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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Sri Lanka: Buying Guide

Sri Lanka – known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is a popular travel destination.

Which is understandable. The country has a lot to offer. A fascinating culture, stunning nature & fantastic weather.

You could visit the ancient city ruins of Sigiriya.

Perhaps the Yala National Park Safari may be before you.

And if you are into hiking, climbing Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) could be a thrilling challenge.

Whatever you do, do not just stay in Colombo in Sri Lanka – you will miss out on a lot.

Your friends and family do not want to miss out on your Sri Lankan adventures, so you will most likely share your experiences online.

Just note that international roaming can be expensive. You better get local prepaid SIM cards to enjoy local rates – much lower than roaming rates.

Luckily for you, SIM cards are inexpensive in Sri Lanka.

You can get a Sri Lankan SIM card for between 98 LKR (0.50 USD) to 999 LKR (5 USD) from Dialog, SLTMobitel & Airtel. Hutch gives it for free, but a plan purchase is required. Tourist SIM cards for up to 3500 LKR (17.30 USD) are sold at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport and normal stores.

Those prices are not bad, right? Just wait until you know that Sri Lanka is in the top countries with the lowest average cost of data worldwide.

Yes, not just in Asia – globally.

And I will make your journey to Sri Lankan SIM cards easy with this guide.

In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Sri Lanka. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Sri Lanka Guide (logos of Dialog, Hutch, Airtel & SLTMobitel)

Original publication: 19th of February 2020. Last updated: 22nd of November 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Sri Lanka?

Anyone 16 years old or older living in or visiting Sri Lanka can buy a Sri Lankan SIM card from the mobile network operators (Dialog (Axiata), SLTMobitel (by Sri Lanka Telecom), Hutch Sri Lanka & Airtel (Sri) Lanka) with no restrictions restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Sri Lanka).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Sri Lanka?

You can get a Sri Lankan SIM card in Dialog, SLTMobitel, Hutch & Airtel stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport.

You can expect to pay the following for Sri Lankan SIM cards:

  • Dialog (Axiata): 150 LKR
  • SLTMobitel: 100 LKR
  • Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka): free, but top-up or plan purchase required
  • Airtel (Sri) Lanka: between 98 LKR and 999 LKR (depending on the starter pack)

The following mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Dialog (Axiata): 1299 LKR
  • SLTMobitel: 499 LKR and 999 LKR (airport only)
  • Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka): various (airport only)
  • Airtel (Sri) Lanka: various (airport only)
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Can You Use Your Phone in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Sri Lanka. However, there is a 99% chance your phone supports GSM (if your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSM).

Besides that, you need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Although there are three ITU regions, you only need to know these two terms: American Frequencies and European Frequencies.

Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe, and Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3) typically use European Frequencies, meaning phones bought in those regions can be used in countries using European Frequencies without issues.

The Americas (North-, Central, and South America + the Caribbean), ITU Region 2, use American Frequencies, which are different from the European Frequencies.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

Sri Lanka uses primarily European frequencies for 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR. However, some mobile operators use an American Frequency for 4G/LTE (850 MHz on Band 5).

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then you can get a SIM card from SLTMobitel or Airtel and use their 4G/LTE network on 850 MHz (Band 5).

Note that 850 MHz (Band 5) is not as widespread as other frequencies like 1800 MHz (Band) by SLTMobitel and Airtel, as 850 MHz is a supplementaly frequency to them.

If you purchased your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you can go with any mobile operator. They support traditional European Frequencies on 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR.

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Sri Lanka without (major) issues – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has four mobile network operators:

  • Dialog (Axiata) Sri Lanka
  • SLTMobitel (by Sri Lanka Telecom)
  • Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)
  • Airtel (Sri) Lanka

The following frequencies are used in Sri Lanka:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz (not on Airtel (Sri) Lanka for long anymore)
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2500 MHz (Band 41)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – currently in trial phase

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Sri Lanka, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

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.

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5G NR in Sri Lanka

Commercial 5G NR is not available in Sri Lanka yet. However, Dialog, SLTMobitel & Hutch have held 5G NR trials (3500 MHz – n78) since mid-2020. Dialog has had an open 5G NR trial phase since July 2021, meaning anyone with a 5G device can try 5G NR for free in various cities.

SLTMobitel's 5G NR trial is, for now, only at one location (One Galle Face branch). Hutch's trial is not open to the public (yet).

It is expected that the 5G NR licenses will be auctioned in 2022, allowing for a nationwide 5G NR rollout the same year.

While not official yet, 5G NR access may require an add-on or a 5G charge. During the trial period (for Dialog, at least), 5G NR can be tried for free.

Best SIM Card in Sri Lanka

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Sri Lanka, I recommend going with Dialog or SLTMobitel. Both operators have the best (4G/LTE) coverage nationwide. SLTMobitel has become the fastest mobile operator over the year, which was previously Dialog. Consider Dialog for early 5G NR access.

SIM Card Registration in Sri Lanka

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Sri Lanka. This will be done at the point of sale.

A Note about Data Allowances & 4G/LTE Bonus Data in Sri Lanka

Dialog (Axiata), SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom), Hutch Sri Lanka & Airtel (Sri) Lanka all offer three to four separate data allowances for their plans:

Regular/Anytime data, nighttime data, 4G/LTE (bonus) data & app data.

Regular data, mostly known as anytime data, is a data allowance with no time restrictions. It can be used at any time during the day.

Nighttime data is a data allowance that only can be used at night.

Only a handful of plans are nighttime-only, but most plans have a dedicated nighttime data allowance.

For Airtel, nighttime is between 1:00 and 7:00. Dialog's nighttime is between 0:00 and 8:00. Hutch and SLTMobitel consider the night to be between 0:00 and 9:00.

Nightime data usage takes priority over regular/daytime data and 4G/LTE (bonus) data allowances.

4G/LTE (bonus) data is a data allowance for the mobile operators' 4G/LTE networks.

When using 4G/LTE, data from the 4G/LTE (bonus) allowance will be consumed first.

However, you can still use 4G/LTE with regular/anytime data when you have exhausted your 4G/LTE (bonus) data allowances. It is just an extra allowance

4G/LTE (bonus) data usage takes priority over regular/anytime data but not nighttime data.

App data is a data allowance for (a) specific app(s)/site(s), such as Office 365 or YouTube.

App data usage takes priority over any other kind of data allowance.

Once again, the priority order is: App Data > Nighttime Data > 4G/LTE (bonus) data (on 4G/LTE) > Anytime Data.

Why will the Sri Lankan operators not combine all these data allowances and turn them into just one allowance?

I have no idea. One could argue about peak and off-peak data usage. But anytime data can literally be used at any time, even during peak hours, so that is probably not the reason.

Arteculate does have an interesting article speculating about the reason.

While I clearly separate each data allowance in dedicated columns, the Sri Lankan mobile operators may promote your plan as 100 GB, while your actual allowances are 40 GB anytime, 40 GB nighttime & 20 GB 4G/LTE (bonus) – be aware of that.

Data & Voice Services Tax in Sri Lanka

As of the 1st of December 2019, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) reduced the Telecommunications Levy (LT) from 15% to 11.25%.

The Department of Inland Revenue, the local tax authority, removed the Nation Building Tax (NBT – 2.04%) and reduced the VAT rate from 15% to 8%.

As a result, plans have become cheaper across the board.

The new tax percentage for voice services is now 22.60% compared to 37.70% (!). The tax rate for data services is now 10.20% instead of 19.74%.

Most plans show the prices with tax, meaning you do not have to pull out your calculator to determine how much you will be charged for your plan.

However, this is not the case with all plans.

When this is not the case, the price column will say price excl. tax, meaning the relevant taxes are exclusive of the price.

Sri Lanka Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Sri Lanka

Compared to other regions, South Asia is a cheap travel destination that has a lot to offer.

Due to the low prices, you can often see and do more things. The same counts for in Sri Lanka.

What is also exceptionally cheap, for global standards, is the cost of mobile data.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Sri Lanka is 0.34 USD, below the Asian average of 1.79 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

This makes Sri Lanka the 9th cheapest country for mobile data worldwide and the second-cheapest in Asia – behind Bangladesh.

And the average cost of 1 GB of data has basically halved compared to 2019.

So, data is cheap. But are the networks cheap too?

Not really, but they are not exceptional either.

Sri Lanka's mean mobile download speed is around 13 Mbps, about half the global average.

The speeds have basically been stagnant over the year, even though the four mobile operators have invested heavily in improving their networks.

But that was mostly to improve coverage in places where coverage was non-existent or inadequate, so that is why that is not reflected in speed scores.

Okay, so which mobile operator is the fastest in Sri Lanka?

That would be SLTMobitel, with a median download speed of 20 Mbps. Followed by Dialog (14 Mbps), Hutch (8 Mbps) & Airtel (8 Mbps).

As 5G NR is around the corner and Dialog currently has the best 5G NR coverage, it is expected that Dialog may become the speed king in the near future.

What about the current overall network performance by the Sri Lankan mobile operators?

Dialog is the best in all aspects (except for speed), although it shares some top position with SLTMobitel (4G/LTE availability, online game experience & voice calling (VoIP) experience).

In terms of overall coverage, both Dialog and SLTMobitel are the best. Hutch and Airtel are no match (yet… or will never be).

But you should not expect good/any coverage up in the mountains or deep in the jungles, of course.

With incredibly cheap SIM cards, good nationwide coverage, slow mobile download speeds, and exceptionally low mobile data rates, you should have a decent network experience in Sri Lanka.

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Currency in Sri Lanka

100 Sri Lankan Rupee Bank Note
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Sri Lanka uses the Sri Lankan Rupee with the symbol LKR (which will be used throughout this article).

However, prices are often listed as Rs, රු or ரூ. For example, 25 LKR = Rs/රු/ரூ 25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between LKR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 10 LKR = 0.05 USD
  • 100 LKR = 0.50 USD
  • 1000 LKR = 5 USD
  • 10 000 LKR = 49.50 USD

For up-to-date LKR:USD exchange rates, search LKR to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

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Sri Lankan Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Dialog (Axiata), SLTMobitel (by Sri Lanka Telecom), Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka) & Airtel (Sri) Lanka, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Sri Lanka to offer to us.


Dialog (Axiata) Sri Lanka

Dialog Axiata Sri Lanka Logo
© Dialog

Dialog Axiata, just Dialog, is the largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka.

It is the local division of the Axiata Group from Malaysia (known as Celcom Malaysia there).

In 2018, it was the fastest mobile operator, overtaking SLTMobitel (then just Mobitel).

Since then, it has lost that position. But Dialog is still the second-fastest mobile operator in the country.

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Dialog:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Dialog SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Dialog Sri Lanka

Dialog has, together with SLTMobitel, the best (4G/LTE) coverage in Sri Lanka.

Its 4G/LTE reception is basically nationwide.

Below is Dialog's 2G coverage map:

Followed by its 3G map:

Then we have the 4G/LTE map:

Here is Dialog's coverage map with 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR (trial) combined:

SIM Card Price – Dialog Sri Lanka

You can get a Dialog SIM card for 150 LKR in Dialog stores. SIM cards are also available at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport.

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Dialog Tourist Pack – Dialog's tourist offering.

For 1299 LKR, you get 6 GB, 4 GB nighttime data for between 0:00 and 8:00, 350 LKR local call credit & 600 LKR international call credit – all for 30 days.

PriceDataNighttime Data 1Local Call CreditInternational Call CreditValidity
1299 LKR6 GB4 GB350 LKR600 LKR30 days

While the Dialog Tourist Pack is promoted the most at the airport, you do not have to get it there.

It can be purchased at any Dialog retailer if they recharge 1299 LKR.

Dialog Sri Lanka Tourist SIM Card

The only downside of not getting the Dialog Tourist Pack at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport is that the SIM card itself will not be free.

Instead, you will be charged 150 LKR for a Dialog SIM card + 1299 for the Dialog Tourist Pack (so 1449 LKR).

So Sri Lanka may be one of the countries where getting a SIM card at the airport is a good deal and where you will not be charged a tourist premium.

That is for Dialog, at least 🤪.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Dialog Sri Lanka

Dialog top-up vouchers are sold in Dialog stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Dialog SIM card, dial #123#VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial #123#123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial #456# call 1777, or call 777123456 and select option 1 to check your Dialog balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyDialog app (Android/iOS).

Dialog Sri Lanka MyDialog App
© Dialog

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Dialog Sri Lanka

Dialog has 14 data-featured plans:

All Dialog plans can be activated by dialing #678#.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Blasters – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Blasters, consisting of Daily Blaster 7 and Daily Blaster 14, are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Dial #678# to activate Blasters:

PricePlanDataNighttime Data 14G/LTE DataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
8.35 LKRDaily Blaster 715 MB15 MB7.5 MB15 minutesN/A1 day
16.24 LKRDaily Blaster 1450 MB50 MB25 MB50 minutes50 SMS1 day
129 LKRData Blaster1 GBN/AN/A250 minutes250 SMS7 days
345 LKRTriple Blaster/345 Combo1.5 GBN/AN/A1150 minutes1150 SMS30 days
Dialog Sri Lanka Blaster Plans

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Budget Packs – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Budget Packs are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Dial #678# to activate Budget Packs:

PricePlanDataNighttime Data 14G/LTE DataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
73.56 LKR100 Min PackN/AN/AN/A100 minutesN/A7 days
118.65 LKR200 Min Pack200 MB200 MB100 MB200 minutes200 SMS7 days
245.20 LKR400 Min PackN/AN/AN/A400 minutesN/A30 days

1 for between 0:00 and 8:00

Dialog Sri Lanka Budget Packs
My Plan – Dialog Sri Lanka

My Plan is a customizable plan that allows you to set how much data and how many minutes and SMS you want.

A My Plan configuration has to cost 300 LKR, 600 LKR, or 1200 LKR & has to include at least 40 on-net minutes.

The combinations are basically endless, making it impossible for me to list it all in an understandable overview.

Luckily, My Plan can be set up online or on the Dialog app.

But here are the minimum and maximum of each option (data, on-net minutes, off-net minutes, on-net SMS & off-net SMS:

  • Data: 0 MB (0 LKR) – 11 400 MB (1140 LKR)
  • On-Net Minutes: 40 minutes (60 LKR) – 800 minutes (1200 LKR)
  • Off-Net Minutes: 0 minutes (0 LKR) – 760 minutes (1140 LKR)
  • On-Net SMS: 0 SMS (0 LKR) – 5700 SMS (1140 LKR)
  • Off-Net SMS: 0 SMS (0 LKR) – 5700 LKR (1140 LKR)
Dialog Sri Lanka MyPlan Example
My Plan example bundle
Daily Rental Packages – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Daily Rental Packages are data-only plans.

Daily Rental Packages can be activated by dialing #678#:

Price (excl. tax)DataNighttime Data 14G/LTE DataValidity
5 LKR40 MB40 MB20 MB1 day
10 LKR90 MB90 MB45 MB1 day
20 LKR200 MB200 MB100 MB1 day

1 for between 0:00 and 8:00

Daily Rental Packages auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text OFF DBB to 678.

Dialog Sri Lanka Daily Rental Packages
Time Based Packages – Dialog Sri Lanka

Time Based Packages are unlimited data-only plans.

While providing unlimited data for up to 10 days, speed restrictions apply.

Dialog works with a block system, meaning that after reaching a certain data allowance, your speeds will be throttled from full speeds to 512 Kbps to 64 Kbps.

Time Based Packages can be activated by dialing #678#:

PriceFirst BlockSecond BlockThird BlockValidity
20 LKR<=  500 M = @ full speed500 MB – 2 GB = @ 512 Kbps=> 2 GB = @ 64 Kbps1 hour
60 LKR<=  1 GB = @ full speed1 GB – 4 GB = @ 512 Kbps=> 4 GB = @ 64 Kbps4 hours
100 LKR<=  2 GB = @ full speed2 GB – 8 GB = @ 512 Kbps=> 8 GB = @ 64 Kbps2 days
200 LKR<=  4 GB = @ full speed4 GB – 10 GB = @ 512 Kbps=> 10 GB = @ 64 Kbps5 days
400 LKR<=  8 GB = @ full speed8 GB – 15 GB = @ 512 Kbps=> 15 GB = @ 64 Kbps10 days
Dialog Sri Lanka Time Based Packages
Internet Cards – Dialog Sri Lanka

Internet Cards are data-only plans.

Although the name implies that this data option can be activated through physical cards only, that is not the case.

Internet Cards can be activated by dialing #678#:

PriceDataNighttime Data 14G/LTE DataValidity
29 LKR165 MB165 MB82.5 MB3 days
49 LKR330 MB330 MB165 MB8 days
99 LKR660 MB660 MB330 MB21 days
199 LKR1.43 GB1.43 GB0.71 GB30 days
349 LKR2.64 GB2.64 GB1.32 GB30 days
499 LKR3.96 GB3.96 GB1.98 GB30 days
649 LKR5.5 GB5.5 GB2.75 GB30 days
949 LKR8.8 GB8.8 GB4.4 GB30 days
1449 LKR14.3 GB14.3 GB7.15 GB30 days
1949 LKR19.8 GB19.8 GB9.9 GB30 days
2949 LKR33 GB33 GB16.5 GB30 days
3949 LKR44 GB44 GB22 GB30 days
6449 LKR77 GB77 GB38.5 GB30 days

1 for between 0:00 and 8:00

Dialog Sri Lanka Internet Cards
Anytime Data – Dialog Sri Lanka

Anytime data plans are data-only plans.

These Anytime Data plans are available, which can be activated by dialing #678#:

PriceData4G/LTE DataValidity
59 LKR0.5 GB0.25 GB7 days
119 LKR1 GB0.5 GB14 days
219 LKR2 GB1 GB30 days
399 LKR4 GB2 GB30 days
999 LKR10 GB5 GB30 days
Dialog Sri Lanka Anytime Data Plans
Night Time Packages – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Night Time Packages are data-only plans with significant data allowances for nighttime use between 0:00 and 8:00.

These Night Time Packages are available, which can be activated by dialing #678#:

PriceDataNighttime Data 1Validity
95 LKR302.5 MB3.63 GB21 days
1499 LKR6.05 GB60.5 GB30 days

1 for between 0:00 and 8:00

Dialog Sri Lanka Nighttime Packages
Unlimited Data Plans – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Unlimited Data Plans are unlimited data bundles at restricted speeds (1 Mbps, 2 Mbps & 4 Mbps).

Be aware that Telegram data and torrenting (peer-2-peer traffic) is always throttled to 512 Kbps – I recommend using a VPN to circumvent this restriction.

These Unlimited Data Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing #678#:

Price (excl. tax)Data 1SpeedsValidity
200 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps1 day
350 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps3 days
360 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps1 day
500 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps7 days
600 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps3 days
660 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps1 day
900 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps7 days
1150 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps3 days
1300 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps30 days
1650 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps7 days
2300 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps30 days
4300 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps30 days
Dialog Sri Lanka Unlimited Data Plans
Anytime Data Add-Ons – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Anytime Data Add-Ons are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Dial #678# to activate Anytime Data Add-Ons:

Price (excl. tax)DataValidity
60 LKR1 GB1 day
80 LKR1 GB7 days
100 LKR2 GB1 day
100 LKR1 GB30 days
140 LKR2 GB7 days
180 LKR2 GB30 days
225 LKR5 GB1 day
320 LKR5 GB7 days
350 LKR10 GB1 day
400 LKR5 GB30 days
450 LKR15 GB1 day
525 LKR10 GB7 days
600 LKR25 GB1 day
700 LKR15 GB7 days
700 LKR10 GB30 days
950 LKR15 GB30 days
1000 LKR25 GB7 days
1400 LKR25 GB30 days
Dialog Sri Lanka Anytime Data Add-Ons
Fun Blasters – Dialog Sri Lanka
Dialog Sri Lanka Fun Blaster Banner
© Dialog

The Fun Blaster(s) are (unlimited) data-only plans for Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, WhatsApp & YouTube.

Dial #678# to activate Anytime Data Add-Ons:

PriceApp DataAppsValidity
97 LKRUnlimitedFacebook, WhatsApp & YouTube7 days
98 LKR5 GBFacebook, Instagram, Spotify & WhatsApp 214 days
347 LKRUnlimited 1Facebook, WhatsApp & YouTube30 days

1 +1 GB and 1 GB nighttime data (for between 0:00 and 8:00) for general browsing
2 SD quality for music and video streaming on the four apps

Dialog Sri Lanka Fun Blaster Plans
Video Conferencing Plans – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Video Conferencing Plans are data-only bundles for Office 365, (Microsoft) Teams & Zoom.

Dial #678# to activate Anytime Data Add-Ons:

PriceOffice 365, Teams & Zoom DataValidity
165 LKR25 GB30 days
540 LKRUnlimited (SD Quality)30 days
Dialog Sri Lanka Video Conferencing Plans
4G Video Blaster with Unlimited YouTube – Dialog Sri Lanka

The 4G Video Blaster with Unlimited YouTube is a data-only plan with unlimited YouTube & ViU streaming (@ SD quality/360p).

It costs 249 LKR and also features 1.4 GB, 1.4 GB nighttime data (for between 0:00 and 8:00), 0.7 GB 4G/LTE data. Dial #678# to activate it.

PriceDataNighttime Data 14G/LTE DataViU & YouTube DataValidity
249 LKR1.4 GB1.4 GB0.7 GBUnlimited (SD quality)30 days

1 for between 0:00 and 8:00

Dialog Sri Lanka 4G Video Plaster With Unlimited YouTube
Unlimited Netflix – Dialog Sri Lanka

The Unlimited Netflix plans are, as the name suggests, unlimited data plans for Netflix @ 4 Mbps (SD quality) or 8 Mbps (HD quality)

Dial #678# to activate Anytime Data Add-Ons:

Price (excl. tax)Netflix DataSpeedsValidity
590 LKRUnlimited Netflix4 Mbps (SD quality)7 days
790 LKRUnlimited Netflix8 Mbps (HD quality)7 days
1490 LKRUnlimited Netflix4 Mbps (SD quality)30 days
1990 LKRUnlimited Netflix8 Mbps (HD quality)30 days
Dialog Sri Lanka Unlimited Netflix Plans

Review – Dialog Sri Lanka

I had the chance to try out Dialog when I was in Sri Lanka.

Be sure to read my Dialog review if you are considering getting a Dialog SIM card.

APN/Internet Settings – Dialog Sri Lanka

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  • APN: dialogbb

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SLT Mobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

SLT Mobitel Logo

SLTMobitel, formerly just Mobitel and not to be confused with Mobitel from Belgium or Slovenia, is the second-largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka.

SLT stands for Sri Lanka Telecom. It used to be wholly state-owned.

Now, it is still owned by the Sri Lankan government for 49.50% and by Maxis Communications from Malaysia (also known as Hotlink) for 44.98%.

As of 2021, Mobitel is now known as SLT Mobitel as part of a brand unification process.

Somehow, the company itself is not clear how it wants to use its new name (SLTMobitel, SLT Mobitel, or SLT-Mobitel – all are used).

But what you care about is if it is any good and what it has to offer :)

Such as knowing that SLTMobitel is the fastest mobile operator in Sri Lanka.

It has even won the Sri Lanka Speedtest Speedtest Award(s) of 2021 (Q1-Q2):

SLTMobitel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 2) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – trial phase

This is what you will learn about SLTMobitel:

* Coverage
* How to Get an SLTMobitel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

SLTMobitel has, together with Dialog (Axiata) Sri Lanka, the best (4G/LTE) coverage in Sri Lanka.

Its 4G/LTE reception is basically nationwide.

Below is SLTMobitel's 2G coverage map:

Followed by its 3G map:

Then we have the 4G/LTE map:

Here is SLTMobitel's coverage map with 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR (trial) combined:

SIM Card Price – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

You can get an SLTMobitel SIM card for 100 LKR in SLTMobitel stores. SIM cards are also available at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport.

New SLTMobitel SIM cards automatically get enrolled in the New Connection Offer.

It gives you 350 MB and 674 4G/LTE data for 12 months if you recharge at least 100 LKR every month

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the SLTMobitel Tourist packs – SLTMobitel's tourist SIM cards.

For 499 LKR and 999 LKR, you are supposed to get unlimited data, unlimited local minutes & unlimited international minutes (to your home country) for 30 days.

The issue with these offers is that it is unlikely that you get truly unlimited allowances and that Fair Use Policies (FUP) apply.

But these offers are available at the airport and supposedly in regular SLTMobitel stores.

I could not to get the offer in a regular SLTMobitel store when I was in Sri Lanka (in fact, the salesperson did not know what I was referring to 🥲).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

SLTMobitel top-up vouchers are sold in SLTMobitel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your SLTMobitel SIM card, dial *102*VoucherCode# or text the VoucherCode to 141.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *102*123456# or text 123456 to 141.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# to check your SLTMobitel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mobitel Selfcare app (Android/iOS).

SLT Mobitel Selfcare App
© SLTMobitel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

SLTMobitel has 12 data-featured plans:

Most SLTMobitel plans can be activated by dialing #170#.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Remix Prepaid Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Remix Prepaid Plans Banner
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The Remix Prepaid Plans are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Remix Prepaid Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 649:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
19.59 LKR3 Day Remix20 MB10 minutes15 SMS3 daysR16
48.98 LKR7 Day Remix50 MB25 minutes50 SMS7 daysR40
97.96 LKR21 Day Remix150 MB50 minutes50 SMS21 daysR80
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Remix Prepaid Plans
Mobitel Max – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

Mobitel Max plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

These Mobitel Max plans are available, which get automatically activated if you top-up 123 LKR or 295 LKR:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
123 LKR1 GB250 minutes250 SMS7 daysTop up 123 LKR
295 LKR1000 MB1000 minutes1000 SMS30 daysTop up 295 LKR
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Mobitel Max 7 Day Plan Banner
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SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Mobitel Max 30 Day Plan Banner
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Prepaid Daily Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

The Prepaid Daily Plans are data-only bundles.

Dial #170#to activate Prepaid Daily Plans:

Price (excl. tax)DataNighttime Data 1Validity
5 LKR40 MB25 MBUntil midnight
7 LKR60 MB60 MBUntil midnight
9 LKR80 MB80 MBUntil midnight
15 LKR140 MB140 MBUntil midnight
25 LKR250 MB250 MBUntil midnight

1 between 0:00 and 9:00

SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Prepaid Daily Plans
Mini Internet Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

The Mini Internet Plans are data-only bundles.

Dial #170#to activate Prepaid Daily Plans:

PricePlanDataNighttime Data 14G/LTE DataValidity
5 LKRInternet Chooti43 MBN/AN/A24 hours
29 LKR3 Day Internet163 MB163 MBN/A3 days
49 LKR7 Day Internet326 MB326 MB244 MB7 days
99 LKR21 Day Internet652 MB652 MB489 MB21 days
199 LKRD1991413 MB1413 MB1087 MB30 days
299 LKRD2992.17 GB2.17 GB1.629 GB30 days

1 between 0:00 and 9:00

SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Mini Internet Plans
Time Based Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

The Time Based Plans are short-term unlimited data plans for up to 3 hours.

Dial #170# to activate Time Based Plans:

Price (excl. tax)DataValidity
20 LKRUnlimited30 minutes
60 LKRUnlimited3 hours
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Time Based Plans
Anytime Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

The Anytime Plans are data-only bundles.

Text the Activation Code to 7678 to activate Anytime Plans:

Price (excl. tax)PlanData4G/LTE DataValidityActivation Code
54 LKRA49375 MB375 MB7 daysA49
109 LKRA99768 MB768 MB21 daysA99
219 LKRA1991690 MB1690 MB30 daysA199
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Anytime Plans
Unlimited Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

The Unlimited Plans are unlimited data bundles at restricted speeds (1 Mbps, 2 Mbps & 4 Mbps).

Dial #170# to activate Unlimited Plans:

PriceDataSpeedsValidity
220 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps1 day
375 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps3 days
391 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps1 day
551 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps7 days
661 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps3 days
727 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps1 day
970 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps7 days
1240 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps3 days
1431 LKRUnlimited1 Mbps30 days
1824 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps7 days
2533 LKRUnlimited2 Mbps30 days
4737 LKRUnlimited4 Mbps30 days
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Unlimited Plans
9-In-1 Non-Stop Lokka – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Nonstop Lokka Plan Banner
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The 9-In-1 Non-Stop Lokka is a data-only plan with 1 GB anytime data, 1 GB 4G/LTE bonus data & unlimited data for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, IMO, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Viber, WhatsApp & YouTube.

Note that if you use more than 30 GB, youy speed will be reduced to 1 Mbps.

This applies to when you are on 4G/LTE only. Speeds are always reduced to 3 Mbps on 3G.

9-In-1 Non-Stop Lokka costs 398 LKR for 30 days and can be activated by texting 9IN1 to 160.

PriceData4G/LTE DataApp Data 1ValidityActivation Code
398 LKR1 GB1 GBUnlimited 230 days9IN1

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, IMO, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Viber, WhatsApp & YouTube
2 30 GB high-speed data, then unlimited @ 1 Mbps on 4G/LTE. On 3G, always @ 1 Mbps

Best Value Pre-Paid Internet Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

The Best Value Pre-Paid Internet Plans are data-only bundles.

Text the Activation Code to 7678 to activate Best Value Pre-Paid Internet Plans:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
399 LKRD3996.5 GB30 daysD399
499 LKRD4999 GB30 daysD499
699 LKRD69914 GB30 daysD699
999 LKRD99920 GB30 daysD999
1999 LKRD199960 GB365 daysD1999
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Best Value Prepaid Internet Plans
Work & Learn Data Plans – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Work & Learn Data Plans Banner
© SLTMobitel

The Work & Learn Data Plans are data-only plans for mLearning, Office 365, SLT eSiphala, SLT Lynked, Teams & Zoom.

Dial #170# to activate Work & Learn Data Plans:

PriceApp Data 1Validity
166 LKR25 GB30 days
651 LKRUnlimited30 days

1 for mLearning, Office 365, SLT eSiphala, SLT Lynked, Teams & Zoom

SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Work & Learn Data Plans
Social Networking Unlimited Plan – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)
SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Social Networking Plan Banner
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The Social Networking Unlimited Plan is an unlimited data plan for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn & Twitter.

You get 4 GB for LinkedIn and Twitter combined & 8 GB for Facebook and Instagram combined.

Moreover, this plan can only be used on 4G/LTE.

The bundle costs 110 LKR for 30 days and can be activated by texting ACT SN to 160.

PriceSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
110 LKR“Unlimited” 230 daysACT SN

1 for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn & Twitter
2 4 GB for LinkedIn & Twitter (on 4G/LTE) & 8 GB for Facebook & Instagram (on 4G/LTE)

Unlimited YouTube – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

The Unlimited YouTube is an unlimited data plan for YouTube.

Note that if you use more than 20 GB, your speed and video quality will be reduced from full speeds/HD quality to 1 Mbps/360p.

This applies to when you are on 4G/LTE only. Speeds video quality are always reduced to 1 Mbps/SD quality on 3G.

Unlimited YouTube costs 275 LKR for 30 days and can be activated by texting ACT YT to 160.

PriceYouTube DataValidityActivation Code
275 LKR“Unlimited”, 25 GB 130 daysACT YT

1 25 GB @ HD quality, then unlimited @ 1 MBps/360p on 4G/LTE. On 3G, always @ 1 Mbps/360p

Review – SLTMobitel (Sri Lanka Telecom)

I had the chance to try out SLTMobitel when I was in Sri Lanka.

Be sure to read my SLTMobitel review if you are considering getting an SLTMobitel SIM card.

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Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

Hutch Sri Lanka Logo With Go Smart Motto
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Hutch Sri Lanka, just Hutch, is the third-largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka.

Hutch finalized its purchase of Etisalat Sri Lanka back in 2018.

Hutch is by the Hong Kongese company called CK Hutchison, which also owns the brand called 3 (Three).

3 is active in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Indonesia, Macau, Sweden & the United Kingdom.

Hutch uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)

This is what you will learn about Hutch:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Hutch SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

Hutch has decent coverage throughout Sri Lanka.

4G/LTE reception is available in most places in Sri Lanka.

Below is Hutch's 2G coverage map:

Followed by its 3G map:

Then we have the 4G/LTE map:

Here is Hutch's coverage map with 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE combined:

SIM Card Price – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

You can get a Hutch SIM card for free in Hutch stores. However, a plan purchase or top-up is required. SIM cards are also available at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport.

Dial *123# to access the Hutch menu.

Call 346 to change the system's language to Sinhala, 347 for Tamil & 348 for English.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

Hutch top-up vouchers are sold in Hutch stores and Reload Channels, including kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

Hutch Sri Lanka Reload Channels
© Hutch

To top up your Hutch SIM card, dial *355*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *355*123456#.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, only Sri Lanka-issued cards are accepted.

Dial *344# or text BAL to 344 to check your Hutch balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Hutch app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Hutch Sri Lanka App
© Hutch

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

Hutch has ten data-featured plans:

Most Hutch plans can be activated by dialing *131#.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Super All-In-1 – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

The Super All-In-1 Plans, consisting of Weekly Pack Super 90 and Monthly Pack Super 340, are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Dial *340# to activate Super All-In-1:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidity
90 LKRWeekly Pack Super 90350 MB200 minutes50 minutes250 SMS7 days
340 LKRMonthly Pack Super 3401.5 GB750 minutes250 minutes1000 SMS30 days
Hutch Sri Lanka Super All-In-1 Plans
My Plan – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

My Plan is a customizable plan that allows you to set how much data and how many minutes and SMS you want.

The combinations are basically endless, making it impossible for me to list it all in an understandable overview.

Luckily, My Plan can be set up online or on the Hutch app.

Hutch Sri Lanka My Plan Example
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Day & Night Plans – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

The Day & Night Plans are data-only plans.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Day & Night Plans:

PriceDataNighttime Data 1ValidityActivation Code
6 LKR40 MB45 MB2 days*131*6*1#
18 LKR140 MB100 MB4 days*131*6*2#
39 LKR245 MB55 MB7 days*131*6*6#
48 LKR360 MB150 MB7 days*131*6*3#
99 LKR770 MB550 MB14 days*131*6*4#
198 LKR1.7 GB1 GB30 days*131*6*7#
290 LKR2 GB2.5 GB30 days*131*6*8#
490 LKR6 GB5 GB45 days*131*6*9#
649 LKR7.7 GB7 GB45 days*131*6*10#

1 for between 0:00 and 9:00

Hutch Sri Lanka Day & Night Internet Plans
cliQ 3G Break Free Plans – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

The cliQ 3G Break Free Plans are unlimited data plans at restricted speeds (3 Mbps until you hit the FUP, then 1 Mbps for the remaining time).

cliQ plans have to be activated on the cliQ app (Android/iOS/Huawei App Gallery).

Hutch Sri Lanka cliQ App
© Hutch

cliQ 3G Break Free Plans can be stacked and mixed with cliQ 4G Break Free Plans.

The following cliQ 3G Break Free Plans are available:

PriceDataValidity
14 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 0.35 GB15 minutes
20 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 0.35 GB30 minutes
25 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 0.35 GB1 hour
40 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 1.5 GB4 hours
65 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 1.5 GB1 day
120 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 3.5 GB2 days
298 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 6 GB7 days
398 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 6 GB10 days
497 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 15 GB15 days
998 LKR“Unlimited” @ 3 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 30 GB30 days
Hutch Sri Lanka cliQ 3G Break Free Plans
Data Cards – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

The Data Cards are, as the name implies, top-up vouchers for data.

Data Cards can be activated by dialing *355*VoucherCode#:

PriceDataNighttime Data 1Validity
18 LKR120 MB100 MB4 days
48 LKR320 MB150 MB7 days
99 LKR 2320 MB150 MB7 days
198 LKR1.5 GB1 GB30 days

1 for between 0:00 and 9:00

Hutch Sri Lanka Data Cards
Unlimited Downloader – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

The Unlimited Downloader plans are unlimited data bundles for nighttime use for between 0:00 and 7:00.

Dial *131# to activate Unlimited Downloader:

PriceDataValidity
46 LKRUnlimited1 night (0:00 – 7:00)
86 LKRUnlimited3 nights (0:00 – 7:00)
176 LKRUnlimited7 nights (0:00 – 7:00)
Hutch Sri Lanka Unlimited Downloader Plans
Any Time Plans – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

Any Time Plans are data-only plans.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Any Time Plans:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
47 LKR600 MB5 daysi47
97 LKR1.3 GB10 daysi97
197 LKR3 GB21 daysi197
297 LKR4.7 GB30 daysi297
497 LKR8.2 GB30 daysi497
647 LKR12 GB30 daysi647
997 LKR20 GB30 daysi997
Hutch Sri Lanka Any Time Data Plans
Long Validity Plans – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

Long Validity Plans are data-only plans.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Long Validity Plans:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
59 LKR750 MB15 daysi59
119 LKR1.5 GB30 daysi119
239 LKR3.45 GB45 daysi239
369 LKR5.5 GB60 daysi369
619 LKR10 GB60 daysi619
809 LKR15 GB60 daysi809
1239 LKR25 GB60 daysi1239
Hutch Sri Lanka Long Validity Plans
Non-Stop Social Media & YouTube – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

The Non-Stop Social Media & YouTube plans are unlimited data bundles for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp & YouTube.

Do note that video streaming is restricted to 360p.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Non-Stop Social Media & YouTube Plans:

PriceDataApp Data 1App(s)ValidityActivation Code
54 LKRN/AUnlimitedFacebook, Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp7 daysI54
124 LKRN/AUnlimitedFacebook, Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp30 daysI124
147 LKRN/AUnlimitedYouTube30 daysI147
194 LKR600 MBUnlimitedYouTube30 daysI194
171 LKR600 MBUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp30 daysI171
221 LKR1.3 GBUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp30 daysI221
224 LKR1.3 GBUnlimitedYouTube30 daysI224
271 LKRN/AUnlimitedFacebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp & YouTube30 daysI271
321 LKR3 GBUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp30 daysI321
344 LKR3 GBUnlimitedYouTube30 daysI344

1 video streaming @ 360p

Hutch Sri Lanka Non-Stop Social Media & YouTube Plans
cliQ 4G Break Free Plans – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

The cliQ 4G Break Free Plans are unlimited data plans at restricted speeds (10 Mbps until you hit the FUP, then 1 Mbps for the remaining time).

cliQ plans have to be activated on the cliQ app (Android/iOS/Huawei App Gallery).

Hutch Sri Lanka cliQ App
© Hutch

cliQ 34 Break Free Plans can be stacked and mixed with cliQ 3 Break Free Plans.

The following cliQ 4G Break Free Plans are available:

PriceDataValidity
149 LKR“Unlimited” @ 10 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 5 GB2 days
249 LKR“Unlimited” @ 10 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 7.5 GB4 days
495 LKR“Unlimited” @ 10 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 15 GB7 days
565 LKR“Unlimited” @ 10 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 15 GB10 days
695 LKR“Unlimited” @ 10 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 20 GB15 days
1245 LKR“Unlimited” @ 10 Mbps, @ 1 Mbps after 35 GB30 days
Hutch Sri Lanka cliQ 4G Break Free Plans

Review – Hutch Sri Lanka (+former Etisalat Sri Lanka)

I had the chance to try out Hutch when I was in Sri Lanka.

Be sure to read my Hutch review if you are considering getting a Hutch SIM card.

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Airtel (Sri) Lanka

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Airtel Lanka, just Airtel, is the smallest mobile operator in Sri Lanka.

It was the last mobile operator to introduce 4G/LTE in the country… in 2020.

Dialog Axiata Sri Lanka already had 4G/LTE back in 2013.

So Airtel was behind for seven years.

However, the mobile operator has always been the cheapest option and had reasonable (sometimes the best) coverage in rural areas.

But it has been the worst in almost all regards (with Hutch Sri Lanka sometimes being worse).

Airtel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz (to be phased out soon)
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2500 MHz (Band 41)

This is what you will learn about Airtel:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Airtel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Airtel Lanka

Airtel has the worst coverage in Sri Lanka.

While it was regarded as the best in some rural places for a while, its competitors have mostly caught up by now.

And with the late introduction of 4G/LTE, Airtel's coverage is no match to the others either.

Be aware that Airtel is already planning on phasing out its 3G network after launching its 4G/LTE network.

As Airtel's 4G/LTE reception is still minuscule compared to its competitors, you may have no data reception at all if you go to a 2G-only area (mostly in remote areas).

Hopefully, its coverage has significantly improved before 3G is turned off.

Below is Airtel's 2G& 4G/LTE coverage map:

Here is Airtel's coverage map with 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE combined:

SIM Card Price – Airtel Lanka

You can get an Airtel SIM card for as little as 98 LKR to 999 LKR, depending on the starter plan you choose, in Airtel stores. SIM cards are also available at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport.

The following starter plans are available:

Price4G/LTE DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidity
98 LKR100 MBUnlimited50 minutesN/A50 SMS 130 days
399 LKR1 GB/day (30 GB)Unlimited200 minutes1000 SMS50 SMS30 days
599 LKR1 GB/day (30 GB)Unlimited300 minutes1000 SMS50 SMS30 days
999 LKR2 GB/day (60 GB)Unlimited300 minutes1000 SMS50 SMS30 days

1 also for on-net use

Airtel Sri Lanka SIM Cards

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Airtel Tourist Packs – Airtel's tourist offering.

The following Airtel Tourist Packs are available:

PriceDataNighttime Data 1Call Credit
600 LKR2.9 GBN/AUndisclosed
900 LKR5.4 GB4.8 GBUndisclosed
1500 LKR12.4 GB4.8 GBUndisclosed
2000 LKR30 GBN/AUndisclosed
3500 LKR60 GBN/AUndisclosed

1 for between 1:00 and 7:00

Be aware that these offers are only available at Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport and cannot be purchased in regular Airtel stores (unlike some of its competitors).

While the packs are permanently limited offers, they do change from time to time – mostly for the better.

Dial *11# to see your Airtel phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Airtel Lanka

Airtel top-up vouchers are sold in Airtel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Airtel SIM card, dial *567*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial #567*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *550# to check your Airtel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Airtel (Sri Lanka) app (Android/iOS).

Airtel Sri Lanka My Airtel App
© Airtel (Sri) Lanka

Do note that this app is geo-restricted. Meaning only Google accounts registered in Sri Lanka can download it (the Android app, at least).

You can also download an .APK from a reputable source and get it that way.

Trying to download the app with a VPN will not do the trick.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Airtel Lanka

Airtel has nine data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Basic Packs (Freedom Packs) – Airtel Lanka

The Basic Packs, falling under the Freedom Packs category, are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

These Basic Packs are available:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
48 LKR50 MBUnlimited25 minutes50 SMS15 daysTop up 48 LKR
98 LKR100 MBUnlimited50 minutes50 SMS30 days*98#
Airtel Sri Lanka Basic Packs
Special Packs – Airtel Lanka

The Special Packs are combo plans with data, minutes, call credit & SMS.

These Special Packs are available, which get automatically activated if you top-up 99 LKR or 148 LKR:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesLocal Call CreditOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
99 LKR350 MBN/A99 LKR1000 SMS21 daysTop up 99 LKR
148 LKR108 MBUnlimited50 LKR1000 SMS30 daysTop up 148 LKR
Airtel Sri Lanka Special Packs
4G Data Packs (Freedom Packs) – Airtel Lanka

The 4G Data Packs, calling under the Freedom Packs category, are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

These 4G Data Packs can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

Price4G/LTE DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
199 LKR1 GBUnlimited100 minutesN/A50 SMS 130 days*199#
399 LKR1 GB/day (30 GB)Unlimited200 minutes1000 SMS50 SMS30 days*399#
599 LKR1 GB/day (30 GB)Unlimited300 minutes1000 SMS50 SMS30 days*599#
999 LKR2 GB/day (60 GB)Unlimited300 minutes1000 SMS50 SMS30 days*999#

1 also for on-net use

Airtel Sri Lanka 4G Data Packs
Data Downloader – Airtel Lanka

The Data Downloader is a data-only plan with 330 MB anytime data, 475 MB nighttime data (for between 1:00 and 7:00, and 206 MB bonus data that has to be redeemed through the My Airtel (Sri Lanka) app.

It costs 59 LKR and automatically gets activated when you top-up 59 LKR.

PriceDataNighttime Data 1App Bonus 2ValidityActivation Code
59 LKR330 MB475 MB206 MB4 daysTop up 59 LKR

1 for between 1:00 and 7:00
2 to be redeemed on the My Airtel (Sri Lanka) app (geo-restricted)

Airtel Sri Lanka Data Downloader
Anytime Range – Airtel Lanka

The Anytime Range plan is a data-only plan with 1.5 GB anytime data and 623 MB bonus data that has to be redeemed through the My Airtel (Sri Lanka) app.

It costs 179 LKR and automatically gets activated when you top-up 179 LKR.

PriceDataApp Bonus 1ValidityActivation Code
179 LKR1.5 GB623 GB14 daysTop up 179 LKR

1 to be redeemed on the My Airtel (Sri Lanka) app (geo-restricted)

Airtel Sri Lanka Anytime Range
Work From Home Plans – Airtel Lanka

The Work From Home Plans are data-only plans.

Although they are intended for working from home, there are no usage restrictions to these plans, making them attractive packages for any Airtel customer.

Work From Home Plans can be activated by dialing the Activation Code.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
159 LKR30 GB30 days*159#
540 LKRUnlimited30 days*540#
Airtel Sri Lanka Work From Home
Unlimited Data Plans – Airtel Lanka

The Unlimited Data Plans are unlimited data bundles at restricted speeds (1 Mbps, 2 Mbps & 4 Mbps).

Note that torrenting is excluded from these plans – I recommend using a VPN to circumvent this restriction.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Unlimited Data Plans.

PriceDataSpeedsValidityActivation Code
1399 LKRUnlimited Data Plans1 Mbps30 days*1399#
2499 LKRUnlimited Data Plans2 Mbps30 days*2499#
4699 LKRUnlimited Data Plans4 Mbps30 days*4699#
Airtel Sri Lanka Unlimited Data Plans
Data Top-Up (Freedom Packs) – Airtel Lanka

The Data Top-Ups are data add-ons for plans in the Freedom Packs category (Basic Packs & 4G Data Packs).

They can only be activated for Freedom Packs and cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Data Top-Ups.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
58 LKR1 GBNo expiry*58#
198 LKR5 GBNo expiry*198#
Airtel Sri Lanka Data Top-Ups
Social Media Data Pack – Airtel Lanka

The Social Media Data Pack is an unlimited data plan for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp & YouTube (video streaming @ SD quality/360p).

It costs 286 LKR and can be activated by dialing *286#.

PriceSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
286 LKRUnlimited30 days*286#

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp & YouTube (@ SD quality/360p)

Airtel Sri Lanka Social Media Pack

Review – Airtel Lanka

I had the chance to try out Airtel when I was in Sri Lanka.

Be sure to read my Airtel review if you are considering getting an Airtel SIM card.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Sri Lanka

I would highly encourage anyone visiting Sri Lanka to get themselves a Sri Lankan SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Sri Lankan SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in Sri Lanka, but they may not be cheap.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards.

That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Sri Lanka here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local mobile operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Sri Lanka.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.

The Best Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Sri Lanka

Getting a SIM card from Dialog or SLTMobitel would do you well when considering a Sri Lankan SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Card in Other Asian Countries

Visiting other countries in Asia? Check out my SIM card buying guides for individual Asian countries:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

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Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel!

Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation.

Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling?

In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services, and products I have for this site and my YouTube channel.

If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cards, international SIM cards, mobile hotspots, or roam internationally.

Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

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