What is the best option in terms of mobile phone contracts in Spain?

I'm moving to Málaga for my year abroad in less than 2 weeks and was wondering what the best option is for my mobile phone. In the UK I'm on giffgaff and I really like their goody bags, where you are not attached to a contract. Is there a Spanish provider which offers something similar? I've looked at contracts but they tend to be quite expensive and include a lot of minutes - and I barely ever make calls. I am looking for something with at least 1 GB internet, 100 texts and maybe 50 minutes or so. What provider can you recommend?

This question was asked by Loes van Driel , asked on 12th August 2014 and has been read 1917 times.

  • Anonymous Answer · 3 years ago

    orange (the spanish version) - ballena tariff  - that's what I had

  • Ethan R Wilkinson · 3 years ago

    I agree. I used Orange the ballena PAYG tariff! You can top up your phone from most ATMs with Orange too which was pretty handy.

  • Lauren Stevens · 3 years ago

    Buying a basic phone saves money, but you can't use WhatsApp. Spanish people love WhatsApp, so it is useful to have internet access when you're out and about. I would suggest bringing an unlocked phone with you. I took my iPhone then just switched between my English and Spanish SIMs and I didn't have any problems other than getting it unlocked.

    If your phone is locked to a provider in your home country, a SIM from the same provider in Spain will still not be accepted and it makes your life easier to have an unlocked phone when you arrive. I made this mistake, thinking that I could use a Vodafone Spain SIM card with a phone locked to Vodafone UK, but eventually I managed to unlock my phone. I was on pay as you go and the case is a lot different to the UK and it is very cheap. â‚¬10-20 could last me 1-2 months. I still had all my English contacts on my phone and could talk to them on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, iMessage, FaceTime or Skype. I didn't feel like I needed two phones because I rarely used my English SIM in Spain. You could also consider getting a dual SIM phone.

    I would say that getting a Spanish number is one of the first things you should do when you arrive, because friends and people interested in private classes will ask for your number and won't want to pay extra to use your English number. You may also need it to get full access to your bank account, as they may text you a code.

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