Getting a Cell Phone

How to Get a Phone Plan Abroad

DIS is first and foremost committed to your safety and security, therefore it is obligatory that you have an active cell phone plan while enrolled at DIS. 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 Lebara, one of Denmark’s largest mobile phone companies. This partnership aims to offer you a phone solution that is affordable and convenient. You are in no way obligated to sign up for this plan.

What are my Cell Plan Options?

You have two options:

Option 1: Use your current U.S. plan

You may use a U.S. cell plan, however, DIS recommends that you check with your provider about price and plan inclusions. The majority of DIS students find that their U.S. providers have expensive and limited international plans.

Option 2 (recommended): Use a local Danish plan

You will receive a free Danish SIM card upon arrival in Denmark. Simply insert this SIM card into your existing phone and then select a plan online on the Lebara website. This plan will give you a working phone in Denmark and across Europe.

Plans range from 99-199 DKK ($15-30) per month. If you run out, top up your plan online through your Lebara account or at any grocery or convenience store in Denmark.

Read more about phone plan options here

You’ll be able to text and call any Danish phone number for free. You can also call U.S. numbers for free.

Texts to non-Danish phone numbers will incur a small roaming rate (usually 30 cents per text) that will be deducted from the cash balance that you load on to your account. To avoid these charges, use iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or other chat services, which use Wi-Fi or data.

This cell plan will work in 50 other countries, but you will need to sign up for Auto Top Up on your MyLebara account.

You must have an unlocked phone to use this plan. Check with your current provider to confirm your phone is unlocked.

Read more here about locked vs. unlocked phones

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