3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in North Macedonia: Buying Guide


North Macedonia – formerly known as just Macedonia until the 12th of June 2018Opens in a new tab., when Greece and (North) Macedonia made an agreement for (North) Macedonia to change its name. That agreement was implemented 8 months later.Opens in a new tab.

Formerly part of Yugoslavia, like all West Balkan countries, it is a cheap travel destination.

With cheap but tasty food, affordable accommodation, and relatively safe, it is understandable why the country attracts many tourists.

From a rich history to impressive mountains, North Macedonia has a lot to see and explore.

You probably want to share your experience online to show off… I meant to share your travels, which you should – it is your trip overall.

However, you should know that international roaming can be super expensive. Some travelers come back home in a good mood only for it to be ruined by an excessive international roaming bill – do not let this happen to you.

Luckily, there is one way to stay connected for low rates, which is by getting local SIM cards when traveling. This would be buying a SIM card in North Macedonia. And everyone can do so without restrictions.

So how much will a North Macedonian SIM card cost you?

You can get a North Macedonian SIM card for “free” (if you recharge at least 100 MKD (2 USD) on the spot) with Lycamobile. Makedonski Telekom SIM cards are at least 399 MKD (7 USD). A1 SIM cards can be purchased for 299 MKD (6 USD) in the store-branded stores or authorized dealers.

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Those numbers are not too bad. But you will be surprised how cheap mobile data is in North Macedonia.

But before we get there, there are some things you should know about buying a SIM card in this country, so…

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

Buying a SIM Card in North Macedonia Guide (logos of A1, Makedonski Telekom & Lycamobile)

Original publication: 29th of May 2020. Last updated: 3rd of July 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in North Macedonia?

Anyone living or visiting North Macedonia can buy a North Macedonian SIM card without restrictions.

North Macedonian SIM cards have to be registered as per the SIM card registration laws. Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in North Macedonia (even if you intend on roaming in North Macedonia). Lastly, your phone needs to be SIM-lock-free (unlocked) if you want to use a local SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in North Macedonia?

You can purchase a North Macedonian SIM card in the official stores of Makedonski Telekom and A1. But their SIM cards are also sold at other stores, such as tobacco stores, newsstands, and grocery stores. Lycamobile SIM cards are also available at those places.

SIM cards are also available from a newsstand/tobacco store at Skopje International Airport (Megjunaroden Aerodrom Skopje).

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You can expect to pay the following for North Macedonian SIM cards:

  • Makedonski Telekom: 399 MKD (regular), 499 MKD (data-only), or 1199 MKD (regular)
  • A1 Macedonia: 299 MKD
  • Lycamobile Macedonia: “Free” (often, top-up required of at least 100 MKD)

Can You Use Your Phone in North Macedonia?

North Macedonia uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Montenegro. 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 North Macedonia, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 & 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
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If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in North Macedonia.

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

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in North Macedonia

North Macedonia has two mobile network operators and one Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO):

  • Makedonski Telekom
  • A1 Macedonia
  • Lycamobile Macedonia (A1 MVNO)

The following frequencies are used in North Macedonia:

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

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

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To check whether your phone will work in North Macedonia, check out this pageOpens in a new tab. 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.

5G in North Macedonia

5G is not available in North Macedonia as of 2021. However, the national regulator (Agency for Electronic Communications – AEK) has held open 5G consultations in 2020Opens in a new tab. and making a pathway for the 5G auction.

Although AEK planned on awarding licenses in 2020Opens in a new tab., this seems to have been delayed. Nevertheless, a 5G license requirement is to have city-wide 5G coverage in one city by the end of 2025. By the end of 2029, all of Northern Macedonia should have 5G access with a minimum speed of 100 Mbps.

Best SIM Card in North Macedonia

If you want to buy the best SIM card in North Macedonia, I recommend going with A1. It has great coverage throughout the country and has the fastest speeds (because it does not throttle prepaid speeds). Consider Makedonski Telekom when visiting rural areas.

SIM Card Registration in North Macedonia

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in North Macedonia. This will be done at the point of sale or can be done online.

Do note that although European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) -issued IDs are valid travel documents for travel in North Macedonia, some travelers have reported that some shops require your passport to register your SIM card and refuse EU/EEA-issued IDs.

EU Roaming in North Macedonia

Note that North Macedonia is not part of the European Union (EU) nor European Economic Area (EEA), meaning that EU roaming regulations do not apply in North Macedonia. As a result, you should not expect to roam for free if you have an EU/EEA SIM card while traveling in North Macedonia.

Although some European operators may offer free (data) roaming while in North Macedonia, most operators do not. Make sure to explore your roaming options before you roam.

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

Roaming in the EU with North Macedonia SIM Cards

North Macedonia is not part of the European Union (EU) nor the European Economic Area (EEA). Therefore, the EU roaming regulations do not apply to North Macedonian SIM cards. As a result, you should expect to roam for free in the EU/EEA with North Macedonian SIM cards.

However, North Macedonia is a Candidate CountryOpens in a new tab. for joining the EU. The country also wants to join the EU/EEA common roaming zoneOpens in a new tab. in the near future. To do so, North Macedonia and other Western Balkan countries have decided to cap roaming ratesOpens in a new tab. between July 2019 and July 2021. They will entirely scrap roaming rates within the region on the 1st of July 2021. This is because it is apparently a prerequisiteOpens in a new tab. to join the EU/EEA common roaming zone.

West Balkan Roaming

Those with SIM cards from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia can roam at reduced rates in North Macedonia, and those with North Macedonian SIM cards can do the same in the aforementioned countries as part of the Roam Like At Home Plus (RLAH+) scheme agreed to by the six countries since July 2019.

Western Balkans Countries
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Starting from the 1st of July 2019, roaming rates in Western Balkan states have gone down by up to 99%. From the 1st of July 2021, international roaming fees will be abolishedOpens in a new tab. in the West Balkans.

North Macedonia Speeds, Internet Prices & Insights

North Macedonia Flag

North Macedonia is known for being an affordable travel destination. Although the Balkans in general are cheap countries for travel (especially compared to Western Europe), North Macedonia is one of the cheaper destinations in the region.

This also means that mobile data is inexpensive in North Macedonia. But what is affordable?

The average price for 1 GB of data in North Macedonia is 0.96 USD, less than half the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

North Macedonia Mobile Data Rates 2021

In fact, North Macedonia 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, and the Baltics. The Eastern European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk's definition, is 2.25 USD.

Mobile Internet Rates Eastern European Totals (2021)

You may think that because the cost of data is low, mobile data speeds are probably going to be low too.

Although that applies to some countries around the world, North Macedonia is breaking the stereotype.

North Macedonia's average mobile download speed is around 56 Mbps, making it the country with the 5th fastest mobile download speed in the Balkans.

North Macedonia Mobile Internet Speeds 2021
Global Mobile Internet Speeds 2021

Those are quite some impressive numbers and statistics. However, you need to be aware of one thing.

With Makedonski Telekom, the maximum speed you can get is 21 Mbps with prepaid. A1 Macedonia does not throttle (prepaid) speeds, which is why it is the fastest operator in the countryOpens in a new tab., according to AEK.

Overall, your network experience should be smooth in North Macedonia.

Currency in North Macedonia

50 Macedonian Denar Note

North Macedonia uses the Macedonian Denar with the symbol MKD (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as just den/ден. For example, 25 MKD = 25 den/ден. For reference, below are some exchange rates between MKD and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 MKD = 0.02 USD
  • 10 MKD = 0.20 USD
  • 100 MKD = 2 USD
  • 100 MKD = 19.80 USD

For up-to-date MKD:USD exchange rates, search MKD to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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North Macedonian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Makedonski Telekom, A1 Macedonia & Lycamobile Macedonia, and go through:

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

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

Makedonski Telekom

Makedonski Telekom (T-Mobile) Logo

Makedonski TelekomOpens in a new tab. (Македонски Телеком АД) is the largest operator in North Macedonia. However, the lead over A1 Macedonia is slight. It is owned by Magyar Telekom from Hungary, which is in turn owned by Deutsche Telekom.

The following frequencies are used by Makedonski Telekom:

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

This is what you will learn about Makedonski Telekom:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Makedonski Telekom SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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

Jump to: A1 | Lycamobile

Coverage – Makedonski Telekom

Makedonski Telekom has the best coverage in North Macedonia.

The operator covers 99.9% of the population and more than 98% of the territory of North Macedonia.

Below is the official coverage map by Makedonski Telekom:

Below is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Makedonski Telekom

You can get a Makedonski Telekom SIM card for as low as 399 MKD in Makedonski Telekom storesOpens in a new tab. and other stores, including newsstands, gas stations, and grocery stores.

Makedonski Telekom offers three types of SIM card starter packs, which are shown below:

PriceSIM Card TypeCreditDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesOn-Net SMSBenefits Validity
399 MKDRegular181 MKD1 GBUnlimitedN/A100 SMS7 days
499 MKDData-OnlyN/A5 GBN/AN/AN/A30 days
1199 MKDRegularN/A15 GBN/AUnlimitedN/A30 days

Topping Up & Recharging – Makedonski Telekom

Makedonski Telekom top-up vouchers are sold in Makedonski Telekom storesOpens in a new tab. and many other stores, such as post offices, convenience stores, and tobacco stores.

The following top-up amounts are available:

Top-UpValidity
100 MKD60 days 
150 MKD60 days 
200 MKD60 days 
250 MKD60 days 
300 MKD60 days 
590 MKD180 days 
900 MKD360 days 
2000 MKD500 days 

To recharge your Makedonski Telekom SIM card, dial *122# and follow the instructions.

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 top up onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards. At the time of writing, the online recharge page is insecure (you will get an SSL warning). Do not use online recharge until the certificate error has been fixed.

If you open the page and your browser does not tell you to proceed with caution, then the certificate has properly been renewed, and you can use online recharge. Let me know when that happens.

If you recharge online or through the app (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab.), you will get a data bonus of 500 MB each time you do so. In addition, when topping up on the app, more rewards can be obtained depending on how much you top up. Below is an overview:

RechargeDataWeekend MinutesVideo On DataValidity
199 MKD – 399 MKD1 GB 1Unlimited 2N/A30 days
400 MKD =>4 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited 430 days

1 7 days
2 1 weekend (Friday
3 4 weekends
4 HBO GO, MaxTV Go, Netflix & YouTube for 7 days

Telekom North Macedonia App

Dial *122# to check your Makedonski Telekom balance. You can also use the app to check your balance.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Makedonski Telekom

Makedonski Telekom has four types of data-featured plans, which are:

All plans can be activated by dialing *122# or on the Telekom app.

Note that all prepaid internet speeds are throttled to 21 Mbps.

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

Prepaid Cool+ – Makedonski Telekom

Prepaid Cool+ is a tariff plan that gives you data, local minutes for the weekend, and local SMS depending on your recharge amount.

You get double the data and SMS allowance when you activate Prepaid Cool+ on the app.

The following Prepaid Cool+ options are available:

RechargeData 1Weekend MinutesLocal SMSValidity
100 MKD100 MB100 minutes100 SMS7 days 
150 MKD – 250 MKD300 MBUnlimited200 SMS7 days 
300 MKD500 MBUnlimited500 SMS7 days 

1 speeds up to 21 Mbps

Internet – Makedonski Telekom

The Internet plans are data-only bundles.

You get double the data allowance when you activate an Internet bundle on the app.

You have the following plans:

PricePlanData 1Validity
49 MKDDaily Internet1 GB24 hours 
59 MKDWeekly Internet S500 MB7 days 
99 MKDWeekly Internet M1 GB7 days 
129 MKDWeekly Internet L2 GB7 days 
129 MKDMonthly Internet S500 MB30 days 
249 MKDMonthly Internet M2 GB30 days 
499 MKDMonthly Internet L8 GB30 days 

1 speeds up to 21 Mbps

Speak Out Припејд (Speak Out Prepaid) – Makedonski Telekom

Speak Out Prepaid is a social media data plan with data, unlimited data for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Tinder, Twitter & WhatsApp. It can be purchased as a standalone plan.

Telekom North Macedonia Speak Out Banner

Below is an overview of Speak Out Prepaid:

PriceData 1Social Media Data 2Validity
149 MKD 4 GBUnlimited7 days 

1 speeds up to 21 Mbps
2 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Tinder, Twitter & WhatsApp

Telekom North Macedonia Speak Out Apps
Stream On – Makedonski Telekom

Speak Out Prepaid is a music and video streaming data plan with data, unlimited data for HBO GO, MaxTV Go, Netflix & YouTube.

Telekom North Macedonia Stream On Banner

Below is an overview of Stream On:

PriceData 1Streaming Data 2Validity
149 MKD 4 GBUnlimited7 days 

1 speeds up to 21 Mbps
2 HBO GO, MaxTV Go, Netflix & YouTube

Telekom North Macedonia Stream On Apps

APN/Internet Settings – Makedonski Telekom

  • Name: Makedonski Telekom
  • APN: internet
  • Username: internet
  • Password: t-mobile

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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A1 Macedonia

A1 Logo

A1 MacedoniaOpens in a new tab., just A1 but officially A1 Macedonia DOO Skopje, is the other operator in North Macedonia. Unlike Makedonski Telekom, A1 does not throttle prepaid speeds.

The following frequencies are used by A1:

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

This is what you will learn about A1:

* Coverage
* How to Get an A1 SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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

Jump to: Makedonski Telekom | Lycamobile

Coverage – A1 Macedonia

A1 has extensive coverage throughout North Macedonia.

A1's coverage is almost as great as Makedonski Telekom. However, it lacks a bit in some rural parts of the country.

Below is A1's coverage map.

SIM Card Price – A1 Macedonia

A1 SIM cards are sold for 299 MKD in A1 storesOpens in a new tab. and other stores, including post offices, convenience stores, and tobacco stores. The SIM card featured 50 MKD credit, 10 GB for 14 days, and unlimited on-net minutes for 7 days.

A1 SIM cards become inactive after 12 months of not topping up and deactivated after 15 months. After not topping up within 12 months of the last top-up, your SIM card will become inactive. You cannot make calls or send SMS but can still receive them. If the SIM card has been inactive for 3 months (15 months of not topping up), the SIM card gets deactivated.

Topping Up & Recharging – A1 Macedonia

A1 top-up vouchers are sold in A1 storesOpens in a new tab. and many other stores, such as newsstands, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To recharge your A1 SIM card, dial *100*VoucherCode.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *100*VoucherCode#.

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 top up onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards in values between 100 MKD to 1000 MKD with increments of 50 MKD.

Below is an overview of the validity of the top-up amounts:

Top-UpValidity
100 MKD90 days 
101 MKD – 499 MKD180 days 
500 MKD =>12 months 

Dial *101# to check your A1 balance. The same can be done by dialing 1770 and select option 1.

You can also use the A1 app to refill and check your balance for free (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab.).

A1 North Macedonia App

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – A1 Macedonia

A1 has two types of data-featured plans: Internet Data & A1 Go Social.

Internet Data – A1 Macedonia

The Internet Data plans are data-only bundles.

You can activate Internet Data plans by texting the Activation Code to 1414:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
19 MKDDaily Bundle 100 MB100 MB24 hoursDEN STARTSTOP DNEVEN 100MB
39 MKDDaily Bundle 1 GB500 MB24 hoursDEN PROMO STARTSTOP DNEVEN 1GB
49 MKDWeekly Bundle 400 MB400 MB7 days NEDELA 200MBSTOP NEDELEN 200MB
79 MKDWeekly Bundle 1 GB1 GB7 days NEDELA 1GBSTOP NEDELEN 1 GB
99 MKDWeekly Bundle 1 GB1 GB7 days 1GBSTOP 1GB
119 MKDWeekly Bundle 2 GB2 GB7 days PROMOSTOP PROMO
199 MKDMonthly Bundle 3 GB3 GB30 days 3GBSTOP 3GB
299 MKDMonthly Bundle 10 GB10 GB30 days 10GBSTOP 10GB
399 MKDMonthly Bundle 15 GB15 GB30 days 15GBSTOP 15GB
999 MKDMonthly Bundle 50 GB50 GB30 days 50GBSTOP 50GB

The Internet Data plans auto-renew. To deactivate a plan, text the Deactivation Code to 1414.

A1 Go Social – A1 Macedonia

A1 Go Social is a data-only plan with data and unlimited data for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp.

Below is an overview of A1 Go Social:

PriceDataSocial Media DataValidityActivation Code
119 MKD1 GBUnlimited 17 days START

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp

APN/Internet Settings – A1 Macedonia

  • Name: A1
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Lycamobile Macedonia

Lycamobile Logo

Lycamobile MacedoniaOpens in a new tab., just Lycamobile, is an A1 Macedonia MVNO. Lycamobile, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various other European countries.

To learn about Lycamobile's frequencies, jump back to A1 Macedonia's frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lycamobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lycamobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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

Jump to: Makedonski Telekom | A1
Coverage – Lycamobile Macedonia

Lycamobile is an A1 Macedonia MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the A1 Macedonia network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. Lycamobile has limited access A1 Macedonia network.

Below is Lycamobile's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile Macedonia

You can get a Lycamobile SIM card for “free” in Lycamobile partner storesOpens in a new tab., convenience stores, and gas stations. However, you are expected to top up the SIM card before you get your free SIM card.

Dial *132# to see your Lycamobile phone number.

Lycamobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

Topping Up & Recharging – Lycamobile Macedonia

Lycamobile top-up vouchers are sold in post offices, convenience stores, and tobacco stores.

The following top-up amounts are available:

Top-UpValidity
100 MKD60 days 
150 MKD60 days 
200 MKD60 days 
250 MKD60 days 
300 MKD60 days 
590 MKD180 days 
900 MKD360 days 
2000 MKD500 days 

To recharge your Lycamobile SIM card, dial *122*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *122*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 top up onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards. You get a 10% credit bonus when recharging online.

Dial *122# to check your Lycamobile balance. The same can be done by calling 1222.

Although Lycamobile has appsOpens in a new tab., they have performance issues. Personally, its Android app has worked well for me, but many other users have problems with it to this day.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile Macedonia

Lycamobile has four data-featured plans, which are:

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

National Plans – Lycamobile Macedonia

The National Plans are combo plans with data, local minutes, and local SMS.

The following National Data Plans are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesOn-Net SMSLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
79 MKDWeekly 791 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedN/A7 days *139*1071#
99 MKDWeekly 99 SN/AUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days *139*1074#
149 MKDWeekly 1491 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days *139*1073#
279 MKDLyca Mini500 MBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited100 SMS30 days *139*1021#
349 MKDLyca Mini Plus 1 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited100 SMS30 days *139*1024#
499 MKDLyca Max1 GB/day (30 GB)UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days *139*1040#
500 MKDLyca Mega S20 GBN/AUnlimitedN/AUnlimited30 days *139*1026#
699 MKDLyca Mega S15 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days *139*1025#
International Bundles – Lycamobile Macedonia

The International Bundles are combo plans with data and local & international minutes.

You can get one of the following International Bundles:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidityActivation Code
499 MKDFlexy 501 GBUnlimited50 minutes100 minutes30 days *139*1041#
699 MKDFlexy 1002 GBUnlimited100 minutes100 minutes30 days *139*1042#

The international minutes can be used to call to the following 21 countries:

Data Bundles – Lycamobile Macedonia

The Data Bundles are data-only plans.

Below is an overview of all the Data Bundles:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
49 MKDBolt On S1 GB30 days *139*1070#
59 MKDData XSL1 GB7 days *139*1007#
99 MKDData 993 GB7 days *139*1032#
99 MKDBolt On M 3 GB30 days *139*1080#
219 MKDData L3 GB30 days *139*1004#
249 MKDData XL6 GB30 days *139*1005#
399 MKDData XXL8 GB30 days *139*1006#
750 MKDMega Data20 GB30 days *139*1075#
Long Term Plans – Lycamobile Macedonia

The Long Term Plans are combo bundles with data, local minutes, and local SMS with the validity starting from 30 days to 360 days.

You can activate one of the following Long Term Plans:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
1146 MKDMaxi Plan S 3 Months 5 GB/month (15 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited30 days 
1467 MKDMaxi Plan L 3 Months 15 GB/month (75 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited30 days 
2164 MKDMaxi Plan S 6 Months 5 GB/month (30 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited60 days 
2771 MKDMaxi Plan L 6 Months 15 GB/month (45 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited60 days 
4072 MKDMaxi Plan S 12 Months 5 GB/month (60 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days 
5215 MKDMaxi Plan L 12 Months 15 GB/month (180 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days 

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile Macedonia

  • Name: Lycamobile
  • APN: data.lycamobile.mk
  • Username: lmmk
  • Password: plus

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in North Macedonia

The cheapest way to get online in North Macedonia is to get a SIM card from one of the three mobile operators. However, local SIM cards are not your only method of staying online when abroad.

Below are some other options to consider.

International Roaming

Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected. You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.

However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.

Learn more about roaming.

International/Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers. The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.

Get to know more about international and travel SIM cards.

Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local 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.

Free WIFI Networks

Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option. Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.

Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in North Macedonia

Getting a SIM card from A1 would do you well when considering a North Macedonian 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.

Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation. Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling? In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services, and products I have for this site and my YouTube channel. If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cards, international SIM cards, mobile hotspots, or roam internationally. Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

Sign Up for the Phone Travel Wiz Newsletter

Sign up for my newsletter: Get an excel sheet of the best SIM cards of over 230+ destinations around the world! Moreover, I send you many tips and tricks on how to save money while traveling every now and then.

Let's Be Social

Did you know that I have a YouTube channel covering everything you need to know about traveling with your phone? A lot of useful videos are uploaded multiple times a week, and you do not want to miss out on them!

Learn More About Who Adu Actually Is

Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!

Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 7 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region is Asia. In particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently is in the Netherlands.

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