Ukrainian SIM Cards: The Complete Guide

by Javier Solano
Ukrainian SIM Cards: The Complete Guide

In this article, I want to talk about Ukrainian SIM cards.

Introduction

So, first of all, what is a SIM card and why do you need one? A SIM card is basically a little card that goes into a slot of your phone. This applies to both smartphones and regular old phones and it basically allows you to use the operator of the SIM card to be able to use data and make calls.

The biggest advantage of having a local SIM card is that you can basically pay local-based rates. Otherwise, if you keep using the SIM card that was on the phone already from your home operator you will be charged very expensive roaming fees

There is one thing I want to talk about is that you have to make sure that your phone is unlocked. An unlocked phone can accept foreign SIM cards apart from the one that you are already using in your home country. A lot of times these days phone networks and phone operators cell your phone and unlock the SIM card to the phone that way you cannot put in the foreign SIM card so make sure it’s unlocked.

Now that we’ve covered how the SIM cards work I want to talk about the best three operators that you should be using in Ukraine

The three main mobile operators in Ukraine

There are three main operators in Ukraine that you should pay attention to Life, Vodafone, Kyivstar.

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Kyivstar is the biggest one and usually the one with the most expensive prices. A lot of people swear by it and it’s the operator that I had when I initially moved to the country next line but as soon as I started checking out the other offers I immediately switch the Vodafone which is a little bit cheaper than Kyivstar and provides as good of service. 

You can learn more about their plans here.

Next line the second-biggest provider is Vodafone what the phone is actually a Russian operator that has a license to operate in Ukraine. It is a little bit cheaper than Kyivstar and offers a very decent service with excellent customer support.

You can learn more about their plans here.

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Finally, last but not least, we have life and operator the third biggest operator in Ukraine and it’s owned by a Turkish cell phone company.

It has excellent customer support and prices that are even a little bit cheaper than Vodafone making them the cheapest provider in Ukraine. Just because the cheapest that doesn’t mean is the worse in fact I’m using them now and I have nothing but good things to say about them.

You can learn more about their plans here.

In my opinion, you should either go for Vodafone or life. There’s really no need to sign up for Kyivstar.

As to where to buy one of these SIM cards, they’re readily available pretty much everywhere. When you fly into one of the main airports whether it’s Boryspil or Kyiv, you will be able to buy a SIM card right as soon as you get out of the airport.

Feeling that you can buy a SIM card pretty much anywhere around the city just look for the proper kiosk or store depending on the provider that you’ve chosen to go with.

I realize that picking simple an operator is very difficult and confusing in Ukraine, so hopefully, this guide has at least given you some clarity and set you on the right path to success.