Mobile phone

Using a mobile phone in Denmark

There are various mobile telephone providers in Denmark to choose from. Competition is fierce so it is worth shopping around to find the tariff that suits you best.

The main mobile phone companies in Denmark are Telia, TDC, Sonofon, Tele2 and Lebara. Each of these companies offer a variety of packages aimed to suit different people with different needs. Some tariffs even offer attractive rates on international calls. You can shop around at any of these companies’ high street stores and speak to a salesperson who will advise you on what to go for.

Prepaid or contract?

The first decision you need to make when looking for a Danish mobile number is whether you want a prepaid SIM or a contract.

Prepaid phones: With prepaid phones you have maximum flexibility as you pay as you go. Top up cards for Danish pay-as-you-go SIM cards can easily be purchased at any high street store, most newsagents and some supermarkets.

Contract: The other option available is to sign a contract. As well as delaying payment until the end of the month, the benefits of a contract are lower calling rates (quite significantly in some cases) and better deals on new phones. Be sure to read all the other conditions such as the monthly costs, connection fees and your monthly allowance. Most contracts also tend to be for a fixed period of time, so this might not be the best option if you only intend to stay in Denmark for a couple of months.

Using a foreign SIM card in Denmark

If you want to keep your existing mobile number and bring it with you to Denmark, you should first check with your operator as to whether you will get coverage in Denmark. This should not be a problem in the bigger cities, but you should make sure nonetheless.

Be aware that using a foreign SIM card in Denmark will probably result in extremely high roaming fees unless you have a specific tariff in place. Again, you should definitely consult your home operator in order to avoid receiving a shocking telephone bill.

Another option is to bring an unlocked mobile phone to Denmark and purchase a SIM card locally. Alternatively you can purchase a disposable mobile phone when you arrive in Denmark. This will be basic, but it will at least be a cost-effective way to communicate.

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