The Isle of Man has two mobile operators:
- Manx Telecom
- Sure Telecom
Their 2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 2100 MHz and 4G/LTE has started on the 1800 MHz band. Manx Telecom has better coverage and speed compared to Sure Telecom.
Like in the UK, prepaid is locally called pay-as-you-go and available without any registration.
When roaming in the UK with a SIM card from the Isle, it's important that you turn off your general mobile data as well as data roaming. Because UK networks are also +44, your handset may recognise this as a local network option and could be using data without you knowing, resulting in unexpected bill shock on your return as Isle of Man providers still charge between 10p and 60p per MB for UK data roaming.
Manx TelecomEditManx is the first provider and market leader on the island. It started with 4G/LTE in 2014 on 1800 MHz and covers already 99% of the population. In 2015 it was opened for prepaid, but you need a 4G-enabled SIM card.
The starter pack for Pay-as-you-go is available for £5 in their shops in Douglas (location). You can buy sim card in airport at Information desk. It includes £5 credit and is available in mini, micro and nano size. Try to get one of their new 4G-enabled SIM cards for LTE.
Top-ups can be made by credit card online or using vouchers in denominations of £5, £10, and £20 on sale island-wide from a range of outlets including newsagents, garages, post offices and the Manx Telecom shop (location map). To top-up by voucher, enter *#142*<voucher PIN># and <call>.
SIM card and credit will stay for 180 days. If you don't do any activites within, it will fall in passive mode with incoming calls/texts only. You have another 90 days grace period to wake it up again by a recharge.
Data feature packsEdit
The standard rate outside of packages is a high 50p per MB. They give data allowances as a free bonus on top-ups (bonuses only for online top-ups). Better choose "Go Surf" instead of "Go Chat" top-ups for more data. These "Go Surf" top-ups are available:
|£5||£5||100 mins||2 GB||7 days||5 points|
|£10||£10||200 mins||5 GB||15 days||10 points|
|£20||£20||1000 mins||20 GB||30 days||20 points|
Included minutes include all Isle of Man mobile lines. The rewards are worth 10p per point to be redeemed in a store, after you have registered online.
Data Roaming Edit
Data roaming is charged per MB as there are no roaming packages available:
- 10p per MB in UK, Ireland and Channel Islands
- 40p per MB in EU/EEA countries,
- 80p per MB in popular countries outside the EU (eg. Canada, USA, Australia, Russia)
- a whopping £6.00 per MB elsewhere.
A list shows where data roaming is available in 4G.
- APN: internet
- Website: http://www.manxtelecom.com/
Sure TelecomEditSure is the second provider on the island. It still gives a good coverage. 4G/LTE has started in 2014 and is open for prepaid, but not so widespread available.
Their pay-as-you-go SIM card is free and activated when you top up at least £5. They sell it in their shops and outlets (pdf list), but nano and micro SIMs are only available at Sure shops. They offer two PAYG plans: Classic and Rewards.
Data feature packsEdit
Their standard data rates are 5p per MB on the Classic plan and 12p per MB on the Rewards plan. The Classic plan always stays on the default rate, the Rewards plan can be added by these packages with bonuses for top-ups:
|£5||£5||100 mins||100 SMS||2 GB||7 days|
|£10||£10||250 mins||250 SMS||5 GB||14 days|
|£20||£20||5000 mins||5000 SMS||20 GB||30 days|
Bonus minutes and SMS include all Isle of Man mobile lines. So choose the Classic plan for very low data use and the Rewards plan for higher consumptions.
Mobile Broadband SIM Edit
Their Mobile Broadband SIM cards are aimed at tablets and modems but work in phones too. They just don’t include any free minutes and texts, so these will be charged at their standard rate.
The only PAYG rate for data on this Mobile Broadband SIM card is:
- daily rate: £1 for 500 MB - based on a calendar day (00:00h-23:59h), exceeding the data quota, speed will be throttled.
- international data roaming is charged high in the UK and EU at 60p per MB.
- APN: internet
- Website: http://web.sure.com/isleofman