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3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Moldova: Buying Guide

Moldova – known for its wine, architecture & for being an inexpensive travel destination.

It may also be (in)famous for the fact that the country did not have a president for three years.

Belgium is shaking and crying because its government formation took a little more than 1.6 years.

Moving on, as a mostly argiculture-based economy, the country is not visited as much as its neighboring countries.

This is a shame, as Moldova has a few unique characters.

But it is understandable – both Romania and Ukraine have much more to offer. So does the rest of Europe as a whole.

So, what can you do in Moldova?

Of course, you better be drinking its wine if you are into it.

I heard the wine is tasty (I do not like wine, so I have to rely on reviews from others 🤪).

The Stephen the Great Central Park is a much visit too.

The Triumphal Arch will remind you of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (France), but it is still cute.

Let's not forget about the many Fortresses, like Bendery Fortress and Soroca Fortress.

Overall, you should not have to be bored while in Moldova.

And if you do – the neighboring countries are less than two hours away 🤓.

What you should not do, to stay within your Moldova travel budget, is roam internationally in Moldova.

International roaming can be expensivelocal SIM cards, like Moldovan ones, are cheaper options.

What is even better is that Moldova has one of the lowest mobile data rates in Europe.

You can get a Moldovan SIM card for 10 MDL (0.55 USD), 29 MDL (1.60 USD), or 50 MDL (2.80 USD) from Moldcell, 29 MDL from Orange, or 39 MDL (2.20 USD) from Moldtelecom (formerly Unité) in their stores and from resellers, including gas stations. SIM cards are also sold at Chișinău International Airport (KIV).

Not too pricey, right? And all new SIM cards come with generous starter bonuses.

You may not even need to purchase a data-featured plan with these bonuses.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Moldova Guide (logos of Orange, Moldcell & Moldtelecom)

Original publication: 21st of March 2020. Last updated: 24th of January 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Moldova?

Anyone living in or visiting Moldova can buy a Maldovian SIM card from Orange, Moldcell & Moldtelecom (formerly Unité) with no restrictions.

Your phone has to support the frequencies used in Moldova.

Furthermore, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a Moldovan SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Moldova?

You can get a Moldovan SIM card in Orange, Moldcell & Moldtelecom (formerly Unité). Resellers, like grocery stores and gas stations, also sell SIM cards. They are also sold at Chișinău International Airport (KIV) – mostly Orange SIM cards.

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

  • Orange Moldova: 29 MDL
  • Moldcell: 10 MDL (regular), 29 MDL (regular) & 50 MDL (data-only)
  • Moldtelecom (formerly Unité): 39 MDL
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Can You Use Your Phone in Moldova?

Moldova uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Moldova. 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 Moldova, 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 Moldova.

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 Moldova 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 Moldova (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Moldova

Moldova has three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Orange Moldova
  • Moldcell
  • Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

The following frequencies are used in Moldova:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz (no 2G for Moldtelecom (formerly Unité))
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Moldova, check out this page by Will My Phone Work.

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 Moldova

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFI calling) are available in Moldova.

However, not all mobile operators in Moldova offer VoLTE and VoWiFi.

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE and VoWiFi in Moldova:

  • Orange Moldova

The following mobile operators may offer VoLTE and VoWiFi, only VoLTE, or only VoWiFi in Moldova:

  • Moldcell

The following mobile operators do not offer VoLTE nor VoWiFi in Moldova:

  • Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

This means that when you make a call with Moldtelecom (and maybe Moldcell too), your phone will downgrade to 2G or 3G instead of staying connected to 4G/LTE.

This is also why you often cannot use mobile data while calling if not connected to WiFi.

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

5G NR in Moldova

5G NR is not available in Moldova as of 2022, and the Moldovan government have not made any indications of when they will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in Moldova

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Moldova, I recommend going with Orange. It is, overall, the best mobile operator in the country. Consider Moldtelecom (formerly Unité) for more generous allowances for worse network performance.

Best eSIM in Moldova

Orange Moldova and Moldcell offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Moldtelecom (formerly Unité) does not have eSIMs at all – not even for postpaid customers.

Orange Moldova and Moldcell do require your identification (passport) when getting an eSIM – this does not apply to physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Moldova without personal detail capturing, you can get the Moldova (Soroca Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo.

Moldova Soroca Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these three options:

With this eSIM, you can skip the queues in Moldova and use it immediately upon arriving in Moldova!

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

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Moldova

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

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

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Moldova

SIM card registration, with the use of your personal information (such as your passport), is not required when buying a SIM card in Moldova.

EU Roaming in Moldova

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

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

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

EU Roaming Banner
© European Parliament

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

Although Orange Romania and Telekom Romania have data-featured plans with roaming allowances for Moldova (14 EUR and 12 EUR for the plans, respectively).

Still, you can always explore your roaming options before you roam.

This also means that you cannot roam for free with Moldovan SIM cards in the EU/EEA.

However, the Moldovan mobile operators do have reasonably priced roaming packages for EU/EEA roaming, especially for Romania.

But you are better off getting a Romanian SIM card and using that one to roam for free in other EU/EEA nations – much cheaper.

Using Moldovan SIM Cards in Transnistria (Pridnestrovie)

The Moldovan mobile operators do not allow you to roam for free in Transnistria. However, you can still use their SIM cards in the territory with some disruptions.

Transnistria is rather long in height but skinny in width – just like Chile (but much shorter – like myself🤭).

Transnistria on Map
By TUBS – Own work, using this file, CC BY-SA 3.0

In many cases, the Moldovan mobile operators (Orange Moldova, Moldcell & Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)) will cover most of Transnistria (without international roaming).

However, your reception may be spotty, and speeds may be slower than you are used to.

But if you want the most optimal experience, you should get an Interdnestrcom (IDC) SIM card.

Remember to turn international roaming off if you use a Moldovan SIM card in Transnistria to avoid accidental roaming charges.

Moldova Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Moldova

As mentioned in the introduction, Moldova is one of the cheaper travel destinations in Europe.

And the same can be said about mobile data in Moldova.

In fact, it is the second-cheapest country for mobile data in Europe and the cheapest in Eastern Europe.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Moldova is 0.32 USD, below the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

And I love how the costs have gone down by 88.7% compared to 2019.

Moreover, Moldova is one of the 53 countries where the average cost of 1 GB of data is less than 1 USD.

Cable.co.uk split Europe into three territories: Western Europe, Eastern Europe & the Baltics.

The Eastern European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk's definition, is 2.25 USD.

While the cost of mobile data is insanely low in Moldova, for global standards, will you also get (s)low speeds?

No, but they will not be blazing fast either.

Moldova's median mobile download speed is around 32 Mbps.

Moldova's median download speed is around the global median, so you should not have to deal with buffering on YouTube (in most cases).

With low SIM card prices, close to excellent nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and insanely low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Moldova.

Currency in Moldova

100 Moldovan Leu Bank Note
© National Bank of Moldova/Banca Naţională a Moldovei

Moldova uses the Moldovan Leu with the symbol MDL (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as L. For example, 25 MDL = L 25.

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

  • 1 MDL = 0.05 USD
  • 10 MDL = 0.50 USD
  • 100 MDL = 5.50 USD
  • 1000 MDL = 55.40 USD

For up-to-date MDL:USD exchange rates, or the currency you use (like Euro (EUR) in my case), use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Some merchants will also accept USD and EUR in cash – cards are mainly accepted in Chișinău, the capital city, but not much/barely in other places.

10 US Dollar Note
© U.S. Currency Education Program
50 Euro Bank Note
© European Central Bank (ECB)

However, the mobile operators will only accept MDL.

The Romanian Leu (RON) is barely accepted throughout the country, and the mobile operators will not accept it either.

200 Romanian Lei Bank Note
© National Bank of Romania/Banca Națională a României (BNR)

If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.

Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Wise account FREE!

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Moldovan Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Orange Moldova, Moldcell & Moldtelecom (formerly Unité), 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 Moldova has to offer to us.


Orange Moldova

Orange Logo
© Orange

Orange Moldova, just Orange, is the largest mobile operator in Moldova.

Orange, as a company, is active in other countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe & the Middle East.

Orange 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)

This is what you will learn about Orange:

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

Coverage – Orange Moldova

Orange has the best coverage throughout Moldova.

4G/LTE is available almost everywhere.

Below is Orange's 4G/LTE coverage map:

Below is Orange's coverage map with 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE combined by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Orange Moldova

You can buy an Orange SIM card, called Cartela Orange PrePay, for 29 MDL with 29 MDL credit, 10 GB, and 250 local minutes for 15 days (if you dial *888*0#) in Orange stores and from resellers, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations. Orange SIM cards are also sold at Chișinău International Airport (KIV) – sometimes, they are free.

Orange Moldova New SIM Card Bonus

You have to make a call to activate your Orange SIM card.

Orange Moldova SIM Card
© Orange Moldova

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

To use an Orange eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 3/3 XL
  • Google Pixel 4/4a
  • Google Pixel 5/5a 5G
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro
  • Huawei P40/P40 Pro
  • Huawei P50/P50 Pro
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13/13 Mini/13 Pro/13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • Motorola Razr 2019
  • Nuu Mobile X5
  • Oppo Reno 6 Pro
  • Palm Palm
  • Samsung Galaxy LTE Model
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G/20 FE/20 FE 5G/20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip/Z Flip 5G/Gold 3 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Samsung Note 20+
  • Sony Xperia 10 III Lite New

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

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

Orange Moldova SIM Card 2
© Orange Moldova

Dial *88# or *99# to see your Orange phone number.

Orange SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 6 or 8 months (no top-up for 6 or 8 months or no activity for 6 or 8 months).

The Active Period or Active Validity is when you can use your SIM card as usual (using data, calling & texting both ways).

The Passive Period or Passive Validity is when you can only receive incoming calls and SMS and make calls to emergency services.

Orange Moldova Top-Up Validity
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Orange Moldova

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

Orange Moldova Top-Up Cards
© Orange Moldova

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpBonus DataBonus Local MinutesBonus ValidityActive ValidityPassive Validity
1 MDL – 49 MDLN/AN/AN/A1 month6 months
50 MDL – 99 MDL15 GB500 minutes15 days3 months9 months
100 MDL =>100 GB500 minutes15 days3 months9 months
Orange Moldova SIM Top-Up Bonuses

To top up your Orange SIM card, dial *144*VoucherCode# or call 144 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *144*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

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

Dial *133# to check your Orange balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Orange Moldova app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Orange Moldova App
© Orange Moldova

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Orange Moldova

Orange has four data-featured plans:

All Orange plans can be activated by dialing *100#.

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

Opţiuni Nelimitat (Unlimited Options) – Orange Moldova

The Opţiuni Nelimitat (Unlimited Options) are combo plans with data and minutes.

Opţiuni Nelimitat can be activated by dialing *100#:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
10 MDLN/AUnlimited1 day
50 MDL1 GBUnlimited15 days
150 MDL20 GBUnlimited7 days
Orange Moldova Opţiuni Nelimitat Unlimited Options
Combo Optiunea (Combo Options) – Orange Moldova

The Combo Optiunea (Combo Options) are, as the name implies, combo plans with data and minutes.

Combo Optiunea can be activated by dialing *100#:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
30 MDL5 GB250 minutes15 days
50 MDL15 GB500 minutes15 days
Extra Optiunea (Extra Options) – Orange Moldova

The Extra Optiunea (Extra Options) are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Extra Optiunea can be activated by dialing *100#:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
40 MDL500 MB60 minutesShared with call allowance30 days
60 MDL1 GB100 minutesShared with call allowance30 days
Orange Moldova Extra Optiunea Extra Options
Opţiuni Internet (Internet Options) – Orange Moldova

The Opţiuni Internet (Internet Options) are, as the name suggest, data-only plans.

Opţiuni Internet can be activated by dialing *100#:

PriceDataValidity
10 MDL1 GB1 day
10 MDL2 GB1 day
20 MDL2 GB7 days
25 MDL2 GB7 days
Orange Moldova Opţiuni Internet Options

APN/Internet Settings – Orange Moldova

  • Name: Orange IMO
  • APN: wap.orange.md

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Moldcell

Moldcell Moldova Logo
© Moldcell

Moldcell is the second-largest mobile operator in Moldova.

It used to be part of the Telia Company (group), from Sweden, until the Telia Company decided to leave various markets in Asia and Europe (except for the Baltics and the Nordics).

Now, Moldcell is entirely owned by CG Corp Global (hence, you see CG in Moldcell's logo).

Moldcell was the first mobile operator to introduce 4G/LTE in Moldova.

Moldcell uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

This is what you will learn about Moldcell:

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

Coverage – Moldcell

Moldcell has extensive coverage throughout Moldova.

However, 4G/LTE reception is mainly concentrated around the big cities.

Below is Moldcell's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Moldcell

You can buy a Moldcell SIM card, called Cartelă Moldcell, for 10 MDL with 2 GB of data and 100 local minutes or 29 MDL with 20 GB of data and 250 local minutes in Moldcell stores and from resellers, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations. Moldcell SIM cards may be sold at Chișinău International Airport (KIV).

Moldcell Moldova SIM Cards
© Moldcell

You can also get the data-only SIM card, called Internet ca Lumea, for 50 MDL with 4 GB of 30 days.

This is also the only plan available for the Internet ca Lumea SIM card.

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

To use a Moldcelle eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 3/3 XL
  • Google Pixel 4/4a
  • Google Pixel 5/5a 5G
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro
  • Huawei P40/P40 Pro
  • Huawei P50/P50 Pro
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13/13 Mini/13 Pro/13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • Motorola Razr 2019
  • Nuu Mobile X5
  • Oppo Reno 6 Pro
  • Palm Palm
  • Samsung Galaxy LTE Model
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G/20 FE/20 FE 5G/20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip/Z Flip 5G/Gold 3 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Samsung Note 20+
  • Sony Xperia 10 III Lite New

Currently, it is unclear whether Moldcell offers VoLTE and VoWiFi or not.

Moldcell SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 8 months (no top-up for 8 months or no activity for 8 months).

The Active Period or Active Validity is when you can use your SIM card as usual (using data, calling & texting both ways).

The Passive Period or Passive Validity is when you can only receive incoming calls and SMS and make calls to emergency services.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Moldcell

Moldcell top-up vouchers are sold in Moldcell stores and various top-up locations, including grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Moldova.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpBonus DataBonus Local MinutesBonus ValidityActive ValidityPassive Validity
1 MDL – 29 MDLN/AN/AN/A1 month8 months
30 MDL – 49 MDL10 GB250 minutes15 days1 month8 months
50 MDL =>20 GB500 minutes15 days4 months8 months

To top up your Moldcell SIM card, dial *999*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *999*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

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

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

Moldcell Moldova App
© Moldcell

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Moldcell

Moldcell has four data-featured plans:

All Moldcell plans can be activated by dialing *202#.

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

Optiunea #bum – Moldcell

The Optiunea #bum (Option #bum) is a combo plan with 300 MB; 1 GB for Facebook, Odnoklassniki, Twitter & VK; unlimited on-net minutes; 30 off-net minutes & 300 local SMS – all for 30 days.

It costs 30 MDL and can be activated by dialing *222*2*0*4#

PriceDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
30 MDL300 MB1 GBUnlimited30 minutes300 SMS30 days*222*2*0*4#

1 for Facebook, Odnoklassniki, Twitter & VK

Internet Plans – Moldcell

The Internet Plans are, as the name implies, data-only bundles.

Internet Plans can be activated by dialing *202#:

PriceDataValidity
10 MDL200 MB1 day
20 MDL250 MB30 days
25 MDL1 GB7 days
50 MDL1 GB30 days
90 MDL3 GB30 days
100 MDL5 GB30 days
140 MDL10 GB30 days
200 MDL20 GB30 days
Internet Add-Ons – Moldcell

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

Dial *202# to activate Internet Add-Ons:

PriceDataValidity
10 MDL500 MB1 day
25 MDL1 GB7 days
Social Media Plan – Moldcell

The Social Media plan is a 1 GB data-only bundle for Facebook, Odnoklassniki, Twitter & VK, costing 15 MDL valid for 30 days.

Dial *222*1*2# to activate the Social Media plan.

PriceSocial DataAppsValidityActivation Code
15 MDL1 GBFacebook, Odnoklassniki, Twitter & VK30 days*222*1*2#

APN/Internet Settings – Moldcell

  • Name: Moldcell
  • APN: internet

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Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

Moldtelecom Moldova Logo
© Moldtelecom

Moldtelecom, formerly Unité, is the smallest mobile operator in Moldova.

It used to be a state-owned organization until liberalization.

Since then, it has still held a stronghold on the fixed-broadband market (70% market share), offering a median download speed of 92 Mbps (in the top 30 countries with the fastest fixed broadband speeds worldwide).

Its mobile division, however, has always lacked behind because it was the last player to enter the mobile market, and it used to be a CDMA-only mobile operator.

Right now, it is the most generous mobile operator in terms of data allowances.

However, it is the worst option in terms of network performance.

Moldtelecom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had it (except for on CDMA)
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)

This is what you will learn about Moldtelecom:

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

Coverage – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

Moldtelecom has extensive coverage throughout Moldova.

However, this mostly applies to its 3G network – 4G/LTE reception barely exists outside the cities.

Below is Moldtelecom's 3G coverage map:

Here we have Moldtelecom's 4G/LTE coverage map:

Here we have a coverage map of Moldtelecom with its 3G and 4G/LTE reception combined provided by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

You can buy a Moldtelecom SIM card, called Cartela Prepay Moldtelecom, for 39 MDL with 30 GB, unlimited social media data (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, OK.ru, TikTok, VK, WhatsApp & Wikipedia), 150 on-net minutes, 150 off-net minutes for 30 days in Moldtelecom stores and from resellers, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations. Moldcell SIM cards may be sold at Chișinău International Airport (KIV).

Moldtelecom Moldova SIM Card Purchase & Top-Up Locations
© Moldtelecom

Dial *200# or call 200 to activate your Moldtelecom SIM card.

Moldtelecom Moldova SIM Card
© Moldtelecom

If you top-up at least 50 MDL in the first two months after activating your Moldtelecom SIM card, you will get 35 GB for 30 days for free.

Moldtelecom has no eSIMs. Moreover, it does not offer VoLTE nor VoWiFi.

If you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Moldova (Soroca Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Moldova Soroca Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Text Lang_1 to 100 to change the system's language to English.

Text NUMBER to 100 to see your Moldtelecom phone number.

Moldtelecom SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 6 months (no top-up for 6 months or no activity for 6 months).

The Active Period or Active Validity is when you can use your SIM card as usual (using data, calling & texting both ways).

The Passive Period or Passive Validity is when you can only receive incoming calls and SMS and make calls to emergency services.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

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

Moldtelecom Moldova Top-Up Cards
© Moldtelecom

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpBonus DataBonus Social Data 1Bonus On-Net MinuesBonus Off-Net MinutesBonus ValidityActive ValidityPassive Validity
<= 24 MDLN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A15 days6 months
25 MDL – 49 MDLN/AUnlimitedN/AN/A30 days60 days6 months
50 MDL =>10 GBUnlimited150 minutes150 minutes30 days90 days6 months

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, OK.ru, TikTok, VK, WhatsApp & Wikipedia

Moldtelecom Moldova Top-Up Bonuses and Validity

To top up your Moldtelecom SIM card, text R_VoucherCode to 100, dial *200#, select option 4, and enter the VoucherCode, or call 300 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text R_123456 to 100.

Moldtelecom Moldova Top-Up Cards 2
© Moldtelecom

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

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

Text MYINFO to 100 or call 500 and select opion 1 to check your Moldtelecom balance.

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

Moldtelecom Moldova App
© Moldtelecom

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

Moldtelecom has four data-featured plans:

All Moldtelecom plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 100 or by dialing *200#.

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

Opțiunea Național (National Options) – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

The Opțiunea Național (National Options) are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 100 to activate Opțiunea Național (National Options):

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
15 MDL500 MB40 minutes40 SMS30 daysN15
30 MDL1 GB90 minutes90 SMS30 daysN30
40 MDL2 GB120 minutes120 SMS30 daysN40
60 MDL3 GB180 minutes180 SMS30 daysN60
80 MDL4 GB260 minutes260 SMS30 daysN80
Moldtelecom Moldova Opțiunea Național Options
Fly Prepay – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

The Fly Prepay Plans are combo bundles with data and minutes.

Text the Activation Code to 100 to activate Fly Prepay:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidityActivation Code
30 MDL30 Fly Prepay5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutes30 daysFly 30
50 MDL50 Fly Prepay20 GBUnlimited250 minutes250 minutes15 daysFly 50
70 MDL70 Fly Prepay25 GBUnlimited300 minutes300 minutes30 daysFly 70
100 MDL100 Fly PrepayUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited300 minutes15 daysFly 100

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, OK.ru, TikTok, VK, WhatsApp & Wikipedia

Moldtelecom Moldova Fly Prepay Plans
Internet Plans – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

The Internet Plans are, as the name implies, data-only bundles.

Text the Activation Code to 100 to activate Internet Plans:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
10 MDL1 GB24 hours1 GB/1
20 MDL1 GB7 days1 GB/7
20 MDLUnlimited24 hoursNelimitat 1 zi
25 MDL1 GB30 days1 GB/30
30 MDL3 GB7 days3 GB/7
40 MDL3 GB30 days3 GB/30
50 MDL5 GB7 days5 GB/7
60 MDL5 GB30 days5 GB/30
100 MDL10 GB30 days10GB
100 MDLUnlimited7 daysNelimitat/7
150 MDL20 GB30 days20GB
Moldtelecom Moldova Opţiuni Internet Options
Rețele Sociale Gratuite (Free Social Media) – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

The Rețele Sociale Gratuite (Free Social Media) is, unlike the name suggests, a (paid – 20 MDL) unlimited data-only plan for select social media apps (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, OK.ru, TikTok, VK, WhatsApp & Wikipedia) for 30 days.

Text RS25 to 100 to activate Rețele Sociale Gratuite.

PriceSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
20 MDLUnlimited30 daysRS25

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, OK.ru, TikTok, VK, WhatsApp & Wikipedia

Moldtelecom Moldova Unlimited Social Media Banner
© Moldtelecom

APN/Internet Settings – Moldtelecom (formerly Unité)

  • Name: Moldtelecom
  • APN: internet.unite.md OR internet3g.unite.md

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Moldova

Getting a Moldovan 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 Moldova.

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 Moldova 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.

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 Moldova.

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 Moldova

Getting a SIM card from Orange or Moldtelecom would do you well when considering a Moldovan 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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Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

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