SIM Card At Colombo Airport.
SIM Cards for Mobile phone and Smartphones can be purchased at Colombo airport. You can use your mobile phone's roaming facility or can purchase local SIM card for your communication and to connect to the internet. Using a local phone connection is cheaper method than using your roaming facility. Because Srilanka offers cheaper phone calls and data plan.
In Colombo airport, you can buy new SIM Card connection from any of the local carrier's stall that are functioning there. To get one of this prepaid or post paid Sri Lanka SIM card, mobile phone connection with a local number, all you have to do is to provide your passport and the required amount in local rupees (Suggested price US$ 10). The agents will take a photocopy of your passport and will ask you to sign a contract with their company.
If your Smartphone uses Nano SIM, micro SIM or Normal SIM card, the agent will provide you with the required one to suit your device. Before you leave the counter, replace the SIM card and restart your device and check for the activation of the new number, reloaded amount and the available data limit.
In Sri Lanka no tariff applies for the incoming calls, SMS and MMS. So, send your new phone number to all your contacts and ask them to call you through this new Sri Lanka phone number.
Reloading your SIM card.
You can reload your phone with call minutes and data plan almost every place in Sri Lanka, if you are having a pre-paid account with one of the mobile carrier.
Go to any of the road side communication centre and give them your phone number and pay them the amount that you want to reload. Or use their re-load facility machine by entering your phone number and then entering the amount you want to re-load. Then pay the cash for that amount. Your phone will get a new SMS text message within seconds about the re-load and the new balance available in your account and the validity of the account.
You can purchase reload cards for the amount you want. Scratch the card and get the pin number and follow the given instructions on how to reload it using your mobile phone. Within 5 minutes you will get an SMS message with the reload information and the validity of the account.
Even if you had finished your call minutes in the phone, you can get free incoming calls till the account expiring date. The best way to handle your regular phone number and newly acquired local mobile phone number is to have a Dual SIM standby mobile phone. You can get insurance for your Smartphone at very low price in Sri Lanka.
Data plan should be reloaded separately. Using the calling plan for to connect the internet is a costly one. Calling minutes and the data plan in GB are calculated separately.
So when you reload some cash to your Smartphone make sure it is going to the call plan or to the data plan.
Once your data plan is over the carrier will use your call plan money for the used data plan. So time to time check your call balance and remaining data GB separately, if you used to connect to the internet through your Smartphone.
Money in your phone used to have an expiry date.
After this date all the remaining money will get vanished.
If you want, you can transfer that amount to some other device within the same network, if the acoount has been used for more than 90 days.