The battle of the smooth operators A1, Vivacom, and Telenor
Vivacom was the first in Bulgaria to launch 5G network in the 27 district centers of the country in September 2020. Their 4G network is covering 99% of the country’s population. By the beginning of June 2020, full coverage is available in 2200 locations, including the 44 largest cities across the country. A1 mobile 4G network covers 99.43% of the population of Bulgaria.
All three of them offer both pre-paid sim cards, as well as monthly plans with a contract for 1 or 2 years.
The longer 2-year contract comes with a cheaper monthly plan. For example, A1 1-year contract is 26.99 BGN a month for 1000 min and 500 MB of data, while their 2-year contract for the same price includes 2000 min and 4500 MB of data.
Pre-paid sim cards come with lots of terms and conditions. The card itself has a validity of 365 days. The credit on the account has a validity of 60 days and the minutes and MBs purchased have a validity of between 14 and 28 days.
All providers are trying to encourage customers to pay their bills online by offering them money off their bill, for example, 1 BGN monthly discount or an additional 500 MB of data.
Monthly plan with a 24-month contract (2 years)
- Telenor Total + for 13.99 BGN per month includes 200 min and 200 MB of data
- A1 One for 22.99 BGN per month includes 1200 min and 1500 MB of data
Pre-paid sim card (pay as you go)
- Vivacom 8 BGN comes with 3 BGN credit plus 400 min and 6000 MB of data. Future top-ups of 10 BGN would secure 200 min and 1000 MB of data.