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General infoEdit

In Poland currently four network providers are operating:

  • T-Mobile (formerly ERA)
  • Orange (formerly IDEA)
  • Plus (aka Polkomtel)
  • Play

GSM up to EDGE is on 900 and 1800 MHz like all over Europe and covers all of the country. 3G/UMTS is on 900 and 2100 MHz up to DC-HSPA+ speed available in most of the country. 4G/LTE has been rolled out on the 1800 MHz frequency only and is generally free of charge for prepaid.

If you come to Poland a GSM/UMTS phone working on the GSM900, GSM1800, UMTS2100 and UMTS900 MHz frequencies is highly recommended. While Orange and Plus still have countrywide CDMA coverage, their CDMA networks operate on 450 MHz and 420 MHz respectively, so usual CDMA phone operating on standard 800/1900 MHz would not work on these CDMA networks. Also, more and more MVNOs, such as Mobile Vikings or Red Bull Mobile are arriving on the scene competing with four major operators and reselling their networks.

SIM cards can be bought at many places: shops, kiosk, newsagents, petrol stations, tobacconists or the stores of the network operators. Generally, a photo ID for purchase, but no registration of any kind is required.

Managing your account online may require Polish language skills, as no English homepage is available. You can try Google Translate for navigating their websites. Nevertheless, the bonus system you have on a Polish SIM can be quite confusing to foreigners.

Currently you can get mini, micro and nano SIMs. Although a nano SIM may be harder to get (but can be cut).

Tethering and VoIP are available without any additional cost.

PlusEdit

Logo plus

The SIM card comes with a bilingual Polish/English leaflet. Managing your account online would require Polish language skills, as no English homepage is available. But since registration is not necessary, you can cope without.

Plus has a very good coverage throughout the country on 2G and 3G while their 4G/LTE network is the most advanced nationwide right now: Plus Coverage Map  and already covers 2/3 of the population. Effective 27/3/14 4G/LTE is available on prepaid with speeds up to 150 Mbps.

Availability Edit

Available starter packs "Startery Plus Nowy Internet na Kartę"

  • 9 PLN: 300 MB included, SIM is valid for 7 days, top up to prolong.
  • 15 PLN: 1 GB included, SIM is valid for 14 days, top up to prolong

Any other Plus SIM card can be switched by typing *147*13# to this tariff. 4G/LTE is activated automatically for free (which is an ongoing promotion from March 2013).

Data feature packs Edit

Recharge for: High Speed Data: Valid for:
10 PLN 300 MB 7 days
20 PLN 1.3 GB 14 days
30 PLN 4 GB 30 days
50 PLN 11 GB 60 days
75 PLN 17 GB

90 days

100 PLN 30 GB 120 days

To top up your balance, log on at www.online.plus.pl with you 9-digit phone number and the last (!) four digits of your PUK or use USSD code *123# on your phone. Check balance on USSD code *121#. Overuse is charged by 0.01 PLN per 300 KB.

Night offer Edit

By USSD code *121*11*02# the "night offer" can be activated. It gives you 50 GB high speed traffic in 30 days only in the night hours from 1:00 - 7:00 am local time for 10 PLN.

Technical Settings Edit

  • APN: internet

PlayEdit

Logo play
Play is the smallest of the 4 network operators with the most agressive pricing. By the end of 2013 it had covered 80% of the population with 3G/UMTS on 900 and 2100 Mhz which it misleadingly sometimes calls "4G". Real 4G on 1800 Mhz LTE is only available in a few towns so far: Play Coverage Map (go to Internet. Their it shows "4G/LTE" which is UMTS and LTE combined! The bright purple area is 3G/HSPA+, only the dark purple 4G/LTE.)

Play only has a few own 2G/GSM cells in the country covering only 20% of the area. For GSM calls it roams on the other networks for free. But this roaming is not available for data.

So Play is not so good in the countryside as there is no fall back to EDGE but can be quite fast and cheap in the centers. Their SIM card can be bought at kiosks, petrol stations and other points of sale: Play Store Locator

Starter Play Internet na Kartę: Edit

The starter pack is free starter with 300 MB valid for one month.

Activation is by USSD code *111*471*1#. The line is active for 30 days. Check status by *111*470#3. To prolong or add data, you need to top up.

Recharge Bonus Data Total Data Validity
5 PLN 10 MB 250 MB 7 days
10 PLN 15 MB 500 MB 7 days
20 PLN 1.05 GB 2 GB 14 days
30 PLN 4.57 GB 6 GB 30 days
50 PLN 9.62 GB 12 GB 60 days
75 PLN 16.42 GB 20 GB

90 days

100 PLN 25.23 GB 30 GB 120 days
125 PLN 34.04 GB 40 GB 150 days

LTE can be booked for free by typing USSD code *111*471*1#. You need to have 30 PLN loaded when booking. Check map for only limited LTE coverage.

Like Plus, play has a similar night offer: Unlimited data traffic from 1:00 - 8:00 a.m. local time for 10 PLN per month. Activation is by USSD code *111*474*1#

Starter Play na Kartę Lubię to! Edit

This different product line can be bought for 5 PLN as a starter pack with the same credit on. Often when Play Internet is not available, this can be found anyway. The tariff must be activated by *163*7# and card is active for 10 days. To prolong, you have to top up which gives you bonus internet.

top up amount Internet bonus Validity
5 PLN 50 MB 5 days
10 PLN 200 MB 10 days
25 PLN 500 MB 30 days
50 PLN 1,5 GB 100 days
100 PLN 3,5 GB

150 days

Activate by using USSD code *111*49*1#

Additionally so-called "unlimited internet packages" can be booked (meaning when used up, speed is reduced) which are valid for 30 days:

  • 300 MB for 5 PLN. Activation: *111*531*1#
  • 1 GB for 9 PLN, Activation: *111*532*1#
  • 3 GB for 20 PLN, Activation: *111*533*1#

LTE is available but the night offer is not available on this product line.

Technical settings Edit

  • APN: internet
  • check balance: *101#

OrangeEdit

Orange

AvailabilityEdit

Their starter pack is sold for 20 PLN with 1 GB included. The best way is to buy "Orange na karte +1GB" starter, but if it is not available you can buy any Orange prepaid starter and change the plan to "Orange Free na Karte" by sending SMS "FREE" to 3033 (costs 0.29 PLN) or by sending code 101*40# (for free). Note, that you won't have the 1 GB free internet, just the about 50 MB per each 5 PLN on the card. However, still you can buy extra packages and get the bonus: biggest discount is 25 PLN which includes 1GB bonus, lower boosters give much smaller bonus

  • There is a computer system at *500 which lets you recharge the card or check the balance. More easily, you can check your balance with *124*#
  • by sending "START" to free number 8002, package validity will expand to 1 year. (this costs 3 Zloty)

Data feature packsEdit

For top up type: *125*<top up code>#

Recharge for: Bonus Data: Total Data: Valid for:
5 PLN 152 MB 200 MB 2 days
25 PLN 1.01 GB 1.25 GB 30 days
50 PLN 2.27 GB 2.75 GB 90 days
100 PLN 6 GB 7 GB 150 days

Internet settingsEdit

  • APN: internet

More informationEdit

  • website for the visitor offer in english: Orange

T-MobileEdit

T-mobile

tmobile

T-Mobile Poland has a fair coverage on 2G 3G and very limited LTE in the country, which has started in summer 2014: coverage map (for LTE scroll). LTE is open for prepaid where available.

Availability Edit

They sell their prepaid starter pack "Internet na karte" for 4.99 PLN with 500 MB included valid for 1 week. Recently, they added a special promotion with a 4G/LTE starter pack of the same name for 5 PLN and 1 GB in 1 month included. Both packs can be extended in time and data volume by these packages.

Data feature packsEdit

The following data packages are offered:

  • daily rate for 2 PLN with 250 MB high speed volume.The daily rate is only debited when going online on that day. A day is a 0:00-23:59 hrs calendar day. Activation: *100*863#, status: *100*863#1, deactivation: *100*863#2 This is the default rate for data.
  • 1 GB in 30 days for 10 PLN. Activation: *100*862#, status: *100*862#1, deactivation: *100*862#2
  • 3 GB in 30 days for 20 PLN. Activation: *100*861#, status: *100*861#1, deactivation: *100*861#2
  • 6 GB in 30 days for 30 PLN. Activation: *100*860#, status: *100*860#1, deactivation: *100*860#2

When daily or monthly data is used up, line will be throttled to 16 Kbps. Pack will renew automatically if there is credit and not deactivated.

Internet settingsEdit

APN: internet

More informationEdit

  • balance check: *101#
  • top up: *111*<PIN code>#

Mobile VikingsEdit

Mobile vikings
Mobile Vikings is a Belgian MVNO operating in Poland on the rather patchy Play network.

Availability Edit

Their SIM card is available only online to be sent to a polish address with one of the packages loaded. According to their Facebook site, they send SIM cards abroad too, what others providers normally don't do. So this is an advantage, if you want your polish SIM before you travel to Poland, but it is a disadvantage, when you look for a SIM in Poland having no local address as there are no agencies selling them on location.

Data feature packsEdit

They have only two packages including data, domestic SMS and domestic calls:

Top up 19 PLN

Top up 29 PLN

2 GB High Speed Volume

2 GB High Speed Volume

2000 domestic SMS

2000 domestic SMS

0.29 PLN/min for domestic calls (up to 65 min)

0.19 PLN/min for domestic calls (up to 152 min)

Credit stays valid for 1 year, but bundle is valid for 30 days and expires 31 days after your last top-up, unless you top up before the expiry date. Top-ups can be made online using an international credit card. If you top-up before the expiry date, your remaining data and texts will be rolled over to your next period (max. 4 GB and 4000 texts). If you don't top up before the expiry date or go beyond the included data volume, you can still surf on the Internet, but only at low speeds (of around 32 kbps).

To access the internet on your account must be at least 0.01 PLN. Used up all credit, the internet will stop even if you have still data credit in your package!

Internet settingsEdit

  • APN: Internet

More informationEdit

LycamobileEdit

Lycamobile
The English operator Lycamobile opened its Polish branch in 2011. It is operating as MVNO on the good Plus network in 2G and 3G only offering data rates well below the network provider. For coverage see Plus above, though 4G/LTE is not yet available on Lycamobile in Poland.

Availability Edit

Their SIM cards are available for free in micro-, mini- or nano size in their outlets. They have many agencies around the country in newsstands, kiosks, supermarkets and online sent to a Polish address. Top-ups can be purchased there as well in 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 and 100 PLN sizes. You are expected to make a top-up right away, as the SIM doesen't include credit. It's valid for 6 months without being recharged.

Data feature packsEdit

The following heavily reduced monthly data rates are available to be booked on the SIM

Volume Price Activation Code
100 MB 2 PLN *139*5103#
300 MB 3 PLN *139*5107#
700 MB 5 PLN *139*5200#
1 GB 7 PLN *139*5201#
2 GB 10 PLN *139*5202#
3 GB 15 PLN *139*5204#
5 GB 25 PLN *139*5205#
6 GB 35 PLN *139*5206#

For activation, send USSD code and press <call>. To check status dial *137#. These packages will automatically renew if there is credit. To stop, call customer service on 322 or dial *190# at latest 20.00 h on the day of expirery of the old pack. Default data rate outside of these packages displayed above is 0.21 PLN per MB.

Internet settingsEdit

  • APN: data.lycamobile.pl
  • Username: lmpl (that's lowecase L, not capital i).
  • Password: plus

Lebara Mobile Edit

Lebara

Where there is Lycamobile, Lebara will arrive soon: The English operator Lebara Mobile opened its Polish branch in 2013 operating as MVNO on the good Plus network in 2G and 3G only competing with Lyca. For coverage see Plus above, though 4G/LTE is not yet available on Lebara Mobile in Poland.

Availability Edit

Their SIM cards are available for free in micro- or mini-size in their outlets but no nano SIMs available. They have many agencies around the country in newsstands, kiosks, supermarkets and online sent to a Polish address. Top-ups can be purchased there as well in 5, 10, 20 and 30 PLN sizes. You are expected to make a top-up right away, as the SIM doesen't include credit. It's valid for 6 months without being recharged.

Data feature packs Edit

The following monthly data rates are available to be booked on the SIM

Volume

Price

Activation Code

200 MB 3 PLN NETS
1 GB 15 PLN NETM
2 GB 20 PLN NETL
5 GB 40 PLN NETXL

For activation, text activation code to 1111. These packages will automatically renew if there is credit. To stop, text INTERNET#*STOP to 1111 (while # stands for the size of package: S, M, L or XL). Default data rate outside of these packages displayed above is 0.19 PLN per MB.

Internet settings Edit

  • APN: internet.lebara.pl

Klucz Mobile Edit

Klucz

Klucz Mobile is another new MVNO on the good Plus network in 2G and 3G (see above). It started in 2013 and has very cheap international call rates and internet too.

Availablilty Edit

Their SIM card may be hard to find. That's why they publish this list of outlets: Klucz Mobile Sales Points. All Teletorium stores have it too. The SIM is for free and credit stays alive for 360 days.

Data feature packs Edit

Default rate is 0.20 PLN per MB. So add one of these monthly packs:

Volume

Price

Activation Code

200 MB 3 PLN *121*11*01#
500 MB 5 PLN *121*11*02#
1 GB 10 PLN *121*11*03#
2 GB 15 PLN *121*11*04#
5 GB 30 PLN *121*11*05#

For activation, type code and press <call>. Check balance by *100# and status of active packages by *121#

Internet settings Edit

  • APN: www.klucz.net

Heyah Edit

Heyah

Heyah is a long established MVNO on the acceptable T-Mobile network (coverage and stores see above) in 2G and 3G.

Availability Edit

Heyah prepaid SIM cards are available for 5 PLN including the same credit valid for 7 days at T-Mobile stores, the leading retailer Carrefour, Globi and a lot of other stores. Top ups can be made there or online and are valid for 100 days.

Default data rate Edit

Standard rate is 3 PLN up to 10 MB and 6 PLN up to 100 MB. This can be changed to a daily rate of 0.29 PLN for 50 MB in one calender day (until 23:59 hrs), beyond throttled to 16 kbps. Activation code is *100*815# and free for the 1st time, then 3 PLN per activation. Deactivation by *100*815*2#

Data feature packs Edit

For more data, you can add these packages:

Price Data Time Activation
2 PLN 250 MB 1 day *100*863#
6 PLN 250 MB 30 days *100*865#
10 PLN 1 GB 30 days *100*862#
20 PLN 3 GB 30 days *100*861#
30 PLN 6 GB 30 days *100*860#

For activation type code and <call>. All packages renew automatically. For deactivation and credit check, see T-Mobile section.

Internet settings Edit

  • APN: internet
  • Username and password: heyah

Virgin Mobile Edit

Virgin mobile

Virgin Mobile started as MVNO in Poland in 2012. It uses the rather patchy Play network, but even as MVNO on 4G/LTE where available.

Availability Edit

Their starter packs are available online or in a lot of stores: Virgin mobile Store Locator for PLN 5. Top ups can be made online after registration by international credit card or PayPal too. Credit stays alive for one year.

Data feature packs Edit

The following monthly data packs can be loaded on the SIM:

Virgin packs

Internet settings Edit

  • APN: internet

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