Getting a Cell Phone

Getting a Cellphone

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 Tele2, Sweden’s second largest mobile phone company. 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.

DIS Partnership with Tele2

DIS partners with Tele2 to provide you with an affordable and comprehensive cell phone package during your time abroad.

DIS signed a contract with Tele2 so that you can have a cell phone plan as soon as you arrive in Stockholm and so that you can sign up without a personal registration number. The vast majority of cell phone carriers in Sweden require you to Swedish personal registration (social security) number, which can only receive after more than 12 months in the country.

Final Sign Up Deadline

Fall 2018 Students: To ensure you receive your SIM card with your Arrival Folders the day you come to Stockholm, you have to sign up for the phone plan no later than August 5th. You will be able to sign up for this package once you are in Stockholm but will then receive your package approximately 10 days after signing up.

Subscription price per semester: $175 USD

What’s Included

  • Unlimited free calls and text messages to Swedish phones when calling from anywhere within the European Union
  • 7 GB/month of 4G-speed data in the entire European Union

Please note that calls to non-Swedish numbers are subject to a different tariff system, which means that they are not included in this package. To see the latest pricing list, please refer to the Tele2 Price list here.

Countries Included in this EU Roaming Package

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Guadeloupe / Martinique and French Guiana, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reúnion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.

Countries Not Included

Russia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Switzerland, Monaco, and Turkey are not included in this list, and you will pay Tele2’s standard roaming rates in these countries.

Additional countries not included: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Faro Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Macedonia, Moldavia,  Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Ukraine, the Vatican.

Click here to read the fine print and terms.

Once You Have Signed Up

Please note that you are required to provide your own unlocked phone so that you can use your Tele2 SIM card. Your Tele2 SIM card will be included in the blue Arrival Folder that you will receive upon arrival at your housing location in Sweden.

If you have trouble getting started or have question, please join our Tele2 phone information session during the Arrival Workshops.

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 Sweden. 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, read this helpful article.

Buying a Phone in Sweden

You can also purchase an unlocked phone at any electronics store in Sweden.

Additional Cell Phone Plan Options

If the Tele2 plan is not for you, you could explore the following options on your own:

  • 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.