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

Romania – known for its mountains, Transylvania & the story of Count Dracula.

The country also has a rich history, which is still present to this day when looking at the architecture throughout the nation.

But what can you do in Romania? A lot.

There are plenty of castles to visit, such as Bran Castle, Castelul Corvinilor & Peleș Castle.

Romania also has many salt mines – Salina Turda offers tours.

And the open-air village Dimitrie Gusti will be a fun attraction too.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored in Romania.

What also would not bore you is dealing with an expensive roaming bill because you decided to use your main SIM card in Romania.

International roaming can be expensive, which is why I recommend getting local SIM cards when traveling to enjoy local rates.

Fortunately, SIM cards are inexpensive in Romania – you can even get them for free!

You can get a Romanian SIM card for 4 EUR (4.25 USD) from DIGI, 5 EUR (5.30 USD) from Orange and Telekom & 6.20 EUR (6.55 USD) from Vodafone. Orange and Lycamobile allow you to get SIM cards for free if you top up on the spot. SIM cards are sold at Bucharest-Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

These prices are not crazy cheap – not even for Eastern European standards.

But wait until you see the generous data allowances offered by some mobile operators in Romania – it is incredible.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Romania Guide (logos of Vodafone, YOXO, Digi, Orange, Lyca Mobile & T-Mobile)

Original publication: 8th of January 2022. Last updated: 2nd of March 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Romania?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Romania, I recommend going with Orange. It is the fastest mobile operator with the best overall network performance. Consider Vodafone for generous data allowances (150 000 MB with other perks for 15 EUR).

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

Romania has four mobile operators and one Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • Orange România
  • Vodafone România
  • DIGI România
  • Telekom România (formerly Cosmote România)
  • Lycamobile România (Telekom România MVNO)
  • YOXO (Orange România 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 Romania.

Anyone living in or visiting Romania can buy a Romanian SIM card without restrictions.

Where Can You Buy a Romanian SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get a Romanian SIM card in Orange, Vodafone, DIGI & Telekom (Romania – formerly Cosmote) stores. Some Romanian airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

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

  • Orange România: Free, but top-up required or 5 EUR
  • Vodafone România: 6.20 EUR
  • DIGI România: 4 EUR
  • Telkom România (formerly Cosmote România): 5 EUR
  • Lycamobile România: free, but top-up or plan purchase required

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 RON (Romanian Leu) 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 RON and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 RON = 0.20 USD
  • 10 RON = 2.15 USD
  • 100 RON = 21.50 USD
  • 1000 RON = 214.80 USD

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

(Travel) eSIMs for Romania

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, none of the mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if you purchase an eSIM from any of these mobile operators, you must comply with Romania'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 a Romanian airport. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for Romania.

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

Buying an eSIM for Romania Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Noroc, Alosim & Airalo)

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than a Romanian 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 Romania SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my Romania 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 Romania:

  • Airalo: Noroc (Romania only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Romania & Europe (32 countries)
  • Holafly: Romania & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls
  • Nomad: Romania, 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 Romania eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Romania Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Noroc, 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).

Romanian Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Orange România, Vodafone România, DIGI România, Telekom România & Lycamobile România (MVNO), 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 Romania offers us.


Orange România

Orange Logo
© Orange

Orange România, just Orange, is the largest mobile operator in Romania.

However, Vodafone Romania is closely training Orange, so they may switch positions every few quarters.

Right now, it is the fastest mobile operator in the country with quite a margin.

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: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

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 România

Orange has the best coverage in Romania.

It also won the Romania Best Mobile Coverage Speedtest Award of 2021.

Below is Orange's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Orange România

You can buy an Orange SIM card, called Orange PrePay, for 5 EUR with 5 EUR credit in Orange stores and from resellers, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations. Orange SIM cards are also sold at Bucharest-Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

Orange Romania SIM Card
© Orange România

You can also get an Orange SIM card for free in some Orange stores, which require a top-up within seven days to be activated.

Dial *100# to access the Orange menu.

Call 222 to hear your Orange phone number.

  • 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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While Orange does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Romania, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Orange.

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 Romania eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Noroc (Romania 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: Romania & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Romania & 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: Romania, 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 Romania eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Romania Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Noroc, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with Orange.

Note that Orange 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 – Orange România

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

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
1 EUR – 3 EUR 115 days
4 EUR – 6 EUR30 days
7 EUR – 11 EUR60 days
12 EUR – 18 EUR90 days
19 EUR – 99 EUR120 days
100 EUR – 200 EUR150 days

1 online only

Orange Romania Top Ups

To top up your Orange SIM card, dial *122*VoucherCode#; dial *100#, select option 4, and enter the VoucherCode; or call 200, select option 1, and enter the 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.

Dial *133# or call 333 to check your Orange balance.

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

Orange Romania App
© Orange România

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Orange România

Orange has one data-featured prepaid plan: Plans. It includes data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

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

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Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 321:

PriceDataEU/EEA Roaming DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesEU/EEA MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
5 EUR5 GB5.56 GB 2Unlimited1000 minutes100 minutesUnlimited28 days
6 EUR6 GB 16.67 GB 2Unlimited2000 minutes300 minutesUnlimited28 days
8 EUR8 GB8.89 GBUnlimited2000 minutes400 minutesUnlimited28 days
12 GB12 GB13.33 GBUnlimited2000 minutes600 minutesUnlimited21 days
16 EUR16 GB17.78 GB 3Unlimited2000 minutes600 minutesUnlimited35 days

1 double data bonus valid for 3 months (so 12 GB)
2 requires 10 EUR roaming credit for activation
3 +1 GB that can also be used in Australia, China, Egypt, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

Orange Romania Optiunea Offers
EU Roaming – Orange România

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

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Tenerife

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

APN/Internet Settings – Orange România

  • Name: Orange RO
  • APN: net

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone România

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

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

However, Vodafone is closely trailing Orange Romania, so they may switch positions every few quarters.

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

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

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

Coverage – Vodafone România

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout Romania.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

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

SIM Card Price – Vodafone România

You can buy a Vodafone SIM card, called Cartela Vodafone, for 6.20 EUR with 5 EUR credit in Vodafone stores and from resellers, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations. Vodafone SIM cards are also sold at Bucharest-Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

Vodafone Romania SIM Card
© Vodafone România

Dial *100# to access the Vodafone menu.

  • 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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While Vodafone does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone România

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

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
5 EUR30 days
6 EUR30 days
8 EUR60 days
10 EUR60 days
11 EUR – 15 EUR90 days
16 EUR – 25 EUR120 days
26 EUR – 100 EUR150 days

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, dial *144*VoucherCode#, dial *100# or *144#, or call 444 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.

Dial *100# to check your Vodafone balance.

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

Vodafone Romania App
© Vodafone România

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone România

Vodafone has only one data-featured prepaid plan: Ofertas (Offers). It includes data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

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

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Ofertas can be activated by dialing *100# or by calling 222 and selecting option 2:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataSocial DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net Minutes/SMSInternational MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
4 EUROferta 4120 000 MB4500 MBN/AUnlimited100 minutesN/AUnlimited14 days
5 EUROferta 550 000 MBN/AN/AUnlimited1000 minutes/SMS100 minutesUnlimited28 days
6 EUROferta 6100 000 MBN/AN/AUnlimited2000 minutes/SMS 2300 minutesUnlimited28 days
8 EUROferta 8UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedUnlimited3000 minutes/SMS 21000 minutesUnlimited35 days
15 EUROferta 15 (SEA)150 000 MB16 700 MB 1UnlimitedUnlimited2000 minutes/SMS 3, 4, 51000 minutesUnlimited21 days
40 EUROferta 35150 000 MB44 500 MB 1UnlimitedUnlimited2000 minutes/SMS 3, 4, 51000 minutesUnlimited28 days

1 +1000 MB roaming outside the EEA
2 national minutes shared with Italy, the Republic of Moldova & Spain
3 national minutes shared with Italy & Spain
4 +100 minutes/SMS outside of the EEA (Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Qatar, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Thailand, Turkey & Vietnam)
5 +200 local SMS/EEA roaming

EU Roaming – Vodafone România

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

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

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

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone România

  • Name: Vodafone RO
  • APN: live.vodafone.com
  • Username: live

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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DIGI România (by RCS & RDS)

Digi Romania Logo
© DIGI România

DIGI România, just DIGI and sometimes called DIGI Mobile – not to be confused with Digi in Belize or Malaysia, is the third-largest mobile operator in Romania.

It was originally a fixed broadband internet service provider until entering the mobile market.

It was mostly because of DIGI that Romania has such a high fiber broadband penetration rate and also why Romania has one of the fastest broadband speeds worldwide (at low prices).

Back to DIGI Mobile, as a newcomer in 2014, it had to compete with the Big Three.

However, by having almost rock-bottom prices, it managed to grow quickly and is now larger than Telekom România, which used to the the third-largest mobile operator in the country.

DIGI, as a mobile operator, is also active in Hungary, Italy & Spain.

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 3700 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about DIGI:

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

Coverage – DIGI România

DIGI has extensive coverage throughout Romania.

It has the best 4G/LTE availability.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is DIGI's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

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

SIM Card Price – DIGI România

You can buy a DIGI card for 4 EUR in DIGI stores. They are not sold at Bucharest-Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

  • 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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DIGI has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – DIGI România

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

To top up your DIGI SIM card, dial *111# 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.

Dial *111# to check your DIGI balance.

While DIGI has a mobile app for Android and iOS, it is basically its website wrapper in an app.

And it still has awful performance issues, so you better avoid using it.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – DIGI România

DIGI has only one data-featured prepaid plan: Prepaid. It includes data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Be aware that DIGI (prepaid) plans are for local use only and cannot be used in the EU/EEA.

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

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

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The following plans are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
2 EURHipsterova2 GBUnlimited150 minutesUnlimited1 month*110*2*1*1#
2 EURDiva2 GBN/A200 minutesUnlimited3 months*110*2*2*1#
3 EURDeluxovici3 GBN/A350 minutesUnlimited3 months*110*2*4*1#
3 EURBogatinov4 GBUnlimited250 minutesUnlimited1 month*110*2*3*1#
4 EURBashtanov4 GBN/A450 minutesUnlimited3 months*110*2*6*1#
4 EURDinerovich6 GBUnlimited400 minutesUnlimited1 month*110*2*5*1#
Digi Romania Optiune Plans
EU Roaming – DIGI România

While DIGI offers roaming options, you cannot roam for free in the European Union.

APN/Internet Settings – DIGI România

  • Name: DIGI
  • APN: prepaid

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Telekom România (formerly Cosmote România)

Telekom Logo
© Telekom

Telekom România, just Telekom and formerly Cosmote România, is the smallest mobile operator in Romania.

It used to be in third place for a long time until DIGI România went on a growing spree.

Telekom, by Deutsche Telekom (from Germany), is active in Europe (as Telekom and T-Mobile) and the United States (as T-Mobile).

Telekom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
  • 5G NR: testing phase (will probably be at 3500 MHz on n78 and most likely not for prepaid customers initially)

This is what you will learn about Telekom:

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

Coverage – Telekom România

Telekom has the worst coverage in Romania.

Below is Telekom's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

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

SIM Card Price – Telekom România

You can get a Telekom SIM card for free in Telekom stores or from resellers, including grocery stores, convenience stores & gas stations. However, you are often required to top-up or purchase a plan on the spot. They are also sold at Bucharest-Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

Telekom Romania Mobil Nelimitat SIM Card
© Telekom România
Telekom Romania Cartela Telekom SIM Card
© Telekom România

Any SIM card in the image below are not available anymore.

Telekom Romania Out of Stock SIM Cards

Dial *100# to access the Telekom menu.

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Telekom has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Telekom România

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

The following top-ups with these bonuses are available:

Top-UpOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSCredit ValidityBonus Validity
5 EUR50 minutes50 SMS60 days15 days
6 EUR50 minutes50 SMS60 days15 days
10 EUR50 minutes50 SMS60 days15 days
20 EUR50 minutes50 SMS120 days15 days
Telekom Romania Recharge Card Top-Up Bonuses

The following online top-ups with these bonuses are available:

Top-UpDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSCredit ValidityBonus Validity
3 EUR – 3.99 EURN/AN/AN/A31 daysN/A
4 EUR – 4.99 EUR500 MB50 minutes50 SMS31 days3 days
5 EUR – 10.99 EUR500 MB50 minutes50 SMS60 days3 days
11 EUR – 15.99 EUR500 MB50 minutes50 SMS90 days3 days
16 EUR – 24.99 EUR500 MB50 minutes50 SMS120 days3 days
25 EUR – 100 EUR500 MB50 minutes50 SMS150 days3 days
Telekom Romania Online Top-Up Bonuses

To top up your Telekom SIM card, dial *135*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *135*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.

Dial *134# to check your Telekom balance.

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

Telekom Romania MyAccount Telekom App
© Telekom România

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Telekom România

Telekom has two data-featured prepaid plans: Opțiuni Voce/Voice Options (combo) & Opțiuni Date/Data Options (data).

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

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

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Opțiuni Voce (Voice Options) – Telekom România

The Opțiuni Voce (Voice Options) are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 123 to activate Opțiuni Voce:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
2 EUROpțiunea Mobil Nelimitat Mini2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited7 daysU2
5 EUROpțiunea N55 GBUnlimited1500 minutes100 minutesUnlimitedShared with off-net call allowance28 daysN5
6 EUROpțiunea Mobil Nelimitat6 GBUnlimitedUnlimited300 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysN6
8 EUROpțiunea Mobil Nelimitat 88 GBUnlimitedUnlimited600 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited35 daysU8
12 EUROpțiunea R12 cu roaming15 GB 1Unlimited1000 minutes200 minutesUnlimitedShared with off-net call allowance28 daysR12

1 13.33 GB EU/EEA data + shared 100 minutes and SMS for Moldova, Serbia, Switzerland & Turkey

Opțiuni Date (Data Options) – Telekom România

The Opțiuni Data (Data Options) are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 638 to activate Opțiuni Voce:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesInternational MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
3 EURDate Mobile M1536 MBshared with local minutes500 minutes 1shared with local minutesUnlimitedshared with local minutes1 monthA DM
5 EURDate Mobile L2048 GBN/AUnlimited300 minutes 2N/AUnlimited1 monthA DL

1 shared with local SMS & international minutes
2 +200 international minutes

EU Roaming – Telekom România

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

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

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

APN/Internet Settings – Telekom România

  • Name: Telekom RO
  • APN: broadband

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Lycamobile România

Lycamobile Logo New 2021

Lycamobile România, just Lycamobile, is a Telekom România 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 Telekom România’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 + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lycamobile România

Lycamobile is a Telekom România MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the Telekom România network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

Unfortunately, Lycamobile does not have full access to Telekom România's network.

Its coverage is embarrassing compared to what Telekom România has to offer.

Below is Lycamobile's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile România

You can get a Lycamobile SIM card for free from resellers, including grocery stores, convenience stores & gas stations. However, you are often required to top-up or purchase a plan on the spot. Lycamobile SIM cards may be sold at Bucharest-Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

Dial *132# to see your Lycamobile phone number.

Call 150 to change the system's language.

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Lycamobile has no eSIMs.

But let's continue with Lycamobile for now.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lycamobile România

Lycamobile top-up vouchers are sold by Lycamobile resellers, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Romania.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
5 EUR90 days
10 EUR90 days
20 EUR90 days
50 EUR90 days

To top up your Lycamobile SIM card, dial *131*VoucherCode# or dial *555# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *131*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.

Dial *131# or call 555 to check your Lycamobile balance.

Lycamobile has recently updated its apps (Android/iOS).

Lycamobile App New 2021
© Lycamobile

For many, it had performance issues. However, the Android app has worked well for me.

Perhaps the update will make the apps work well for you too.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile România

Lycamobile has three data-featured prepaid plans: National Plans (combo) & Asian Plans (combo)

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

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

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National Plans – Lycamobile România

The National Plans are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Although the name suggests that these bundles can only be used in Romania, they can also be used in other EU/EEA member states without being charged data roaming rates.

Dial the Activation Code to activate National Plans:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational Minutes 3On-Net SMSOff-Net SMSActivation Code
5 EURRomania MINI5 GBN/A100 minutes 2Unlimited25 minutes 4N/A500 SMS
*139*40005#
6 EURRomania SUPER6 GB 1N/A100 minutes 2Unlimited200 minutes 4100 minutes600 SMS*139*40006#
8 EURRomania ULTRA80 GBN/A100 minutes 2Unlimited300 minutes 4Unlimited1000 SMS*139*40008#
10 EURRomania Gold100 GBN/AN/AUnlimited350 minutesN/A1000 SMS*139*400009#
20 EURRomania Max140 GB14 GBN/AUnlimited500 minutesN/A1000 SMS*139*400010#

1 +60 GB bonus
2 for Lycamobile Ukraine and kyivstar
3 to landline numbers in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (+mobile) Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland (+mobile), France, Germany, Greece (+mobile), Hungary, Italy (+mobile), Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (+mobile), Northern Cyprus, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia (+mobile), Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom & the United States (+mobile)
4 +25 mins to other Ukraine networks

Lycamobile Romania National Plans
Asian Plans – Lycamobile România

The Asian Plans are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

It also includes international minutes to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka & Vietnam.

Dial the Activation Code to activate National Plans:

PricePlanData 1EU/EEA DataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
9 EURAsia Plan S5 GB5 GBUnlimited500 minutes 2Unlimited30 days*139*50006#
12 EURAsia Plan M5 GB5 GBUnlimited600 minutes 3Unlimited30 days*139*50009#
15 EURAsia Plan L5 GB5 GBUnlimited800 minutes 4Unlimited30 days*139*50012#

1 +unlimited internet bonus
2 to Bangladesh (1 unit/minute), Nepal (20 units/minute), Pakistan (5 units/minute), the Philippines (10 units/minute), Sri Lanka (20 units/minute) & Vietnam (5 units/minute)
3 to Bangladesh (1 unit/minute), Nepal (12 units/minute), Pakistan (4 units/minute), the Philippines (8 units/minute), Sri Lanka (12 units/minute) & Vietnam (4 units/minute)
4 to Bangladesh (1 unit/minute), Nepal (10 units/minute), Pakistan (4 units/minute), the Philippines (8 units/minute), Sri Lanka (10 units/minute) & Vietnam (4 units/minute)

Lycamobile Romania Asian Plans
EU Roaming – Lycamobile România

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

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

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

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile România

  • Name: Lycamobile RO
  • APN: data.lycamobile.ro
  • Username: lmro
  • Password: plus

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Romania

Getting a SIM card from Orange or Vodafone would do you well when considering a Romanian SIM card.

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