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Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

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Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

Am I able to rent or purchase a local mobile phone at the airport or in Colombo for a couple of weeks whilst I travel around the island ?

Any opinions whether or not this is the cheapest option to keep in touch / browse internet etc ?

Any help on this matter greatly appreciated

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1. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

Hi there,

Not certain about phones. SIM cards for sure, all local operators have booths at Arrivals. Hence bring an unlocked phone; or if you really don't have one available I'm afraid you might have to buy one in Colombo. Esp. for smartphones (Internet) prices tend to be higher than in UK...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

You can buy mobile phones in Sri Lanka from approx. LKR 2,000.

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3. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

Nokia's for 3000 rupees. Huawei 3G phones for 20.000 rupees. Simcards can be purchased for 130 rupees or so anywhere provided you show your passport.

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4. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

you can. dont buy at the airport as they are expensive. buy in colombo at a small shop for about 1 dollar. phones are available from 10 dollars. (pay in rupees)

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5. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

Airport SIM packages aren't more expensive than those at shops! E.g. recently Dialog gave free SIM card packages at Immigration, all people had to do was to go the Dialog booth in Arrivals to have it activated...

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<Erik> & [Sandya]

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6. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

Can you tell me the approx cost of using a sim in SR for data,calls overseas,SMS etc

many thanks

Glyn

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7. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

SR ?

Here are the rates of one of the major telcos http://www.mobitel.lk/feature-rates

Click the IDD link to read the international rates

8. Re: Purchasing/renting local mobile phone in Colombo

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