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The titles says it all. I would like to buy a SIM cart to enable mobile Internet on my phone in all of Portugal, preferably for a month. Is this possible, or is mobile internet only for local residents?

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It's possible and easy. You just have to go to one of the many mobile shops around and buy the sim card.

In Portugal there are 3 physical operators:

You also have some virtual operators:

  • UZO - they usually have nice prices but everything is done on-line. You can buy a card in mobile phone shops or by snail mail
  • REDE 4 - similar to uzo
  • Phone IX - you can find them in every post office shop; it belongs to the post office company.
  • Lyca Mobile - kind of new. It's widely available and aparently with good prices.
  • ZON telemovel - it's part of a cable tv group; in principle a good solution but only if you subscribe to cable
  • Vectone Mobile A very recent virtual operator, currently offering Internet when you top up.

Recharging a pre-paid simcard in Portugal, for someone from abraod, can be a problem since the most common way of doing it is in ATM machines. You probably can't recharge your phone with a foreign ATM card since you only get a small set of operations. The alternative way is to go to the physical shop where you bought the card (or another one from that network) or go to any shop with "payshop". You can find a near by agent here PayShop (only pt).

Lycamobile allows for an on-line recharge.

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For me you forgot to answer the residency question. Does one need to provide an address in Portugal to buy a SIM card? –  Vince May 29 '13 at 14:55
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@Vince - it might not be clear but it's implied in my answer "it's possible and easy". So, to answer you directly: no, you don't need to provide an address. –  nsn May 29 '13 at 17:30
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