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Buying a SIM Card in Sweden

In Get Connected by Lauren Juliff6 Comments


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Sweden is known for being brain-meltingly expensive, and local SIM cards are no exception.

Whether you’re going to be hanging out in cool and cosmopolitan Stockholm or heading north to chase reindeer, it’s quick and easy, but pricey, to get connected

If you want to pick up a SIM card while you’re in the country, here’s what you need to know.


Note: Sweden is part of the European Union, which introduced new roaming regulations in June 2017. These “roam like at home” rules effectively ended roaming charges across much of Europe, meaning you’ll usually pay no more for calls, texts, and data in other EU countries than you would in the country of purchase.

There are some exceptions and limits, however. Double-check the details at time of purchase if you’re planning to use your SIM elsewhere in the region.


Companies


  • We recommend Tele2 for most travelers
  • Consider Telia if you’re heading to remote parts of the country
  • If you don’t care about calls and texts, go for 3’s data-only SIM

There are four different cell networks in Sweden — Telia, Tele2, Telenor, and 3.

LTE is available on the 2600 MHz band in major cities on all four networks, and also on 800, 900 and 1800 Mhz depending on the carrier. 3G is available with all carriers on the 900 and 2100 Mhz frequencies, as in the rest of Europe.

So which SIM card should you go for?

If all you need is data on the road, then opt for a data-only SIM from 3. For 199 SEK ($23.50) you’ll receive 5 GB of data, valid for 30 days. If you won’t be in the country for long, you can pay 99 SEK ($11.80) for 5 GB for seven days.

If you need coverage in remote areas, go for Telia. It’s the only network to have good coverage in the north of the country.

For a SIM card with unlimited domestic calls and texts and between 0.5 and 6 GB of data, you’ll be looking to pay 199 SEK ($23.50) and upwards. For more, see Telia’s product page.

If you need a mix of call, texts, and data without breaking the bank, opt for Tele2. For unlimited free domestic calls, texts, and 500 MB of data, you’ll pay 145 SEK ($17.25). For 6 GB of data, it costs 245 SEK ($29.16).

SIM cards are available for free if you buy them online, but you need a Swedish address, credit card, and landline number. Since you probably won’t have those, you’ll have to pick the SIM up in a store, where it costs 45 SEK ($5.35).

I was only going to be visiting Stockholm on this trip, so I went for Tele2.

How


After arriving in Stockholm, I headed straight for the nearest Tele2 store. There were several in and around the old town.

I told the sales assisstant what I was looking for (calls, texts, data for a week-long stay), and she set up the SIM card for me in under 5 minutes. I didn’t need to show ID.

Inside the packet, was a SIM card with mini, micro, and nano cutouts. I popped in the nano SIM, entered in the pin code when prompted, and typed in the APN details below:

APN: data.comviq.se
No username or password



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Costs


I paid 80 SEK ($9.47) for 200 minutes and 1 GB of data valid for seven days, plus 45 SEK ($5.35) for the SIM card.

Topping Up


You can buy top-ups from many different stores in Sweden: Pressbyrån, 7-Eleven or any other convenience stores, such as COOP. Just look for the Tele2 logo in the window.

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Coverage and Data Speeds


Coverage was strong throughout Stockholm, but speeds were disappointing. For the amount I had paid, I expected download speeds to be higher than the average 5Mbps I received.

Tele2 HSPA+ speeds in Stockholm

Tele2 HSPA+ speeds in Stockholm

Check out our guides to buying SIM cards in many other countries here.

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Lauren Juliff

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Lauren is a physicist turned digital nomad who's travelling and working her way around the world on a permanent basis. She's the clumsy member of the team -- if there's a camera to be dropped, a Kindle to be stood on or a laptop to pour a drink over, she'll be the one to do it. You can read more about her travel misadventures over at Never Ending Footsteps.

Comments

  1. Hej…
    i visit Sweden (specially Stockholm) many years now and 2-5 imes per year. I want to know about this sim card.
    I can buy from Sweden only or can i order via internet also?
    I can use this phone number (sim) to call or sms if i travel outside of Sweden (not in my country) and if yes what rates have?
    Finanly the recharge can be from internet and have some expire limit (months, year) ?

    tack sa mycket

  2. If you’re after a Tele2 SIM, check out the company’s site (http://www.tele2.se) for the rates and options. You’ll find the most up-to-date information there. Run it through Google Translate if necessary.

  3. Hi,
    I am looking to buy SIM card at Arlanda airport. I would be majorly in remote area, hence Telia would suite me better. I want a sim for call and majorly for data.
    I would prefer it buy before I exit the airport. Can you suggest and kisok where I can find sim cards

  4. Hi!
    Interesting post! If you’re aiming for higher data speed, Telenor is the best. Maybe not the best if you’re going up north but works perfectly in Stockholm and other cities. you can buy a sim card online and then it’s free http://www.telenor.se

  5. Buying a SIM card online isn’t really a great option for travellers who won’t necessarily have an address to send it to.

  6. My friend would like to buy a Sim for his new unlocked phone in Sweden.He said it is VERY expensive.Can anyone enlighten him.

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