Like the rest of the Baltic States, Lithuania is incredibly cheap, and especially so if you’re looking to stay connected while you’re in the country.
As with our reports from Latvia and Estonia, a SIM card with calls, texts, and data will cost you no more than a few euros and offers excellent speeds.
If you want to pick up a SIM card while you’re in Lithuania, here’s what you need to know
- We recommend Tele2 for most travellers
There are three different cell companies in Lithuania — Bite, Tele2, and Omnitel. Tele2 and Omnitel operate their 3G service on the 2100 MHz band, Bite operates on both 900 MHz and 2100 MHz.
For LTE, you’ll find Tele2 and Omnitel on 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2600 MHz, covering 80% of the population of Lithuania. Bite operates on the same frequencies, but only covers half the population so far.
Finding a SIM card was easy: I just wandered into the closest Narvesen convenience store and asked for one. The sales assistant handed me a Tele2 packet for €2 and then I was on my own.
The difficulties came when I got home and realised Tele2 did not, in fact, offer a nanoSIM version. Instead, the packet came with a regular sized SIM card and a microSIM.
Never fear! I found a pair of scissors in my Airbnb apartment, held a nanoSIM over the microSIM as a stencil and trimmed it down.
To my great surprise, as messy as the end result was, it worked! If you need a nanoSIM and aren’t confident hacking up that little piece of plastic, however, you might want to go for Omnitel instead.
You’ll need to enter APN details, as follows:
No username or password
I paid €1 for the SIM card and €1 for 1 GB of data, valid for one month.
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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.