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How to Buy a Prepaid Sim Card for Internet Access at the Copenhagen Airport !

August 8, 2013

Copenhagen airport
Picture by brewbooks

Once you are through the beggage claim and customs look for a WHSmith Bookstore.

I bought my sim card in the terminal 3 of the Copenhagen airport.
WHSmith Travel Ltd – Phone:+45 3248 3182

I did not have to show a passport or any other identification document.

The sim card is from lebara.dk and costs 25 DKK (Danish Crones) –
approximately 4.5 USD and is valid for 6 months.

I use an inexpensive Huawei Vodafone 858 Android phone. This phone is my mobile wifi hot spot for my iphone. More details here and how to configure the android phone:
https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/how-to-dataroaming-and-roaming-fees/

Once I entered the lebara sim card in my huaweiphone a few minutes later I was able to make phone calls.

The end to end process to get access to the internet is more complex:

1. Call lebara Customer Service at 50 10 10 10
2.Then listen at least 30 seconds to Danish. If you here press 2 for English press 2 🙂
The voice will turn to English.
3. If it says setup internet press this number. I think it is Option 2.
If the minimum amount on your sim card is below 25 DKK ( Danish Crones) you need to do some steps (see below).
4. You will be told to go to help.lebara.dk internet page (which is an oxymoron at this stage (catch 22) .
These APN (AccessPointName) Settings have worked for me:
Name: Lebara internet
APN: internet
Proxy: <Not set>
Port: <Not set>
Username: <Not set>
Password:<Not set>
Server:<Not set>
MMSC:<Not set>
MMS proxy:<Not set>
MCC: 238
MNC: 02
Authentication type: none
APN type: default

5. Set up the Access Point Name as described in Step 4.
6. Swith off the android phone
7. Wait for 5 Minutes
8. Switch your android phone on.
9. Enter 0000

The Extra Steps which I found out after several calls to the customer service and wating at minimum 15 minutes to have a support agent on the phone. Once you reach one they are very helpful.

1. Go to WHSmith Bookshop and ask for lebara top up for 100 DKK (Danish Krona) if you want to telephone calls and internet or for a top up of 50 DKK if you only want to use internet (1GB Data). You also can get a top up of your lebara card at the 7-11 Stores (one is on the way from terminal 3 to terminal 2) at the copenhagen airport.

2. You will receive a pieces of paper with the heading Vaerdibevis and a logo of lebara mobile on it. In paragraph 2 or call it item 5 you will find a few English words. It says: For English: Call 50101234. Press 3. then 2.
It took several calls to lebara customer services until I worked this very brief guidance correctly.
3. Dial 50101234 and listen for a minimum of 35 to 55 seconds to the danish text. Do nothing while you listen. Then press 3 and listen again to some danish for 10 to 15 seconds and then press 2.
4. Hang up
5. Call again the number 50101234 and now the text will be in English. Follow the instruction:
6. I think to top up the amount of your card you need to press 2.
7. You need to enter an 8 digit code that you find under the logo of lebara mobile- look for the word KODE
Enter the 8 digit number and press hashtag #.
8. Enter a 6 digit number which is next to the 8 digit Code Number and press the hashtag #.
9. Now follow the instructions from the End to End process above from Step 1 Call the Customer Service Lebara line…..

Hope this guide was helpful.

Facetime iPhone:

I use the android phone as a mobile wifi hotspot for my iPhone. It was no problem to have a facetime call with my family at home  with iPhone connected to the android phone and the android phone send the data over a 3G connection.

Buy your lebara sim card at amazon.com.
If you want to have your sim card before arriving in Copenhagen you can order the lebara sim card at amazon.com:
Lebara SIM Card (Denmark)

Detailed Step by Step Guide on how to setup your Android Phone to access the internet:
How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot devices (router/smartphones/…)

See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone

How to buy a prepaid sim card a pay as you go PAYG sim card for internet access at London Heathrow airport or London City Airport^: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/how-to-buy-a-prepaid-sim-card-pay-as-you-go-sim-card-for-internet-access-at-london-heathrow-airport-or-london-city-airport/

How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot Devices and how to Setup those for Internet Access

June 28, 2012

Latest Update August 2013

Have you ever come back from a vacation or business trip from abroad and were surprised by the cost of your telephone bill for using your private iphone or smartphone?

You could always buy a local prepaid sim card and change it with your existing sim card in your phone. But this is not what I what I need. I want my current telephone number to stay active so that family members or others can still reach me. Also I do not want to have my existing sim card with a two year contract floating around my luggage. On top I enjoy using my iphone and my ipad more than any other tablet or smart phone.

There are several options available that will satisfy my above objectives. There are a number of mobile wlan umts hotspot devices such as the Trekstor or Huawei E series for example the NEW UNLOCKED HUAWEI E5830 WIFI Wireless Router E5 Modem available. They can serve up to five devices and connect them to the internet. All what you need is a prepaid sim card for these mobile hotspots. But one thing you cannot do with the router this to make local phone calls.

Update August 2013: Besides the Huawei Router E8530 there are now other routers available:
Unlocked ZTE MF60 3G,
Unlocked HUAWEI E585 3G,
Novatel Wireless MiFi 3352

I have found even another and cheaper solution and plus I have a local phone. Since 2011 there is a Huawei U8160 Vodafone VF858 Android Unlocked smart on the market. It is the cheapest smartphone currently available. It is an android phone. Even a sim lock free vodafone 858 is still cheaper than the mobile umts hotspots. And the android vodafone 858 can serve several devices at the same time and connect them to the internet.

Update August 2013: Lately the Huawei U8610 Vodafone VF858 is not available. But there are alternatives now on the market:
LG Optimus LG E400 Unlocked ,
Samsung GT-S5360L Galaxy Y Unlocked,
Sony Xperia Tipo ST21A Unlocked

As I travel during the year to different countries the sim lock free version is best suited for my needs.

Once in the country I just need to buy a prepaid sim card for this android mobile phone. Now I can make calls and have access to the internet.

The beauty of this comes into play when I set this vodafone 858 to be a wlan hotspot (mobile wifi hotspot). Now through tethering I connect my iphone or ipad or kindle to this android smart phone. Et voila I avoid data roaming costs while surfing or reading my emails or ebooks on my ipad or kindle on the beach. In a test I was able to use the hotspot with 2 iphones and an ipad in parallel without problems.

Below a quick help card on how to setup internet access on your smartphone.

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I bought my prepaid sim card at the swisscom shop. It requires an identity card. The sim card was activated within 10 minutes after purchase. Yet first even with the help of the shop assistant I could not get access to the internet.

The shop assistant recommended me to call the Swisscom help desk. They advised me to access the manual on their website. This was neither helpful nor successful.

It was through the Question and Answer section in Linkedin that I finally got it to work. See Use Vodafone 858 smart as a mobile umts hotspot. Eric Krakowski provided me with the right settings. See Eric Krakowski’s Profile on Linkedin: http://fr.linkedin.com/in/erickrakowski . Based on his advice I build the above quick visual guide.

If you travel to different countries the global list below will be very helpful to setup your router or smartphone with a local prepaid simcard to have access to the internet. It includes all the GPRS APN Settings from different countries and telecom providers.

 See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone


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