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BasicsEdit

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.

No roaming
Be aware that the Isle of Man is not part of the UK, nor the EU or EEA, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced. So roaming rates on many European SIM cards are not capped or regulated there and can be much higher.

Some providers, mostly from the UK, however voluntarily treat the Isle of Man as an EU territory, but others like O2 UK have ceased to do so. Better check your EU/EEA provider first before use or buy a local SIM card instead

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 0.50p-0.70p per MB for UK roaming.

Manx TelecomEdit

Manx telecom2
Manx 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 new 4G-enabled SIM card.

AvailabilityEdit

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 £0.50 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:

Top-up Credit dom. Voice Data Validity Rewards
£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.

Don't use this SIM card for roaming abroad as most European countries (outside the UK and Ireland) will be charged at excessive £6.99 per MB.

More infoEdit

  • international data roaming is charged at 10p per MB in the UK and high 40p/MB in the EU
  • APN: internet
  • Website: http://www.manxtelecom.com/

Sure TelecomEdit

Sure telecom
Sure 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.

AvailabilityEdit

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 £0.05 per MB on the Classic plan and £0.20 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:

Top-up Credit Voice SMS Data Validty
£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 (00:00-23:59), exceeding the data quota, speed will be throttled.

More infoEdit

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