The Falkland Islands (French: Îles Malouines, Spanish: Islas Malvinas) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic 500 kilometres off the coast of South America. They are a British Overseas Territory of about 12,000 km2 with 3,000 inhabitants.
They are not part of the EU, so EU roaming caps don't apply and providers charge a very high price for roaming. They have roaming agreements with very few providers so far, not even all providers from the UK. That's why it will be much more likely that your device won't roam there at all. Even when it does, there is currently no data roaming, only for voice and calls.
The islands have no submarine cable link and all communications go through a relatively narrow band satellite channel. So expect very low speeds, high latency and high prices. The first and so far only network operator started in 2015:
- Sure South Atlantic Ltd.
Sure operates a 2G/GSM/EDGE on 900 MHz. Note that there is no 3G/UMTS or 4G/LTE so far and you're limited to 2G/EDGE speeds with data up to only 200 kbps. This makes it quite inconvenient for data use and why the Falkland Islands are on our Greylist like any other country on 2G-only.
As an alternative to go online WiFi hotspots are mentioned at the end of the article, but speeds remain low.
Sure by Sure South Atlantic Ltd is a triple player offering landline, broadband, WiFi hotspots and mobile broadband services on the islands.
A SIM card costs £30.00 with £10 included. It's sold at their service centre in Stanley and RAF Mount Pleasant. To activate the card you need to dial 453.
Top-ups are available there and from independent stores. To top-up send the code to 450. There is also refill by credit card by calling 123.
The SIM card has an initial validity of 60 days and then "every £5 top up extends validity by 30 days".
Data rates Edit
Default data rate is £0.12 per MB (= £120 per GB). They offer no data bundles.
WiFi hotspots Edit
Sure began in 2009 to install WiFi hotspots throughout the islands. Around 20 locations are used (list of locations). Each site has a coverage radius of 50 meters to a maximum of 300 meters depending on building construction.
To log on, you need a Sure WiFi card which can be purchased at most hotspot locations and retail outlets in Stanley and MPC. WiFi cards are available in £5 and £10 denominations. A £5 card will give you 50 minutes of surfing. Once you’ve switched on WiFi on your laptop or device, you simply search for the Sure Hotspot connection and enter the details on the card. It's important to log out when finished. If you should lose the logout page, you can log out manually by visiting https://wlc.sure.co.fk/logout.html or by completely switching off WiFi on your device and you will be logged out automatically after 5 minutes.