Mobile phones in Croatia are very common and popular – you’ll often see locals with a mobile glued to their ear. A mobile phone in Croatia is called a “mobitel”. Read on for more details of mobile phone usage in Croatia, what you can do to save money when using your phone in the country, and details of telephone usage.
Mobile Phones in Croatia
The three mobile phone networks in Croatia are T-Com, VIP and Tele2. If bringing your handset from home, you will find it will hook up automatically to one of these. You also might find Tomato and BonBon, although both of these are owned by one of the main mobile companies, and not really separate networks in their own right.
If you think you’ll be using your mobile phone a reasonable amount to either make phone calls within Croatia, or text and call home, you should consider purchasing a pre-paid SIM card. The three mobile network operators all have details of these on the websites (see above) and you can buy SIMs at some news kiosks and other stores.
It’s not so much of a concern these days what with all these ultra-modern phones, but if you have a slightly older phone make sure it works on the 900 or 1800 MHz GSM frequencies that are utilised in Croatia. (Travellers from Europe shouldn’t have any problems, but travellers from further abroad, particularly North America, may need to double-check). Make sure also that, if necessary, you call your home mobile phone operator before travelling, to make sure that roaming is enabled. At the same time, you’ll probably want to switch off data roaming if you have a smartphone, so you don’t rack up crazy data charges.
Mobile Phone Charges in Croatia
Now that Croatia is in the EU (since July 2013), using your mobile phone to make and receive calls and texts should be considerably cheaper – especially for visitors from elsewhere in the EU. It is still advisable to check with your network provider at home to see what you may be charged when visiting Croatia – you also be able to buy some kind of special ‘holiday’ package to lower your costs even further.
Telephones in Croatia
Should you wish to go ‘old school, public telephones or payphones appear pretty much everywhere. Buy a telephone card from a newspaper kiosk for easy use – these come in various denominations.
The country access code for calling Croatia is 385.