Update 2015-08-14 see below.
On a visit to Estonia I wondered if I could get a pre-pay SIM and be able to use mobile Internet with it – as I do with T-Mobile in the UK.
I searched the websites of the big mobile phone companies in Estonia online before visiting the country – but even when running through the Russian or Estonian language sites I could not find any pre-pay SIM offerings.
However when I arrived I walked into an Elisa store (see their website at www.elisa.ee) and the staff there spoke reasonable English.
They sold me a SIM for €1. To register this SIM I had to make an outbound call on the Elisa network. So I did. Job done. It’s not even important that the person picks up the call (I think).
Elisa SIM Card Comes In This Card
Instruction Manual That Comes With SIM
Next – if you want to use mobile Internet – you can – for just €1 per day. It just gets charged from your balance if you use it. For a holiday that’s a good deal – much better than spending the likes of £20 on a Vodafone 30-day pack.
I was told local text messages cost €0.05 each.
Before doing any more I recommend that you dial *135*723# as this will tell Elisa to send any messages to you in English (default is Estonian).
Elisa sell credits in scratch-off cards of €10 each. So I bought 2 while in the store for my holiday. After scratching off the number you then dial *135*revealed_12_digit_code# and call it. The balance will be credited to your account.
Android Phone Showing Elisa As The Network Provider
Getting Your Account Balance
To discover the balance in your account dial *135*1# as follows:
Dialing *135*1# to get account balance
You will receive a text message like the following:
SMS Showing Elisa Account Balance
Elisa (and kiosks) sell a Zen pre-paid SIM for approximately €3. This has just under €3 credit.
To set English call *135*923#. To get balance call *135*1#. To add credit that you purchased on a receipt with a 12-digit number call *135*12-digit-number#.
There are various monthly packs you can add by calling a 5 digit number starting with 9500x. These packs cost anywhere from €5 for 1GB/month to €10 for 3GB/month. They can take up to 15 minutes to be activated so be patient after calling if you choose to do so (English language details are included in the pre-pay SIM pack that you purchased).