Telephone kiosks are still fairly widespread in Norway, but some don'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, and mobile internet coverage (3G/4G) is a little lower.
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. EU phones should have no roaming charges when using them within Norway. Outside of the EU, an increasing number of providers 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.
Mobile-service providers include the following:
All Norwegian phone numbers have eight digits. Numbers starting with '800' usually indicate a toll-free number, while those beginning with '4', '9', '58' and '59' 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|
In the unlikely event that you're travelling without an internet-enabled phone, tablet or laptop, 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. Prices vary, but they let you make calls using a scratch PIN number and a local access number.