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I need a data plan while in Finland for a month later this year.

I'm going to ask for loaner cell phone and laptop from my work.

I was thinking of asking for a GSM iPhone and Mac Book Pro.

Then getting a USB modem dongle w/sim card.

Will these American-bought devices work in Finland?

Which Finnish internet provider (if any) has short-term 4g contracts? My wife (a Finn) says these don't exist, but I find that hard to believe given Finnish cellular penetration.

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Whether a USB dongle with SIM card will work is a question for a tech site, not a travel sight. Which Internet you should buy is an opinion-based shopping question; off-topic here. –  Flimzy Nov 8 '13 at 3:57
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Ok, I can ask it on StackOverflow, if that's what you're implying. Seems like more of a locale-specific travel question to me, though... –  g33kz0r Nov 8 '13 at 3:59
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Whether GSM phones will work in Finland is probably a fine question here (although I'm sure google can ansewr that for you faster than we can). Where you can buy a specific a SIM card in Finland can be on topic here, too, but which SIM card/phone plan is best is an opinion-based question. –  Flimzy Nov 8 '13 at 4:01
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I would be surprised if a Verizon phone worked in Finland, too. Verizon and Sprint in the US are the bastard children of cell phones, using CDMA, when nearly the entire rest of the world uses GSM. –  Flimzy Nov 8 '13 at 4:05
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There are too many questions in here, it is just a mess. –  user1712 Nov 8 '13 at 4:07
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Finland, as with most European nations, is all-GSM as per http://www.gsmarena.com/network-bands.php3?sCountry=FINLAND but your iPhone, if acquired in North America, may not support the frequencies used there, especially for 4G LTE. I'd check the model number of the iPhone offered to confirm that, if you want to tether the MacBook to the iPhone for bandwidth here's some discussion. A list of Finnish major carriers follows, and TeliaSonera clearly does have a prepaid data plan.

Aland
Home page: http://www.gsm.aland.fi/
Roaming page: http://www.gsm.aland.fi/

DNA OY
Home page: http://www.dnafinland.fi
Roaming page: https://www.dna.fi/Yksityisille/Matkaviestinta/­Hinnastot/Sivut/Puheluh­innatulkomailta.aspx­

Elisa
Home page: http://matkaviestinta.elisa.fi
Roaming page: http://www.elisa.fi/matkaviestinta/roaming/­index.cfm?o=199.40­

TeliaSonera
Home page: http://www.sonera.fi
Roaming page: https://kauppa.sonera.fi/yksityisille/raatali/data_prepaid.aspx?Selection=Sim&intcmp=Mob-prepaidnetti-tutustu-pieni5

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