6:28 AM 02/22/2019
Using Smartphone in Sri Lanka is a good idea, if you are going to make your holidays here. Because it will save you lot of money on calls and Data during your vacation.
Sri Lanka carriers offer 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity all over the Island. 4G LTE is available in large cities while 5G connectivity is available on test mode in Colombo.
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. So you won’t have to use the Roaming facility to call your family and friends while you are here. Air time over? Top up your phone account from a road side shop.
Yes, any iPhone will work in Sri Lanka at its best in the roaming mode. Other Apple devices too will function here.
You can 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.
Bring an unlocked phone with SIM try. If it is a Smartphone you can have cheap data plan.
At the Colombo international airport arrival lounge, provide your passport (They will take a photocopy of it) and then sign the contract with the seller. They will provide you with a normal, micro or Nano SIM card. Now you have your local (Sri Lanka) phone number. Activate your phone before leaving the counter. SIM Card price is around US$ 10. 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.
Also you can purchase cheap Smartphones at the Colombo airport that can work with the 3G and the 4G LTE Networks for calling and to connect to internet through data plan. Chinese tourists and contract workers are offered with special China SIM at the airport. Dual SIM phone are the best as you can add a local SIM with your own country SIM and won't miss any calls. Even if you don’t have calling minutes, you can receive incoming calls till to the SIM's Expiry date.
Unable to buy SIM card at the Colombo Airport?
Don't worry. In the town go to the particular 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.
Tourists visiting Sri Lanka for holidays are required to have visitor visas in their passports except for those passport holders from Singapore, Maldives and Seychelles.
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