Alternative Mobile Phone Providers in Spain
If you thought that Spanish mobile phone providers were only limited to the big three: Movistar, Vodafone and Orange; think again. A smaller company can often work out cheaper, and in many cases offers exactly the same services. Customer satisfaction surveys always include some of these smaller companies in top place, so why not try one?
Before You Start
First of all get a good idea of what you need. Find your last three bills and see how many calls you made, your data use and whether you still send SMS messages.
Regarding data use, here’s what you can roughly expect to get for your MB:
- 25 plain text emails: 0.5 MB
- 1 minute WhatsApp phone call: Between 0.20 to 0.50 MB
- 20 web pages: 3.5 MB
- Video calls (Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp) vary considerably, but between 10 to 14MB for a 5 minute call.
- 1 minute music streaming uses 1 MB; video streaming 3 MB
- Apps depend on size and use.
Companies normally have online introductory promos, to compare between different providers make sure to check what the tariff will be after the promo period finishes.
Most low cost providers actually belong to Telefonica, Orange, Vodafone or MasMovil; take a look at the image below.
Smaller companies use one of the larger company’s networks. If you change provider you may, or may not, end up using a different network so check coverage first.
Mobile-only or a bundle?
It can be cheaper to get your mobile line (or even those for all the family) included in a bundle with fibre and even TV (HBO, Netflix and Amazon Prime are offered by most companies). However if you only want to cancel one of the services then you could have problems.
From December the EU is introducing new legislation which will allow consumers to be able to cancel just one part of a bundle. This change may affect bundle prices in the future.
Lobster is aimed at the English-speaking market in Spain. There are 3 plans to choose from, all come with unlimited calls and texts:
- Small: 6GB data for 12€
- Medium: 15GB for 18€
- Large: 30GB for 24€
O2 in Spain is part of Movistar:
- Simple tariff structure: only 2 tariffs available: 20€ for 25GB or 10€ for 5GB, both with unlimited calls & SMS.
- No minimum contract duration, cancel at any time.
- Contract online only.
Virgin has launched in Spain on the back of Euskaltel. For mobile-only contracts they offer 10GB for 9€ or 20GB for 14€, both with unlimited calls.
More mobile phone service providers
You can also take a look at the tariffs offered by: Low, Pepephone, Yoigo, Jazztel, Simyo, Mas Movil (and more!).
NOTE: All prices shown above are per month, include sales tax (IVA) and are correct for September 2020. Promos may be available for the first 3 or 6 months.