Vivacom & roaming

Hi all,

I need some advice regarding mobile plans in Bulgaria.

I subscribed a plan in a Vivacom store. (the plan you can see on this link to be more specific

First of all, it struck me that I had to pay a special deposit of 115 Leva as I'm a foreigner... But I did. The sim card worked well (4G everywhere, etc). A couple of weeks later, it stopped working (impossible to place a call, send SMS or data), I went to the store, and I was told that I had placed International calls (which was true but for a reasonable amount, ~10min of Europe outgoing calls) and I had to pay an extra deposit of 20 Leva. I tried to get more details, and I learned that they needed a larger deposit for calls not included in the plan. I paid again and it started working again.

The straw that broke the camel back is the roaming. I'm now traveling in Europe (Hungary and Slovakia) for a couple of weeks, and I can't get the Vivacom sim card to work when my other sim cards from other countries work nicely. Everytime I try to call, a message says that I'm not authorized to make a call. The message is in Slovak, so I suppose that the call is not routed to Vivacom infrastructure which made me suppose they didn't have roaming agreement (or roaming service included).

Questions : Did you guys have to pay deposit ? Are you happy with Vivacom ? Should I terminate that contract and see if the grass is greener with another operator ? The thing is that to stop the contract it will cost me 3 months of penalty.

Since I am a Bulgarian I have not paid any deposits ... so far.

Any way, here are some advices:

1. Call Vivacom and ask them to enable your roaming plan. This is probably the most likely reason for not being able to operate this SIM in other countries,

2. There's a special supplement for almost unlimited calls and internet when roaming, check for it next ime you visit Vivacom, not sure about the plan, bu it costs about 5 BGN per day for the internet in roaming.

3. There' s a special limit to your account, and it might become inactive when you exceed it - increase that limit, I suppose it is to the amount of the deposit you have paid. Probably you will have to increase the deposit too.

4. Get s.o. from Vivacom show you the best plan for your needs - they have this type of consultants.

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