Although international call rates have come down in recent years, calls to or from mobile phones whilst abroad can still be very high. If you’re coming to Malta for a holiday and intend to use your mobile phone whilst here, it could be worth looking into obtaining a Maltese or international SIM card.
There are several ways to do this and the main options are outlined below.
In Malta, there are two main mobile operators, Go and Vodafone. Each company offers a variety of packages for mobile users, and it’s worth checking out offers.
If you’re coming to Malta from abroad, these companies can offer you a Malta SIM card on a pay-as-you-go plan. To obtain a Maltese SIM card you will need a mobile handset that isn’t locked to a particular network. Choose your service provider and then go along to their office. All details are below. You will need to provide a local address. Once you’re registered at the office and have paid any relative fees and top-up, you will be given a SIM card and a local mobile number. Pop the SIM card into your handset and off you go. Local calls and text messages at local rates.
An alternative to this is to purchase an International pre-paid SIM card prior to travel. This is especially worthwhile if you travel to many different countries, and there’s no need to pay a deposit or sign a contract. There are several websites that sell these cards – do a search and you will find one.
There are Go branches allover Malta and an outlet in Gozo. Opening times vary by branch and some branches are open on Sundays.
Baystreet Shopping Complex, St George’s Bay, St Julians
27, Republic Street, Victoria, Gozo
Phonebox, 15, Bisazza Street, Sliema
South Street, Valletta
Again, branches allover Malta and one in Gozo. Opening times can vary.
Birkirkara Bypass, Birkirkara
35, Republic Street, Valletta
Arkadia, Victoria Gozo
St Augustine Street, St Julians