Like the rest of the Baltic States, Lithuania is incredibly cheap. That’s especially true if you’re looking to stay connected while you’re in the country.
If you want to pick up a SIM card while you’re in Lithuania, here’s what you need to know.
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There are three different cell companies in Lithuania — Bite, Tele2, and Telia, providing 3G service on the 900 and 2100 MHz band.
For LTE, you’ll find Tele2 and Telia on 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2600 MHz, covering 99% of the population of Lithuania. Bite operates on the same frequencies, with only slightly less coverage.
I picked Tele2 because it had good coverage and low prices.
How to Buy a Prepaid SIM in Lithuania
Finding a SIM card was easy: I just wandered into the closest Narvesen convenience store and asked for one, along with how much data I wanted. The sales assistant handed me a Tele2 packet (with the prepaid brand name “Pildyk”) for €2, along with a €3 top-up card, and then I was on my own.
Getting it set up and working was very straightforward — I basically just put it into my phone, turned it on, and entered APN details as follows:
No username or password
After that I followed the instructions on the top-up card to add the extra credit, texted the code to buy the data package I wanted (as below), and that was it.
Prepaid SIM Costs
There were several different packages available, both data-only and with calls and texts as well. The SIM card came with €2 of credit, plus the €3 top-up card that I’d added.
In the end I went with 3GB of data valid for 30 days, which used up €3.50 of my credit. You can also get 6GB of data for €6, or unlimited data for a day (€0.99,) week (€3.49,) or month (€12.99.) As I mentioned, Lithuania is not expensive!
You can buy top-ups from any of the convenience stores in Lithuania (Narvesen, Maxima, Iki, and Rimi), as well as at Tele2 stores.
Coverage and Data Speeds
Coverage was strong throughout Vilnius and on the route to the airport, and speeds were fast at all times. All in all, staying connected in Lithuania was extremely good value for money.
Lithuania is part of the European Union, so EU roaming regulations apply. These “roam like at home” rules ended roaming charges across much of Europe in 2017, generally letting you use a SIM card from any EU/EEA country across all the others at no extra charge.
When it comes to roaming elsewhere in the EU with a Lithuanian SIM, though, beware. The low price of cell service in Lithuania has allowed all of the mobile companies to opt out of the roaming regulations. You either can’t roam outside Lithuania with their SIM cards, or need to pay fairly high rates to do so.
Check out our guides to buying SIM cards in many other countries here.
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