Ortwin asked me to write this guest post, a translated version of my original post in German. Since I’ll visit Croatia this summer, I looked for prepaid SIM cards with mobile 3G/4G Internet.

The following selection came together because I looked for a vendor with good network coverage in the area (near Donji Miholjac) where I’m staying.

I have found the following vendors:

I linked to the English pages where possible to make your life easier. :-)

To make the different offers comparable, I did a calculation for a 2 week vacation with maximum Internet volume.

T-Mobile.hr (own network)

As a Telekom user in Germany my eyes fell on the Croatian colleagues there. In the package you have a Micro SIM. If you need a Nano SIM, the easiest way is to exchange it in a local Telekom shop.

One time Options Total
SIM-Card 20 kn 0 kn
Internet XL 2GB 0 kn 75 kn option for 30 days
MMS/SMS-Flat HR 0 kn 20 kn 10 kn each week
Total Kuna 20 kn 95 kn 115 kn
Total € 2.65 € 12.58 € 15.23 €
KUNA/€ exchange rate 7.55

Vipnet (own network)

The second vendor I found is Vipnet.hr. However, the information on the page was not easy to find. If you need a Nano SIM you can get it directly at purchase. VIP offers complete packages that strike me as very balanced.

One time Options Total
SIM-Card-Package 50 kn 0 kn for 50 kn you get:
1500 minutes/SMS budget in Croatia
1500 MB
Total Kuna 50 kn 0 kn 50 kn
Total € 6.62 € 0 € 6.62 €
KUNA/€ exchange rate 7.55

bonbon.hr (uses T-Mobile network)

A Croatian friend of mine recommended bonbon. As far as I found out, it’s in fact part of the T-Mobile.hr group, similar to Congstar in Germany. bonbon currently has a nice bonbon for tourists: “Upload your credit with 80 kn and you get a discount of 50% on a package of your choice” (extract from http://www.tourist.bonbon.hr/en/prices-packages ). Even if this offer expires sometime, it’s a really fair offer for this price (5 GB for 90 kn).

However, bonbon doesn’t have Nano SIMs in their starter pack. After an exchange with their Twitter support (very friendly & fast) you get it as a replacement card but they send it only to Croatian addresses. The card arrives in 2-3 days, sometimes even faster.

One time Options Total
SIM-Card

20 kn 0 kn
Internet 5GB

0 kn 45 kn current offer: 50% for the first package
1200 SMS in HR

0 kn 60 kn
Total Kuna

20 kn 105 kn 125 kn
Total €

2.65 € 13.91 € 16.56 €
KUNA/€ exchange rate 7.55

I decided to go for bonbon. Part of the reason was their friendly support.

That’s it with my short overview of mobile Internet in Croatia. If there are changes, I’ll update this post. Also, please post your feedback in the comments.

Note by Ortwin: My thanks to Arnaud for adding his experience about Croatia to our ongoing series of how to get 3G data access internationally. If you want to support his blog, he’s happy to receive some Flattrs.

11 Comments

  • Michał

    wrote on July 10, 2014 at 12:32pm

    Hi,
    can you please provide exact name or direct link to this Vipnet offer for 50kn?
    It really is hard to find on the website :-)
    Thanks!

  • Arnaud Feld

    wrote on July 10, 2014 at 7:58pm

    Hey Michał,

    Just use the VIPNET-Link at the Beginning of the Blogpost and you will find directly the Way to the right Site.

    Greetings
    Arnaud

  • Michał

    wrote on July 11, 2014 at 2:06pm

    Thank you! I haven’t noticed it.

  • Ale

    wrote on April 22, 2015 at 9:48am

    Vipnet got their site translated into English

  • Ortwin Gentz

    wrote on April 22, 2015 at 5:29pm

    Ale, seems they only translated their website selectively. The “Zakon! tarife” page doesn’t seem to be translated. Or did you find it?

  • Damian

    wrote on May 30, 2015 at 9:19am

    You forgot (or didn’t know) about Tele2 “Welcome to Croatia” – 1000 min within Croatia + 3GB Internet.
    As far as I remember it was 50 Kunas last year (probably the same this year). The problem is a connection fee, and you have around 20-25 kunas for it only. So that 1000 mins within Croatia it’s just a marketing move, you practically can’t use even 1/10 of it ;)

  • Arnaud Feld

    wrote on May 30, 2015 at 7:44pm

    I didn’t take them in my List because the own Network from Tele2 is not the best. They have a national Roaming with T-Mobile, but from some Friends i heard when Tele2 has a little bit network coverage then i can not correctly use the Roaming.

    That’s why I selected the 3 Provider above.

  • xpwe

    wrote on July 19, 2015 at 11:59am

    I just came back from Sibenik area, Zadar to Split. And after reading your article I wanted to get a bonbon, but they did not offer a nano sim.

    When I arrived I checked the offers and for me the best one was the T-Mobile 11€ 7 day real unlimited.

    My whole family shared my iPhone Hotspot and we had 10GB in 7 days due to iCloud Foto Sync etc.

    I decided to purchase a 2nd card for the 2nd week instead of trying to extend it. They provided a clever nano Sim with adapters for micro and regular. I used it in my iPhone 5 and my iPad (but the iPad did not allow to create a hotspot).

  • Arnaud Feld

    wrote on July 19, 2015 at 1:23pm

    hi xpwe,

    last year T-Mobile didn’t have this Offer. I have seen it some weeks ago but didn’t have the time yet to change it in the original Blogpost (and Ortwin can change it here).

  • Scribsi

    wrote on July 20, 2015 at 4:35pm

    First of all thank you for your post.
    I tried to order a simcard on bonbon website but every times it gave me an error message.
    Maybe someone had the same issue?

    Thanks

  • Arnaud Feld

    wrote on August 3, 2015 at 8:57pm

    @Scribsi

    Today I have ordered 2 new Sim-Cards and it works without problem. Try it again :)

    Greetings
    Arnaud

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