Getting a Cell Phone (Semester)

Why You Need a Cell Phone Abroad

DIS is first and foremost committed to your safety and security, therefore it is obligatory that you have a cell phone while enrolled in our program. You are free to choose whichever provider you want, as long as you have a fully operational cell phone.

Below, you can find information about the DIS partnership with TDC, Denmark’s largest telecommunications company. You are in no way obligated to sign up for this plan.

DIS Partnership with TDC

DIS partners with TDC to provide you with an affordable and comprehensive cell phone package during your time abroad.

DIS signed a contract with TDC so that you can have a cell phone plan as soon as you arrive in Copenhagen and so that you can sign up without a CPR number. The vast majority of cell phone carriers in Denmark require you to have a Danish CPR (social security) number, which you will not receive until approximately two months into the semester.

Final Sign Up Deadline

Due to TDC’s order turnaround time, this package is offered until November 2nd, 2018. You will not be able to sign up for this package after that date or upon arrival in Copenhagen.

Subscription price per semester: $99 USD

If you purchased the plan but would like to cancel, the deadline to receive a refund is November 14th, 2018. Call or email the North American Office to cancel.

What’s Included:

  • 5GB/month of 4G-speed data in Denmark
  • 4GB/month of 4G-speed data in Europe (see list of included countries below)
  • Unlimited calls and SMS/MMS to Danish numbers when in Denmark
  • Unlimited calls and SMS to Danish and European numbers when in Europe*
    (NB: Only outside of Denmark)

If you need to call a country that is not Denmark, you have the ability to add more money to your account via

*Subject to fair use limits

Countries Included for Data, Voice, and SMS Roaming
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, N. Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales

Note: Russia, Kosovo, Monaco, and Turkey are not included in this list, and you will pay TDC’s standard roaming rates in these countries.

Fine print and terms

Once You Have Signed Up

You will receive an email from TDC (in Danish) with your login information approximately two weeks before the start of the semester.

Your TDC SIM card will be included in the blue Arrival Folder that you will receive upon arrival at your housing location in Denmark.

Please note that you are required to provide your own unlocked phone so that you can use your TDC SIM card.

Why Do I Need an Unlocked Phone?

An unlocked phone allows you to use any cell phone carrier’s SIM card. Unlocking a phone is not illegal and will not damage the phone. To find out if your phone is unlocked or how to unlock it, contact your cell phone provider. iPhones from Verizon generally have an unlocked sim card slot which can be used in Denmark. If you purchase your phone from AT&T or T Mobile, it will likely be locked. Please check with your provider to find the most up-to-date information.

Note: The DIS IT department cannot assist you with unlocking your phone.

For more information about locked vs. unlocked phones, check out this article.

You can also purchase an unlocked phone at any electronics store in Denmark, such as:

Additional Cell Phone Plan Options

  • Lycamobile
  • Roam with your home provider. However, you must have a phone that works throughout the entire semester. Using WiFi and Airplane Mode is not sufficient.