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Wondering how to make phone calls and access the Internet in Romania? Find all the information you need in this article.  

Upon your arrival in Romania, staying connected will definitely be one of your priorities. This includes getting a SIM card for your phone, a reliable Internet connection for your home, and maybe even a land line. Generally, this should be a relatively easy task — especially, since most accommodations in the country are already equipped with a landline and an Internet connection.

Mobile networks

There are several mobile network service providers in Romania: Vodafone, Orange, Cosmote, and Zapp. To get a local sim card, you will simply need to drop by any of the offices of one of the aforementioned providers with your ID. You will be able to choose from a variety of packages including prepaid plans perfect for a short stay. There is also an abundance of mobile Internet packages to choose from.

In certain instances, you will need to “unlock” your phone in order to use a local sim card — this can be done at one of the many mobile shops found in any major city. If you have a CDM phone, it will probably work with a sim card from Zapp but it’s best to inquire with the carriers beforehand.

Internet

Romania has one of the fastest broadband Internet speeds in the world. In 2018, it ranked 5th in the world with the average broadband speed of 38.6 Mbps. This makes the country a great base for startups and tech companies as well as those working remotely.

There are a number of Internet service providers in Romania including Romtelecom, Orange, and Vodafone. These offer various types of packages, some of which include cable TV and landline subscription. Hence, prices vary from one service provider to another and according to the type of package chosen.

As most of these service providers' websites are in Romanian, it is best to drop by one of their outlets in person to inquire about their services and rates.

Landline

As mentioned previously, most accommodations already have a landline and Internet connection. Note, nevertheless, that Romtelecom is the country's national telephone service provider. Over the years, other service providers such as Vodafone, Orange and RDS also strengthened their position on the local telecommunications market. These offer very attractive combined landline and mobile phone packages.

In case your accommodation is not yet connected to the network, you can apply for a landline by following rather simple procedures. You can call the nearest office of your favourite service provider with the following documents:

  • your identity card and passport
  • proof of residence
  • your lease contract if you are renting your accommodation.

Note, however, that formalities and installation fees generally differ from one service provider to another. As regards the waiting period, it can vary between two days and two weeks, depending on the region where you live.

Finally, phone bills are issued on a monthly basis and are to be settled in post offices.

Wi-Fi and Internet cafes

Until you obtain your own landline and Internet connection, you can still access the Internet in hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. You can also find several Internet cafes in most major cities, namely Bucharest, Sibiu, etc.

 Useful links:

Romtelecom
Orange
Vodafone
RDS
Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Romania

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