The battle of the smooth operators A1, Vivacom, and Yettel.
Bulgaria has three major mobile network providers A1, Vivacom, and Yettel (former Telenor). A1 is the leader with approximately 4 million active subscribers, while both Vivacom and Telenor have about 3 million each.
Vivacom was the first in Bulgaria to launch a 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 compared to the 1-year contract. All providers are trying to encourage customers to pay online by offering them money off their bills, for example, 1 BGN monthly discount or an additional 500 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.
Monthly plan with a 24-month contract (2 years)
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.