Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Eastern Europe. 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. Kiev, the country’s capital and largest city is definitely worth visiting. The city is a peculiar mix of Soviet and European influences especially when it comes to its culture and architecture. Lviv on the other hand is more influenced by the European aspect of the country. It holds to one of the most ancient architectures making it a UNESCO world heritage site. There’s also the infamous city of Chernobyl which is infamous for the nuclear disaster. When it comes to natural wonders the country has a number of places to boast for. For one there is the Carpathian Mountains and Yaremche also known as the green pearl of the country. The site offers a sweeping panoramic view of marvelous meadows, surreal peaks, magnificent lakes and rivers, and lush forests.
If you’re looking forward on travelling to Ukraine, 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
Buying a SIM card in Ukraine is incredibly easy compared to other countries. There is no need to show identification such as a passport to buy a SIM card. There are three major service providers in the country:
Kyivstar is the country’s largest service provider. They offer their SIM cards for UAH25. You can top it off with these packages. For UAH55 you get 500MB worth of data and unlimited calls to other Kyivstar subscribers. For UAH75 you get 3GB worth of data, unlimited calls to other Kyivstar subscribers, 50 minutes of call to other networks and free access to Twitter and Facebook. For UAH95 you get 6GB worth of data, unlimited calls to other Kyivstar subscribers, 50 minutes of call to other networks, 100 text messages, free access to Twitter and Facebook, and free video streaming. For UAH155 you get unlimited worth of data, unlimited calls to other Kyivstar subscribers, 100 minutes of call to other networks and 300 text messages.
Vodafone is the second largest service provider in the country. They offer their SIM cards along with these packages: For UAH55 you get a SIM card, 2GB worth of data, unlimited calls to other Vodafone users and 60 minutes of call to other networks. For UAH65 you get a SIM card, 5GB worth of data, unlimited calls to other Vodafone users, 75 minutes of call to other networks, 25 minutes of international calls. 50 local text messages and unlimited access of Telegram, Whatsapp and Facebook. For UAH90 you get a SIM card, unlimited worth of data, unlimited calls to other Vodafone users and 100 minutes of call to other networks.
Lifecell is the third largest service provider in the country. Their SIM card costs UAH15 and you can top it off with these packages: For UAH89 you can get “Lifehack” which includes 20GB worth of data, unlimited calls to other Lifecell users, 150 minutes of call to other networks and 150 local text messages which valid for one month. For UAH149 you can get “Lifehack Plus” which includes 30GB worth of data, unlimited calls to other Lifecell users, 350 minutes of call to other networks and 350 local text messages which valid for one month.
There are also data only top ups: For UAH85 you can get 7GB worth of data. For UAH145 you can get 15GB worth of data. For UAH200 you can get 20GB worth of data.
When it comes to coverage all service providers have equal strengths and scope and is strongest in major cities. Though there might be weak to none in rural areas.
So where do you buy one?
We recommend you to buy SIM cards from their 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. You will also have the privilege of getting it for free hence saving you some money. You can buy top ups in supermarkets, news agents, gas stations and even corner stores.
Buying a SIM card in Ukraine is easier compared to other countries. An identification is not necessary when purchasing one. 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.