Denmark has 4 physical network operators
- TDC (youSee)
- Telenor (network sharing with Telia)
- Telia (network sharing with Telenor)
- 3 (= Tre) (3G and 4G only)
and some dozen MVNOs operating of these networks.
2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 MHz and 4G/LTE has been started on the 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz frequencies on all networks like in most of Europe.
Another provider sold under the brand of Net1 run by Access Industries offers mobile broadband based on LTE on 450 MHz with a pretty large footprint all over the country. But it's limited to contract subscribers and not offered for prepaid. That's why it's not mentioned any further.
All 4 networks have a nationwide 2G coverage, but Tre is a 3G/4G network only with national roaming on TDC for 2G. In early 2016 Tre moves over to Telia for roaming for 2G and 3G with data too, where it doesn't have own coverage.
Telia and Telenor have a national network sharing agreement with each other. The combined Telia/Telenor networks cover 99.9% with 2G and 3G and more than 95% with 4G/LTE.
To check out a certain place, it's best to take a look on the coverage maps:
While 3 or 4 networks and over 50 operators sound like a lot of competition, prepaid offers have become rare, as most of the providers are geared to contract customers now. 3 out of 4 network operators have stopped all prepaid activities and sell only contracts that require a Danish personal number (CPR) that you don't get as a visitor.
So unlike other countries, it's no use anymore to go to any network operator store for a Danish prepaid card. TDC (YouSee) only sells voice SIMs at unfavorable data rates. While MVNOs still offer prepaid, some of them have no offline outlets to buy a SIM card or to top-up.
Although you can buy the starter packs in their stores, the following SIM cards require a Danish personal number (CPR) to get the card activated, that can be done online only. These following prepaid offers are therefore not accessible to visitors:
- Nettalk by Netto supermarket chain,
- OK Mobil available in OK gas stations
- Coop Mobil in shops belonging to the Coop chain
If you don't have a Danish CPR stay away from them as you won't be able to activate them. That's why they are not featured in the article. This also means that the choice in Denmark is rather limited for visitors.
TDC (youSee) EditTDC is the largest network in Denmark. Like other network operators in Denmark it's mostly geared to postpaid customers. That's why the best offer using the TDC network comes from MVNO Lycamobile (see below). In an independent network test in 2016 TDC scored the highest rates of all Danish networks.
TDC's mobile phone business has been rebranded new under the youSee label which is also the largest cable operator in the country and focuses on triple-play products.
Their prepaid card is called Mobiltid and is available in all shops called TDC Butik as well as in gas stations and in Netto supermarkets. The starting package costs 35 DKK and includes 100 DKK of credit and is valid up to 1 year after last recharge. Default rate is 1.99 DKK per MB with a maximum of 9.00 DKK per day. The catch here is a data cap of 50 MB, after whichdata will be disabled until midnight and reset on the next day.
Top-up vouchers worth 50, 100 and 200 DKK are available in supermarkets and in gas-stations. To recharge dial 40 45 45 45 and press option 1. To check remaining balance dial *101#. YouSee Mobiltid SIM cards activated after August 15th 2014 are not able to be used abroad.
- no international roaming possible
- APN: internet
- Website: YouSee Mobiltid (in Danish)
Lycamobile EditLycamobile from Britain is the leading MVNO on the ethno market. In Denmark they are operating a MVNO on the good TDC network in 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE.
Their SIM card is given out for free online for free to be sent to a Danish postal address or offline at many outlets (store locator) or you can buy it for 29 DKK (with 10 DKK credit) at different gas stations and supermarkets. Top-ups of 50-500 DKK can be made online, not only with Danish credit cards.
Data feature packs Edit
0.39 DKK per MB are charged, if no data bundle is booked or used up. This is also the only rate for data roaming within the EU. These monthly data bundles are available, but work in Denmark only:
- 1 GB: 25 DKK, activation: 4510
- 2 GB: 35 DKK, activation: 4520
- 3 GB: 49 DKK, activation: 4530
- 4 GB: 69 DKK, activation: 4535
- 10 GB: 99 DKK, activation: 4540
For activation text code to 3535 or go online. They will auto-renew, if not stopped by calling customer service 3332 from Lycamobile. All excess data will be charged with the default rate or you can add one of these data bold-ons for the remainder of the running time of the base package:
- 500 MB: 25 DKK, activation: 601
- 1 GB: 45 DKK, activation: 602
For activation of the add-ons, text code to 3535. They will not auto-renew.
- APN: data.lycamobile.dk
- Username: lmdk (that's lowcase L, not capital I)
- Password: plus
- tethering seems to be prohibited and blocked
- Website in English
Lebara mobile EditThe British Lebara Group sells its products in Denmark too. It remains as only prepaid MVNO on the Telenor network (with network sharing on Telia) giving good coverage in 2G, 3G and now on 4G/LTE too. The suspension of Telenor prepaid SIM cards in March 2016 does not affect Lebara which remains the only prepaid option on the Telenor network anymore. Unlike in other countries, you have to sign up for international roaming and link it to a credit card, a Danish address and a CPR-number. This means that international roaming is only available to Danish residents.
The starter pack (with 10 DKK credit) is sold for free in their outlets (survey) or you can buy it for 49 DKK (with 10 DKK credit) at different gas stations and supermarkets.
Online top-ups can be tricky, as you need to have a Danish address and registration. So you better stick to top-up vouchers available in the shops shown above.
Data feature packsEdit
Default data rate is 0.09 DKK/MB. The following monthly bundles can be added:
- 1 GB: 25 DKK - for activation text 'DATAS' to 5010
- 3 GB: 49 DKK - for activation text 'DATAM' to 5010
- 5 GB: 79 DKK - for activation text 'DATAL' 5010
- 10 GB: 99 DKK - for activation text 'DATAXL' to 5010
Bundles are valid for 30 days, will renew automatically if there is enough credit plus 5 DKK and can be stopped by texting <activation code>*stop to 5010 e.g. 'DATAL*stop'. Overuse is charged by the default rate.
For more data they sell monthly combo packages with unlimited SMS in Denmark, voice mins to landlines and mobiles to 42 countries in Europe and beyond like the US and a domestic data allowance:
- 30 GB, 600 internatl. mins: 99 DKK - activation: text 'getall' to 5010
- 30 GB, 720 internatl. mins: 149 DKK - activation: text 'geton' to 5010
- 30 GB, 900 internatl. mins: 199 DKK - activation: text 'getbig' to 5010
These packages auto-renew as well. Same way to stop them like for data bundles.
90 days from the last charged event (any event that adds or removes credit from the balance), the SIM will become dormant and only incoming services allowed. A dormant SIM can only be reactivated by adding credit. 90 days after becoming dormant, the SIM will expire completely and can't be reactivated.
- no international roaming without sign-up and link to credit card and CPR-number
- tethering allowed
- APN: Internet
- Website available in English
Oister EditOister is a MVNO on the Tre network. After 3 has ceased all prepaid activities in 2011, it's your only option for a prepaid SIM card on this network. It has the best 3G coverage in the country, 2G is by national roaming on Telia network. 4G/LTE of Tre is supported too: Coverage map
Their new prepaid line is called Oister Go! To keep the SIM alive, you need to make a recharge once every year. The SIM card only works in Denmark; there is neither roaming possible nor can you make calls abroad with it.
SIM Cards are sold at various outlets that can be found here: Oister resellers . That's in many post offices, Elgiganten, ComputerCity etc. But you may have to look around a bit more than in Germany or other parts of Europe. They have 2 different types of packages:
- OiSTER Go! Startpakke: 29 DKK with 50 DKK credit with voice, text and data
- OiSTER Go! Mobilt Bredbånd startpakke: 39 DKK with 300 MB preloaded and data only.
Default data rate outside packages is 0.5 DKK per MB. These packs can be loaded on the data SIM:
- 5 GB: 100 DKK
- 10 GB: 200 DKK
- 25 GB: 300 DKK
Reload packages are valid for 12 months and must be bought online on https://www.oister.dk/go/ giving your mobile number.
Data-only SIM Edit
The starter pack "OiSTER Mobilt Bredbånd Tank Selv" as SIM card only is 99 DKK and with a 3G modem is 499 DKK is solod at the same places. Some users reported difficulties in finding it. Both come with a 7 days activation (and max. 50 GB data). At the end of this time, you can buy extra time/data. All their packs are time-based for 50 GB:
- 1 day: 29 DKK
- 7 days: 79 DKK
- 30 days: 199 DKK
- 90 days: 499 DKK
These packages must be bought online http://www.oister.dk/tankselv following this procedure:
Select your time period: 1, 7, 30 or 90 days, press "Gå til betaling", put in your credit card information, copy your activation code, go back to www.oister.dk/tankselv, put in your "Kundenummer" (= Customer ID) and paste your activation code into "Aktiveringskode", press "Aktivér Mobilt Bredbånd".
The activation process should take around 10 mins. Your SIM card is active for the purchased time. The volume limit is 50 GB per period. So each activation code represents a period, thus 1 day has the same 50 GB limit as 90 days have.
- no internatl. roaming
- APN: bredband.oister.dk
- basic info in English
Vectone Mobile Edit
Vectone Mobile is a MVNO also present in Denmark with some outlets selling their SIM cards. Vectone uses the Telia network in 2G and 3G and effective 2016 on 4G/LTE too. Like Lebara and Lycamobile, Vectone is specialised in low-cost international calls, but also offers good data feature packages as well.
Vectone Mobile mainly sells their SIM cards online for free to be send to any Danish address. There are however shops around in many towns that do sell their SIM cards as well (check for the Vectone Mobile logo). The SIM card itself is free, but you need to recharge it. This can be done in any shop showing the PinOnline and DigitalPin logo or online. To check your balance dial *102#.
The default rate for data is 0.39 DKK/MB and Vectone offers different kinds of packages that are combo packages with data or data-only packages.
Data-only packages Edit
To check the remaining allowance of these packages dial *5001#. These add-ons are good for 30 days and temporarily all offer extra data on top (except for the 100 GB package). These plans auto-renew after 30 days. To unsubscribe dial *5005#
|25 DKK||1 GB||1 GB||*5014#|
|35 DKK||3 GB||2 GB||*5015#|
|49 DKK||5 GB||5 GB||*5016#|
|69 DKK||10 GB||10 GB||*5017#|
|99 DKK||18 GB||12 GB||*5038#|
|200 DKK||100 GB||-----||*5039#|
All-in-One Saver Edit
This offer combines talk time within Denmark and to mobile numbers in about 100 countries, text messages in Denmark and, except for the 49 DKK unlimited talk to other Danish Vectone numbers, and data. To check your All-in-One Saver balance dial *5003#. Information to what countries this offer is valid can be found here. This package auto-renews every month.
|49 DKK||1 GB||4 hours||*5022#|
|79 DKK||30 GB||10 hours||*5013#|
|99 DKK||60 GB||10 hours||*5035#|
|129 DKK||80 GB||12 hours||*5040#|
|179 DKK||100 GB||15 hours||*5021#|
EU Roaming Edit
The default rate is 0.55 DKK per MB. A package is available that can be booked for 99 DKK giving 200 minutes, 200 text messages or 200 MB within the EU by dialing *5063#.
More info Edit
- APN: webdk.mundio.com
- Tethering: not allowed
- Website (also in English): Vectone Mobile
Discontinued Prepaid Offers Edit
From 28 February 2017 Telia has stopped selling prepaid products and from 30 April 2017 prepaid service will be closed, so Telia prepaid SIMs will stop working and the number will be lost. More details about Telia's prepaid shutdown here . You can have your credit reimbursed for a 50 DKK fee. The only MVNO left on Telia network, offering pay-as-you-go cards is Vectone Mobile.
Telenor Denmark has discontinued the sales of prepaid cards and top-ups as of 31 March 2016, although any outstanding credit will remain valid until the normal expiry date. This discontinuation of selling of prepaid cards as well as of top-up vouchers is also affecting the MVNO's using the Telenor network: CBB Mobil, One Mobile and Colour Mobile. The only MVNO left on Telenor network, offering pay-as-you-go cards is Lebara Mobile.
One Mobile Edit
Telenor Denmark announced from April 2016, kiosks and grocery shops will no longer sell One Mobile cards and recharges (see Telenor above) although any outstanding credit will remain valid until the normal expiry date.
CBB Mobile Edit
Telenor Denmark announced from April 2016, kiosks and grocery shops will no longer sell CBB Mobile cards and recharges (see Telenor above) although any outstanding credit will remain valid until the normal expiry date.
Tre only operates an own network on 3G and 4G, but it offers national roaming on 2G. This roaming was changed in early 2016 from TDC to Telia .
As Tre stopped providing all its prepaid activities back in 2011, your only option for prepaid is to get one from the MVNO's using Tre network. Oister (see above) is a MVNO operating on Tre network that is still offering prepaid cards available through shops.