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Buying SIM Cards in Greece

Buying SIM Cards in Greece

Greece is one of the most distinct and ancient countries in the world. In 2017 alone, Greece had more than 27 million tourists from all over the world. The country offers one of the most unique architectures and culture in the world, beautiful cities, fine cuisine, and marvelous natural wonders. If you’re interested in learning the history of the country, you can visit Acropolis, Athens. It is considered as the symbols of Athens and Greece itself. In it you can see three ancient temples that dates back way back in 5, B.C. Another interesting place to visit is the Meteora Monasteries, which is placed on top of Thessary Plains, it is also a UNESCO site. If you’re interested in learning more on Greece’s contemporary culture you can you can visit
the famous Santorini, especially the cliff town of Fira and Oia which are famous for its nautical color palette. You can also visit the beautiful Patmos, an island dedicated to St. John the
Theologian.

When it comes to natural wonders, Greece holds places Nisyros, famous for its volcanoes or you can visit Kefalonia famed for its beautiful beaches and lush forests. With its unique culture and vast number of tourist destinations and activities, the country attracts both first time travelers and experienced travelers. If you’re looking forward on travelling to Greece, 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

For first time travelers in Greece, the first thing you need to with regards to switching on a SIM card is to actually get your phone unlocked. Having an unlocked phone means that your phone
is compatible with any SIM card and only then will you be able to utilize your phone to make phone calls, text messages and utilize data. If you can do this before going to Greece that
would be great as it will save you from a lot of hassle.

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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 are 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 Austria 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.

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Identification is required upon the point of purchase. Expect that they will photocopy of your passport. There are three main service providers in Greece:

Cosmote

Cosmote is the largest service provider in Greece. They offer two SIM cards “What’s Up” and “Cosmokarta” and costs €5. You can top this off with several packages: Giga Day, which costs €1 and you can get 1GB worth of data good for a day. Giga Soukou, which costs €2 and you can get 3GB worth of data and is only available only during the weekends. Giga Week which costs €4 and you can get 3GB worth of data good for a week. Mobile Internet Pack which costs €7 and you can get 700MB worth of data good for a month. Internet Monthly Pass which costs €3.02 and you can get 120MB worth of data good for a month. After Dark which costs €5 and you can get 10GB worth of data good for a month but one important note with After Dark is that it can only be utilized
from 10pm to 8 am only.

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They also offer data only SIM cards. For €15 you get a SIM card and a €10 credit. For €88.89 you get a 4G SIM card, a USB stick and a €30 credit. For €98.99 ou get a 4G SIM card, a USB stick and a 50GB worth of data. You can top this off with several package: For €10 you can get 2GB worth of data good for 30 days. For €25 you can get 10GB worth of data good for 30 days. And for €80 you can get 40GB worth of data good for a year.

Frog Mobile

Frog Mobile comes second to Cosmote as Greece’s largest service provider. Their starter package costs €5, you get a SIM card with a €5 credit. You can top this with several packages: For €1 you get 1GB worth of data only good for a day. For €2 you get 3GB worth of data and can be availed only during the weekends. For €4 you get 3GB worth of data only good for seven days. For €4.44 you get 2GB worth of data good for 25 days. And for €8.50 you get 5GB worth of data only good for 25 days.

Vodafone

Vodafane offers their SIM card for €8.50 and it comes with 250 minutes of domestic calls and 500 MB worth of data. For €10 top up, it automatically converts to 250 minutes of domestic calls and 500 MB worth of data. Other top ups are available too such as: For €1 you get 1GB worth of data good for one day. For €2 you get 3GB worth of data and can be availed only during the weekends. For €4 you get 3GB worth of data good for seven days. And for €6 you get 10GB worth of data good for 60 days and can be utilized only from 8PM to 8AM. You can also avail international package, for €5 you’ll get 500MB worth of data and 300 minutes of call to other Vodafone users internationally and is good for 30 days.

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Coverage are good all throughout the country though rural areas and some coastal areas have weaker coverage and can vary from one location to another.

So where do you buy one?

You can buy SIM cards and top ups in supermarkets, news agents, gas stations and even corner stores. Though we recommend you to buy it from the official stores and authorized resellers as
assistance in setting up the SIM card is readily available, especially if you have limited knowledge of the native language.

Conclusion

Buying a SIM card in Greece can be alittle challenging as options are pretty limited. Remember to prepare your passport upon purchase of the SIM card and do the necessary paperworks. You can only do these in official stores, hence it is important that you buy from one as you’ll need to go there anyway, if you buy your SIM card elsewhere. This also ensures the legitemacy of the
product and you’ll have the advatage as assisstance is readily available in the official stores. Packages can be limited especially when it comes to text messages and call minutes. So make
sure that you opt for something that will suit all your needs.

Written by Gear Up To Travel

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