It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Bulgaria

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Domestic Phones Domestic telephone service is available in most villages, via the PSTN or VoIP. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are widely spread in Bulgaria – many people have two or three phones. There are three networks, all using the GSM/3G standards (Mtel, Globul and Vivacom). MTel has almost full national coverage (97% of the surface of the country), followed by Globul and Vivatel (each one with smaller coverage). Fares are average for the European Union (5-40 Eurocent per minute, 7 Eurocent/SMS). Both pre-paid cards and subscriptions are available, and special options for discounted international calls exist with some pricing plans.

Bulgaria Phone photo

Photo by Pudpuduk

Roaming is available but it`s rather expensive. You can buy prepaid cards cards in almost every shop. Internet Access Internet access is widely available in Bulgaria, although about 60% of the population has regular access. Broadband internet is available through cable, ADSL, fiber optics, WiMax and LAN connections. You can also access internet with your mobile phone, via GPRS or 3G. Speeds are pretty fast in the capital – with prices being around 10 € for 20 Mbps, with local access about 40-100 Mbps. The speeds are increasing, home access for 10 Mbps being available at around €7.5 per month.

Outside the major cities, speeds are significantly lower, fastest being around 7.5 € for 10 Mbps. Internet cafes are available in most towns and cities, and in some villages. Computers are usually not available in libraries, or in public places such as train stations. Wireless access is often available in gas stations (such as Lukoil) and there is also an unsecured WiFi connection in Sofia Airport. Many pubs and hotels will also have WiFi that is free of charge to use. Speeds in Bulgaria are surprisingly good! In fact Bulgaria is in top 10 of the countries with fastest Internet speeds worldwide. Wireless access is growing, especially in biggest cities, but is still limited, and mainly available in public areas, parks, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Paid wireless access is also available. You can use Wi-Fi virtually anywhere in the bigger cities (especially the touristic ones).

Other tips on staying connected while in Bulgaria? Please add your comments and tips.