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Buying SIM Cards in Poland

Buying SIM Cards in Poland

One of the largest country in Central Europe, the country of Poland boasts one of the longest Baltic Sea coastline. The country also offers marvelous natural wonders, beautiful cities and
one of a kind culture. You can visit cities like Cracow, Poznan and Wroclaw and cities like these will take you back in time as they show and tell the country’s rich history. In contrast to
these cities the country also offers vibrant, colorful, lively and modern places like Gdansk’s Royal Way, Krakow’s main square and the historic Warsaw.

Besides from its cities the country also offers beautiful natural landscapes. For one there’s the odd and almost surreal Crooked Forest with oddly shaped pine trees and can be found outside Nowe Czarnowo village in West Pomerania. Another place you can visit is the Pilgrim Rocks in Karkonoski National Park or the scenic Orlow Cliff.

Are you excited to see and visit these places? Are you excited to discover more about Poland? We’ll help you get one thing of your mind and give you a definitive guide on buying a SIM
card in Poland.

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. You can do this by contacting your service provider or simply seeking help from small independent tech shops.

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Choosing A SIM Card

Before we get started, it is worth mentioning that 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 Poland 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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Another thing worth mentioning is that in 15th 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, texts and costs 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.

In July 2016, the government of Poland mandated that all SIM cards will be registered hence you will need to present an identification such as a passport when purchasing a SIM card. Buying a SIM card is easier and cheaper compared to other European countries. They have five major service providers:

Orange

The largest service provider and Poland, Orange offers one of the most user-friendly and affordable SIM cards. They offer two main SIM cards: The first one is called Yes and costs PLN5 which comes with 1GB worth of data and PLN5 worth of data good for 10 days. The second is called Smart which costs PLN10 which comes with 1GB worth of data and PLN10. worth of data good for 10 days.

Orange also offers “Orange Free na karte” which costs PLN20 and comes with 5GB worth of data and a PLN20 credit. You can top this off with several packages: For PLN5 you get 2.5GB worth of data which is good for two days. For PLN10 you get 5GB worth of data which is good for five days. For PLN30 you get 15GB worth of data which is good for 30 days. For PLN50 you get 25GB worth of data which is good for 90 days. For PLN100 you get 50GB worth of data which is good for 150 days. And for PLN200 you get 100GB worth of data which is good for 150 days.

Play

Play comes second as Poland’s second largest service provider. They offer Play Internet na Karte which costs PLN5. Once purchased you’ll need to dial *163*6# and the base rate for data use is PLN1.20 per MB. You can several packages: For PLN9 you get 50MB worth of data which is good for five days. For PLN24 you get 200MB worth of data which is good for ten days. For PLN49 you get 500MB worth of data which is good for 30 days. For PLN99 you get 1.5GB worth of data which is good for 100 days. And for PLN100 you get 3.5B worth of data which is good for 150 days.

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Another SIM card they offer is Play OdNOWA which costs PLN5. You can top this off with several packages: For PLN5 you get 1GB worth of data which doesn’t expire. For PLN25 you get 6GB worth of data which doesn’t expire.

Plus

Plus is the third largest service in Poland. They offer their SIM cards called “Bez Limitu” which costs PLN5 and several packages can be added: For PLN8 you get 500MB worth of data and unlimited domestic calls. For PLN10 you get 500MB worth of data and unlimited domestic calls and text messages. For PLN13 you get 3GB worth of data and unlimited domestic calls. If in any instance, you need extra data allowance you avail: For PLN3 you get 500MB worth of data. For PLN7 you get 1GB worth of data. And for PLN10 you get 2GB worth of data. All these packages are good only for a week, which is perfect for tourists who are staying in the country for short period of time.

However they also offer monthly packages: For PLN25 you get 2GB worth of data and unlimited domestic calls. For PLN29 you get 6GB worth of data and unlimited domestic calls and text messages.

T-Mobile

T- Mobile is the fourth largest service provider in Poland. They offer two SIM cards: T-Mobile na Kartę which is a voice and data SIM card and costs PLN5. Another SIM card they offer is Internet na Kartę which is a data only SIM card and also costs PLN5.

For T-Mobile na Kartę they offere these packages: For PLN1 you get 300MB worth of data and unlimited domestic calls and text messages only good for a day. You can can top this off with 300MB worth of data which only costs PLN0.5. Also for PLN1 you can 1GB worth of data. For PLN25 you get 10GB worth of data and unlimited domestic calls and text messages which is good for a month. You can can top this off with 1GB worth of data which costs PLN5, for 3GB worth of data it costs PLN9 or you can can top this off with 5GB worth of data which only costs PLN12.

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Aero2 (AeroMobile)

Aero2 is the smallest service provider in Poland though they are quickly catching up with their competitive rates. Their SIM cards cost PLN10 and comes with a PLN10 credit. Without any
packages, Aero2’s standard MB rate is PLN0.4 per MB. They also offer: For PLN9.90 you can have unlimited data use. For PLN9.90 you can have unlimited data use. For PLN15.90 you can have unlimited data and calls. For PLN19.90 you can have unlimited data, calls, text messages and MMS.

When it comes to coverage all five service providers have equal strengths and scope and is strongest in major cities. Though there might be weak spots in rural areas.

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 Poland is easier compared to other European countries. Just make sure that you have your passport or any sort of identification ready before buying a SIM card. If you
want to utilize your own phone, remember to get it unlocked beforehand so that it can accommodate a SIM card. The five service providers offer packages that are affordable hence you have plenty of choice. Make sure that whatever you’ll get will cover all of your needs.

Written by Gear Up To Travel

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