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Sri Lanka SIM Cards.

Sri Lanka SIM cards are available under contract to its citizens and foreigners who are on holidays and on work visas. Mobile phones used to have single or Dual SIM (Subscriber identity module) cards for each mobile number they are registered under.

Phone carriers are allowed to provide only 5 SIM cards for a person for personal use.

Phone user can visit service provider to obtain a SIM card by signing the contract and providing her/his NIC photocopy. They are allowed to select one phone number out of the provided 10 numbers. They can set calling plan as post paid or pre-paid. Once everything is done service will be activated then and there. Normally it will be active within one hour of time.

Foreigners are requested to provide their passport and a copy of it to purchase a SIM card under their name, during their short stay in Sri Lanka. They can pay the amount in local currency too.

The SIM card popularly used in Sri Lanka is standard sized one that is called as full size Sim card which can hold up to 250 contacts names and their phone numbers in it.

Types of SIM cards currently used worldwide.

Most of the SIM cards are coming as standard one while you can press through the center part and get the mini SIM to use in Smartphone. If you are going to use a latest Smartphone that will accept Mini-SIM, Micro-SIM or Nano-SIM then contact the mobile service providing center and ask them to provide a new SIM for it by providing your current SIM card. If the required SIM card is available, they will provide one. Otherwise they will cut it according to the size and provide it to you. Before leaving the place insert it and check whether it is working perfectly. Take note, once it is cut you can't use it in your normal cellular phone as it won't fit there. But by placing it in the older cover will allow to work in simple cellular phones.

You can produce your worn out or battery draining SIM card to your service provider and pay the required money and it can be replaced with a new SIM card along with your mobile phone number. If you are going to change your SIM card, backup your contact details and SMS text messages.

A Note to you

Public holidays, Sundays and Poya days are the best time to make low priced calls to any part of the world from Sri Lanka through out the day and night.

International country code of Sri Lanka is +94 or 0094.