Portuguese sim card.

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  1. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    Where can I get a portuguese sim card and how is it activated please. I now have a Spanish one which I know won't work in Portugal.
    We're going into Portugal for a week or 2 on our way up to Santander.
     
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    I just went into a vodafone shop and bought one. I think they are supposed to do lots of checks, but they never do.
     
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    My main man JJ got me a 15 gig sim that lasts 15 days from the Mio shop. It gives 1 gig per day for 15 days and costs 15 Emus. Works well. That should be Meo shop, they are everywhere.
     
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    15 emus! ! I'll have to pass then I only have 10!
     
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    Thanks for the info @JJ where are you when needed?
     
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    If Funsters go down the Meo offer of 15 gigs for 15 days for €15 they should also know this...

    You have to pay €10 for the SIM card too.

    If you wish to buy another 15 days worth, you must visit a Meo shop and top it up BEFORE the 15 days are up. If you go passed that time you can't top up without paying another €10 for a new SIM.

    I suggest you top it up on the 14th/15th day because your new 15 days start the moment you top up (and you lose any of the original 15 days left over.)

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Thanks JJ so it's €25 all inclusive for 15 days. I'll only need 2 weeks so that's going to be expensive.
     
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    The alternative is an NOS Livre card, €10 inclusive for unlimited data for 10 days, you have to find an NOS phone shop, in most large towns.
     
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    That looks good to me, I'll look for a NOS shop thankyou .
     
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    No sign up either, just hand over your tenner, mine connected in the mifi straight away!
     
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    There are plenty of independent phone shops in Portugal, and sim cards are also sold in many 'Chinese shops'. Pay as you go stuff has the minimum of paperwork, pay monthly needs a fiscal number. MEO shops are the most abundant, but also the busiest as they are the old post office telephone company. The tend to be no cheaper than the others so not worth the wait. NOS have only 2 shops in the Algarve one in Algarve shopping on the 125 just East of Guia, the other is in the big shopping center on the way into Faro. Vodaphone are quite widely available. Most now allow online top ups but the wide availability of independents also makes cash topups easy. Worten the big electrical retailer can also offer much the same as the phone companies and give you a choice of suppliers under one roof.
     
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    NOS have a shop in Continente Shopping in Portimao... there is one somewhere else in the town too.

    I'm afraid the, "only have two shops in the Algarve" statement isn't exactly correct.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    We bought our NOS simcard in a supermarket outlet shop. Coverage and speed was excellent.
     
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    We'll be coming in at barancos from Spain and traveling north so we're not in the Algarve.
    Heading towards Mourao.
     
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    Can you activate the sim yourself by texting a number please?
     
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    No need - you simply put the sim in your MIFI, and when you access the Internet the first time you enter the code written on the pack and hey presto.
    You only enter the code one time and the sim pack instructions are written in English
    If you buy two cards then you mustn't activate the second card until you are ready to use it
     
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    I don't have a mi fi. Only a smartphone.
     
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    No probs - just do the same
     
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    There are quite a lot of NOS shops, there's one in San Antonio Vila Real, plus several others that I didnt make a note of!
     
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