Buying a SIM Card in the Isle of Man: Awesome & Cheap Options

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Heading to the Isle of Man and want to buy a SIM there? Or are you already in the Isle of Man and are planning on switching operators? In this video, I will tell you everything you need to know about Manx Telecom and Sure Isle of Man and their SIM cards!

This video is for both tourists/travelers visiting the Isle of Man and those already living in the Isle of Man planning on buying a (new) Manx SIM card.

What do you need to know about SIM cards in the Isle of Man? The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency. This means that it is not a country, nor is it part of the United Kingdom. However, the island is ruled by the British monarchy.

A special reminder for those from the EU/EEA: The Isle of Man is not part of the EU or EEA, which means that the Roam like Home rule does not apply in the Isle of Man. Therefore, it is recommended that European citizens with EU SIM cards buy a Manx SIM card instead of roaming with their providers. Some providers, however, offer free roaming in the Isle of Man, but this is not the case for all. Be sure to check your provider’s site to learn whether you can roam for free or not.

Do note that using your Manx SIM card when in the United Kingdom is treated as roaming by both Manx Telecom and Sure Telecom Isle of Man. It is, therefore, recommended to turn off data roaming when in the United Kingdom, and even turn off regular data if not planning on roaming.

The country code in the United Kingdom is +44, which is also used in the Isle of Man. Some phones may consider British networks as a local network while using a Manx SIM card, which could result in roaming charges. That is why it is also recommended to turn off normal mobile data when not planning on roaming with a Manx SIM card.

Additionally, Some think the Isle of Man is part of the Channel Islands. That is not the case. Whereas the Channel Islands is in the English Channel, the Isle of Man is in the Irish Sea.

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0:00 – Start
0:34 – Defining the Isle of Man
1:00 – Using a British SIM card in the Isle of Man
1:24 – Is the Isle of Man in the EU/EEA? And some notes
2:13 – Operators in the Isle of Man
2:50 – A note for British visitors visiting the Isle of Man
3:44 – Manx Telecom
6:54 – Sure Telecom Isle of Man
8:50 – Subscribe!
9:15 – The best SIM card(s) in the Isle of Man

Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 7 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region is Asia. In particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently is in the Netherlands.

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