Sim Cards in Greece
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 16, 2012 7:15 PM Last Post By: 44TheRoad
Sep 14, 2012 2:49 PM
Sim Cards in GreeceHi there
We travel from New Zealand to Athens in a few days for a month in the Peloponnese and were planning to get a couple of Vodafone sim cards for our cellphones when we arrive.
A friend who has just returned from Greece said that you cannot buy a sim card without a Greek ID or Passport. This sounds a bit odd to me. Is it true? Can anyone enlighten me?
Sep 14, 2012 3:01 PM
1Not true. You will need to present your own passport, however. And make sure your phone will work in Greece. It probably will, but double check. It needs to function on these two frequencies: GSM900/GSM1800
If by some chance it doesn't you can buy a cheap cell phone from a Germanos Store that comes with a Cosmote SIM card, activate it at the store and buy some time for it. The cost for the phone is less than €50.
Sep 14, 2012 5:18 PM
Sep 15, 2012 7:40 AM
Sep 16, 2012 4:46 AM
4No worries - most telecom shops enter the shop address as the residential address.
Bought 2 WIND sim cards - which was a painless 15 min buy. Just a passport.
If you do manage to find a shopkeeper throwing the residential address thing at you, just leave. Not worth the hassle convincing them, there are many telecom shops in Greece.
As an alternative you might find free residential WIFI hotspots also;
Free WIFI internet in Greece
Sep 16, 2012 7:15 PM
5We got a sim card this summer. You need your passport. Take along a paper clip to open the slot just in case Vodaphone doesn't have one.
There is a Vodaphone shop in the airport, upstairs. There are quite a few Vodaphone shops around.
We put our home sim card in the vodaphone packet to keep it safe until we returned home and had it replaced.
Enjoy your trip!
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