Let’s face it – the mobile phone tariffs in Czech Republic are ridiculously high. According to a study from 2017, they belong among the most expensive in the EU. People in Czech Republic may criticize, ridicule and curse the unreasonable prices, but, unfortunately, no one has been able to blast this bubble yet. So, if you can’t get by without your smartphone (chances are, you can’t), you’re pretty much left at mercy of the mobile operators’ companies. But wait, we hear you calling, there are the virtual operators, who have arrived a couple of years ago. Haven’t they changed the game a little bit? And we’re students, so that should help, too, shouldn’t it? Well, take a look at the comparison we have prepared for you and have all of your questions answered!
Student tariffs – not great, not terrible
The three biggest and most famous operators on the Czech market – O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone – have all quite decent offers for the students. For the first two, you don’t even have to be a student – you just have to be between 6 and 26 years old. Vodafone will ask you for the ISIC card, but its offer is also more generous. See for yourself:
Let’s start with O2. But before we even begin, let us warn you against a typical big company trap – the prices stated with big fat colourful numbers only apply if you seal the deal for two years straight. If you sign without any commitment, the prices suddenly skyrocket. There is no mention about it until you dig deep and find the complete price list. Not cool, O2. Which is really ironic, since the tariff itself is actually called [:kůl:].
Anyway, you have two types of the tariff, depending on the amount of data you need monthly. You will get 5 GB for 399 CZK, and 10 GB for 499 CZK, if you sign for 2 years (and 549 CZK and 649 CZK respectively, in case you don’t). If you can do your math (and honestly, you should, being a student and all), you’re able see that the latter one is more favourable. In an unlikely case that you also need other mobile services (like phone calls or text messages – crazy, right?), you have 120 free minutes AND an unlimited amount of messages – if you text another O2 number. SMS outside the elite operator network will cost you additional 3.5 CZK. If you ever run of your free minutes, any additional one will cost you 3.5 CZK. Should you need more data, the 2 GB data package is yours for 249 CZK.
T-Mobile offers the students (AKA people between 6 and 26 years) 10 GB for 499 CZK. There are 100 free minutes and 100 free text messages into any Czech network (are you listening, O2?). If you’re really into the old-school texting and use up all the free ones, you’ll pay 1.5 CZK per piece. Additional calls after crossing the free limit will cost you 3.5 CZK / minute. The 2 GB data package is 299 CZK, but you also have an option of buying less data (check out the table at the end of this article).
Moving on to the probably best option – Vodafone. Hashtags are apparently still a thing, so this offer comes with a price of bearing the name #jetovtobe (#itisinyou). As we have mentioned before, it is conditioned with the ISIC card and will cost you 499 CZK per month. In return, you’ll receive 10 GB + additional 2 GB from the ‘My Vodafone’ app. You’ll also be able to call and text without limit. The additional data package is the cheapest option, as 1 GB will make you only 99 CZK lighter.
Virtually insignificant offers
We have mentioned the small virtual mobile operators at the beginning of this article. Are they any good, then? Have they brought a gust of fresh air, different offers, are they a healthy competition against the big, established companies? Well, not really. Apart from working on the network of the mentioned big companies, they offer the services that are so limited and exhausting that investing in them really doesn’t make much sense. Take mobil.cz as an example – the operator using the T-Mobile network offers a prepaid card. Each time you buy 200 CZK worth of credit, you get 200 MB, valid one month. Yay? If you exhaust the data before one month is over (improbable, right?), the speed of the internet decreases, but you can still do basic stuff like chatting through the messaging apps. Of course, you can forget about checking you Instagram feed. After the month of slow browsing is over, you’re done for good – your data have been switched off completely. You do have an option of buying different packages – e.g. 1.4 GB for 130 CZK or 2 GB for 300 CZK. In case you’re still interested in other services, calling costs you 2.2 CZK / min and one text message 1.5 CZK. You can buy some packages to make calls, too (for example 30 minutes for 57 CZK). It is probably a good option for someone who barely uses their mobile phone, but if it’s glued to your hand 24/7, this option seems to be to tedious, as you have to keep buying different packages, some of which are only valid for a couple of days, and most probably, you will end up paying ever more than with the tariff operators.
|Cost||399 CZK (549 CZK)||499 CZK (649 CZK)|
|Internet||5 GB||10 GB|
|Text messages||Unlimited withing O2 / 3.5 CZK outside O2|
|Additional data packages||2 GB = 249 CZK|
|Minutes||100 / 3.5 CZK per minute afterwards|
|Text messages||100 / 1.5 CZK afterwards|
|Additional data packages||400 MB = 99 CZK
1 GB = 199 CZK
2 GB = 299 CZK
|Internet||10 GB + 2 GB in the app|
|Additional data packages||1 GB = 99 CZK|
|Internet||200 MB, expires in 1 month|
|Text messages||1.5 CZK|
|Additional data packages||700 MB = 130 CZK
2 GB = 300 CZK
So, how do you feel about the prices of the Czech mobile operators? Have you found your perfect tariff? If you don’t feel like pouring that much money into your smart box, you can always try the cheapest and most friendly version that never fails – offline communication!
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