The Faroe Islands, also called the Faeroes, is an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland. Its area is about 1,400 km2 with a population of around 50,000. They are an autonomous country within the Danish Realm.
The Faroe Islands have two mobile providers:
- Føroya Tele (ver)
Today there is nationwide coverage in the Faroe Islands and even the most remote villages have mobile phone service. 2G is on 900 MHz, 3G on 900 and 2100 MHz, 4G/LTE started in 2014 on 1800 MHz.
The GSM mobile network was introduced in 1998 to the Faroe Islands and since 2006 it has been the sole mobile technology in use. The national telephone company was privatized in 1998 and today works under the name Føroya Tele / Faroese Telecom. In 1999, a second telephone company called Kall was formed. Kall was taken over by Vodafone in 2008.
Exceptions are Vodafone SIM cards from Iceland and the UK where the Faroe Islands are included in their European home roaming zone.
The local currency Faroese króna (kr., FOK) given in the article is linked 1:1 to the Danish krone (DKK).
Føroya Tele (ver)EditFøroya Tele (or Faroese Telecom, FT) is the public telco of the islands owned by the govenment. Since 2014 they branded their mobile products as ver.
It's the market leader and has the best national coverage. It covers the population with 2G and 3G (list of communities with 3G) and reaches 99.7% already by 4G/LTE in 2017.
Føroya Tele prepaid starter kit can be purchased at the tourist information centre in Vágar Airport, close to the main entrance. Starter kit gives you 2 GB of data and 25 DKK airtime for 97 DKK.
Additionally, you can get their SIM card online (in Faroese only), in their Teleshops and many supermarkets and petrol stations in these denominations:
- no data per month: 157 kr
- 6 GB for a month: 247 kr
- 16 GB for a month: 297 kr
Longer validities are available for surcharges. SIM card needs to be activate by sending an SMS message. Instructions are in English and are found at the back of the package.
Online you can add credit of 100, 300, 500 or 1000 kr paid by credit card. For 100 kr per month more you can use data roaming in all of Europe.
Data feature packsEdit
For more data, one of the following add-on packs need to be purchased only online here by international credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Fill in phone number, credit card data and select data package check all boxes and confirm at clicking "Keyp". It automatically converts into a data package valid for 30 days.
- 2 GB: 50 kr
- 5 GB 100 kr
- 10 GB: 130 kr
- APN, username and password: internet
- Website in Faroese only: http://www.ft.fo/
Vodafone took over Kall in 2008 and is now the 2nd operator on the Faroe Islands. They offer 4G/LTE coverage in the capital area and in other major populated areas. The rest of the Faroe Islands is within 3G or 2G coverage.
It has a lower coverage, but lower prices too.
The prepaid starter kit is offered at petrol stations and grocery stores around the country. You can also get it from the Vodafone stores in SMS (= shopping mall in Tórshavn) or in Saltangará. (locator). You can also get their starter pack at the airport and on board the Norrøna ferry.
With your initial SIM card purchase of 250 kr you will be given 229 kr credit and 5 GB. You will also be given a local Faroese phone number, international roaming capabilities, be able to receive incoming calls for free, and also use your existing phone.
Top-ups can be made online by international credit card. Check data and credit balances by texting "sum" to 1990.
Default rate is 0.15 kr per MB.
The only top-up to make with data is a refill for 229 kr to get 250 kr credit and 5 GB data extra valid for 3 months.
- APN: vmc.vodafone.fo /or/ gprs.fo
- Website in English: https://vodafone.fo/english