Croatia is an Eastern European country with its vast coast line overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Its vast landscapes are diverse melting pot of different cultures, places, and wildlife. There are a lot of places to visit in the country especially when it comes to the country’s rich history. One place you can visit is Dubrovnik Old Town Walls which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can also visit the second biggest city in the country, Split, where you can see the ruins of the Diocletian’s Palace which was built in AD305 and offers a sweeping panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea. If you’re interested with what the country offers when it comes to contemporary culture, the town of Hvar is the place to be. The metropolitan town of Hvar offers luxurious hotels and restaurants as well as the beautiful Dalmatian Islands. When it comes to natural wonders, Croatia has Plitvice National Park to boast for as it holds magnificent steep hillsides with 16 lakes and waterfalls.
If you’re looking forward on travelling to Croatia, we’ll help you get one thing off your mind. We will guide you on buying a SIM card for your travel in this exciting country.
The First Thing You Need To Do
The first step to buying a SIM card actually doesn’t start itself but rather with our cellphones. Why? Most of the time, especially if you buy your phone from a particular service provider you can only use your phone exclusively with that provider hence you’ll need to get unlocked. An unlocked phone means that you can use it with any SIM Card.
It is worth mentioning that though most phones are now readily unlocked depending on its brand and who you bought it from, it’s necessary that you check your phone if it’s locked or unlocked. There’s a simple way of checking if your phone is locked, simply turn off your phone and replace the original SIM Card with the a different SIM card from a different SIM Card provider. If a message such as “Restricted” and “Contact your service provider” your phone is locked. If you can still operate your phone and make calls and texts, good, it means that your phone is unlocked. If it is no need to worry, simply contact your service provider to get it unlocked. If for any reasons (like a lock up period) your service provider declines to unlock your phone, simply seek help from an independent phone store or tech store and ask your phone to be unlocked, this usually costs only a small amount.
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Choosing A SIM Card
It’s important to mention that in 15 of June 2017; roaming services for countries which are a part of the European Union is cancelled meaning there are no additional charges for utilizing data without additional costs. We would like to emphasize this as this is only applicable to countries belonging to the European Union and not Europe itself and it is not applicable to countries like Turkey and Switzerland. There are limitations to this so the best thing to do is to contact your service provider to ensure that you won’t incur any charges unknowingly. So, if you’re coming from other parts of Europe it’s not really necessary for one to buy a new SIM Card as it will work fine in Croatia though do this with precaution and inquire with your service provider as terms and conditions may vary from one European Country to another and might cost unwanted charges. The best thing to do is call your service provider and ask for additional costs. In order to buy a SIM card in the Croatia, one must show a form of identification such as a passport before buying one. There are three major service providers in Croatia:
T-Hrvatski Telekom (Simpa)
T-Hrvatski Telekom or Simpa is the largest service provider in the country. They offer their SIM cards for HRK20 which comes with a HRK20 worth of credit good for 90 days. They offer two packages that is popular amongst tourists and locals. “Internet Dan” costs HRK10 and comes with 24 hours of unlimited 3G data consumption. “Internet Dan 4G” costs HRK15 and comes with 24 hours of unlimited 4G data consumption. You can also top your SIM card off with these packages: For HRK10 you get 100MB worth of data. For HRK20 you get 250MB worth of data. For HRK50 you get 1GB worth of data. For HRK75 you get 2GB worth of data.
Vip comes second to Simpa as the country’s largest service provider. They offer their SIM cards for HRK10 though micro and nano cut SIM cards can cost a little higher. You can top your SIM card off with these packages: For HRK16.50 you get 150MB worth of data. For HRK33 you get 300MB worth of data. For HRK55 you get 500MB worth of data. For HRK82.50 you get 750MB worth of data. For HRK110 you get 1GB worth of data. For HRK200 you get 2GB worth of data. For HRK440 you get 4GB worth of data.
They also offer all in one packages: “MiniZakon” costs HRK30 and it comes with 300 minutes of local costs, 300 text messages and 300MB worth of data. “Zakon” costs HRK50 and it comes with 1500 minutes of local costs, 1500 text messages and 1.5GB worth of data. “Loodilo” costs HRK60 and it comes with 500 minutes of local costs, 500 text messages and 4GB worth of data.
Tele2 is the smallest service provider in the country and also has one of the most limited coverage though they offer some of the best packages. They offer their SIM cards for HRK50. You can top your SIM card off with these packages: For HRK39 you get 1000 minutes of local costs, 1000 text messages and 1GB worth of data. For HRK49 you get 2000 minutes of local costs, 2000 text messages, HRK10 worth of credit on your account and 2GB worth of data. For HRK59 you get 2000 minutes of local costs, 2000 text messages, HRK10 worth of credit on your account and 3GB worth of data.
They also offer a tourist specially catered to tourists called “Cheapest Surf and Call”. It costs HRK50 and comes with 500 minutes of local calls, discounted international calls, , HRK10 worth of credit on your account and 3GB worth of data valid for 30 days.
When it comes to the coverage areas, the two largest service providers are good especially in highways and major cities, though there are weak spots especially in rural areas. Meanwhile Tele2 has the most limited coverage area. Make sure you inquire if Tele2’s coverage is present in the area you’re staying in before purchasing one.
So where do you buy one?
With consideration to Croatia’s process when it comes to purchasing a SIM card we highly encourage you to buy from the official stores and authorized resellers as identification needs to be shown and assistance in setting up the SIM card is readily available, especially if you have limited knowledge of the native language. However, top ups are available practically everywhere from supermarkets, news agents, gas stations and even corner stores.
Buying a SIM card in the Croatia is easy as long as you prepare your passport before purchasing. If you want to utilize your own phone, remember to get it unlocked beforehand so that it can accommodate a foreign SIM card. There are a variety of choices to choose from. Make sure that whatever you’re getting will suit all of your needs throughout your visit in the country.