Albania

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Albania, officially known as the Republic of Albania, is a country in South Eastern Europe. Albania was chosen as the top country in Lonely Planet's list of ten top countries for 2011.

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[edit] Cellular Operators

[edit] Vodafone Albania

Vodafone Albania is the first mobile operator that provides 3G technology in Albania. Vodafone Albania provides leading smartphones, software and services for easy access to a host of business and lifestyle applications such as streaming video and online communities. It supports GSM-900/1800, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+ technologies.

APN settings

  • username: (blank) (or) (guest)
  • password: (blank) (or) (guest)
  • APN name: vodafoneweb (or) vodafoneweb

[edit] Deutche Telekom (-T---)

It supports GSM-900/1800 technologies. Currently, the company’s network provides over 99.6% population and 95% geographical coverage. Telekom is the second mobile operator that provides 3G technology in Albania and has the fastest Internet network in Albania (42.1 Mbit/s).

APN settings

  • username: (blank)
  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: internet.t

[edit] Eagle Mobile

It supports GSM-900/1800 technologies. Eagle Mobile was created in March 2008 as a subsidiary of Albtelecom.

Internet APN settings

  • username: WIRELESS INTERNET
  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: internet

MMS APN settings

  • username: (blank)
  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: internet
  • MMSC: EAGLE INTERNET

[edit] Plus Communication (Plus)

It supports GSM-900/1800 technologies.

APN settings

  • username: (blank)
  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: plusweb

[edit] Prepaid plans

The lek (plural lekë) - sign: L; code: ALL - is the official currency of Albania.

[edit] Vodafone

APN Settings user : (blank) pass : (blank) APN : vodafoneweb

With Vodafone you may browse the Internet through your mobile handset and pay as you go, for, ALL 75 / US$ 0.72 per 1 MB or though choosing one out of the two bundles, the daily or the weekly one as per your needs:

  • Daily Bundle: 40 MB for ALL 60 / US$ 0.57
  • Weekly Bundle: 250 MB for ALL 300 / US$ 2.86

Call 131 and follow the instructions to purchase one of the above-mention bundles.

Note that:

  • The above-mentioned prices include VAT and are valid for all prepaid customers Vodafone Card or Vodafone Club.
  • You may purchase another bundle with MB upon consumption of the previous one.
  • Traffic will be charged in blocks of 10 MB.
  • The validity of the daily bundle is 24 hours from the activation moment, the weekly bundle is valid for 7 days from the activation moment.

Prepaid Vodafone 3G Mobile Broadband for your laptop or PC - you may browse the Internet through pay as you go option for ALL 12 / US$ 0.11 per 1 MB or in order to get lower tariffs you may purchase one of the optional bundles offered, either the weekly or the monthly one, as per your Internet usage:

Initial Package ((3G USB Modem 14.4 Mbps, SIM card & 3GB for 1 month) ALL 3,000 / US$ 28.65
Initial Package (3G USB Modem 14.4 Mbps, SIM card & 3GB / month for 3 consecutive months) ALL 5,500 / US$ 52.52
Tariff per MB (pay as you go) ALL 12 / US$ 0.11 per 1 MB
SMS Charge (national & international) ALL 12 / US$ 0.11 per 1 MB
Monthly Bundles
Monthly Bundle 1GB ALL 550 / US$ 5.25
Monthly Bundle 3GB ALL 1,000 / US$ 9.55

Vodafone Albania also offers BlackBerry Prepaid service - Send an SMS with text BlackBerry to 136, activate the service for ALL 800 / US$ 7.64 (VAT included) and get 200 MB Internet for 30 days from the activation day.


[edit] How to activate

To activate the prepaid Vodafone 3G Mobile Broadband bundles:

  • To purchase the Monthly Bundle 1GB send SMS with the text 1GB towards 141.
  • To purchase the Monthly Bundle 3GB send SMS with the text 3GB towards 141.

But before that, make sure you have enough credit on your account to purchase one of the above-mentioned bundles.

[edit] How to top up

Here are some of the top-up options offered by Vodafone:

  • SOS Credit TopUp – it offers the possibility to get a loan of ALL 150 / US$ 1.43. SOS Credit Top Up is automatically activated, you should just follow the instructions while trying to perform a phone call when you don’t have enough credit into your account. You may add ALL 150 / US$ 1.43 (VAT included) into your account towards an additional fee of ALL 20 / US$ 0.19 (VAT included).
  • E-Top Up - The service allows all customers to recharge their accounts at Vodafone Shops with the amount of their choice, starting from ALL 200 / US$ 1.91 up to ALL 10,000 / US$ 95.50, instead of using recharge cards. Vodafone E-Top Up service is offered at every Vodafone Store all over the country.
  • 3rd Party Recharge - You may recharge your account from another Vodafone customer mobile. Just call the number 142 (or 069 142 from a fixed line operator) and follow the instructions.
  • Top-up scratch cards – can be purchased in Vodafone Stores.

To recharge Vodafone 3G Mobile Broadband send the 12-digit code of the scratch card via SMS to 141 or through call 142 from a Vodafone mobile number or through Vodafone E-Top Up. You can receive information on you credit by sending an SMS (toll free) with the text Balance to 141.

[edit] AMC

There are 4 types of prepaid AMC Universal Bundles that include some data:

Bundle Name Price Validity Period Minutes Included SMS Data Volume How to activate Check Balance
AMC Universal Daily Bundle ALL 50 / US$ 0.48 24 hours Unlimited in the AMC network 50 SMS within AMC network 50 MB
  • In every AMC shop
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text ditore to 14
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text BAditore to 142
AMC Universal Weekly Bundle ALL 300 / US$ 2.86 7 days 1200 mins in the AMC network 600 SMS towards AMC network 50 MB 3G Internet
  • In every AMC shop
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text 1200 to 142
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text BA1200 to 142
AMC Universal Biweekly Bundle ALL 600 / US$ 5.73 14 days 2000 mins in the AMC network

+ 20 national minutes

2000 SMS towards AMC network 200 MB 3G Internet
  • In every AMC shop
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text 2000 to 142
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text BA2000 to 142
AMC Universal Monthly Bundle ALL 1,000 / US$ 9.55 30 days 6000 mins in the AMC network

+ 60 national minutes

1000 SMS towards AMC network 1000 MB 3G Internet
  • In every AMC shop
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text mujore to 142
  • Using AMC Easy (#100# dial button)
  • Sending an SMS with the text BAmujore to 142

When activating either AMC Universal Weekly or AMC Universal Biweekly Bundle, you can also benefit from the Extra Internet Bundle – it gives you 60 Mb (3G Internet) for only ALL 30 / US$ 0.29. To activate send SMS with the text 60 to 142 or through AMC Easy (#100#). To check balance send SMS with the text BA60 to 142. 3G Prepaid Internet Packages for your handset:

1. Daily Internet Bundle – it costs ALL 60 / US$ 0.57 and includes 40 MB valid for 1 day.

Activation:

  • Through AMC Easy (#100#)
  • Sending an SMS with the text D to 142

Balance check:

  • Through AMC Easy (#100#)
  • Sending an SMS with the text MBD to 142

2. Weekly Internet Bundle - it costs ALL 300 / US$ 2.87 and includes 250 MB valid for 7 days.

Activation:

  • Through AMC Easy (#100#)
  • Sending an SMS with the text J to 142

Balance check:

  • Through AMC Easy (#100#)
  • Sending an SMS with the text MBJ to 142

3. Monthly Internet Bundle - it costs ALL 500 / US$ 4.78 and includes 500 MB valid for 30 days.

Activation:

  • Through AMC Easy (#100#)
  • SMS with the text M to 142

Check the remaining MBs:

  • Through AMC Easy (#100#)
  • SMS with the text MBM to 142

You can activate up to 2 bundles per month. You may activate the second bundle without having consumed all the volume of the current activated one. Prepaid customers can activate up to two bundles per month at the same day.

If the MBs of the chosen bundle are used up, you will be charged at the rate of ALL 65 / US$ 0.62 per 1 MB. Charging will be applied every 10 Kb: ALL 0.6347 / US$ 0.006 per 1 Kb.

AMC also offers Prepaid AMC Mobile Broadband service for your laptop, PC or tablet – it’s called 3F AMC Connect Card (can be bought in any AMC Store), it includes:

  • USB 3G modem that you need to get connected to your laptop or PC
  • A SIM card containing one mobile number of one of AMC tariff plans

The models of the USB 3G modems are as follows:

Model Speed Price Free
AMC Connect Card X 100 7.2 Mbps ALL 3,000 / US$ 28.66 3 months Internet (3GB per 1 month)
AMC Connect Card X 100 7.2 Mbps ALL 4,990 / US$ 47.67 6 months Internet (3GB per 1 month)
AMC Connect Card X 500 21 Mbps ALL 5,000 / US$ 47.77 3 months Internet (3GB per 1 month)
AMC Connect Card X 500 21 Mbps ALL 5,990 / US$ 57.22 6 months Internet (3GB per 1 month)

Prepaid AMC Mobile Broadband packages:

Bundle Volume Price How to activate How to check balance
Monthly 1GB / 30 days ALL 550 / US$ 5.25 In any AMC shop

Or Send SMS with 1GB to 142

Send SMS with MB1GB to 142
Monthly 3 GB / 30 days ALL 1,000 / US$ 9.55 In any AMC shop

Or Send SMS with 3GB to 142

Send SMS with MB3GB to 142
3 Months 3 GB / 90 days ALL 2,500 / US$ 23.88 In any AMC shop

Or Send SMS with 3M to 142

Send SMS with MB3M to 142
6 Months 3 GB / 180 days ALL 4,500 / US$ 42.99 In any AMC shop

Or Send SMS with 6M to 142

Send SMS with MB6M to 142

Note that charging of ALL 12 / US$ 1.15 per 1 MB will be applied after having used up the MBs of the package. Charging will be applied for every 10 Kb: ALL 0.1171 / US$ 0.001 per 10Kb.

Using AMC Mobile Broadband you can send SMS for ALL 17/ US$ 0.001 per 1 SMS. You can also send MMS in the AMC network for ALL 17 / US$ 0.001 per 1 MMS and to national networks for ALL 36 / US$ per 1 MMS.

Prepaid AMC Mobile Broadband SIM is a SIM card which you can use as a usual one in your device (mobile handset, laptop or tablet). This SIM card is valid for data provision only, it cannot be used to make phone calls. The card includes 3GB of 3G internet for ALL 1,200 / US$ 11.46 (VAT included) valid for 30 days + ALL 100 / US$ 0.95 airtime valid for unlimited period of time. If you continue using the 3G Internet even after having used up the volume of 3GB, you will be charged at the rate of ALL 12 / US$ 0.11 per 1 MB or you can activate any of the Prepaid AMC Mobile Broadband bundles.

[edit] How to activate

All AMC subscribers (can activate the 3G Internet from AMC. There are several options how you can activate Internet service for your handset:

  • You can send an SMS (toll-free) with the text INTERNET to 55510 from your mobile phone and the necessary configuration settings will be sent to you as an SMS. You just SAVE the received SMS and Internet connections will be live.
  • through AMC Easy menu
  • call Customer Care Service at numbers 139 or 144.

Once you have activated the Internet, you get a free volume of 5 MB, which you can use whenever you want.

[edit] How to top up

  • AMC Flexi - through this service you may top up your airtime at any prepaid AMC mobile account, free of charge. It can be done in any AMC Store.
Recharge Amount Validity
ALL 100 – 499 / US$ 0.95 – 4.77 1 month
ALL 500 / US$ 4.78 2 months
ALL 501 – 10,000 / US$ 4.78 – 95.50 6 months
  • AMC Extra Credit – can be used if you have less than ALL 10 / US$ 0.1 on your mobile account and are unable to recharge it.

Instructions:

1. Enter AMC Easy menu (#100#).

2. Select the Extra Credit service.

3. Choose the amount of ALL 100 / US$ 0.96 or ALL 200 / US$ 1.91 (VAT included) with which you wish to recharge your account.

The tariff for the Extra Credit 100 is ALL 20 / US$ 0.19 (you will have a credit of total ALL 120 / US$ 1.15). The tariff for the Extra Credit 200 is ALL 30 / US$ 0.29 (you will have a credit of total ALL 230 / US$ 2.20)

  • Credit Transfer service - send an SMS to 55588 with text containing the amount that you wish to transfer, space, the telephone number of the subscriber you want to transfer credit to. (eg: 100 068xxyyyyy to 55588) or through AMC Easy (#100#).
  • To recharge your card you can call 141 and follow the instructions.

AMC offers you a bonus (free minutes, SMS and 3G Internet MB) for each recharge:

  • When recharging with ALL 1500 - 1999 / US$ 14.32 – 19.09, you get 300 minutes + 300 SMS + 30 MB
  • When recharging with ALL 2000 / US$ 19.10 and more, you get 1000 minutes + 1000 SMS + 100 MB

These minutes of airtime and SMS are for the use in the AMC network and are valid for 7 days after the recharge.


[edit] Eagle Mobile

Prepaid SIM Card from Eagle Mobile includes ALL 1000 / US$ 9.55 of initial airtime valid for 1 month. If you make a recharge during the first month after activation, then the validity of the initial airtime will be extended to 6 months. The card is be activated in standard prepaid tariff plan, but new subscribers can be registered also to Super Riniring plan. To purchase an Eagle Mobile prepaid number you should go to one of the Eagle Mobile stores and show a valid identification document: identity card, passport, birth certificate of the last three months, or an old passport.

Eagle Speed Prepaid pack gives free Internet navigation with no limitations via USB modem and 30 free SMS per month towards all destinations for a period of 3 months. The package price is ALL 6,500 / US$ 62.06 (VAT included) and it contains one prepaid SIM card (airtime ALL 100 / US$ 0.96 VAT included). The pricing consists of two phases:

  • First phase – the duration of the phase is 90 days starting from the activation date. Tariffs are:
Internet Navigation Free of charge
Number of free SMS per month 30
SMS tariffs (VAT included)
Within network and to national destinations ALL 16.2 / US$ 0.16 per 1 SMS
To international destinations ALL 18 / US$ 0.17 per 1 SMS
  • Second phase - This phase begins after 90 days of the first initiative activation. Tariffs are (depending on the amount of top-up):
Voucher price (VAT included) Electronic Top Up (VAT Included) Internet navigation tariffs ( VAT Included) Bonus
ALL 200 / US$ 1.91 ALL 100 – 499 / US$ 0.96 – 4.76 ALL 0.3 / US$ 0.003 per 10 KB -
ALL 500 / US$ 4.77 ALL 500 – 799 / US$ 4.77 – 7.63 ALL 0.3 / US$ 0.003 per 10 KB -
ALL 800 / US$ 7.64 ALL 800 – 999 / US$ 7.64 – 9.54 ALL 0.3 / US$ 0.003 per 10 KB -
ALL 1000 / US$ 9.55 ALL 1000 –1999 / US$ 9.55 – 19.09 ALL 0.2004 / US$ 0.002 per 10 KB -
ALL 2000 / US$ 19.10 ALL 2000 – 4999 / US$ 19.10 – 47.73 ALL 0.01 / US$ 0.0001 per 10 KB Free 30 SMS
ALL 5000 / US$ 47.73 ALL 5000 – 10000 / US$ 47.73 – 95.47 ALL 0.0492 / US$ 0.0005 per / 10 KB Free 30 SMS
SMS tariffs (VAT included)
Within network and to national destinations ALL 16.2 / US$ 0.16 per 1 SMS
To international destinations ALL 18 / US$ 0.17 per 1 SMS


There are 3 types of Internet packages offered by Eagle Mobile valid for prepaid customers:

Package Type Data Volume Price Validity Period How to activate
Daily 50 MB ALL 100 / US$ 0.96 24 hours Send SMS with Ditore to 55755
Weekly 250 MB ALL 360 / US$ 3.44 7 days / 168 hours Send SMS with Javore to 55755
Monthly 1024 MB ALL 1200 / US$ 11.46 30 days / 720 hours Send SMS with Mujore to 55755

You can check the remaining Internet volume by sending Balance to the same short code 55755. You can cancel any of the above packages anytime by texting Anullo to 55755.

[edit] How to top up

  • Top-up vouchers – send SMS to 141 with the text <RM>(space)<12-digit recharge voucher code>. For example: RM 12345678910.
  • Another Number Recharge' (free of charge) enables all Eagle Mobile subscribers to recharge not only their own number, but the balance of another Eagle prepaid number as well.

Dial *100 # -> OK to access Eagle Star menu then the service can be found under Basic Services menu. When Top Up menu (Rimbush Balancën) is clicked, two submenus are displayed: the first one - My number (Numri im) - is valid for the end user to recharge his own number, and the second on - Other (Numër tjetër) - to top up another number.

[edit] Plus

Prepaid BlackBerry packages offered by PLUS are:

Package Name Price MB Included Validity Period How to activate
PLUS BB 100 ALL 500 / US$ 4.85 100 MB 15 days Send SMS with BB100 to 131 or enter Klik PLUS menu (#100#)
PLUS BB 200 ALL 800 / US$ 7.76 200 MB 30 days Send SMS with BB200 to 131 or enter Klik PLUS menu (#100#)

Prepaid Internet Bundles available:

  • Daily Package - 40 MB for ALL 60 / US$ 0.58 (VAT included) valid until the end of next day from the moment activation
  • Weekly Package - 200 MB for ALL 250 / US$ 1.94 (VAT included) valid for 7 days from the activation
  • Monthly Package - 900 MB for ALL 1,000 / US$ 9.70 (VAT included) valid for 30 days

You can activate any of the Internet bundles using any og these options:

1. Enter KLIK PLUS menu (#100#) and follow the instructions

2. Call 140

3. Send SMS to 131 with the text:

  • i60 to get Daily Package
  • i250 to get Weekly Package
  • i1000 to get Monthly Package

Furthermore, you will not consume any MB from the Internet Bundle you have activated while navigating on Facebook.

There are also two voice bundles that include Internet traffic:

1. Weekly Bundle - it costs ALL 400 / US$ 3.88 and includes:

  • 1300 minutes within PLUS network
  • 30 national minutes
  • 100 SMS within PLUS network
  • 190 MB

To activate Weekly Bundle you can:

  • Enter KLIK PLUS #100# and follow the instructions, or
  • Send SMS to 131 with the text P400, or
  • Call 140

2. Monthly Bundle - it costs ALL 1,000 / US$ 9.70 and includes:

  • 4500 minutes within PLUS network
  • 90 national minutes
  • 400 SMS within PLUS network
  • 490 MB

To activate Monthly Bundle you can:

  • Enter KLIK PLUS #100# and follow the instructions, or
  • Send SMS to 131 with the text P1000, or
  • Call 140

[edit] How to activate

To activate PLUS Internet Service on your mobile call 140 (free of charge).

[edit] How to top up

  • Account recharge through SMS - all you have to do is send from your mobile phone an SMS with the 12-digit code from the recharge card to 141. Moreover, you may recharge the account of another PLUS prepaid customer by sending with SMS the phone number you wish to recharge together with the 12-digit code from the recharge card (e.g. 066xxxxxxx 123456789012) to 141
  • PLUS Top Up service gives all PLUS prepaid customers the possibility to recharge their mobile account at any Zona PLUS shop located all over Albania, with the amount from ALL 100 / US$ 0.97 up to ALL 10,000 / US$ 96.95 (you get ALL 100 / US$ 0.97 bonus airtime for every recharge of ALL 1,000 / US$ 9.70). You can use PLUS Top Up service at UNIONNET / WESTERN UNION as well as wherever you'll see the EasyPay logo. Online PLUS Top Up service is also available online for Banka Konbetare Tregtare customers who use E-Banking. The steps to follow are simple and clear - the respective instructions are given on the screen here.
  • Scratch cards or Electronic recharge cards can be found in every Zona PLUS or other shops that sell PLUS products. To recharge using PLUS scratch cards follow the steps:

1. Carefully scratch the proper area to reveal the 12-digit code.

2. Call 141 (free of charge) from your mobile phone or enter KLIK PLUS menu (#100#)

3. Choose recharge submenu and then enter the 12-digit code and follow the respective instructions.

[edit] VoIP applications

[edit] GPS and other navigation applications

[edit] Restaurants, hotels and other recommendation applications

[edit] Social Networking applications

[edit] Special Travel applications

[edit] Wi Fi Networks

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