafone CU SIM cards 🤪.

The difference between Vodafone and Vodafone CU is that Vodafone CU has slightly cheaper plans.

It also offers perks and goodies that are interesting to the (Greek) youth (you may not be able to take advantage of these perks as a short-term visitor).

There is no difference between the two brands besides the brand-specific plans.

Vodafone CU customers have full access to the Vodafone network, including 5G NR access.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Vodafone (CU):

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

Coverage – Vodafone Greece & Vodafone CU

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout Greece.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Greece & Vodafone CU

You can get a Vodafone (CU) SIM card for 5 EUR in Vodafone stores. Vodafone (CU) street sellers will sell SIM cards too, although a plan purchase is required. Vodafone SIM cards are sold at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH), but Vodafone CU SIM cards are not.

It is also possible to buy Vodafone (CU) SIM cards from other dealers, including kiosks, convenience stores & small grocery stores throughout Greece.

However, SIM card activation can take a few days when done through these third parties, so you are better off getting your SIM card in a Vodafone store.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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It is also possible to get a Vodafone eSIM for 9.90 EUR for 9.90 EUR (compared to 5 EUR for a regular SIM card).

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Greece, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vodafone (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just Greece or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Greece eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Meraki Mobile (Greece only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Greece & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Greece & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Greece, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Greece eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Greece Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Meraki Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with Vodafone for now.

Note that Vodafone (CU) offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Greece & Vodafone CU

Vodafone top-up vouchers, which Vodafone CU SIM cards can use too, are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops.

The following (online) Vodafone (CU) top-up (bonuses) are available:

Top UpBonus DataBonus Validity
10 EUR 1500 MB15 days
12 EUR700 MB15 days
15 EUR900 MB15 days
20 EUR 1.1 GB15 days

1 for Vodafone only

To top up your Vodafone (CU) SIM card, call 1252 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online (Vodafone/Vodafone CU) with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Text Y to 1252 to check your Vodafone (CU) balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone (GR) app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery) or the My CU app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Greece App
© Vodafone Greece
Vodafone CU Greece My CU App
© Vodafone Greece (CU)

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Greece & Vodafone CU

Vodafone has two data-featured prepaid plans:

Vodafone CU has three data-featured prepaid plans:

All Vodafone (CU) plans can be activated on the Vodafone (CU) app(s).

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Combo Plans – Vodafone Greece

The Combo Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for Vodafone customers.

Combo Plans can be purchased on the My Vodafone (GR) app:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5.40 EURCombo Weekly 5.4€700 MBUnlimitedN/A7 days
10.90 EURCombo Unlimited 1,5GB 1.5 GBUnlimited100 SMS30 days
13.50 EURCombo 7GB 13.5€7 GB400 minutes300 SMS30 days
13.50 EURCombo Unlimited 4GB2.9 GBUnlimited300 SMS30 days
Vodafone Greece Combo Plan
Internet Packages – Vodafone Greece

The Internet Packages are data plans (with 5G NR access) for Vodafone customers.

Internet Packages can be purchased on the My Vodafone (GR) app:

PricePlanDataValidity
0.90 EURData Unlimited DayUnlimited1 day
2.70 EURData Unlimited WeekendsUnlimited28 days from activation, available for use on weekends only (Saturday 00:01 to Sunday 23:59) 
6 EURData Unlimited Week6 GB7 days
10.90 EURSurf & Email 10.9€9 GB30 days
10.90 EURSurf & Email με αυτόματη ανανέωση10.9€10 GB30 days
Vodafone Greece Internet Packages
Combo & Speech Plans – Vodafone CU

The Combo & Speech plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for Vodafone CU customers.

Speaking can be bought on the My CU app:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
1.50 EURCU Mono Talk DayN/AUnlimitedN/A1 day 
3.7 EURSMS 300N/AN/A300 SMS30 days
5.4 EURCU MeApOla 5.4700 MBUnlimitedN/A15 days
7.2 EURCU MeApOla 7.21.5 GB600 minutes100 SMS20 days
7.20 EURCU MeApOla 7.2 EXTRA400 MB400 minutes40 SMS30 days
10.9 EURMeApOla 10.91.5 GBUnlimited100 SMS30 days
13.5 EURMeApOla 13.54 GBUnlimited300 SMS30 days
13.5 EURMeApOla 13.5 EXTRA7 GB400 minutes300 SMS30 days
18 EURMeApOla 186.5 GBUnlimited300 SMS30 days
27 EURCU MeApOla 27200 GBUnlimited300 SMS30 days
Vodafone CU Greece Combo & Speech Plan
Panic Button Plan – Vodafone CU

The Panic button gets you 5 GB of data (with 5G NR access) valid for an hour at no cost for Vodafone CU customers.

However, it can be activated only twice a month and is for local use only.

Text SOS to 1252 to press the Panic Button.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
Free5 GB1 hourSOS
Internet Plans – Vodafone CU

The Internet Plans are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Internet Plans can be bought on the My CU app:

PricePlanDataValidity
0.9 EURCU Mono Scroll DayUnlimited1 day
2.7 EURCU Mono Scroll 4 WeekendsUnlimited4 consecutive weekends
6 EURCU Mono Scroll WeekUnlimited7 days
6.5 EURCU Mono Scroll NightsUnlimited30 nights (20:00 – 8:00)
10.9 EURCU Mono Scroll Month9 GB30 days
10.90 EURCU KalokairistesUnlimited30 days
Vodafone CU Greece Internet Plan
EU Roaming – Vodafone Greece & Vodafone CU

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

As Vodafone (CU) does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

My Review – COSMOTE & What's Up Greece

I had the chance to try out Vodafone CU in March 2022.

Although I would probably have gone for Vodafone itself, the salesperson I got my SIM card from only had Vodafone CU SIM cards.

In 2015, I had a bad experience with Vodafone because the salesperson enabled some features that took credit from each recharge, forcing me to make additional top-ups.

Remember when very early in this guide where I said salespeople on the streets sell Vodafone (CU) SIM cards and that they are legit?

They are – and they actually sell plans with waaaaay better data allowances than advertised on Vodafone (CU)'s site and on offline channels.

But you have to be aware of these deals… and they are not available all year round.

Hence, I only mention the official advertised plans in this guide.

But you can learn about the underground plans in my Vodafone CU review.

🛑 Before you continue… 🛑

You should NOT buy a Vodafone (CU) SIM card on a weekend if (1) you are only staying for the weekend or (2) love fast speeds (like myself).

Vodafone HQ has to manually enable 4G/LTE, which is done on a business day.

Guess who bought a Vodafone SIM card on the weekend, with stores closed on Sundays? 🥲

You can read about my experiences here.

Oh, by the way, if you love fights, the Vodafone store I visited had employees and two customers fighting each other. Things can get passionate with Vodafone, lmao.

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APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Greece & Vodafone CU

  • Name: Vodafone Gr
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Nova Greece (formerly Wind) & Q Greece

Nova Greece Logo
© Nova Greece

Nova Greece, just Nova, is the smallest mobile operator in Greece.

It is, together with Vodafone Greece, the oldest mobile operator in the country.

There was another mobile operator called Q Telecom until WIND purchased it in the past.

Since then, it has become a budget prepaid line of Nova.

Nowadays, Q Telecom is simply known as Q.

Q Greece Logo
© Q Greece/Nova Greece

The difference between Nova and Q is that Q has slightly cheaper plans.

There is no difference between the two brands besides the brand-specific plans.

Q customers have full access to the Nova network, including 5G NR access.

Nova uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Nova & Q:

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

Coverage – Nova Greece (formerly Wind) & Q Greece

Nova has extensive coverage throughout Greece.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere.

Below is Nova's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Nova Greece & Q Greece

You can get a Nova, called F2G, or Q SIM card for 5 EUR in Nova stores. Nova and Q street sellers will sell SIM cards too, although a plan purchase is required. Nova and Q SIM cards are sold at airports (through ConnectPhone), like Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH).

Nova Greece Logo
© Nova Greece

It is also possible to buy Nova and Q SIM cards from other dealers, including kiosks, convenience stores & small grocery stores throughout Greece.

However, SIM card activation can take a few days when done through these third parties, so you are better off getting your SIM card in a Nova or Q store.

Q Greece SIM Card
© Q Greece/Nova Greece
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Nova and Q have no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Greece because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Nova and Q.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Greece in my Greece eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Meraki Mobile (Greece only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Greece & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Greece & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Greece, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Greece eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Nova and Q for now.

Buying an eSIM for Greece Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Meraki Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Nova and Q offer VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Nova Greece (formerly Wind) & Q Greece

Nova and Q top-up vouchers are sold in Nova stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Greece.

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

  • 12 EUR
  • 15 EUR
  • 20 EUR
  • 30 EUR
Q Greece Top Up Cards
© Q Greece/NovaGreece

For every online top-up of at least 12 EUR with Nova you get 2 GB bonus data.

For every online top-up of at least 10 EUR with Q, the following bonuses apply:

Top-UpBonus DataBonus On-Net MinutesBonus Validity
10 EUR – 14.99 EUR1 GB3000 minutes30 days
15 EUR => 2 GB3000 minutes30 days

To top up your Nova SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 1223. For Q, you send the VoucherCode to 1268.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 1223/1268.

You can also recharge online (Nova/Q) with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Call 1265 to check your Nova or Q balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the myF2G app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery) or the myQ app (Android/iOS).

Wind Greece myF2G App
© Nova Greece
Q Greece myQ App
© Q Greece/Nova Greece

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Nova Greece (formerly Wind) & Q Greece

Nova has three data-featured prepaid plans:

Q has three data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Blender Plan – Nova Greece (formerly Wind)

The Blender Plan allows you to select which benefit you want: 1.2 GB of data (with 5G NR access), 450 local/EU minutes, or 120 local/EU SMS for 30 days, costing 10.40 EUR for Nova customers.

Blender can be activated on the myF2G app.

Wind Greece F2G Blender
Combo Plans – Nova Greece (formerly Wind)

The Combo plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for Nova customers.

Combo plans can be activated on the app:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
8 EURSmall400 MB400 minutes40 SMS30 days
12 EURLarge1 GB1000 minutes100 SMS30 days
15 EURX-Large2 GBUnlimited500 SMS30 days

Unused data allowances will roll over to the next month as long as you reactivate the same plan on time.

Nova Greece F2G Combo Plans
Data Plans – Nova Greece (formerly Wind)

The Data plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Data plans can be activated on the myF2G app:

PricePlanDataValidity
0.90 EURSmallUnlimited1 day
4.50 EURMedium1 GB30 days
9 EURLarge5 GB30 days

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Greece (NOT from Greece to other EU/EEA member states)

Nova Greece F2G Data Plans
App Exclusive Plan – Q Greece

The App Exclusive plan is a combo bundle with 500 MB of data (with 5G NR access), 150 minutes & 150 SMS for 30 days, costing 6.90 EUR for Q customers.

It can be activated on the myQ app.

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
6.90 EUR500 MB150 minutes150 minutes30 days
Q Greece myQ App Exclusive Bundle
Qstar Bundles – Q Greece

The Qstar Bundles are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for Q customers.

Qstar Bundles can be purchased on the myQ app:

PricePlanDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local SMSValidity 
8.9 EURQ Star Auto1.1 GB300 minutesN/A30 days
11.6 EURQ Star Big Auto3.5 GB500 minutes200 SMS30 days
16.1 EURQ Star Huge Auto5.5 GB1000 minutes500 SMS30 days

1 for local use and from Greece to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom & the United States

Unused allowances (data and minutes) will roll over to the next month as long as you reactivate the same plan on time.

Q Greece Qstar Bundle
Combo – Q Greece

The Combo are, as the name implies combo plans with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes for Q customers.

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
11.6 EUR7 GB300 minutes30 days
Q Greece Q Combo Plan
Data Plans – Q Greece

The Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (with 5G NR access) for Q customers.

Data plans can be purchased on the myQ app:

PricePlanDataValidity
3 EURQ Unlimited Data SKUnlimited1 weekend (Saturday 00:01 – Sunday 23:59)
6 EURQ Unlimited Data NightsUnlimited30 days (22:01 – 07:59)
8.9 EURQ Data Star4 GB30 days (22:01 – 07:59)
10.6 EURQ Big Data Star 5 GB30 days
Q Greece Q Data Bundle
EU Roaming – Nova Greece (formerly Wind) & Q Greece

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

As Nova and Q do not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

My Review – Nova Greece (formerly Wind) & Q Greece

This review is still being written. This section will be filled in once the review has been published.

APN/Internet Settings – Nova Greece (formerly Wind) & Q Greece

  • Name: WIND Internet
  • APN: qint.b-online.gr

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Greece

Getting a SIM card from COSMOTE or What's Up would do you well when considering a Greek SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? You should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations worldwide.