Finland has three national network operators:
- Sonera (by TeliaSonera)
- Elisa (Saunalahti is a consumer sub-brand of Elisa)
- DNA (by DNA Oy) and its MVNOs like Tele Finland and Vectone
They are supplemented by the local operator Ålcom on the Åland Islands only.
2G is on 900 and 1800 Mhz, 3G on 900 and 2100 Mhz, 4G/LTE on 800, 1800 and 2600 Mhz.
Elisa has the best coverage and speed in 3G and 4G in the country. Sonera has prepaid on a good network, while DNA as 3rd operator has the most flexible pricing as its own brand and through its resellers and still good coverage in the populated areas. 4G/LTE is open to all prepaid tariffs without surcharge (except where stated).
Sonera (by TeliaSonera)EditTeliaSonera has the most customers in Finland and its coverage on 3G and 4G is pretty good, but not as good as Elisa's: Sonera coverage map
Their prepaid product for voice, text and data is called Easy Prepaid and available at their stores (shop locator), online to be sent to a Finnish postal address or at R-Kiosks (locator). Top ups are available for 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 EUR.
The starter pack is sold for 9.90 EUR with 7 EUR credit (and sometimes some promtions like reduced starter price or bonuses). It's broadly only available as micro SIM. For other sizes go to a Sonera branded shop.
Their data rate is a flat 1.91 EUR per MB, but a maximum of 1.91 EUR per day is charged for up to 3 GB of data. Speed is up to 50 Mbps on 4G/LTE where available.
To check balance text EASY SALDO to 15400 (0.08 EUR per SMS). SIM card is valid for 12 months from the first use or last top up.
Their prepaid data-only SIM for tablets, routers or modems is called Sonera Prepaid Nettitikku. It should be available at the same stores (see above) with an 3G USB dongle (mostly Huawei E3131 or E353) for 39.99 EUR or as SIM-only (called Nettikuukausi) for 24.90 EUR. However, the bundled deal with the 3G dongle does not seem to be available anymore.
Both packages include unlimited high speed traffic in 3G and 4G up to 50 Mbps for 31 days. A fair use policy of 3 GB per day applies.
Extension packages Edit
The above-mentioned prepaid SIMs can extended by a package for 23.90 EUR for another 31 days of unlimted data or 12.90 € for 7 days of unlimited data. A package for 10 EUR includes 100 minutes of domestic voice calls, 100 domestic SMS messages and 1 GB of data. A package for 20 EUR includes 500 minutes of domestic voice calls, 500 domestic SMS messages and 5 GB of data. These two packages are valid for 31 days.
Elisa Saunalahti is Elisa's consumer sub-brand, which has the best coverage and speed in Finland. Take care: For 3G it uses the 900 Mhz band mostly (in contrast to 2100 Mhz in the rest of Europe) and its extended 4G/LTE network is available for prepaid at no extra surcharge: Elisa Coverage map
Elisa Saunalahti Prepaid SIM cards are widely available from several retailers: Elisa Shops called Elisa Shopit (survey) kiosks like R-Kioski (use "HAE KIOSKI" Button for store locator), supermarkets like Prisma (locator), Alepa (locator) , Sale (locator), Valintatalo (locator) , S-Market (locator)and Siwa (locator) or petrol stations like Shell/St1 or ABC.
The price of the SIM card is € 5.90, which includes € 6 of credit. No registration or ID required. Extra credit can be purchased from the above mentioned retailers or at lataa.saunalahti.fi. The website accepts Visa and Mastercard and regularly has special offers not available from retailers. SIM is valid for 3 months and 12 months after the last recharge.
The new SIM comes as a combined micro-, mini- and nano-SIM. Their Erikoispainos Special Edition is not available anymore.
Default data rateEdit
Default rate is 0.066 € per MB with a daily maximum of 0.99 € for unlimited data when the SIM card has been purchased after June 1 2015. For older SIM cards the daily maximum is 1.90 €.
Data feature packsEdit
Saunalahti's packages are really unlimited on 3G or 4G. They offer two packages with voice, texts and data:
- on 3G: unlimited domestic calls, 5000 domestic texts and unlimited 3G data in a month: 24.90 EUR. Activation: 3G to 15020.
- on 4G: unlimited domestic calls, 5000 domestic texts and unlimited 4G data in a month: 29.90 EUR. Activation: 4G to 15020.
Furthermore, they offer these unlimited data packages differing in speed:
|6.60 €||256 kbit/s||1 month||DATA256|
|27.80 €||256 kbit/s||6 months||DATA6KK|
|14,90 €||4 Mbit/s||1 month||DATA31|
|6.60 €||21 Mbit/s||1 week||DATA7|
|16,90 €||21 Mbit/s||1 month||DATA21M|
|19,90 €||50 Mbit/s||1 month||
For activation text code to 15020. You can book a new pack ahead of time. This will come in effect when the old pack is terminated. You can check status by texting STATUS to 15020.
50% discount offer available on lataa.saunalahti.fi if you are using sim card for the first time. An alternative to using your credit to pay your purchases is to go to lataa.saunalahti.fi/ and pay the plan of your choice with a payment card (Visa/Mastercard).
Fair use policyEdit
Internet is really unlimited, but P2P networks like BitTorrent etc. are not allowed.
Elisa Saunalahti also offers a starter pack with a router for 39 EUR called Elisa Saunalahti Prepaid Perhenetti. It includes a month of prepaid internet service and an additional 6 EUR credit valid for voice, SMS and data, a router, cables and manual in English. The router is a Huawei E5520 up to 3G and 21 Mbit/s. Additional days after the first free month are 0.99 EUR/day. Alternatively, monthly data prepaid packages can be bought.
More info Edit
- APN: internet (for prepaid only)
- Tethering: allowed
- Website in Finnish
DNAEditDNA is the 3rd operator in Finland, yet it gives a pretty wide coverage and high speed at good rates: coverage map. It's 4G/LTE is open for prepaid at no extra surcharge (but not on its MVNOs, see below).
DNA prepaid SIM cards are widely available from several retailers: online to be sent to a Finnish address, at the kiosks of R-Kioski (locator), at the stores of Suomalainen Kirjakauppa (locator) or at post offices (Posti, Itella) (locator). No registration or ID required.
You can buy top-up vouchers from R-Kioski and Posti (see above) with cash or card, online (payment only for holders of Finnish bank accounts) or from Otto branded ATMs (with at least Finnish bank cards).
They have three different prepaid products on offer:
- "DNA Smart Prepaid" is a SIM card with voice, SMS, MMS and data
- "DNA Super Prepaid" is a SIM card with voice, SMS, MMS and data
- "DNA Data Prepaid Tablet" is a data-only SIM without text or voice
DNA Smart Prepaid Edit
DNA Smart Prepaid starter packs cost 7.90 € (in promotions reduced to 4.90 €) including 7 € of credit. The current starter packages contain a SIM with mini & micro cutouts. Nano SIMs are also available.
The DNA Smart Prepaid charges by the day and the charge is deducted for each day until credit runs out. This is unlike Elisa, who only charges for the days the SIM is used. You can however halt the daily charging, but it costs 2,50 € to do so.
- Unlimited: 0.99 € per day
- 3 GB per month: 0.69 € per day
- 1 GB per month: 0.49 € per day
All options include unlimited voice and sms, except the cheapest which restricts voice to 100 minutes per month.
DNA Super PrepaidEdit
DNA Super Prepaid starter packs cost 7.90 € (often reduced to 4.90 €) including 7 € of credit. The current starter packages contain a SIM with mini & micro cutouts. Nano SIMs are also available.
Default data rate is 1.525 EUR per MB with a maximum charge of 1.916 EUR per day. Following data packages can be added:
|100 MB||30 days||4.90 EUR|
|1 GB||30 days||9.90 EUR|
|unlimited||7 days||7.90 EUR|
|unlimited||30 days||16.90 EUR|
You can book the packages on their mobile website m.prepaid.dna.fi or online when you have enough credit loaded.
DNA Data Prepaid TabletEdit
Their data-only SIM is sold for 24.90 EUR at the same stores (see above). It contains 10 GB of data valid for 6 months. Only mini- or micro SIM are available. Nano SIMs are also available. 4G/LTE has been opened for this product line and download speed is up to 150 Mbps where 4G is available.
When yout register your SIM card online, you receive another 9 GB of data free (this may require a Finnish bank account). You can add two packages for more data:
- 10 GB: 180 days - 19.90 EUR
- 30 GB: 180 days - 39.90 EUR
These topups can be purchased online with Finnish bank account or in a store (e.g. R-kioski) where you get a scratch-off card. The code on the scratch-off card is entered at http://m.prepaid.dna.fi
They sell a 3G WiFI-modem for 49 EUR and a 3G USB-modem for 39 EUR with the same conditions as starter pack too.
- APN: prepaid.dna.fi (only for DNA Prepaid)
- Tethering is allowed
- Website in Finnish
Helppo (by Tele Finland on Sonera)EditHelppo is the prepaid brand of Tele Finland, a MNVO on the Sonera network (see above) on 2G, 3G and 4G up to 21 Mbit/s. Their prepaid SIM is available for 9.90 EUR (sometimes reduced to 4.90 EUR) with 11 EUR credit online, at R-Kioski (locator), Siwa and Valintatalo supermarkets.
Top up vouchers are available at the same stores for 10, 15, 20, 30, or 50 EUR.
Data is available for a flat 1.52 per MB with a daily cap of 1.91 EUR. Max. speed is 512 kbps. They don't offer any data packages.
Vectone mobile (on DNA)EditVectone mobile is a Dutch-British MVNO with operations in many countries. In Finland it operates on the DNA network in 2G and 3G only. It is one of the few providers on prepaid in Finland offering "classical" monthly data packages.
Top-ups can be made online or bought at R-Kioski for 10 or 20 EUR. For every top-up of 10 EUR they give 10 MB per day free for 15 days, of 20 EUR 10 MB/day for 30 days as bonus.
The default data rate outside of packages is 0.60 EUR per MB. They sell these monthly packages called "Data Pocket Savers":
|100 MB||6 EUR||V100|
|200 MB||10 EUR||V200|
|500 MB||20 EUR||V500|
|1 GB||30 EUR||V1GB|
For activation text code to 345. A 30 day pocket can be renewed only after the end of the 30 day period, but this it will do automatically if there is credtit. To stop text STOP <Activation code> to 345.
- Website in English (for a change!!!)
- APN: webfi.mundio.com