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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Serbia: Buying Guide

Serbia – known for its culture, tasty cuisine, and nightlife.

Just like other Western Balkans nations, Serbia is rich in history.

From the Tesla Museum in Belgrade to the Niš Fortress in Niš.

Perhaps you are more into nature and would rather see the mountain and parks in Tara.

Or if you are a party-goer, you may just want to stay in Belgrade and live every night like it is your last one – just make sure they are not literally your last night.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored. You better make your friends jealous by sharing your Serbia experiences online.

The thing is, international roaming can be expensive. Serbia is an inexpensive travel destination, so it would be a shame to make your trip expensive because you felt the need to roam.

Luckily, you do not have to. You can get a local SIM card, like a Serbian one, and enjoy local rates. This method is almost always cheaper than international roaming.

And the best part – SIM cards are inexpensive in Serbia.

You can get a regular Serbian SIM card for 300 RSD (3 USD) from MTS, Telenor, A1, or Globatel in their stores or from kiosks and newsstands. Tourist SIM cards are sold for between 300 RSD (3 USD) to 1800 RSD (18.10 USD). 2 GB valid for 7 days will cost you at least 200 RSD (2 USD).

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Super cheap, right!? That is one of the pros of visiting the Balkan states – it is so cheap compared to Western Europe. Or even worse – Northern Europe.

But the four mobile operators have much more to offer, which I will tell you all about in this guide.

To make your SIM card selection even better, I will also give you some golden nuggets nobody else talks about.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Serbia Guide (logos of MTS, Telenor, A1 & Globatel)

Original publication: 5th of August 2021. Last updated: 14th of August 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Serbia?

Anyone in Serbia can buy a Serbian SIM card regardless of whether they are visiting the country as a tourist/traveler or are living there.

Your phone has to support the frequencies used in Serbia. Furthermore, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a Serbian SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Serbia?

Serbian SIM cards are available in the official stores or offices of the mobile operators (MTS Serbia, Telenor Serbia, A1 Serbia & Globatel), and other stores, such as post offices, grocery stores, newsstands, gas stations, and convenience stores.

It is also possible to buy SIM cards at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд/Aerodrom Nikola Tesla Beograd).

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

  • MTS Serbia: 300 RSD (regular & data-only)
  • Telenor Serbia: 300 RSD (regular), 500 RSD (regular) & 545 RSD (data-only)
  • A1 Serbia: 300 RSD
  • Globatel: 299 RSD

The following mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • MTS Serbia: Super Tourist Net – 600 RSD & 1800 RSD
  • Telenor Serbia: Prepaid Internet Tourist Package – 545 RSD
  • A1 Serbia: Hello Stranger – 300 RSD

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Can You Use Your Phone in Serbia?

Serbia uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Serbia. 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 Serbia, 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
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 & 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Serbia.

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

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Serbia

Serbia has three mobile network operators (Main Operators) and one Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO):

  • MTS Serbia – Telekom Srbija
  • Telenor Serbia – Telenor Srbija
  • A1 Serbia – A1 Srbijna
  • Globatel (A1 MVNO)

The following frequencies are used in Serbia:

  • 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.

Cannot see the video above? Watch it on YouTube.

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

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

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

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5G in Serbia

5G NR is not available in Serbia as of 2021. The regulator, Regulatorna Agencija Za Elektronske Komunikacije I Postanske Usluge – RATEL, has postponed the 5G license auction to the end of 2021, which could result in the commercial launch of 5G NR in 2022 or 2023.

In 2018, there was speculation that Serbia would launch 5G NR that year. In 2019, the regulator, RATEL, was hoping that 5G NR would be ready in 2020.

In early 2021, a local Internet Service Provider SSB asked RATEL to launch the 5G auction. It was initially scheduled to take place in March 2021, but it was delayed because of the ongoing pandemic.

Telenor Serbia has already been holding 5G NR trials since 2019. It is speculated that both MTS Serbia and A1 Serbia have been doing the same.

Best SIM Card in Serbia

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Serbia, I recommend going with either Telenor or A1. Both mobile operators have the best coverage throughout the country. A1 has the fastest speeds. Consider MTS for generous allowances with its tourist SIM cards.

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SIM Card Registration in Serbia

SIM card registration using your passport information is not needed when buying a SIM card in Serbia.

EU Roaming in Serbia

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

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

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

Roaming in the EU with Serbia SIM Cards

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

However, Serbia is a Potential Candidate Country for joining the EU. The country also wants to join the EU/EEA common roaming zone in the near future. To do so, Serbia and other Western Balkans countries have decided to cap roaming rates between July 2019 and July 2021.

Roaming rates within Western Balkans have been made something of the past since the 1st of July 2021. This policy apparently a prerequisite to join the EU/EEA common roaming zone.

Western Balkans Roaming

Western Balkans Countries
Western Balkans Countries by Marko7, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Those with SIM cards from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro & North Macedonia can roam for free in Serbia, and those with Serbian 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 2021.

From the 1st of July 2019, roaming rates in Western Balkans states have gone down by up to 99%. From the 1st of July 2021, international roaming fees have been abolished in the Western Balkans.

Serbia Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Serbia

Most countries in Europe have affordable mobile data rates. At least, compared to other regions worldwide. And the quality of networks is often better than average too.

Does this apply to Serbia too? How much does mobile data cost in this country?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Serbia is 1.30 USD, below the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

In fact, Serbia is one of the cheaper countries for mobile data in Eastern Europe.

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.

So we know that mobile data is inexpensive. Will you get fast speeds in Serbia?

Serbia's average mobile download speed is around 50 Mbps.

Those speeds are not bad at all! They are close to the global average. Currently, only 43 countries of the 137 countries in the Global Index have average download speeds faster than the global average, so Serbia is doing well.

Only North Macedonia has faster mobile internet speeds in the Western Balkans (56 Mbps), so Serbia still can be the fastest in the region.

Let's look at the mobile operators individually – which one is the fastest? It is not the largest one, somehow.

Currently, A1 Serbia is the fastest mobile operator with a Speed Score of 54. However, both Telenor Serbia and MTS Serbia are not far behind with Speed Scores of 50 and 45, respectively.

But speed is not the only thing you should focus on. One mobile operator could have a download speed of 1 Gbps. But its coverage could be limited to their office building – that would be useless.

But I will be talking about coverage when discussing the individual mobile operators.

I can already say, however, that the Serbian mobile operators have extensive nationwide coverage. 4G/LTE availability is more than 85% with the three options.

With affordable SIM cards, low prices for plans, fast mobile internet speeds, and nationwide 4G/LTE coverage, you should have a smooth network experience in Serbia.

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Currency in Serbia

200 Serbian Dinar Bank Note
© Народна банка Србије/National Bank of Serbia (NBS)/Narodna Banka Srbije

Serbia use the Serbian Dinar with the symbol RSD (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as just din. For example, 25 RSD = 25 din. For reference, below are some exchange rates between RSD and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 RSD = 0.01 USD
  • 10 RSD = 0.10 USD
  • 100 RSD = 1.00 USD
  • 1000 RSD = 10 USD
  • 10 000 RSD = 100.80 USD

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

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Serbian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through MTS Serbia, Telenor Serbia, A1 Serbia & Globatel, 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 Serbia has to offer to us.

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MTS Serbia

MTS Logo
© MTS

MTS Serbia by Telekom Srbija (Serbia) is the largest mobile operator in Serbia. MTS is also active in Northern Kosovo and owns the m:tel brand (in Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro) together with Telekom Srpske (Bosnia & Herzegovina).

MTS uses the following frequencies:

  • 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 MTS:

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

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

Jump to: Telenor | A1 | Globatel

Coverage – MTS Serbia

MTS has extensive coverage throughout Serbia.

Below is MTS' 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G map:

Also the 4G/LTE coverage map:

Finally, we have a map of all the technologies combined (2G, 3G & 4G/LTE):

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – MTS Serbia

You can get an MTS SIM card for 300 RSD with 25 RSD in credit and other bonuses (10 GB, 10 000 on-net minutes & 10 000 local SMS – all valid for 7 days in a 60-day window) in MTS stores, kiosks, and post offices. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд).

The following bonuses apply:

  • <= 400 RSD top-up: 1 GB bonus
  • 400 RSD – 600 RSD top-up: 4 GB bonus
  • 600 RSD => top-up: 20 GB bonus
  • All top-ups: unlimited data for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber & WhatsApp (7 days)

The bonuses will re-apply each time you top-up within the first 90 days of using your MTS SIM card.

It is also possible to get an MTS eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card. To use an MTS eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro/12 Mini
  • iPhone SE/XS/XS Max/XR
  • Huawai P40/P40 Pro/Mate P40
  • Morotola Razr
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20/20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

The data-only SIM card (Pripejd Mobilni Net) also costs 300 RSD and features 500 MB of data.

MTS Serbia Pripejd Mobilni Net - Prepaid Mobile Internet SIM Cards
© MTS Serbia

Short-term travelers can also take advantage of the Tourist Net or Super Tourist Net SIM cards – MTS' tourist SIM cards.

MTS Serbia Tourist SIM Card (Tourist Net & Super Tourist Net)
© MTS Serbia

The Tourist Net SIM card costs 600 RSD and comes with 25 RSD in credit and 15 GB of data valid for 5 days.

The Super Tourist Net SIM card costs 25 RSD and featured 25 RSD in credit, 10 GB of data, unlimited on-net minutes, 120 local minutes & 30 international minutes – all valid for 30 days.

Below is an overview of the two tourist SIM cards:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidity
600 RSDTourist Net25 RSD15 GBN/AN/AN/A5 days
1800 RSDSuper Tourist Net25 RSD10 GBUnlimited120 minutes30 minutes30 days

You can still browse the web after exhausting your data allowances with both tourist SIM cards. However, your speeds will be throttled to 64 Kbps.

You may have to dial *100# to activate your MTS SIM card.

Dial *100# to access the MTS menu.

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

However, your SIM card will enter the suspended state after 90 days (still receive incoming calls and SMS but no outgoing actions, except for calling emergency services).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – MTS Serbia

MTS top-up vouchers are sold in MTS stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

The credit for each top-up is valid for 90 days.

To top up your MTS SIM card, dial *100# 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 recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# to check your MTS balance.

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

Moj MTS Serbia App
© MTS Serbia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – MTS Serbia

MTS has four data-featured plans:

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

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

Domaci Min I SMS (Home Minutes and SMS) – MTS Serbia
MTS Serbia Plans
© MTS Serbia

The Domaci Min I SMS (Home Minutes and SMS) plans are combo bundles with data and minutes/SMS.

Be aware that your call and text allowances are combined, not separate.

Activate Domaci Min I SMS by texting the Activation Code to 687:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes/SMSValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
299 RSDKombo Miks 50N/A50 minutes/SMS7 daysKOMBO50STOPKOMBO50
499 RSDKombo Miks 100N/A100 minutes/SMS30 daysKOMBO100STOPKOMBO100
999 RSDKomplet Kombo Miks200 MB200 minutes/SMS30 daysKOMBOSVESTOPKOMBOSVE

Domaci Min I SMS auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 687.

Pripejd Internet (Prepaid Internet) – MTS Serbia

The Pripejd Internet (Prepaid Internet) plans are data-only bundles. Do note that speeds are restricted to 42 Mbps download and 5.7 Mbps upload.

Activate Pripejd Internet by texting the Activation Code to 687:

PricePlanData 1Social DataSocial App(s)ValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
50 RSDInternet 1 Dan 100 MB100 MBUnlimitedVarious 21 dayNET50N/A
100 RSDInternet 1 Dan 1 GB1 GBN/AN/A1 dayNET100N/A
125 RSDInternet 7 Dana 200 MB200 MBN/AN/A7 daysNET125NET125STOP
200 RSDInternet 7 Dana 1 GB 1 GBN/AN/A7 daysNET200NET200STOP

1 can still browse the web at 64 Kbps after exhausting data allowance until the expiry date
2 Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber & WhatsApp

The two 7-day plans (Internet 7 Dana 200 MB & Internet 7 Dana 1 GB) auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 687:

Tourist Packages – MTS Serbia

The Tourist Packages are data-only plans exclusively for the Tourist SIM cards.

The following Tourist Packages are available:

PriceData 1Validity
600 RSD3 GB7 days
900 RSD5 GB7 days

1 you can still browse the web at 64 Kbps after exhausting data allowance until the expiry date

Društvene Mreže i Aplikacije (Social Media & Applications) – MTS Serbia

The Društvene Mreže i Aplikacije (Social Media & Applications) are social media add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Activate Društvene Mreže i Aplikacije by texting the Activation Code to 687:

PricePlanSocial DataSocial App(s)ValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
69 RSDFacebook DodatakUnlimitedFacebook30 daysFBSTOPFB
69 RSDTwitter DodatakUnlimitedTwitter30 daysTWSTOPTW
99 RSDViver DodatakUnlimitedViber30 daysVBSTOPVB
99 RSDWhatsApp DodatakUnlimitedWhatsApp30 daysWASTOPWA
299 RSDInstagram, Facebook I TwitterUnlimitedVarious 130 daysDMSTOPDM

1 Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Društvene Mreže i Aplikacije. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 687.

Western Balkans Roaming – MTS Serbia

You can use your allowances in the following Western Balkans countries without paying roaming fees:

1 due to historical and political reasons, the Serbian mobile operators do not list Kosovo as an independent nation, but the Western Balkans roaming agreement does apply to Kosovo too

APN/Internet Settings – MTS Serbia

  • Name: MTS
  • APN: mtsinternet
  • Username: mts
  • Password: 064

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Telenor Serbia

Telenor Logo
© Telenor

Telenor Serbia, officially Telenor Srbjia but just Telenor, is the second-largest mobile operator in Serbia. Although using the Telenor brand name from Norway, it is owned by a Czech/Dutch investment company called PFF.

Telenor uses the following frequencies:

  • 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 Telenor:

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

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

Jump to: MTS | A1 | Globatel

Coverage – Telenor Serbia

Telenor has excellent coverage in Serbia.

Below is Telenor's 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G map:

Finally, the 4G/LTE coverage map:

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – Telenor Serbia

You can get a Telenor SIM card for 300 RSD (Telenor Pripejd) or 500 RSD (Telenor Pripejd Plus) in Telenor stores, kiosks, and post offices. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд).

The Telenor Pripejd (Telenor Prepaid) SIM card costs 300 RSD and featured 1500 RSD in credit and 5 GB of data valid for 7 days. You do have to dial *111*1# to claim this bonus.

Telenor Serbia 5x Vise
© Telenor Serbia

The Telenor Pripejd Plus (Telenor Prepaid Plus) SIM card costs 500 RSD and featured 5000 RSD in credit and 10 GB of data valid for 15 days. You do have to dial *111*1# to claim this bonus.

You can also select two social media applications (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Viber), giving you 10 GB a month for free for 3 months.

Telenor Serbia Pripejd Plus - Prepaid Plus
© Telenor Serbia

You may have to dial *121# to activate your Telenor SIM card.

It is also possible to get a Telenor eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card. To use a Telenor eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 12/12 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra

Short-term travelers can also take advantage of the Internet Turistički Paket (Internet Travel Package) – Telenor's tourist SIM card. For 545 RSD, you get 10 GB for 15 days. This SIM card can be extended by buying a regular plan.

Dial *111# to access the Telenor menu.

Telenor SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 330 days (no top-up for 330 days or no activity for 330 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Telenor Serbia

Telenor top-up vouchers are sold in Telenor stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

The following top-up options are available:

  • 200 RSD
  • 300 RSD
  • 500 RSD
  • 1000 RSD
Telenor Serbia Top Up Vouchers
© Telenor Serbia

The following online top-up options are available:

  • 200 RSD
  • 300 RSD
  • 500 RSD
  • 700 RSD
  • 100 RSD
  • 1500 RSD

The credit of each top-up is 60 days, and each top-up extends the validity of your SIM card by 330 days.

To top up your Telenor SIM card, dial *912*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *912*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 *121# to check your Telenor balance.

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

Moj Telenor Serbia App
© Telenor Serbia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Telenor Serbia

Telenor has four data-featured plans:

All Telenor plans can be activated by dialing *111#:

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

Dnevni Internet Dodaci (Daily Internet Extras) – Telenor Serbia

The Dnevni Internet Dodaci (Daily Internet Extras) plans are data-only bundles valid for 1 day. Do note that speeds with this plan are restricted to 21 Mbps.

Activate Dnevni Internet Dodaci by texting the Activation Code to 3286:

PriceDataWestern Balkan Data 1ValidityActivation Code
30 RSD100 MB50 MB1 dayDa100
50 RSD500 MB50 MB1 dayDa500

Multiple Dnevni Internet Dodaci can be activated simutaneously.

Mesečni Internet Dodaci (Monthly Internet Extras) – Telenor Serbia

The Mesečni Internet Dodaci (Monthly Internet Extras) plans are data-only bundles.

Mesečni Internet Dodaci can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 9000:

PriceDataWestern Balkan Data 1ValidityActivation Code
199 RSD250 MB250 MB30 days250
299 RSD500 MB500 MB30 days500
399 RSD1 GB1 GB30 days1
599 RSD3 GB1.5 GB30 days3
999 RSD10 GB2.5 GB30 days10

Multiple Mesečni Internet Dodaci can be activated simultaneously.

Pripejd Internet Broj (Prepaid Mobile Internet) – Telenor Serbia

The Pripejd Internet Broj (Prepaid Mobile Internet) plans are data-only bundles.

The following Pripejd Internet Broj are available:

PriceDataValidity
399 RSD1 GB30 days
599 RSD3 GB30 days
999 RSD10 GB30 days
Aplikacije (Applications) – Telenor Serbia

The Aplikacije (Applications) plans are social media add-ons.

These Aplikacije are available:

PriceApp DataAppValidity
49 RSD20 GBTwitter30 days
99 RSD20 GBViber30 days
99 RSD20 GBWhatsApp30 days
149 RSD20 GBFacebook30 days
149 RSD20 GBInstagram30 days
195 RSD10 GBNickelodeon Play30 days
499 RSD10 GBBookmate30 days
499 RSD10 GBDeezer30 days
749 RSD10 GBHBO GO30 days
Western Balkans Roaming – Telenor Serbia

You can use your allowances in the following Western Balkans countries without paying roaming fees:

1 due to historical and political reasons, the Serbian mobile operators do not list Kosovo as an independent nation, but the Western Balkans roaming agreement does apply to Kosovo too

APN/Internet Settings – Telenor Serbia

  • Name: Telenor
  • APN: internet
  • Username: telenor
  • Password: gprs

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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A1 Serbia

A1 Logo
© A1

A1 Serbia, officially A1 Srbjia but just A1, is the smallest Main Operator in Serbia. A1, as a company, is active in Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Serbia & Slovenia.

A1 uses the following frequencies:

  • 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 + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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

Jump to: MTS | Telenor | Globatel

Coverage – A1 Serbia

A1 has extensive coverage throughout Serbia.

Below is A1's 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G map:

Finally, the 4G/LTE coverage map:

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – A1 Serbia

You can get an A1 SIM card for 300 RSD in A1 stores, kiosks, and post offices. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд).

It is also possible to get an A1 eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card. To use an A1 eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE/XS/XS Max/XR
  • iPad 7 10.2 LTE
  • iPad Pro 12.9 LTE
  • Huawai P40/P40 Pro
  • Morotola Razr
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Short-term travelers can also take advantage of the Hello Stranger SIM cards – A1's tourist SIM card. For 300 RSD, you will get 20 GB of data valid for 3 days. The validity can be extended to 10 days if you top-up at least 200 RSD.

The following bonuses also apply:

  • 200 RSD – 499 RSD top-up: 3 GB bonus data for 7 days
  • 500 RSD => top-up: 6 GB bonus data for 15 days

Dial *123# to access the A1 menu.

A1 SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 13 months (no top-up for 13 months or no activity for 13 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – A1 Serbia

A1 top-up vouchers, in values between 200 RSD to 5000 RSD, are sold in A1 stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

Each top-up extends the validity of your SIM card by 3 months.

To top up your A1 SIM card, dial *123# 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 recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *123# or text ? to 1200 to check your A1 balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Moj A1 (My A1) app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Moj A1 Serbia App
© A1 Serbia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – A1 Serbia

A1 has five data-featured plans:

All A1 plans can be activated by dialing *123#.

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

Mesečni Planovi (Monthly Plans) – A1 Serbia

The Mesečni Planovi (Monthly Plans) are combo bundles with data and minutes.

Activate Mesečni Planovi by texting the Activation Code to 2021:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1Local Minutes/SMSValidityActivation Code
300 RSDMesečni Plan 3001 GB10 GB100 minutes/SMS30 daysMP300
600 RSDMesečni Plan 6003 GB10 GB 2200 minutes/SMS30 daysMP600

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Viber & WhatsApp
2 +10 GB for Instagram

Mesečni Planovi auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *123#.

Internet Dodaci Tarifni Dodaci (Internet Extras Tariff Extras) – A1 Serbia

The Internet Dodaci Tarifni Dodaci (Internet Extras Tariff Extras) are data-only plans.

Activate Mesečni Planovi by texting the Activation Code to 12307:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
89 RSD500 MB1 day500MB
129 RSD1 GB1 day1GB
289 RSD3 GB7 days3GB
489 RSD6 GB7 days6GB
729 RSD12 GB7 days12GB
Prepaid Internet Internet Dodaci (Prepaid Internet Internet Add-Ons) – A1 Serbia

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

Activate Internet Internet Dodaci by texting the Activation Code to 12307:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
300 RSD3 GB5 days3GB
500 RSD6 GB5 days6GB
Dodaci Mesečni Plan (Add-Ons for Monthly Plans) – A1 Serbia

The Dodaci Mesečni Plan are add-ons for Mesečni Planovi. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Activate Internet Internet Dodaci by texting the Activation Code to 12307:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes/SMSValidityActivation Code
99 RSDDodaci Samo Uz Mesečni Plan 300N/A100 minutes/SMSUntil plan expires100
99 RSDDodaci Samo Uz Mesečni Plan 3001 GBN/AUntil plan expires1GB
99 RSDDodaci Samo Uz Mesečni Plan 600N/A200 minutes/SMSUntil plan expires200
99 RSDDodaci Samo Uz Mesečni Plan 6003 GBN/AUntil plan expires3GB
Multimedija Tarifni Dodaci (Multimedia Tariff Extras) – A1 Serbia

The Multimedija Tarifni Dodaci (Multimedia Tariff Extras) are social media add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Multimedija Tarifni Dodaci are available:

PriceSocial DataApp(s)ValidityActivation Code
149 RSD5 GBInstagram7 days1 to 4042
149 RSD5 GBVarious 17 days1 to 4047

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Viber & WhatsApp

Western Balkans Roaming – A1 Serbia

You can use your allowances in the following Western Balkans countries without paying roaming fees:

1 due to historical and political reasons, the Serbian mobile operators do not list Kosovo as an independent nation, but the Western Balkans roaming agreement does apply to Kosovo too

APN/Internet Settings – A1 Serbia

  • Name: A1
  • APN: internet
  • Username: internet
  • Password: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Globatel

Globatel Logo
© Globatel

Globatel is an A1 Serbia Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) using the A1 network. It is a local Internet Service Provider that also offers mobile services. Globaltel has a market share of less than 1% of the Serbian mobile telecommunications market.

To learn about Globatel's frequencies, jump back to A1 Serbia's frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Globatel:

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

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

Jump to: MTS | Telenor | A1

Coverage – Globatel

Globaltel has great coverage throughout Serbia.

Even though Globatel is an A1 Serbia MVNO, it does not have full access to the A1 network. As a result, you may have a forced fallback to 2G or 3G in some areas. In others, you will have no reception at all, while A1 SIM cards will have reception.

Below is Globatel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Globatel

You can buy a Globaltel SIM card for 299 RSD in Globatel's head office (Makenzijeva 24, I sprat, Beograd – Belgrade) or Moj Kiosks across Serbia.

You do have to activate the SIM card online before you can use it (in Serbian).

It is also possible to get a Globatel eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card. To use a Globatel eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 3/3 XL3A/3A XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Huawai P40/P40 Pro
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS/XS Max/XR
  • Microsoft Surface Duo
  • Samsung S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20+/20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip/Fold 2 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Flip LTE Model

Dial *100# to access the Globatel menu.

Globatel SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 120 days (no top-up for 120 days or no activity for 120 days). However, your SIM card will be in a suspended state (incoming calls & SMS only) after the 90th day of no activity.

But you can still call emergency services while your Globaltel SIM card is in a suspended state.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Globatel

You can top-up your Globatel SIM card at the Globaltel head office (Makenzijeva 24, I sprat, Beograd – Belgrade), post offices, and Moj Kiosks across the nation. Top-up amounts are between 100 RSD to 12 000 RSD.

Simply 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 *100# to check your Globatel balance.

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

Globatel App
© Globatel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Globatel

Globatel Tjov Paket - Your Package
© Globatel

Globatel has three data-featured plans:

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

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

Tvoj Paket (Your Package) – Globatel

With Tjov Paket (Your Package), you can customize your plan by setting how much data and how many minutes you want for 7 days or 30 days. However, all plans need a minimum amount of data and minutes/SMS.

All Tvoj Paket include unlimited on-net minutes.

Tvoj Paket (7 days) – Globatel

With Tvoj Paket 7 days (7 Dana), you can get 2 GB or 4 GB of data and 30 minutes/SMS to 80 minutes/SMS.

Be aware that your call and text allowances are combined, not separate.

Set up Tvoj Paket by dialing *100# or online:

Data & Minutes/SMS2 GB4 GB
30 Minutes/SMS200 RSD300 RSD
80 Minutes/SMS300 RSD400 RSD
Tvoj Paket (30 days) – Globatel

With Tvoj Paket 30 days (30 Dana), you can get 1 GB up to 10 GB of data and 50 minutes/SMS up to 250 minutes/SMS.

Be aware that your call and text allowances are combined, not separate.

Set up Tvoj Paket by dialing *100# or online:

Data & Minutes/SMS1 GB4 GB10 GB
50 Minutes/SMS300 RSD450 RSD700 RSD
150 Minutes/SMS450 RSD500 RSD900 RSD
250 Minutes/SMS600 RSD800 RSD1000 RSD
Pojedinačni Paketi (Individual Packages) – Globatel

The Pojedinačni Paketi (Individual Packages) are data-only plans or call/SMS plans.

Activate Pojedinačni Paketi by dialing *100#:

PriceDataMinutes/SMSValidity
100 RSDN/A20 minutes/SMS7 days
100 RSD1 GBN/A7 days
200 RSDN/A50 minutes/SMS7 days
200 RSD3 GBN/A7 days
300 RSDN/A100 minutes/SMS30 days
300 RSD5 GBN/A30 days
Internet Tarife (Internet Tariff) – Globatel

The Internet Tarife (Internet Tariff) are data-only plans.

Activate Internet Tarife by dialing *100#

PriceDataValidity
100 RSD1 GB7 days
200 RSD3 GB7 days
300 RSD5 GB30 days
Western Balkans Roaming – Globatel

You can use your allowances in the following Western Balkans countries without paying roaming fees:

1 due to historical and political reasons, the Serbian mobile operators do not list Kosovo as an independent nation, but the Western Balkans roaming agreement does apply to Kosovo too

APN/Internet Settings – Globatel

  • Name: globatel
  • APN: globatel

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Serbia

The cheapest way to get online in Serbia is to get a SIM card from one of the 4 mobile operators unless you have a Western Balkans SIM card and can roam for free in Serbia. 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 Serbia

Getting a SIM card from either Telenor Serbia or A1 Serbia would do you well when considering a Serbian 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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