Especially in less developed countries (Eastern Europe, Africa, most of Asia), carriers and MVNOs often don't offer online top up. If you are in an Urban Area, it's not really a problem, but if you are on a roadtrip from Bukarest to Budapest (amiable alliteration, you might notice that it sucks big time
Great, so what do I do?
Well, if you don't want to be stuck without mobile credit in rural areas, you should try to get a top up online on one of the many different service providers. But be careful, they charge fees!
Here are the options
So, let's take a closer look:
- ezetop: many countries, but expensive like hell (up to 40% fee of the amount you top up)
- transferto: large coverage, but expensive as well (anyhow slightly cheaper than ezetop)
- fonmoney.com: currently only offering Romania, but they promise more countries to come soon (around 10%-15% fee)
If you are in Romania, give fonmoney.com a try. But always try to keep the top ups as low as possible and try to get them offline as soon as you are back in the city. It's simply cheaper.
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