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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 HSPA+ speed (which is sometimes already called "4G") available in most of the country. 4G/LTE has been rolled out recently on 1800 Mhz only so far in cities and is free of charge with Plus, Play and Orange.

Orange and Plus still have an old limited CDMA coverage. But if you come to Poland a GSM/UMTS phone working on the 900, 1800 and 2100 Mhz frequencies is highly recommended.

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. Effective 27/3/14 4G/LTE is available on prepaid with speeds up to 150 Mbps.

StartersEdit

Available starter packs "Startery Plus Nowy Internet na Kartę"

  • 9 PLN - 300 MB included, SIM is valid for 10 days, top up to prolong.
  • 15 PLN - 1 GB included, SIM is valid for 20 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).

Top upEdit

Recharge for: High Speed Data: Valid for:
10 PLN 300 MB 7 days
20 PLN 1.3 GB 14 days
30 PLN 2 GB 30 days
50 PLN 5.5 GB 60 days
75 PLN 8.5 GB

90 days

100 PLN 15 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 offerEdit

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 SettingsEdit

  • 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 Online na Kartę:Edit

The following starter packs are available:

  • Free starter with 300 MB. This can mostly be found and ordered only online.
  • 9 PLN - 500 MB included in starter
  • 19 PLN - 1 GB included in starter

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

Top upEdit

Recharge for: Bonus Data Volume: Total Data Volume: Valid for:
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 1.57 GB 3 GB 30 days
50 PLN 3.62 GB 6 GB 60 days
75 PLN 6.42 GB 10 GB

90 days

100 PLN 10.23 GB 15 GB 120 days
125 PLN 14.04 GB 20 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 online 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

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

Additionally so-called "unlimited internet packages" can be booked (meaning when used up, speed is reduced):

  • 250 MB in 7 days for 5 PLN. Activation: *111*274*1#
  • 1 GB in 30 days for 10 PLN: Activation: *111*275*1#

LTE and the night offer are not available on this product line.

Technical settingsEdit

  • APN: internet
  • check balance: *101#

OrangeEdit

Orange

Default data rateEdit

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

Top upEdit

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 and 3G in the country: coverage map. Prepaid data is up to HSPA+ speed where available.

Default data rateEdit

They sell their prepaid starter pack "Internet na karte" for 4.99 PLN with 500 MB included valid for 1 week. The validity of the card can be extended by recharges.

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.

Default data rateEdit

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).

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. So if you don't need LTE, it may be the smarter choice.

Default data rateEdit

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

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