Buying a SIM card in the Falkland Islands is relatively straightforward. However, the SIM card price and packages are expensive for South American standards.
The telecom situation is rather unique in the Falkland Islands compared to other South American countries because the territory still uses satellites instead of submarine cables – that is almost never a good sign.
In this article, I will go over all you need to know about buying a SIM card in the Falkland Islands. Let's do this.
Original publication: 26th of September 2020. Last updated: 10th of October 2020
Can I Use my Phone in the Falkland Islands?
The Falkland Islands have GSM networks utilizing frequencies used in many regions around the world (such as Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania – ITU Regions 1 & 3), but not in the Americas (North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2).
If you purchased your phone in the Americas, if your device has not been unlocked, or the phone does not support the Falkland Islands' frequencies, then you cannot use your phone in the Falkland Islands.
Mobile Operators, Networks, and Frequencies in The Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands has one mobile operator:
The following frequencies are used by Sure Falkland Islands:
- 2G: 900 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
Sure Falkland Islands does not have a 3G network. They skipped this generation of wireless communications and jumped straight to 4G/LTE. As a result, you need a device that is compatible with 1800 MHz on Band 3 if you want to use mobile data at reasonable speeds.
The 1800 MHz frequency on Band 3 is primarily used in every other continent besides the Americas.
Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).
If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.
Best SIM Card in The Falkland Islands
If you want to buy a SIM card in the Falkland Islands, then Sure is your only option. They are the only mobile operator in the Falkland Islands.
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SIM Card Registration Regulations in The Falkland Islands
SIM card registration using your personal details, like your passport information, is not required in the Falkland Islands.
The State of the Telecom Market in The Falkland Islands
(Click here if you just want to know what Sure Falkland Islands has to offer).
The Falkland Islands is a remote territory about 650 kilometers off the coast of Argentina.
The islands use satellites to get internet on the territory. More than 99% of the internet traffic around the world goes through submarine cables, which are cheaper and faster than satellites.
As a result, internet, especially mobile internet, is expensive in the Falkland Islands compared to other nations in South America and countries around the world.
Although Sure South Atlantic partnered with Star Solutions to introduce 4G/LTE in the Falkland Islands in mid-2020, speeds are still slow, and prices are still high to this day.
For comparison, the average cost of 1 GB of data in the Falkland Islands is 40.41 USD. The South American average is 5.80 USD, and the world average is 5.03 USD, according to Cable.co.uk.
When looking at speeds, the Falkland Islands are not ranked in any of the speed comparisons (like the Speedtest Global Index or Cable.co.uk speed index) because speeds are slow, and speed tests can take up a lot of data, which is costly in this territory.
Although this paints a bleak picture of the telecom situation in the Falkland Islands, getting a local SIM card will be cheaper than international roaming.
Currency in The Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands use the Falkland Islands Pound, which is also known as the with the symbol FKP (which will be used throughout this article). Prices in the Falkland Islands are listed in (FK)£. For example, 25 FKP is £25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between GBP and USD (US Dollars – Rounded):
- 1 FKP = 1.25 USD
- 10 FKP = 12.30 USD
- 100 FKP = 123.00 USD
For up-to-date FKP:USD exchange rates, search GBP to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.
Do note that the Falkland Islands Pound is pegged 1:1 to the Pound Sterling/British Pounds (GBP), and that the Pound Sterling is accepted on the islands to some extent.
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Falkland Islands Prepaid SIM Cards
Below, I will guide you through Sure Falkland Islands and go through:
- Background information about Sure Falkland Islands
- How to get a SIM card from Sure Falkland Islands
- How to recharge your Sure Falkland Islands SIM card
- What type of data-featured packages are offered by Sure Falkland Islands
With that being said, let’s see what Sure Falkland Islands has to offer to us.
Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
Sure Falkland Islands, officially known as Sure South Atlantic but will be referred to as just Sure is the sole operation the Falkland Islands.
Getting a Sure Falkland Island SIM Card & Price
You can buy a Sure SIM card, called Sure Pay As You Go (PAYG), for 30 FKP in the Sure stores on Ross Road or the FIC Shopping Complex or from other retailers in Stanley and MPC. The SIM card comes with 10 FKP in credit. You may have to dial *451# before you can start using your Sure SIM card.
A Sure SIM card will initially be valid for 60 days and will not expire as long as it is active. Sure considers an account to be inactive if it has not used data, made a call, or send an SMS for 60 days.
Topping Up Your Sure Falkland Islands SIM Card
Sure top-up cards are sold throughout the Falkland Islands in Sure stores and various other outlets. To top-up, you can either call 450 and follow the instructions, or dial *450*VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *450*123465#.
Dial *453# to check your Sure balance.
Sure Falkland Islands Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers
Sure offers several data packages, called Boosters, which are listed below.
|6 FKP||100 MB 7 Day Booster||100 MB||7 days||*456*1#|
|10 FKP||200 MB 14 Day Booster||200 MB||14 days||*456*2#|
|15 FKP||400 MB 30 Day Booster||400 MB||30 days||*456*3#|
These plans, or Boosters, are indeed small compared to other countries in South America. However, they are normal in territories Sure operates in (except for in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man).
Sure Falkland Islands APN Settings
In most cases, your phone will automatically retrieve the correct APN settings for your Sure Falkland Islands SIM card. If that does not happen, then you have to enter the following details in your APN settings (only enter the field listed below – leave the others blank):
- Name: sureflk
- APN: sureflk
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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in The Falkland Islands
Getting a SIM card from Sure may seem expensive, especially when looking at their data rates. However, it is still the most affordable way to stay connected when traveling in the Falkland Islands.
There are other ways to get online in the Falkland Islands, such as international roaming, buying an international SIM card or travel SIM card that covers the Falkland Islands, or use a mobile hotspot (pocket WIFI). This page highlights your phone travel options more.
Unlike other countries in South America, free WIFI hotspots barely exist on the Falkland Islands due to the high cost of broadband internet in this territory (broadband internet is metered, at capped speeds, and comes with several charges on top of the monthly plans).
The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in The Falkland Islands
Getting a SIM card from Sure Falkland Islands is your only option when considering buying a SIM card in the Falkland Islands. It is also the cheapest way to get online in the Falkland Islands.
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