Simpel
EMT GSM 900
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For visitors to the Estonia with a GSM900 phone (1800 in Tallinn).
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Simpel is of of the two PrePaid GSM SIM cards available in Estonia.

For most foreign visitors who expect many incoming calls it is better economy to buy an Simpel card and also when calling to your home country, compare price list below. Have a look at their home page www.emt.ee for coverage maps. You can also call their customer service at (2)6397130 in Estonia only and from outside Estonia +372-6397130 or write to;

Eesti Mobiiltelefon
Lasnamäe 64
EE-19095 Tallinn
Estonia

The Start Package Simpel has a price tag of about 400EEK (50DEM) but are sold for 150EEK (19DEM). The package contains a preactivated GSM SIM card, a 100EEK (12DEM) value coupon, codes and a manual in Estonian an in Russian. No other languages are available.

There are value coupons, called Simpel 100 for 100EEK (12DEM) and Simpel 200 for 200EEK (25DEM) to charge the card with. The valid period is 1 month per recharge + 30 days of receiving calls only, or to recharge the card. It is a to short a period, but for a short term visitor to the country, it has no real significance, except maybe that you will have to have a new number next time you go there..

International calls are possible. The automatic customer service (in Estonian, Russian or English) with, for example, credit request, is free. So is the standard customer service, where some speak English. But when we tested the card there were no English services available. We had to ask the sales personal in the shop to help us with the activation and charging the card. According to the manual there was an English menu system, but then it turned out that it didn't work the way it was supposed to. You have to call 123 to the Estonian Customer Care to have an English language activated.

Getting started;

1. Insert the SIM card in an apropriate phone,
2. call 1421 to charge your card (Estonian only!!!)
(they are working on to have 1423 working in English)
3. scratch the hidden number on the charge card
4. enter the number,
5. start calling.

Services included;

1. CLI (who is calling),
2. Receiving SMS texts (not sending),
3. Free 112 emergency calls (like in most nets).

This card is an almost exact copy of the Q Konekaart from Q-GSM in Estonia. I doubt that this copy would pass the copyright laws of other countries. We have tested the Simpel card and once we had succeeded in activating and charging the card, technically it worked well. EMT have to fix the problems with the English language. Maybe one could also wish it was possible to send SMS texts. When EMT have fixed the language problem, we think the Simpel card will be recommendable.

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National calls
1 EEK = 0,125DEM
the exchange rate is fixed
EEK/minute
(German Marks DEM)
Peak hours, EMT net
7-18 national, 7-20 international
6.00 (0.75)
Peak hours, other nets
7-18 national, 7-20 international
8.00 (1.00)
Off peak
evenings, weekends, bank holidays
2.70 (0.34)
Credit check
per call
1.00 (0.13)
112
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free
International calls
Europe
about 18.00 (2.30)