AI From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7704 times:
I will be in Norway for 2 weeks. I want to buy a prepaid (pay as you go) sim card from any Norwegian mobile network provider.
I have read conflicting information on different fora.
Is it easy for me to walk into any shop & buy a prepaid sim with my passport as my ID or do I need to provide evidence of some social security type Norwegian number as suggested in one of the forums I read ?
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7678 times:
Quoting AI (Thread starter): Is it easy for me to walk into any shop & buy a prepaid sim with my passport as my ID or do I need to provide evidence of some social security type Norwegian number as suggested in one of the forums I read ?
Why would it be necessary for you to provide such information as a foreigner who is just visiting the country? In Germany for example, it's no problem to get a prepaid card. But if you want a contract phone, first thing that is done is check your "bonität", which is basically a check of how your payment reliability is (equal to checking your credit in the US when applying for a loan), as well as give them proof that you reside in Germany (e.g. through your ID card or a confirmation of registration (Anmeldebestätigung) from the authorities). If everything checks out, you'll get your contract. If not, then you can only get prepaid. This applies to all providers in Germany that offer postpaid plans (e.g. the big 4, E-Plus, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2), and similar for other postpaid contract services like for getting a DSL plan.
In a nutshell, you can easily get a prepaid card in Germany, while for a contract, you need to fulfill certain requirements. Therefore, I suggest you check on the Norwegian providers, they have much more reliable information than other forums. I don't think it should be a problem for you to get a prepaid card with just your passport as ID. The thing with the social security type Norwegian number probably only applies to contract based mobile plans.
oa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26022 posts, RR: 58 Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7676 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2): Why would it be necessary for you to provide such information as a foreigner who is just visiting the country? In Germany for example, it's no problem to get a prepaid card. But if you want a contract phone, first thing that is done is check your "bonität", which is basically a check of how your payment reliability is
Each country in Europe is different. In Ireland and the UK you walk in or even buy SIM packs in automatic vending machines then dial a few digits to activate. You can also buy on Ebay. In Greece you must show your ID which is then photocopied but this is not really working as they sell SIM packs on all street corners these days .
In Italy to use the free internet in the BA lounge you had to have your passport scanned and to buy a SIM was the same procedure.
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mckvakk From Norway, joined Mar 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7528 times:
If you buy at a store that sell phones you will need your passport and your address (either hotel, or your home address (or any other address in your country, they won't check)), if you buy the sim at 7-eleven or any other convenience store you register your name and birthdate via sms, this process may take longer than when it's done in store.
If you arrive at OSL there is a store in arrivals (after customs) called Telering. If i remember correctly they sell both Telenor and Netcom, the two largest operators in Norway. If you're gonna use the card domestically or for data, i reccomend one of them. Telenor has the best coverage and data plans. (You pay max 10NOK per day for it)
If you're planning to call internationally i reccommend Lebara. You will find Lebara at Narvesen, also in arrivals, or many places around Norway. 7-eleven also carry them if i remember correctly. Unfortunately you will pay more for data use since they don't have any plans.
Sim cards usually cost 99NOK and has 50NOK calling time included, but this varies from store to store.
And this information is accurate. I used to work with this until two months ago.