Using Smartphone in Sri Lanka.

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Using Smartphone in Sri Lanka will allow you to get cheap calls and mobile Data plan at its best. The Internet will keep you updated with latest News and situation in Sri Lanka. Trough the internet you can order food, buy tickets for train, busses online and will allow you to reserve a Medial consultant appoinment. In addition, it will allow you to communicate with your friends and family members from here at cheap calling rate and minimal priced mobile Data Plan. Visiting Tourists can use roaming mode but they may get a heavy phone bill once they are back in their homes. So when you are going to make your holidays here in Sri Lanka bring your Smartphone or one extra phone, charger and power bank. Buy a new local SIM card at the Colombo airport under your name and use it with your Smartphone. It will save you lot of money on calls and Data usage during your vacation. Sri Lanka mobile phone carriers offer 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G connectivity all over the Island. 4G LTE is available in large cities while 5G Connectivity is available on test mode in Colombo Metropolitan area only.

It is good idea to go for a monthly pre-paid plan as it will offer lot of calls between same network, number of SMS and mobile Data plan too are offered

Buying Mobile Phone SIM card at the Colombo Airport.

  • Provide your passsport to any of the mobile phone service providing counter at the arrival lounge. (Dialog, Mobitel, Airtel or Hutch)
  • Sign their contract paper.
  • Pay US$ 5 to the operator.
  • Require your desired SIM connection.
  • They will provide you with a normal, micro or Nano SIM card. Now you have your local (Sri Lanka) phone number.
  • Get your Mobile phone number, insert SIM in your phone and activate it there at the counter.
  • Sri Lanka tourist SIM cards' validity is limited to 30 days period. If you want to extend it contact the nearest retailer of the cell phone carrier.
  • Chinese tourists and Chinese workers are offered with special China SIM at the Colombo airport.
  • Even if you don’t have calling minutes, you can receive free incoming calls till the SIM's Expiry date.
  • Don't give your SIM to another person when you are leaving the Island. The other person's activities will be counted on you with that SIM..

Unable to buy SIM card at the Colombo Airport?
Don't worry. Once in your Town, town go to any of the mobile service provider’s office or to a communication centre and provide your passport and sign the contract.
Get your SIM card and activate it then and there. Top up Air Time (Call minutes and Data plan) by paying around Rs 1,000/-. This is good enough for you to call and use internet for one month in Sri Lanka.

Visitors to Sri Lanka can enjoy the latest communication facility with their Smartphones. Specially you can enjoy cheap IDD calls and Data plan over here.
Air time over? Top up (Re-charge) your phone account from a road side shop.
Data Plan needs Top up - Reload it with Rs 29, 49 or Rs 99/- and son with ending Rs 9/-
Round figure reload (Say Rs 100/- ) will go to the mobile reload account.

Sri Lanka SIM Card Benefits.

  • Incoming Calls and SMS Text messages are Free.
  • Cheap priced mobile Data plan
  • International direct dialing facility.
  • Call diverting facility.
  • Watch movies through Netflix and other Apps
  • Local calls. (For 1 US Dollar can make around 140 minutes of calls).
  • Connect to the internet through your mobile data plan.
  • Directly dial IDD calls from your device.
  • One simple Top up will give you call minutes, Mobile Data Plan and free SMS (Blaster Packages).

Sri Lanka SIM card facilities.

  • Can book Sri Lanka Train and bus seats or reserve movie tickets.
  • Arrange for food delivery at your door steps. (Uber and PickMe Apps)
  • Channel a doctor.
  • Get Breaking News Alert.
  • The SIM owner will benefit Insurance Coverage and many more facilities.

Will my iPhone work in Sri Lanka?

Yes, any iPhone will work in Sri Lanka at its best in the roaming mode. Other Apple devices too will function here.
Operate iPhone in the roaming mode with your wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.
You can tether and use your iPhone via Hotspot, Bluetooth or cable to connect to the internet.

  • Once you are leaving, don't present your SIM card to any other person.
  • It is illegal to use mobile phone that doesn't have IMEI number.
  • Avoid using mobile phone that is registered in another person's name.
  • Don't try to unlock expensive Smartphone here, as it may end up with hard lock.

Sri Lanka SIM cards are available for visitors from the following carriers at Colombo Airport.

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