Unless you are in need quite a bit of data (at high speed); you can’t go wrong with any of the providers that for a ~ 3 EU provide 100’s min of talk time, 1,000 SMS, and ~ 1 Gb of data
In Lithuania there are not many 3G and LTE bands so you may want to check what percentage of bands your phone supports: https://www.frequencycheck.com/countries/lithuania
For my high data requirements ( 1+ Gb / day); I went with Labas (Bite). For my wife I’ve got Pildyk (Tele 2).
3 EU: 3 Gb, 60 min talk, 1000’s sms
major con: the upload speed could be quite bad: 0.1 – 1 Mpbs
High Data User
The only provider that gives you a 5x amount of daily data (5 Gb) for the same price of 0.58 EU (vs 1 Gb by the other providers).
minor con: relatively higher monthly fees (3 EU vs 1 EU) if you decide to keep it for longer than a month
Best Coverage / Speed
Ezys seems to have the best # of bands available; as well as best overall speed.
con: somewhat expensive; and predatory draining of your account balance via “standard” tariffs (once included data runs out).
I am currently spending a couple of weeks in Lithuania (Druskininkai); and needed to have access to the internet on the go. For 2 EU you can pick up a sim loaded with ~1GB of data and 100’s of minutes of talk time and 1,000’s of sms. I have bought sims from competing companies Pildyk (Tele2), Ezys (OmniTel), Labas (Bite).
Initial cost is roughly the same. However, once you initial data package is exhausted you will be faced with very significant differences.
Ezys is using a rather predatory tactics – once your prepaid internet data is exhausted it will start charging the outrageous 0.28 EU / 10MB (referred to as “default” rate). I’ve burned through 10 EU; over a cup of coffee. To add more data; you would need to get on a plan that incurs a monthly charge (you can stop it; but you might need to re-enable it each time you want re-start using the card); most plans come with 1GB; you can add more data by purchasing it.
2.29 EU (validity: 30 days)
Pildyk has a fair pricing plan; where you just pre-pay for the data. Once you run out it re-directs you to a page where you can purchase more.
0.50 EUR (validity: 1 day)
1.00 EUR (validity: 7 days)
2.03 EUR (validity: 30 days)
(larger plans are also available; e.g 5 GB for 7 EU (valid for 30 days))
Many users probably easily burn through 1GB of data a week; in this case going with a weekly Pildyk plan provides a 2x cost advantage.
down: 42 Mbps
up: 22 Mbps
down: 20 Mbps
up: 15 Mbps
down: 7 Mbps
up: 0.7 Mbps
Speed-wise, Ezys is about 4x faster for both download and upload (mostly tested in Druskininkai; various locations and times). These findings are consistent with this article.
p.s. Pildyk’s speeds (~4Mbps) were still sufficient for skype/viber calls.
Tweak: in some locations Pildyk’s LTE upload speed was very slow (even though almost full bars were shown); forcing the phone to use 3G fixed the problem.
I went with Pildyk since its pricing was fair and speed quite sufficient.
I wouldn’t mind paying more for a 4x speed of Ezys; by their tactic of draining any remaining balance on your account was extremely off-putting if not illegal (I hope somebody will launch a class action suit against them).
Am staying in Lithuania (Druskininkai) again; hence a brief update.
There are new packages (bought them at Iki & Maxima but should be available elsewhere)
- Labas (~3 EU): 1 GB of data, 350 min, 5,000 sms
- Pildyk-Tele2 (~3 EU): 3GB of data and 60 min talk time; and ? sms
- Ezys-Omnitel (~2 EU): 1 GB of data, 250 min talk time; and 6,000’s sms
This year I have a phone with dual sim; which allow me to take advantage of two providers; I ended up with Labas for my high-data needs (1Gb+ / day); and Ezys for making the calls etc. (and as a backup high-speed internet)
Pildyk’s speed has improved; but still lags behind Ezys; particularly with regards to upload speed which could be quite slow on Pildyk (0.2 mbps) vs Ezys (1 mbps).
Both have night plan with unlimited traffic for ~1 EU (up to 1TB); however Pildyk provides free data on the weekends (day and night time); which is great.
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