Mobile Phone Networks
There are 4 mobile networks in Latvia: Amigo, Bite, LMT, Tele2. Incoming calls are free. No documents required to purchase a prepaid SIM-card. SIM-cards usually sold in mobile operator stores which are located at shopping malls across every city of Latvia.
Free Wi-Fi is generally provided by “Lattelecom” operator. Every shopping mall, cafe, restaurant or any other public place usually have a free Wi-Fi hotspot. If you decide to use “Lattelecom-Free” hotspot you’ll have to wait 15 seconds and watch ad in a browser until you get a full access.
3G, 4G/LTE Mobile Internet
Every mobile phone operator provide either 3G or 4G/LTE coverage in all major cities. Connectivity may degrade to EDGE/GPRS in rural places but almost the whole Latvia is covered by a mobile internet.
Mobile Phone Operators Features
Amigo is a virtual operator based on LMT operator’s mobile network. It’s coverage is naturally the same as LMT. Amigo SIM-cards sold at almost every supermarket, such as Elvi, Lats, Maxima, Rimi, as well as at “Latvijas Pasts” post offices, “Statoil” gas stations and “Narvesen” kiosks.
Bite is an operator that has the most lowest prices on the market and a good network quality. Another great feature of this operator is that you can monitor your expenses on their site in real time. Bite has no 4G/LTE coverage across the whole Latvia at the time of writing (February 2015). Only a few districts of Riga are covered by 4G/LTE. However, 3G/HSDPA network covers almost all cities of Latvia. Bite SIM-card can be purchased only at Bite stores. But they are located in almost every major shopping mall.
LMT is the only mobile phone operator that has 4G/LTE coverage across the whole Latvia at the time of writing (February 2015). Their prices are generally higher than the average on the market. But no other mobile phone operator provides internet that is faster than the one in LMT. Prepaid cards are branded as Okarte. Okarte SIM-cards sold at almost every supermarket, such as Elvi, Lats, Maxima, Rimi, as well as at “Statoil” gas stations and “Narvesen” kiosks.
Tele2 is an operator with good prices and a stable network quality. Tele2 has only about 50+ 4G/LTE base stations at the time of writing (February 2015). Which are located in Riga and some major cities of Latvia. Their 3G/HSDPA network covers mostly every city of Latvia. Prepaid cards are sold under the brand name «Zelta Zivtiņa» (Goldfish). You can buy «Zelta Zivtiņa» prepaid SIM-card at Tele2 shops. Tele2 shops reside in almost every major shopping mall.
Modern smartphones usually have a smaller SIM-card, such as Micro-SIM or even smaller Nano-SIM. You may change your card in any operator office if you’ve purchased a SIM-card that doesn’t fits your phone. It is usually free.More details about Nano-SIM and Micro-SIM cards