International Calls, Telephone Services & Networks in Finland
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Please note: any information on charges and prices given on this page is subject to change.
Accounts: Getting Connected
Landlines have been consigned to history in Finland; even the switchboards of large companies use mobile. There is no set-up fee for a mobile phone account, but if you don't have a Finnish credit history you may need to pay a deposit to open a mobile phone line. This can be substantial - perhaps € 500 - but if you pay your bills the amount is fully refundable when either you cancel the service, or the 'trial period' of up to 2 years is over. Alternatively, when you first arrive in Finland a prepaid service can be the quickest and cheapest way to get set up.
Mobile services are reasonaby priced and the cost of mobile internet access has dropped substantially. Rates for all services can vary significantly between operators, so shop around for the best deal and look at packages and promotions; these are increasingly common as competition increases.
You can usually arrange a telephone line over the phone; the SIM cards will be posted to you.
Get connected: call a Mobile Phone Operator
Buying a Phone
'Mobile phone' is matkapuhelin, kännykkä, känny, or käsipuhelin in Finnish. If you need a phone:
- Many of Finland's mobile phone operators offer a phone as part of a service package. This is not necessary though, as it is in some countries; you can set up an account and buy your phone separately.
- You can buy phones from numerous retailers - even the ubiquitous R-Kioskis sell them occasionally, packaged with prepaid calling cards. These days basic phones start from about €30 and you can get a pretty good phone for about €80. At the other end of the spectrum, you can expect to pay over €500 for a top model
- If money is tight, ask Finnish friends or acquaintances if they have an old phone you could use - many people have phones left over from past upgrades
- You can also try Huuto.net, the Finnish equivalent of Ebay, established in 1999 and good for buying almost anything second-hand. Look in the Puhelimet section, which lists thousands of phones. Tori.fi is another popular and reliable 'online flea market'.
Prepaid packages are an easy and fast way to get started with a Finnish mobile phone service, and in recent years prices have dropped significantly. Additionally, in the past you could not make international calls with prepaid packages but that is no longer the case.
Prepaid phone subscriptions are available from various operators and can be purchased from outlets including R-Kioskis and larger service stations, as well as online. Simply buy a package, install the supplied SIM card, key in the codes provided and start making calls. Your new phone number is included with the package. You will be alerted when your airtime is running out, and can then 'top up' the subscription from a prepaid dealer or online.
Vectone Mobile offers a variety of prepaid mobile services in Finland, including low international rates. To get started, you can order a free SIM card online. Alternatively you can buy a prepaid starter pack for €10 at any R-Kioski, which is preloaded with €10 of credit and ready to use straight away. Vectone Mobile subscriptions can be topped up in R-Kioskis as well as online.
Detailed information in English: www.vectonemobile.fi En, Fi
Following are major mobile communications operators in Finland. Many are also Internet
Service Providers and TV service providers. Some are MVNO's (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) using the wireless network infrastructure of other mobile network operators.
*Most limited-language sites work in Google Translate; paste the site's address in the left-hand box and click the Translate button.
|Globetel||www.globetel.fi||09 228 9100|
|Tele Finland||www.tele.fi||040 4123 123|
|Vectone Mobile||www.vectonemobile.fi||04547 990 888|
When using your mobile for international calls, you can choose which operator you would like to handle individual calls. Operators' rates per minute vary dramatically. Not only that but one operator may have cheap rates to one country while their rates to another country are comparatively high. Check the operators above for their rates to various countries; you may find one that will allow you to "phone home" cheap! Please note that you have to add the local network charge to the prices given on the Web pages. Sometimes the prices are shown without the 24% sales tax (ALV).
To call with a different operator: Normally
when making an international call from a mobile you
key the + sign first; this simply specifies that the call
will be placed through your regular operator. Instead, key
in the prefix of the operator you want to handle the call*, then the country code, area code and phone number as usual.
Ex: 999 (Elisa prefix) 61 (country code) 2 (area code) 9234 5678 (number)
Finnish Operator Prefixes: fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operaattoritunnus > Ulkomaanpuhelun operaattoritunnukset Suomessa
*Some operators require you to register - check their sites for details
Free calls can be made between devices which both use a VoIP service and software client such as Skype. Services are available on a widening range of platforms, including computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming platforms, and smart TVs. So, free video calls to Australia!
Cheap calls can also be made with VoIP services to landline telephones and mobile phones; these are not free and are usually charged via an account system. They are a fraction of the cost of using your standard operator; the cost of a VoIP call to an Australian landline from my PC in Finland is about 94% less than using my phone. You can compare the rates at the web sites of your providers ex. Rebtel and Elisa.
Most services for Internet calls work on the same procedure:
- Register with the service
- Download the software (app / 'client')
- Buy 'phone time'
- Make the call
Leaders in the VoIP field include:
Founded in Sweden in 2006, Rebtel offers international calling, messaging and mobile money delivered in apps for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone. Benefits of Rebtel include
- It works on any phone, including landlines
- No phone card or PIN required
- Your first call is free (10 minutes)
- PC-to-Phone and International Texting also available
- Rebtel: www.rebtel.com
Started in 2003, Skype works extremely well and is easy to download and install. It works on numerous platforms and apart from VoIP calling, it allows video conferencing, file transfers, messaging and more.
Depending on your needs the following services may be preferable:
- Chillitalk: www.chillitalk.com
- Linphone: www.linphone.org
- Google Voice: www.google.com/voice
- Deltathree Go2Call: www.deltathree.com
- VykeMobile: www.vyke.com
So you're a nostalgia buff and you want
a landline (lankapuhelin)? You'll be the only person in a 10km radius to have one, so maybe
you can start a retro trend! Contact Elisa regarding
installation of landlines.
Elisa.fi/puheliittymat/lankapuhelin/ Finnish only
Pricing depends on the package you purchase; this is an indication only for a home phone:
- Monthly fee €22.20 + call charges
- Local call rate of 12¢/call + 1.2¢/min regardless of time of day
- You will receive telephone directories and free-of-charge services including Caller ID, Call Forwarding & Call Waiting
- Charges differ for business lines
- Viestintävirasto: Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority
The Viestintävirasto site provides detailed technical, legal and consumer information about all forms of regulated communications in Finland. The main sections of interest are Internet & Telephone, TV & Radio, Post, and Information Security.
- Internet & Telephone section: Acquisition, use, availability and functionality of telephone and broadband services. Includes .fi domain name info.
- Information Security section: Security and confidentiality of electronic communications. Articles, alerts and vulnerability advisories
- www.viestintavirasto.fi En, Fi, Sw