- 1 Basics
- 2 Telia
- 3 halebop (by Telia)
- 4 Comviq (by Tele2)
- 5 Telenor
- 6 3 (Tre)
- 7 Lycamobile
Hallon, Wifog, Vimla, Vectone Mobile
Country code for Sweden is +46. All prices given in Swedish Kronas (SEK).
Sweden has 4 physical network operators with some MVNOs or subsidiaries:
- Telia <Halebop>
- Tele2 <Comviq>
- Telenor (formerly Vodafone Sweden) <Lycamobile, Vimla>
- 3 (Tre) <Hallon>
However, all the 4 physical networks share 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G with at least one other network:
- Telia runs its own 2G and 4G LTE networks. Its 3G network on 2100 MHz is shared with Tele2, while it has an own 3G network on the 900 MHz band.
- Tele2 operates all its networks in cooperation with other operators: Tele2's 2G and 4G are shared with Telenor, while its 3G is shared with Telia.
- Telenor's 2G and 4G networks are shared with Tele2, 3G is shared with 3 outside Stockholm, Gothenborg, Malmö, Lund and Karlskrona, where they have their own.
- 3 is the only Swedish network without any 2G. They currently have two different 3G networks, one on the 2100 MHz band, shared with Telenor (except in the cities named above), and one on the 900 MHz band, that they don't share. They have also built their own 4G network.
Another provider sold under the brand of Net1 run by Access Industries offers mobile broadband based on LTE on 450 MHz (band 31) with a pretty large footprint all over the country. But it's on an unsual frequenc, limited to contract subscribers and not offered for prepaid. So it's not mentioned any further.
In 2021 Telia is market leader with the best coverage and 36% of customers, followed by Tele2 with 27% and Telenor with 19% and 3 with 15% in last position.
2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz like everywhere in Europe, 3G is on 900 and 2100 MHz. Tre does not have a 2G network.
In southern Sweden and close to main roads and cities all operators have coverage, however if you are going to spend a lot of time in northern Sweden or in the countryside, Telia (or it's sub-brand Halebop) is the better choice. Tre (3) is more limited to the population centers and should not be used for going north. In OpenSignal's test in 2021 Telia and Tele2 had the highest 4G availability at excellent 95%, while Telia and Tre both had the highest 4G speeds.
All major 4 Swedish operators support 4G/LTE. Tele2 and Telenor have a joint LTE network called Net4Mobility claiming 99.5% coverage. LTE is on all carriers on 2600 MHz (band 7) in the cities. 800 MHz (band 20), 900 MHz (band 8, only on Net4Mobility) and 1800 MHz (band 3) frequencies are used additionally. Tre offers TDD-LTE on 2600 MHz (band 38) and FDD-LTE on 2100 MHz (band 1) in some locations. From 2019 700 MHz (Band 28) will be added by Telia and Net4Mobility.
5G started to be available in Sweden during 2020 on some postpaid subscriptions on the four big operators and since September 2021 on some high-data Comviq postpaid plans, though not on prepaid and MVNO yet. Physically, 3 different 5G networks are being built: Telia and Tre will build their own networks, while Tele2 and Telenor continuing with their joint network Net4Mobility. Frequencies on 700 MHz (n28), 2300 MHz (n40) and 3500 MHz (n78) were auctioned to 4 providers in 2018 and 2021.
2G and 3G shutdown
Both 2G and 3G are being phased out and are planned to terminated by 2025. Telia has announced that it will shutdown it's 2G network by 2025, but has started with its phase out. Telia has also said that it's own 3G network will shut down at the latest 2025, but it will dismantle individual sites as time goes. Tele2 has said that it's shared 3G network (that has been built with Telia) is being phased out since 2021 and will be completed at the latest 2025. So for data you need to have a device for 4G/LTE on the frequencies mentioned above, while a basic service will be maintained on 2G and 3G up to 2025 for voice and SMS services.
Buy the SIM cards in shops, as online you'll need a Swedish personal number called Personnummer. No further registration necessary. A prepaid SIM card is generally called Kontantkort (Kontant as Swedish word for cash) in Sweden. All prices in the article are given in Swedish Krona (SEK).
In many cases you can get SIM cards for free without the need to register. Operators often have people handing them out at Stockholm Central Station. You can also ask at various small stores, often they give away SIM cards if you buy a top up at their place. Registration is not needed, as anonymous SIM cards are legal in Sweden, so you can start using them right away.
Topping-up credit is fairly easy as long as you are in the country, as you can buy top-up cards at many locations for cash. But it becomes a problem when you are outside the country trying to maintain a SIM card or use it for roaming because often only Swedish-issued credit cards with a Swedish personnummer are accepted and credit cards from other countries are blocked. You will see a error message "Denied by Defender" when paying. It's not the card currency what matters, but the country where the credit/debit card was issued. This applies to most Swedish providers as well as the online top-up site Goyada.se.
Exceptions are prepaid packages from Comviq as their interface allows the entry of some foreign credit cards as long as you are in Sweden or using the Comviq SIM giving a Swedish IP address. This is very tricky, because there's no way to know if your card works, and you only will know when you try it. It's reported that European debit/credit cards work better (like Transferwise, N26 and others). Lycamobile accepts foreign payment cards too, but gives a rather short validity of 90 days. While Telia cards can be reloaded via Ihavelanded, it has proven to be almost impossible to reload any other card from abroad. Some users succeeded by changing their IP address to Sweden while topping up (through an VPN), other users were able to reload using a Revolut MasterCard from the UK. So better be prepared to be unable to keep your SIM card alive from abroad as only the only country in Europe so far.
If you are going to northern Sweden and intend to stay out of cities, then Telia or its subbrand Halebop will probably be the only network that has coverage.
Note, that it's almost impossible now for foreigners to use international roaming outside Sweden on Telia SIM cards, because of the need of a special registration (see below).
Their prepaid starter pack called "Telia Kontantkort Startpaket" is sold for free online and in Telia branded stores (locator) and for SEK 59 in many convenience stores like Coop, ATG, 7-Eleven, CircleK, Hemköp and Pressbyrån (store locator). All three sizes are available. It includes 1 GB and unlimited calls and texts for a week, but you are expected to top it up at purchase.
As long as you are in the country you can buy reload vouchers (laddingscheck) that are found in many places. Redeem the voucher by dialing *125*<VOUCHER_CODE># or use this webpage online. If you have Sweden bank account or Sweden credit card, you can use official recharge page ("ladda"). Note, that it's very hard to top-up Swedish Telia SIM cards from abroad or online using a non-Swedish credit/debit card.
Dial *120# and press the "call" button to check the current account balance.
Telia prepaid SIM cards will expire after 12 months without use. Recharge your card at least once a year and it will stay active, but this can be tricky from out of Sweden.
Data feature packages
Default rate outside packages is a daily charge of SEK 10 per MB with a max. of SEK 19 per day, then reduced in speed.
Their data-only packages are called "Surf" and are available in these volumes:
- for 1 month (= 31 days):
- 500 MB: SEK 49
- 2 GB: SEK 149
- for 6 months (= 183 days):
- 10 GB: SEK 329
- 20 GB: SEK 429
Alternatively, they sell combo packages called "Fastpris" with domestic voice, SMS and data all valid for one month:
- 1 GB, unlimited domestic SMS, 100 mins domestic calls: SEK 109
- 3 GB, unlimited domestic SMS and calls: SEK 199
- 5 GB, unlimited domestic SMS and calls: SEK 249
- 10 GB, unlimited domestic SMS and calls: SEK 329
Max. speed is 100 Mbps in 3G and 4G, no 5G so far.
EU roaming (Swedish Residents only)
Telia now requires registration to use their prepaid SIM cards abroad (EU/EEA included). "Roam like at home" in the EU requires registration with a Swedish personal ID number (Personnummer) online, or in person at a Telia store with a proof of residence in Sweden (work permit, study permit, residence permit, or proof of property ownership in Sweden), so roaming remains unavailable to the average short-term visitor and it can be only used in Sweden.
- APN: online.telia.se
- Tethering is allowed
- Website in English: http://www.telia.se/privat/telefoni/prepaid?intcmp_kontantkort_engelska
You can get the Halebop Kontantkort for SEK 100 and top-up at Telia stores (see Telia above). You can also buy it at outlets like The Phone House, Elgiganten, Media Markt, 7-Eleven, Coop, Pressbyrån and other places for less (rather SEK 50 ). Finally, if you have a local address, you can also order one online for free.
Top-up with vouchers are sold there as international credit cards are not accepted (see Basics above). Vouchers of SEK 50, 100, 200 or 300 are available. Halebop balances and SIM cards expire one year after their last use.
Data feature packagesYou can either get a Fastpris bundle with voice & text messages included, or just pay-as-you-go with Go and get data on the side.
The following Fastpris bundles are available:
- SEK 99 with 2 GB data, 50 mins, 500 SMS
- SEK 189 with 5 GB data, unlimited calls and SMS
- SEK 289 with 15 GB data, unlimited calls and SMS
- SEK 339 with 30 GB data, unlimited calls and SMS
- SEK 399 with 60 GB data, unlimited calls and SMS
Bundles are valid for 31 days. Unused data is carried forward to the next month, but you can never have more data available than your monthly allottment.
Alternatively, you can stay on their PAYG plan Go that has no data as long as you don't add it by data plans with unlimited (obregränsad) data:
- for 1 day: SEK 69
- for 3 days: SEK 129
- for 7 days: SEK 199
Instead of the unlimited packs, you can add limited data packages called Extra Surf insteas:
- SEK 39 : 500 MB
- SEK 59 : 1 GB
- SEK 199 : 5 GB
- SEK 349 : 15 GB
All Extra Surf packages are valid for 90 days.
EU roaming (Swedish Residents only)
Halebop has implemented "roam like at home" rules to all their plans and data add-ons up to a limit of 10 GB per month. To use data in the EU, you first need to register your SIM card to your name. Unfortunately, you can't do so online, unless you live in Sweden and have a Swedish ID and personnummer. Like on Telia there is no international roaming on this SIM for foreigners, it will only work in Sweden.
- Tethering is allowed
- APN: halebop.telia.se
- Website in Swedish: https://shop.halebop.se/kontantkort
Tele2 doesn't sell own prepaid SIMs anymore, they are geared to contract customers and channel all prepaid products through their Comviq brand. They have a 99+% coverage on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE: Comviq Coverage Map or Tele2s Coverage Maps
You can get their prepaid SIM called Comviq Kontantkort from a Comviq reseller, as they don't have any stores themselves. Any Pressbyrån, 7-Eleven or other convenience stores and some ICA, COOP or many other food chains too for SEK 45 or in many cases for free if you buy a top-up. If you have a Swedish post address, you can also order one online for free.
SIM cards are normally free of charge if bought online and together with a plan or a package. But for that you have to have a Swedish personal number and a Swedish postal address. No need to register your SIM card though. SIM cards in all three current sizes are available.
According to some users it's now possible to select a data package on their website and pay with local or foreign credit cards. For some foreign credit cards it seems to be essential, that you access the site using a Swedish IP address. This can be done in Sweden, using the Comviq SIM anywhere or using a Swedish VPN from abroad for top-ups. The SIM needs to be topped up once every 12 months to keep it active.
Check your balance by *111#.
Data feature packages
The following plans are offered for prepaid and domestic data only. All of the below are valid for 30 days, except SEK 45 (week) that is only valid for 7 days. After that period the plan changes to standard, that includes no data and is pretty expensive. Additionally, all packages allow one month of rollover data. Renew the same package and data unused in the previous month carries over to the next.
- Fastpris: domestic calls, domestic SMS and MMS are free of charge and up to 1000 minutes to call abroad (link), data can be used for roaming in the EU/EEA too:
- SEK 45 (per week): 500 MB
- SEK 145 : 5 GB
- SEK 195 : 10 GB
- SEK 245 : 20 GB (EU: max. 12 GB)
- SEK 295 : 40 GB (EU max. 12 GB)
- SEK 345 : 100 GB (EU max. 18 GB)
- Fastpris mini: SEK 95 ; 3 GB domestic only, 200 min free calls to Swedish numbers, then SEK 0.45 /min, free domestic SMS and MMS, plan can't be used for roaming in the EU/EEA
- Fastpris Combo: SEK 345 ; unlimited domestic calls, SMS, MMS, 1000 minutes to 41 countries and 100 minutes to another 64, 10 GB domestic and EU/EEA roaming, for list of countries and more details check here.
- Amigos: cheap international calls and texts, default data rate at SEK 0.35 /MB. May be combined with Fastpris, Fastpris mini or Surf by recharging Amigos on the same SIM that you have other plan Beware that after you do this your other plan will not renew automatically anymore. The data allowances can be used for roaming in the EU/EEA and UK:
- SEK 50 : 500 MB
- SEK 100 : 2 GB
- SEK 200 : 5 GB
- Amigos Allo!: 5 GB of data with different voice packages to call abroad
- Surf: no calls or SMS/MMS possible, only domestic data in Sweden, can't be used for roaming
- SEK 55 : 1 GB
- SEK 115 : 3 GB
- SEK 175 : 6 GB
- SEK 295 : 20 GB
- Obegränsad/Boost: Allows unlimited surf for a specific period of time
- SEK 55 : unlimited data for 24 hours (100 GB domestic FUP applies in some situations, max. 2 GB roaming in EU)
- SEK 119 : unlimited data for 72 hours (300 GB domestic FUP applies in some situations, max. 2 GB roaming in EU)
- SEK 199 : unlimited for 7 days (1000 GB domestic FUP applies in some situations, max. 2 GB roaming in EU)
Data allowances in Fastpris, Boost (up to the stated FUP for larger data allowances) and Amigos packs can be used for roaming in the EU/EEA including UK, but not Fastpris Mini and Surf plans which don't offer any roaming and can be used in Sweden only.
- There are reports that Comviq shuts off before the advertised amount of data is consumed (see comments below).
- APN: 4g.tele2.se
- Tethering: no limitations
- Website in Swedish: https://webbutik.comviq.se/kontantkort.html
The starter packs for Telenor Kontant are available in two different plans at their stores (locator) and lot of outlets for SEK 49 start-up price. Both plans can't be switched. All three current SIM sizes are available.
Their starter pack is also available online for free with 200 MB on top, but again you need a Swedish Personnumer for purchase. Without having one, better buy it in shops. Top-ups are available in the usual stores by voucher add *120*<voucher PIN>#. Check balance by *121#
Every top-up extends the validity of your SIM to 365 days from the previous top-up, so you need to top up once a year to keep your SIM active. Telenor has, however, limited topping up of prepaid cards to Swedish credit cards for online topping up. Topping up in kiosk stores in Sweden works with all credit cards. Like other Swedish providers, this gives you a problem in recharging from abroad.
Data feature packages
Default and overuse data rate is SEK 1 per 1 MB on all plans. These packages with data are valid in Sweden and the EU/EEA:
- Rörligt: base plan with data at SEK 1 per MB.
- Surf: data is at SEK 19 per 100 MB. Top-ups are available for 50, 100 and SEK 300 valid for 1 year. The SEK 300 top-up gives SEK 400 credit. You can add these data packages for 31 days:
- 1 GB: SEK 49
- 3 GB: SEK 99
- 10 GB: SEK 199
- 30 GB: SEK 299
- 20 GB: SEK 499, valid for 6 months
- 60 GB: SEK 999, valid for 6 months
- 10 GB: SEK 299, valid for 12 months
- Fastpris: for data and unlimited calls and texts, you need to add one of these bundles valid for 31 days:
- 0.5 GB for 7 days: SEK 49
- 2 GB: SEK 99
- 5 GB: SEK 149
- 10 GB: SEK 199
- 20 GB: SEK 249
- 40 GB and 500 IDD mins: SEK 299
- 100 GB and 1000 IDD mins: SEK 349
- 150 GB and 1500 IDD mins:: SEK 449
- Hello: Comes in two varieties, including data, unlimited local calls and SMS, and differing amounts of IDD mins:
- 1 GB and 100 or 20 international minutes (varies by country called) for SEK 100
- 10 GB and 500 or 100 international minutes for SEK 250
IDD minutes in Fastpris and Hello are for calls to the EU, EEA, UK and USA.
As the only major provider in Sweden Telenor has implemented 'Roam like at home' with EU roaming at domestic Swedish rates to all prepaid offers. Use in certain non-EU countries is also possible at an extra charge. So this remains your best choice when you want to visit other EU countries too and intend to use a Swedish SIM card. Be aware that top-ups from abroad remain a problem (see above).
The lowest extra charge tier for out-of-EU roaming is SEK 39 for 250 MB daily in Albania, Faroe Islands, Monaco, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland, and the UK (including Gibraltar). There are two higher price tiers of SEK 69 for 250 MB and SEK 99 for 10 MB. In order to use this, you must perform a separate "extrasaldo" (additional balance) top-up (available in SEK 50 and SEK 100 ); you can not use credit from Rörligt or Surf top-ups to pay for roaming data. This also means that when your roaming credit runs out, it will not consume any credit purchased for those two plans.
- Tethering: no restrictions
- APN: services.telenor.se /or/ internet.telenor.se
- Website (in Swedish): http://www.telenor.se
Please note that Tre has announced that after this years ends they will no longer offer prepaid SIM-card (at least not for mobile phones.
Data-only SIM: 3Kontant Bredband
3Kontant Bredband is the name of their data-only SIM card. The starter pack is available online too, but for ordering you need a Swedish personal number and a Swedish postal address. For tourists it's easier to go to one of their stores they call 3Butiken Shop List (fill in name of the place).
All three current SIM sizes are available. They have 3 different starter packs on offer:
- SIM only: for free (online) and up to SEK 99 including 500 MB valid for 7 days (@ 3Butiken), after 500 MB your speeds are reduced to 200 Kbps
- SIM and 4G modem: SEK 199 including 5 GB valid for 7 days and Huawei E3372 4G USB modem (online or @ 3Butiken), after 5000 MB your speeds are reduced to 200 Kbps
- SIM and Mobile WiFi: SEK 249 including 5 GB valid for 7 days and Huawei E5330 3G mobile wifi (online or @ 3Butiken), after 5000 MB your speeds are reduced to 200 Kbps
Top-ups can can be made through:
- coupons in a Pressbyrån, supermarket or similar venue selling coupons, scratch lottery cards and so on. Be aware that some shops only sell top-ups for regular phone bundles instead of Bredband mentioned above. These have minutes and SMS but with much less data. Somehow 3Butiken doesn't sell these coupons. Call costumer service with +46 77 173 5300, option "9" for English speaking real-life person to top-up if you are not fluent in Swedish (online or computer voice are the other options).
- online by credit card (when run out of data you can get 20 mins of free internet to do this (max. 3 times). They accept international Visa and MasterCard.
- using their mobile app called Mitt3: you need to login but you can do that with any mobile number independent on operator and then top-up your 3Kontant SIM-card
10 SMS messages are always included in the top-ups. No calls are possible on the 3Kontant Bredband. It offers free roaming in the 3 network of Denmark. You need to have data roaming activated for this to work as it's another network in Denmark. Coverage is excellent in most parts of Sweden, except for northern regions, where mostly cities and main roads are covered.
These following data packs only for their Bredband plans available on 3G and 4G/LTE:
|SEK 29||1 GB||1 day|
|SEK 99||5 GB||7 days|
|SEK 199||5 GB||30 days|
|SEK 299||30 GB||30 days|
|SEK 499||60 GB||30 days|
|SEK 799||200 GB||30 days|
|SEK 399||10 GB||90 days (available only via tre.se)|
|SEK 599||40 GB||90 days (available only via tre.se)|
Voice and data SIM cards
They offer many more Kontantkorts (prepaid SIM cards) for call, text and data with included minutes, SMS and data. They are called 3Kontant with the price plans of "3Fastpris", "3Pott" or "3Global".
Best price for data included with voice is their prepaid 3Fastpris plan. It includes calls and SMS in Sweden for 30 days and:
- SEK 99 : 1 GB data, 100 mins, unlimited SMS
- SEK 199 : 3 GB data, unlimited mins and SMS
- SEK 299 : 8 GB data, unlimited mins and SMS
- SEK 399 : 12 GB data, unlimited mins and SMS
- SEK 599 : 50 GB data, unlimited mins and SMS
3Global plans have reduced international call rates, 1000 international SMS and higher data prices in Sweden valid for 30 days:
- SEK 50 : 500 MB data, SEK 50 call credit for lower international rates
- SEK 100 : 1 GB data, SEK 100 call credit for lower international rates
- SEK 200 : 2 GB data, SEK 200 call credit for lower international rates
- SEK 300 : 3 GB data, SEK 300 call credit for lower international rates
3Pott plans include free on-net calls and SMS on 3 network in Sweden and a data allowance for 30 days:
- SEK 100 : 1 GB data, SEK 100 call credit for other networks
- SEK 200 : 2 GB data, SEK 200 call credit for other networks
- SEK 300 : 3 GB data, SEK 300 call credit for other networks
After using up the included data, you will be redirected to a page with two buttons. Use the first button if you want to recharge your card, and the second button if you want to continue to surf the web for free at reduced (200 Kbit/s) speeds for the remainder of the top-up period. 1 GB extra data is sold at SEK 49.
If using slower speeds, streaming services (including Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and local TV streaming via SVTPlay.se) will still work at full speed. This is not officially supported by Three, but has been enabled for many years.
EU roaming (on Tre Denmark only, elsewhere blocked)
There is generally no international roaming available on prepaid plans of Tre Sweden. So Roam like at home principles of the EU don't apply to any of their prepaid plans. Only exception is Denmark: data roaming in Denmark on 3 network is at domestic rates.
- APN: net.tre.se (or data.tre.se)
- Tethering: No restrictions
- Website in Swedish: http://www.tre.se
Check remaining credit check by *102# and data balance by *137#.
Data feature packs
Default data rate is SEK 0.99 per MB. The following monthly data bundles on up to 4G/LTE are offered for Sweden and now with EU/EEA roaming included:
|SE Data||EU Cap||Price||Activation|
|100 MB||SEK 5||*139*9050#|
|500 MB||SEK 29||*139*9150#|
|1 GB||SEK 39||*139*9500#|
|3 GB||SEK 69||*139*9000#|
|5 GB||4.5 GB||SEK 89||*139*91000#|
|10 GB||5 GB||SEK 99||*139*94000#|
|40 GB||9.5 GB||SEK 199||*139*91200#|
Furthermore these combo packages called Smart with unlimited domestic voice and data are offered:
|Pack||SE Data||EU Cap||IDD mins||Price||Activation|
|Smart M||5 GB||4 GB||SEK 85 (*)||*139*46149#|
|Smart L||8 GB||5 GB||100 mins||SEK 99 (*)||*139*46199#|
|Smart XL||10 (12) GB (#)||6 GB||200 mins||SEK 129 (*)||*139*46239#|
|Smart Super||25 (30) GB (#)||7 GB||300 mins||SEK 149||*139*46499#|
|Smart XXL||30 (35) GB (#)||9.5 GB||500 mins||SEK 199 (*)||*139*46399#|
- (#) = 2 GB or 5 GB more when purchased online
- (*) = 50% discount for the first 3 months
All packages auto-renew after one month (auto-renew can be disabled when buying). To stop, type *190#. For more data you can Surf bolt-ons:
- 500 MB: SEK 29, activation: *139*601#
- 1 GB: SEK 39, activation: *139*602#
- 3 GB: SEK 69, activation: *139*603#
These add-ons are vaild for the rest period of the base package in Sweden and the EU.
Prepaid bundles now include Roam like at home in EU/EEA countries including UK like these data packages mentioned above up to the specified limit. Beyond the included volumes same SEK 0.99 per MB default rate applies.
- APN: data.lycamobile.se
- Username: lmse
- Password: plus
- Lycamobile may block tethering Template:Citation needed
- Website in English: http://www.lycamobile.se/en/
Hallon, Wifog and Vimla can't be listed anymore. The reasons for this are:
- they are online-only operators without any physical shops to buy the SIM card
- online order is only possible when you give a Swedish ID number (Personnummer)
- that's why these products are hardly accessible to foreigners
That's why listing Hallon, Wifog or Vimla would be against the rules of this wiki and is not suitable for visitors because of the given reasons. However, some tourists have been able to buy their SIM cards resold informally in some small mobile phone stores. But they won't be rechargeable without the help of a Swedish friend.
Vectone Mobile was taken over by Lycamobile Sweden and all it's customers have been migrated to the Lycamobile brand in 2018. Hopefully, the service issues with Vectone will come to an end.