I live in Canada and will be visiting Portugal for two weeks. My current plan is with Wind Mobile, I would like to get a phone mobile access (to internet) for travelling in Portugal since I will be renting a car and would like to visit different places. What is the best option, and which companies do I need to approach? And do I need to unlock my phone?

Addition information: By best, I meant good and reliable service (across many cities in Portugal) at a decent (not necessarily cheapest) price.

  • Please clarify what you consider best. Cheapest plan? Highest coverage? Etc. – RoflcoptrException Oct 27 '16 at 20:53
  • Decent price would exclude roaming I guess, though always an option. – mts Oct 28 '16 at 13:21
  • Some Canadian carriers (Fido/Rogers for example) offer short term package roaming 'deals' tailored for short foreign trips. In my experience they're still very, very expensive compared to a local SIM card, but I guess still much cheaper than the nightmarish prices if you don't buy the package. – Spehro Pefhany Oct 28 '16 at 15:18
  • The cheapest way is buying a prepaid sim card. You can find a Vodafone stand at the Lisbon Airport, or buy in some other shop outside airport. – thishinoda Oct 28 '16 at 15:26

What is the best option, and which companies do I need to approach?

You can view the current tariff options on the Prepaid-Data-Sim website. MEO is currently the biggest operator, so get their SIM card for best coverage.

And do I need to unlock my phone?

Yes, your phone would need to be unlocked to use a different operator.

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