Planing a Trip to Spain: How to Get a Prepaid SIM Card in Spain

This weekend I'm going to my first ever trip to Spain. One of the essential things I'll need there is an internet connection. To get a internet I have few options  - to chase for some FREE WiFi spots, to connect to internet at hotel.. well that's nice - but I need an internet connection all the time. I must be covered!

Do I really must be covered?

Yes, I really must be covered even on my holiday trips. Why? I'm blogging every day - actually it's already second year for me doing such a lame thing as blogging each and every day.

So I cannot to lay on luck - that I will get some free internet even in Spain. 

So I started to look for my options to get a pre-paid SIM card with internet on it in Spain.

For a starter - I found an article on Wikipedia with mobile operators in Spain:

  • Movistar
  • Vodafone
  • Orange
  • Yoigo

Now I started to investigate some option on websites of those companies:

Movistar:

Movistar is the major Spanish mobile phone operator owned by Telefónica S.A. operating in Spain and in many Latin American countries. It is the largest carrier in Spain with 22 million customers (cellphone services only) and 41.58% of market share. Its principal competitor in Latin America is America Movil. It offers GSM 900/1800 MHz (Spain) 850/1900 MHz (America) (2G), UMTS 900/2100 MHz (Spain) 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (America) (3G) HSDPA (3.5G) and LTE 2600 MHz (Spain) 1700/2600 MHz (America) (4G) services.

Couldn't open their website

Vodafone

Vodafone España, S.A.U. is a mobile telecommunications operator in Spain headquartered in Madrid, Madrid. The company was founded in 2000, as a result of the merger of the shares held by Vodafone Group and British Telecommunications plc in Airtel Móviles, S.A.
Vodafone (Vodafone ES) offers GSM900/1800 MHz (2G), UMTS (3G), HSDPA (3.5G) and (4G) LTE services in Spain, with a good coverage.

Well, Vodafone is a brand I'm familiar with. So headed to their website and started to look for some options - The website is in Spanish only, but with help of Google Translate find what I was looking for.

Best they have a separate page: Tourist in Spain - explaining everything in English:

With Vodafone in Spain, communicate easily while you are in Spain; thanks to our set of Prepaid Solutions ready to use, to talk and browse, without commitments

We always inform you:

  • When you have used up the 90% and 100% of your minutes and Megas
  • And before your tariff is renewed, in case that you need to top up.

If you used up your 900 MB and 60 minutes before the 30 days expiration, you can continue using your Smartphone with the following prices:

  • National calls 7,26 cent/min
  • International calls from 1,20 cent/min
  • National and international set up 30,25 cent
  • MB: You can carry on browsing with a slower speed

Orange

France Telecom España S.A.U., more commonly known by its trade name of Orange España, is a mobile network operator in Spain. It was previously known as Amena (pleasant in an amusing way in Spanish) until 2005, when it was bought by France Télécom (now Orange S.A.). 

Haves information in English - but didn't find such a cool offer like Vodafone does

http://en.orange.es/mobile-service-plans/?pst=1

Yoigo

Yoigo is the fourth mobile phone operator with a network of its own in Spain. They operate a UMTS/3G and 1800 band network, which at their launch in December 2006 had very limited UMTS (3G) coverage even in some of the largest cities. In places where there is no UMTS coverage, Yoigo users switch to national roaming using movistar's both GSM and 3G networks.

They offer some SIM cards - but didn't find any juicy offer

https://tienda.yoigo.com/selforder/solo-sim/micro-sim

 

In conclusion:

Seems Vodafone's Tourist in Spain offer, has cached me - I will definitely try to have this option before trying other options.

Now I just make sure there is a Vodafone stand at Barcelona Airport :)

P.S.

I while ago I created a post on how to get a prepaid Sim Card in Armenia, in case you are looking for SIM Card options in Armenia - read that post.

About Reinis Fischer

Reinis Fischer is a Drupal Developer who works and lives in Tbilisi. A programmer by day and a writer by night. Or Vice Verse. Covers topics on Travel, Restaurant Reviews, Finances, Blogging e.t.c. Loves DIY and recently is excelling as a main constructor in his latest project - home remodeling.
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