The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) – known for their wildlife, hiking trails & landscapes.
The island group has an interesting history Argentinians would not like you to bring up, so I will not.
Currently, it is one of the many British Overseas Territories.
It is not the most popular travel destination in South America.
In fact, it is probably the most unpopular one.
Mostly because it is expensive to get there, expensive to be there & there is not that much to do.
Oh, and it is cold for South American standards.
But you may have a solid reason to visit the Falkland Islands. When you do, you still want to stay connected.
International roaming in the Falkland Islands is almost as unique as finding a unicorn because the local mobile operator barely has any roaming agreements.
Yes, you read that right – there is only one mobile operator in the Falkland Islands – Sure Falkland Islands (South Atlantic).
And its SIM cards and mobile data rates are not cheap.
You can get a Falkland Islands SIM card for 30 FKP (40 USD) in the Sure store in Stanley (Ross Road). They are not sold at (Port) Stanley Airport (nor RAF Mount Pleasant).
Yep – the Falkland Islands are the most expensive destination for SIM cards and mobile data in South America.
But for some, the costs may be worth it.
In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the Falkland Islands. Let's get started.
Original publication: 26th of September 2020. Last updated: 2nd of June 2022.
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Can You Buy a SIM Card in the Falkland Islands?
Anyone living in or visiting the Falkland Islands can buy a Falkland Island SIM card from Sure in its store without any restrictions.
Your phone has to support the frequencies used in the Falkland Islands.
Furthermore, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a Falkland Island SIM card.
Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in the Falkland Islands?
You can get a Falkland Island SIM card in the official store Sure. They are not available at (Port) Stanley Airport (nor RAF Mount Pleasant).
You can expect to pay the following for Falkland Island SIM cards:
- Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic): 30 FPK
TIP: Check out my SIM card prices lookup tool for a detailed overview of SIM card starter pack benefits (for Falkland Island SIM cards and SIM cards worldwide).
Can You Use Your Phone in the Falkland Islands?
The Falkland Islands use GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in the Falkland Islands. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).
If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in the the Falkland Islands – note that there is no 3G in this territory.
If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in the Falkland Islands or can only use 2G if lucky – there is no 3G in the Falkland Islands.
If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in the Falkland Islands (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.
Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands have one mobile operator offering prepaid services:
- Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
The following frequencies are used in the Falkland Islands:
- 2G: 900 MHz
- 3G: N/A – never had it
- 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.
To check whether your phone will work in the Falkland Islands, 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.
5G NR in the Falkland Islands
5G NR is not available in the Falkland Islands as of 2022, and the Falkland Island government has not made any andications of when it will auction 5G licenses.
Best SIM Card in the Falkland Islands
If you want to buy the best SIM card in the Falkland Islands, then Sure is your only option. It is currently the only mobile operator in the Falkland Islands.
SIM Card Registration in the Falkland Islands
SIM card registration using your personal details, like your passport information, is not required in the Falkland Islands.
The Falkland Islands Mobile Internet Prices & Insights
South America is a popular travel region because it is relatively inexpensive compared to other regions.
However, as mentioned in the introduction, the Falkland Islands are not cheap at all.
And that applies to mobile data too.
The average price for 1 GB of data in the Falkland Islands is 44.56 USD, more than 22 times the South American average of 1.97 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.
If I included the Falkland Islands' figures into the regional average, then the South American average would be 5.25 USD for 1 GB of data – not representative at all.
Normally, I write about mobile data speeds about the country I cover in the guide.
The issue is that doing a speed test will literally cost you a pound or two because of how expensive data plans are.
Moreover, Sure Falkland Islands (South Atlantic) uses satellite connections because it is not connected to submarine cables (yet).
More than 99% of the internet traffic worldwide 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 globally.
Although Sure Falkland Islands partnered with Star Solutions to introduce 4G/LTE in the Falkland Islands in mid-2019, speeds are still slow & prices are still high today.
Prices somehow got more expensive in 2021/2022 compared to 2020.
With insanely high SIM card prices, limited nationwide coverage (basically Stanley only), embarrassingly slow mobile download speeds, and incredibly high mobile data rates, you will have an unpleasant network experience in the Falkland Islands.
Currency in the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands use the Falkland Islands Pound with the symbol FKP (which will be used throughout this guide).
Prices in the Falkland Islands are listed in (FK)£. For example, 25 FKP = £25.
For reference, below are some exchange rates between FKP 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 (not FKP – you will get outdated results) to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.
Note that the Falkland Islands Pound is pegged 1:1 to the Pound Sterling/British Pounds (GBP).
GBP is pegged 1:1 to GBP (Pound Sterling/British Pounds), meaning that 1 FKP = 1 GBP.
Moreover, US Dollars and Euros are accepted by many merchants (but not all).
The Argentine Peso is not accepted at all.
If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.
Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).
Falkland Island Prepaid SIM Cards
Below, I will guide you through Sure Falkland Islands (South Atlantic) 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 the Falkland Islands have to offer to us.
Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
Sure Falkland Islands, just Sure but officially Sure South Atlantic, is the only mobile operator in the Falkland Islands.
It has a(n expensive) monopoly on the territory.
Sure uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 900 MHz
- 3G: N/A – never had it
- 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
This is what you will learn about Sure:
* How to Get a Sure SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings
Coverage – Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
SIM Card Price – Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
You can get a Sure SIM card for 30 FKP with 10 FKP credit in the Sure store in Stanley (Ross Road). They are not sold at (Port) Stanley Airport (nor RAF Mount Pleasant).
You may have to dial *451# to activate your Sure SIM card if your SIM card does not work upon purchase.
Sure SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 60 days (no top-up for 60 days or no activity for 60 days).
Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
Sure top-up vouchers are sold in Sure store in Stanley (Ross Road), kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores throughout the Falkland Islands.
To top up your Sure SIM card, dial *450*VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *450*123456#.
Dial *453# to check your Sure balance.
Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
Sure has one data-featured plan: Boosters. It is a data-only plan.
Dial the Activation Code to activate Boosters:
|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#|
APN/Internet Settings – Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
- Name: sureflk
- APN: sureflk
Note: do not use “sureflkpm” as a prepaid customer. That APN is reserved for postpaid customers. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in The Falkland Islands
Below are some other options to consider.
Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected.
You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.
However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.
International/Travel SIM Cards
International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers.
The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.
Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)
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.
Free WIFI Networks
Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option.
Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.
Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.
The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Falkland Islands
Getting a SIM card from Sure would be your only option when considering a Falkland Island SIM card.
Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other South American Countries
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