Using Smartphone in Sri Lanka.

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Using Smartphone in Sri Lanka is a good idea, if you are going to make your holiday here. This will save you lot money during your vacation.
Sri Lanka carriers offer 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity all over the island. 4G LTE is available in large cities while 5G connectivity is available on test mode in Colombo.


Visitors coming to Sri Lanka can enjoy the latest communication facility with their Smartphones. Specially you can enjoy the cheap Data plan over here. So you won’t have to use the IDD facility to call your family and friends while you are on Sri Lanka Tour.

Following services are available for your Smartphone.
  • All the incoming Calls and SMS Text messages are Free.
  • International direct dialing.
  • Local calls.
  • Connect to the internet through your mobile data plan.
  • Download and install Sri Lanka related Apps to hail taxis, view interest places, find hotels and restaurants.

Tourists who have Srilanka SIM cards can access the following facilities.

  • Book Sri Lanka Train, bus and movie tickets.
  • Channel a doctor.
  • Breaking News Alert.
  • Insurance Coverage and many more facilities.

Will my iPhone, ipad and iPod will work in Sri Lanka?

Yes, any iPhone will work in Sri Lanka at its best in the roaming mode. Other Apple devices too will function here.

You can operate in the roaming mode with your wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. If you have SIM try and the phone is unlocked, insert a Sri Lanka SIM card to work with a local carrier. Sri Lanka SIM offers cheap IDD, local calls and cheap data connection plan.

Can I use a Sri Lanka mobile phone number during my stay in Sri Lanka?

Yes, At the Colombo international airport arrival lounge, provide your passport photocopy and then signing the contract the seller will provide you with normal, micro or Nano SIM card. Price is around US$ 10. Sri Lanka tourist SIM cards' validity is limited to 30 days period. If you want to extend it contact the nearest retailer of the cell phone carrier.

Tourist Pre-Paid Sim Pack Sri Lanka

Also you can purchase cheap Smartphones at the Colombo airport that can work with the 3G and the 4G LTE Networks for calling and to connect to internet through data plan. Chinese tourists and contract workers are offered with special China SIM at the airport. Dual SIM phone are the best as you can add a local SIM with your own country SIM and won't miss any calls. Even if you don’t have calling minutes, you can receive incoming calls till to the SIM's Expiry date.

  • Don't leave your phone unattended in hotels, restaurant and other public places.
  • While you are touring Sri Lanka add Tourist police and your Embassy phone numbers in the speed dialing facility.
  • Once you are leaving, don't present your SIM card to any other person.
  • It is illegal to use mobile phone that doesn't have IMEI number.
  • Avoid using mobile phone that is registered in another person's name.
  • Don't try to unlock your expensive Smartphone here, as it may end up with hard lock.

Following carriers offer Tourist pack in Sri Lanka at the Colombo airport and in major cities.

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