It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Sri Lanka

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Phone The country code for Sri Lanka is 94. Remove the intercity prefix (0) before the area code when dialling internationally into the country (ie, 0112 688 688 becomes +94 112 688 688) when dialling from abroad). The two next numbers after 94 represents the area code, they are different for every district for more information see Telephone numbers in Sri Lanka. Mobile The use of GSM/3G/HSPA/4G LTE cellphones is widespread and the coverage is good.

Dialog, Mobitel, Etisalat and Airtel are four operators that have sales offices at the airport inside the arrivals lounge. Dialog Mobile (Market Leader) has the widest coverage in the country including rural areas and has the best quality GSM / 3G / HSPA + / 4G LTE network. Mobitel has 3G/HSPA+/ 4G LTE network where Etisalat,Airtel,Hutch also has 3G/HSPA networks. Sri Lankan networks use 900 MHz/1800 MHz for GSM while 2100 MHz for UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+ networks. All the mobile operators are having same call rates due to floor rate tariffs. Therefore it is advisable to go to the network which offers you the best quality. All Mobile Operators offers cheap IDD Call rates. You can collect a FREE SIM from the Immigration Counters at the Bandaranaika International Airport.

If you want to surf internet, best way is to buy a HSPA dongle and a Mobile Broadband connection. Dialog Mobile, Mobitel and Airtel offers prepaid Mobile Broadband services which can be activated and used immediately. Internet access is also available with 4G LTE networks including Dialog(Mobile),Mobitel on FD-LTE 1800 MHz band 3 and Dialog(Fixed),SLT,Lanka Bell on TD-LTE 2300 MHz band 40. Dialog is the Vodafone Roaming Network in Sri Lanka and offers the best range of Value added services for Roamers and the rates are cheaper. Etisalat and Airtel also provide cheap roaming rates specially to India.

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Mobile Phones are cheaper and widely available. Embassies, high commissions and consulates As-flag.png Australia, Australian High Commission 21, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2463200 (fax: (94) (11) 2686453), . Ca-flag.png Canada, Canadian High Commission 33A, 5th Lane, Colpetty, Colombo -03, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 5226232 (fax: (94) (11) 522 6296), [81]. Ch-flag.png China, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, 381-A Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2688610 (fax: (94) (11) 2693799), [82]. Fr-flag.png France, French Embassy, 89, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2639400 (fax: (94) (11) 2639402), [83]. Gm-flag.png Germany, German Embassy, 40 Alfred House Avenue Colombo 3, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2580431 (fax: (94) (11) 258 0440), [84]. In-flag.png India, High Commission of India 36-38, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2327587 / 2422788 / 2421605 (fax: (94) (11) 2446403 / 2448166), [85]. It-flag.png Italy, Embassy of Italy, 55, Jawatta Road Colombo 5, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2588388 (fax: (94) (11) 2596344), [86]. Ja-flag.png Japan, Embassy of Japan, No. 20, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2693831 /2/3 (fax: (94) (11) 2698629), [87]. My-flag.png Malaysia, High Commission of Malaysia, No. 33, Bagatalle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 7557711/ 7557712 / 7557713 (fax: (94) (11) 7557714), [88]. Ru-flag.png Russia, Embassy of the Russian Federaration, 62, Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2573555 / 2574959 (fax: (94) (11) 2574957), [89]. No-flag.png Norway, Royal Norwegian Embassy, 34 Ward Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, ? (94) 11 2469611 (fax: (94) (11) 2695009), [90]. Th-flag.png Thailand, Royal Thai Embassy, 46/46 Nawam Mawatha, 9th Floor, Green lanka Towers, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka, ? (94) (11) 2302500-3 (fax: (94) (11) 2304511-2), [91].

Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, British High Commission 389 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo – 7, Sri Lanka, ? (94) (11) 5390639 (fax: (94) (11) 5390694), [92]. Nl-flag.png The Netherlands, 25, Torrington Avenue , Colombo – 7, Sri Lanka, ? (94) (11) 2510200 (fax: (94) (11) 2502855), [93]. Us-flag.png United States, American Embassy 210 Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka, ? (94) (11) 249-8500 (fax: (94) (11) 249-8590),

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