Telephone kiosks are still fairly widespread in Norway, but many won't accept cash. Instead you have to use either a credit card or a phonecard, which you can buy at 7-Elevens and convenience stores.
Local SIM cards are widely available and can be used in most international mobile phones. There's mobile coverage in all but wilderness areas.
There aren't too many places where you can't get mobile (cell) access; there's coverage in close to 90% of the country. This doesn't, of course, apply to wilderness areas and the hiking trails of most national parks.
If you want to use your home-country mobile phone in Norway, always check with your carrier about the cost of roaming charges to avoid a nasty surprise when your next bill arrives. In theory EU phones should have no roaming charges, but do check first. An increasing number of providers now offer packages that allow you to take your minutes, texts and data allowances overseas for a small charge.
If you wish to use your mobile, but with a Norwegian SIM card, check that your phone is unlocked. If your phone accepts a foreign SIM card, these can be purchased from any 7-Eleven store and some Narvesen kiosks. However, as the connection instructions are entirely in Norwegian, you're better off purchasing the card from any Telehuset outlet, where they'll help you connect on the spot. SIM cards start from 200kr, which includes 100kr worth of calls.
There are three mobile-service providers:
Chess (www.chess.no) A relatively new mobile operator.
Telenor Mobil (www.telenor.no) The largest mobile-service provider.
Telia (www.telia.no) Norway's second-largest operator.
All Norwegian phone numbers have eight digits. Numbers starting with '800' usually indicate a toll-free number, while those beginning with '9' are mobile (cell) phone numbers. There are no extra local area codes (these are incorporated into listed numbers).
|International access code||00|
|Norway's country code||47|
For international calls, by far the best solution is to use a Voip service such as Skype, Facetime or Whats App. You can hook up to a wi-fi network in most hotels, bars and cafes, so there's really no reason to use a public phone for international calls any more.
In the unlikely event that you're travelling without an internet-enabled phone, tablet or computer, you can buy international-call phonecards. Those issued by Telekort (Telenor phonecards) offer poor value, and are hard to find anyway. The best idea is to buy a third-party phonecard, sold at some 7-Elevens and convenience stores. They cost 100kr and let you make over six hours' worth of calls using a scratch PIN number and a local access number.