Getting a Cell Phone

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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.

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 plan

DIS has partnerships with Lebara (in Denmark) and Tele2 (in Sweden), and these offer you phone solutions that are affordable and convenient.

How it Works for Your Summer

  • Students studying only at DIS Copenhagen receive a SIM card from Lebara
  • Students studying only at DIS Stockholm receive a SIM card from Tele2
  • Mix and Match students who are studying at both DIS Stockholm and DIS Copenhagen receive a SIM card from Tele2

What’s included in these deals?

Find DIS location-specific information about the inclusions of these cell phone plans below:

Partnership with Lebara – Students Studying Only at DIS Copenhagen

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 the European Union.

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 Lebara 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.

Read Lebara plan coverage examples here (PDF)

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

Click here to read the fine print and terms


Partnership with Tele2 – Students Studying at DIS Stockholm, and Mix and Match Students

You will receive a SIM card upon arrival in Denmark or Sweden. Simply insert this SIM card into your existing phone and your plan will begin.

You must sign up for this plan by the deadline posted in your Student Registration. There is a flat fee of $70.

You’ll be able to text and call any Swedish phone number for free when calling from anywhere within the European Union. You will also receive 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.

Click here to read the fine print and terms

Signing Up for Your Plan

Technical Requirements

For students using the Tele2 plan, you will need to sign up in your Student Registration by the deadline posted in Registration. For students using the Lebara plan, you will not need to sign up prior to departure.

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

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

Buying a Phone in Scandinavia

You can also purchase an unlocked phone at most electronic stores in Sweden and Denmark.