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#1 Aleksandra

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 06:32 AM

Order Norwegian Prepaid SIM Now

 

General Information

Norway has three network operators:

  • Telenor
  • NetCom (by TeliaSonera)
  • Tele2 (by Network Norway)

Telenor is market leader with the best coverage in 2G and 3G followed by NetCom. Tele2 has only limited coverage but roams on the Telenor network elsewhere. 2G is on 900 and 1800 Mhz, 3G on 900 and 2100 Mhz and 4G/LTE has started on 800, 1800 and 2600 Mhz on Telenor and NetCom.

 

Be aware that Noway is not part of the EU and no data roaming price caps are regulated. For a foreigner, you have to buy the starter pack in a shop showing your photo ID for registration. The operators and most of the MVNOs are geared to contract customers, so there is only a limited choice of prepaid cards, which are called Kontantkort.

 

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Telenor

 

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Telenor is market leader with more than 50% of the national users on its net. It has the best coverage and speed throughout the country: Telenor Coverage map. 4G is available for prepaid.

 

Telenor Kontant

Their prepaid SIM is called "Telenor Kontant". It is sold at Telenor shop (store locator), most convenience stores, Narvesen, 7-Eleven, Deli de Luca, Mix and electronic retailers for 200 or 300 NOK (including 50 NOK credit). For travelers entering through Oslo Gardermoen Aiport (OSL), there is a cellphone retailer (shop sign: "Mobiles") in the main terminal, next to the rental car counter.

 

Card has a flat rate of max 10 NOK per day for data. If you use more you will not get billed more than 10 NOK, but speed is reduced to 100 Kbps when you exceed 500 MB downloaded data per month.

 

Recharging the balance using Telenor Website only works wit a Scandinavian Credit Card. Instead, vouchers can be bought at any convenience store. The vouchers are in Norwegian only but the recharge menu can be changed to English.

 

SIM sizes

  • Mini and micro SIM available for 200 NOK start-up.
  • Nano SIM available for 300 NOK start-up. If you have a SIM cutter, you can save 100 NOK.

More info

  • Tethering is allowed
  • APN: telenor

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NetCom (by TeliaSonera)

 

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NetCom is Norway's runner up, owned by Swedish TeliaSonera Group. Coverage is not as good as Telenor but still very reasonable: NetCom coverage map. They give out heavily reduced roaming rates to the other Telia Networks in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Unlike Telenor, they provide 4G/LTE for prepaid too, though LTE is limited to the cities only.

 

Note that all information published by NetCom is in Norwegian, both printed and online. Even the voice prompts when attempting to recharge a PAYG number are in Norwegian only.

 

Availability and start-up

Their prepaid product is called NetCom Smart Kontant. It is sold for 99 NOK at NetCom stores(store locator), most convenience stores, Narvesen, 7-Eleven, Deli de Luca, Mix and many electronic retailers.

 

Recharging the balance using Netcom Website only works wit a Nordic Credit Card. Instead, vouchers can be bought at convenience stores. The vouchers are in Norwegian only but the recharge menu can be changed to English at the bottom of the page.

 

The Smart Kontant is available with these packs:

  • 14 Dager: 250 MB, free domestic calls, texts, MMS in 14 days: 99 NOK
  • Mini: 500 MB, free domestic calls, texts MMS in 31 days: 199 NOK
  • Basis: 3 GB, free domestic calls, texts, MMS, 1000 mins to Scandinavia in 31 days: 299 NOK
  • Pluss: 6 GB: free domestic calls, texts, MMS, 1000 mins to Scandinavia in 31 days: 399 NOK

SIM sizes

  • Mini SIM, but micro SIM available only at retailers selling the iPhone.

More info

  • Tethering: allowed
  • APN: internet.netcom.no

 

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MyCall (formely Lebara Norway)

 

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The smallest network Tele2 is geared to contract customers. Though in 2012 they bought the Norwegian branch of Lebara and sell their prepaid cards through the MyCall brand nowadays. Tele2 has only a limited network but uses Telenor in roaming at places without coverage. Tele2 coverage (switch to data).

 

Availability and start-up

The SIM card "Venner Kontantkort" is available for NOK 49 at a lot of retailers, you can find here. Top-ups can be bought there too. Default data rate is 1.99 NOK per MB in all Tele2 networks in Scandinavia.

 

One package is available for data: 1 GB in 30 days: for 100 NOK. This is only for data use domestically in Norway.

 

More info

  • Their website is available in english
  • APN: internet

 

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Chess

 

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Chess is a MVNO on the NetCom network. It doesn't give out 4G to prepaid customers yet, but gives good data rates on 2G and 3G.

 

Availability

Chess SIM cards are sold in every Narvesen shop and 7/11, most of which are also open on Sundays.

Chess requires registration of all their prepaid customers. It can be done online or by SMS if you have the Norwegian social security number or D-number. If you don't have it, you need to fill in the form and show some ID at the counter of Chess local telecom partner. The shop where you bought the card is such partner and registering immediately after you bought the start package is the best option.

 

Chess Kontantkort

Their prepaid SIM is called Chess Kontantkort and sold for NOK 1 in the standart version or as KontantkortGlobal with reduced foreign call prices.

 

The basic data rate is 0.99 NOK per MB but it is limited by 20 NOK per day. The transfer speed (e.g. 3G) is not being limited after a while. This price is only vaild in Norway.

 

For Norway and free (data) roaming in other TeliaSonera Networks in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Estonia, you can buy these monthly packages:

  • Enkel: 150 MB, 150 minutes, SMS, MMS: 99 NOK
  • Basis: 1 GB: free calls, SMS, MMS: 199 NOK
  • Standard: 5 GB, free calls, SMS, MMS, 299 NOK
  • Ekstra: 8 GB, free calls, SMS, MMS: 399 NOK

Settings

  • APN: netcom
  • Username and Password: chess

 

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chilimobil

 

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Chilimobil is a new MVNO on the excellent Telenor network (see above). It has been the first MVNO in Norway to offer 4G/LTE for prepaid.

 

Availablility

The prepaid SIM "Kontantkort" is available at Coop, ICA, Rimi, MIX, Narvesen, 7-eleven where you can recharge too.

 

Prices and packages

The daily rate for data is set at 10 NOK for the standard Kontantkort, not the other product lines.

Otherwise, you can add more data in monthly packages:

  • 1 GB: 119 NOK
  • 250 MB: 79 NOK

 

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Lycamobile

 

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Finally, Lycamobile is operating in Norway too. It uses the network of NetCom in 2G and 3G.

 

Availability

As usual the SIM card is free with Lycamobile at their retailers, but you have to make a top up right away.Top up vouchers are available for 50, 100 or 200 NOK.

 

Prices and Packages

Default rate for data, if no package is booked or for overuse: 0.99 NOK per MB

Following monthly (30 days) data bundles are available:

  • 150 MB: 49 NOK. Activation: *139*3001#
  • 325 MB: 99 NOK. Activation: *139*3002#
  • 500 MB:: 149 NOK. Activation: *139*3003#
  • 1 GB: 199 NOK. Activation: *139*3004#

Bundles will automatically renew if there is credit. To stop dial *190# before expiry. To check data volume, dial *137#

 

Settings

  • APN: data.lyca-mobile.no
  • Username: lmno
  • Password: plus
  • Take attention of the unusual spelling of Lycamobile online: www.lyca-mobile.no

 

Source - http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com


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