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International Calls, Telephone Services & Networks in Finland

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Mobile / Cell Phones & Accounts in Finland

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:

Prepaid Mobile & Data Services in Finland

Prepaid packages are an easy way to get started with a Finnish mobile phone service, and a deposit is not required when setting up prepaid services! In recent years prices have dropped significantly and the range of services has increased. International calls and Internet access for example are now available with prepaid packages.

Prepaid subscriptions 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 dealer or online.

Saunalahti: Easy to use, no bills and no monthly fees. Phone calls, messages and Internet services immediately ready for use. Works on Elisa's 3G / 4G networks and abroad. The Starter Kit is €5.90 and includes €6.00 talk time. Supplied with SIM Cards for all devices (Mini / Micro / Nano). Credit can be topped up at Otto ATMs, Elisa stores, R-Kioskis, ABC and Shell service stations, and Prisma, S-Market, Alepa, Sale, Siwa and Valintatalo stores.
Information: kauppa.saunalahti.fi  Fi
Customer Service in English: 01019 0240 Mon-Fri 08:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-16:30
Prepaid Data Packages are also available for €19.90 / month. All Saunalahti Prepaid data packages include unlimited 3G/4G data over Elisa’s network in Finland, and can be supplied with a router or SIM card. You can also pay for data on a daily or weekly basis - very handy if you're visiting Finland for a short time!

Finnish Telephone Networks / Mobile Phone Operators

Finland's major mobile operators are Elisa Saunalahti, DNA, and Sonera / Tele Finland. They are also Internet Service Providers and TV service providers. Other operators include MVNO's (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) using the wireless network infrastructure of other mobile network operators.

*Use Google Translate for sites not available in English.

Elisa Saunalahti: www.saunalahti.fi > Puhe
Mobile plans with unlimited data and talk time, Family plans and Prepaid plans.
Customer Service in English: 01019 0240 Mon-Fri 08:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-16:30
Elisa Saunalahti is also an ISP and TV service provider.

Other Operators

Globetel www.globetel.fi  09 228 9100
Lounea www.lounea.fi 0800 30300
Sonera www.sonera.fi
Tele Finland    www.tele.fi
DNA www.dna.fi

DNA, Sonera and Tele Finland have advised that visitors to Expat Finland do not fit their marketing profile, so no information is provided about their services.

The list above is not comprehensive; the market changes often and there are also regional operators. See the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority for a full listing of communications services suppliers and their official prices (special offers not included):
www.viestintavirasto.fi/en/ > About the sector > Supply and price information

International Calls from Finland: Switching Operators

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

Calling on the Internet: VoIP

VoIP means "Voice over Internet Protocol" - essentially, using the Internet to relay your phone call.

Free calls can be made between devices which both use a VoIP service and software client such as Skype. Services are available on a wide 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 to landline telephones and mobile phones; these are usually charged via an account system and are a fraction of the cost of using your standard operator.
A Skype VoIP call from my PC to an Australian landline is about 94% cheaper than using my phone.
A Rebtel VoIP call from my mobile to a USA mobile is about 70 cents + local call charge per hour.

Most services for Internet calls work on the same procedure:

  1. Register with the service
  2. Download the software (app / 'client')
  3. Buy 'phone time'
  4. 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

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.
Skype: www.skype.com

Competing Services
Depending on your needs the following services may be preferable:

Landline / Fixed Phone Services in Finland

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:

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