[2024 Latest Guide] Make your trip to Moldova more comfortable! Complete guide to recommended SIM cards!

【2024年最新ガイド】モルドバ旅行をもっと快適に!おすすめSIMカード完全攻略!

Buna ziua! (Hello!) Are you planning a trip to Moldova? The Republic of Moldova, which gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, is known as a famous wine producing region, and is a country with beautiful nature and rich historical culture. There are many attractions, such as the bustling markets in the capital Chisinau, historic monasteries, and wonderful wineries! In order to fully enjoy Moldova, it is essential to have an internet connection there. In order to make full use of your smartphone, such as navigation, restaurant reservations, and updating SNS, it is very important to prepare a SIM card. In this article, we will explain in detail how to choose and use the recommended SIM card that will be convenient and comfortable to use during your stay in Moldova!


 

1. Make your stay in Moldova more convenient! Tips for choosing a SIM card

Checking coverage and communication quality

To use the Internet comfortably in Moldova, first check the coverage and communication quality. Major carriers Moldcell and Orange cover a wide area throughout the country. If you plan to visit regional areas or tourist spots, it is a good idea to check the coverage map in advance. Be sure to check the reputation of communication quality to ensure comfortable communication in any area.

 

Choose your data plan and speed

Next, choose a data plan and speed. Think about how much data you will use during your trip and choose the amount of data you need. If you only do light web surfing and updating social media, a 1GB to 3GB plan may be enough. On the other hand, if you need to watch videos or transfer large amounts of data, we recommend considering an unlimited data plan. Speed ​​is also an important factor, so choose the fastest plan possible to use it without stress.

 

How to choose a rate plan

Choose a plan according to your budget. Prepaid plans are common in Moldova, and they are convenient because you can charge only as much as you need. If you are staying for a short time, it is better to choose a special plan for short-term use or a plan for tourists. There are also several promotions and discounts, so check the carrier's website or store for the latest information.

 

 

2. Don't forget to check the SIM size that's right for your device

Checking SIM card type and compatibility

Check compatibility with your smartphone. Nano SIMs are the norm for the latest smartphones, but older models may require a micro SIM or standard SIM. It's a good idea to check the size of your SIM card in advance and have a conversion adapter ready if necessary. Also, if your smartphone is SIM-locked, don't forget to unlock it in advance. The unlocking process can take some time, so it's important to act early.

 

 

3. How do I get a SIM card in Moldova?

Where to buy a SIM card

It's very easy to buy a SIM card in Moldova. You can get one at mobile phone shops, shopping malls, and even some convenience stores and supermarkets in major airports and city centers. Chisinau International Airport is particularly convenient, as you can purchase a SIM card immediately after arriving. If you visit an official Moldcell or Orange store, you'll likely find English-speaking staff to assist you. You may be asked to show your passport when purchasing, so don't forget to bring it with you.

 

 

Recommended SIM cards for Moldova

■ Orange Holiday SIM

Orange's prepaid plans are characterized by their generous data volumes and high-speed communication. They are especially ideal for those who frequently watch videos or update their social media accounts. They can be purchased at airports and Orange shops in the city. Plans include a 20GB data plan for 29 MDL (Moldova Leu) and a 100GB data plan for 49 MDL.

 

■ Moldcell SIM

Owned by Nepal's CG Corp Global, Moldcell has wide coverage throughout the country and offers 4G/LTE connectivity even with prepaid plans. The prepaid SIM card is called Cartelă Moldcell and comes with a 20GB data plan for 29MDL which can be topped up as needed.

 

■ Moldtelecom SIM

Moldtelecom (formerly Unité) is a telecommunications operator operated by a former state-owned enterprise, which operates a 3G/4G network. It offers several prepaid plans, all valid for 21 days, with 15-50GB data plans, and prices ranging from 50-170 MDL.

 

Important points to note when purchasing a SIM card in Moldova

Where to buy a SIM card and how to prepare

It is important to check in advance how to obtain a SIM card, the compatibility of the smartphone you will be using, and the documents required for purchase. You can obtain a SIM card at the airport or a local mobile phone specialty store. Setting your smartphone's language to English in advance will make the activation process smoother. Activation may take some time, so plan well in advance. You may also need to have local currency ready when purchasing, so be sure to have it ready in advance.

 

How to choose a data plan

Since Moldova is not a member of the EU, international roaming charges have different limits and regulations, and if you use the smartphone you brought from Japan, it may be expensive. It is important to check the data volume and speed restrictions of your smartphone in advance and choose a local plan that suits your usage style. Local carriers have many reasonable data plans.

 

Check the SIM card size

Before you travel, make sure you know what size SIM card your phone supports. Newer phones often use nano SIMs, but older models may require a micro or standard SIM. You'll need a pin to replace your SIM card. This is usually included with your phone, but if you don't have one, it's a good idea to get one beforehand. Also, make sure you have a case or pouch to keep your current SIM card safe.

 

Checking SIM lock status

In order to use a local SIM card, your smartphone must be SIM-unlocked. Before you leave, make sure your smartphone is SIM-free and, if necessary, apply for SIM-unlocking. If unlocking is required, it may take some time to complete the process, so we recommend doing so early.

 

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We recommend using an "eSIM" when traveling to Moldova!

■ eSIM is very convenient while staying in Moldova!

For those planning a trip to Moldova, we highly recommend eSIM as a means of communication. Unlike conventional physical SIM cards, eSIM (built-in SIM) is a digital SIM built into a smartphone or tablet. By using eSIM, there is no need to replace the physical SIM card, and you can instantly use local communication services by simply completing a few simple steps online. When renting a Wi-Fi router, it is a hassle to carry it around, charge it, and return it, but with eSIM, such troublesome work is not necessary at all. In addition, it can be used safely in terms of security, so there is no need to use public Wi-Fi. This will definitely make your trip even more comfortable and enjoyable. Take advantage of the next generation communication method "eSIM" and enjoy your trip to Moldova to the fullest!

 

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