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Travelling to Finland and local Cell Phones

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1. Posted by Yardmaster (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

My wife and me will be in Finland for 10 days. We do not need to call out of Finland.

We were wondering if we could rent 2 cell phones while there for in country calls. She'll be at the conference, I will be out and about. So we just want to keep in contact, locally there only. Any info?

2. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

As far as I remember you can buy two SIM cards pretty cheaply, sorry I don´t remember how much they cost, and they should do the job for you.
You can get some more information here

phonecard.bootsnall.com/finland_sim.htm

Zaksame

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

try www.sonera.fi
They have an excellent website with info on mobile phones and services.
Just take your phones to one of their many shops and get a free simcard each.... Easy.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

I'd definitely not recommend renting a cell phone if you are going to be there for a few weeks. It's quite expensive. Best bet is to go with a local sim card like the others mention. I didn't know you could get a free sim card, Redpaddy? That's great; would certainly recommend that then! Haven't seen that in other countries, but they should! Alternatively you can buy one in advance which comes with some airtime usually and you end up with each others numbers before you leave home. We've got a section about sim cards here on TP, and there's even one for Finland.

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post #4#.... There are free simcards to be had in so many countries now. The one I use here in the UK I picked up for free. I used to be contract - but this saves me so much money compared to it.
One thing to watch out for, some phones don't take all simcards. Mine does. It's worth getting it checked out before you travel.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Post #4#.... There are free simcards to be had in so many countries now. The one I use here in the UK I picked up for free. I used to be contract - but this saves me so much money compared to it.
One thing to watch out for, some phones don't take all simcards. Mine does. It's worth getting it checked out before you travel.

Interesting. I've never seen this, but it's been a while since I was on the market for a sim card. I am familiar with the ones where you pay 30 dollars and get 10 or 20 dollars in credit, but never heard of just getting one foc. Guess you still have to buy credit then to get started?

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Usually you have to put credit on it - but even then, not always. This simcard I've got (from Orange UK)was free - and came with £5 of credit already on it. It's a very common occurence in the UK to get free simcards.
I have a house in Bulgaria that I spend about 3 months a year at. In 2006 I used my UK simcard while there - and mounted up a massive bill. I now have a GLOBUL simcard that I pop in my UK phone when I'm there. What a saving. It wasn't free - I paid 15 Leva for it. That's about £6. However, it came with 20 Leva of credit. So in real terms I got it for nothing plus 5 back.

8. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting zaksame

As far as I remember you can buy two SIM cards pretty cheaply, sorry I don´t remember how much they cost, and they should do the job for you.

You can only use a SIM card from a different Provider provided you've got an unlocked phone. If you received a mobile phone free of charge and just pay a monthly subscription, then the phone is locked and won't work with any other Provider's SIM.

Yardmaster, some hotels provide a free mobile for the duration of your stay as part of their service. You could check with the one you propose to stay at to see if that's also the case there.

Otherwise, and assuming your own phone is locked, you can rent one here: Cellular Phone - Finland (I'm assuming you're in the UK). If you're in the US, try this one instead: US Cellular Phone Rent

9. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Unbranded* Samsung mobile phones (*without a provider user on the front - ie Orange, O2 etc) will work with any simcard worldwide and do not have to be unlocked, regardless of whether they were bought on contract or Pay-&-Go.

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Quoting Post #8#.... "If you received a mobile phone free of charge (what's one of those????) and just pay a monthly subscription, then the phone is locked and won't work with any other provider's SIM."
Incorrect.
If the phone is undedicated (which can be either contract or pay and go), eg not branded (O2, Orange, Vodafone, Virgin etc.), then any simcard will work in it, either from your own country or overseas. Many mobile phones purchased in The UK are now undedicated - and will work with any simcard - on any network - and in any country, depending on their band ability.
On occasion, an overseas simcard will not work when you cross borders - or return home. But then using it in another country defeats the object anyway.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-May-2009, at 05:37 by Redpaddy ]