How to get a SIM card in Malta

25 July 2023


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From its captivating history and culture to its stunning landscapes and vibrant nightlife, Malta is an irresistible blend of the old and new. And while this sun-soaked archipelago may be small in size, it’s packed with charm and offers a wealth of experiences that will leave you spellbound.

But as you’re packing your luggage, have you thought about how you’ll stay connected during your visit? Sure, you could rely on public Wi-Fi or pay those hefty international roaming charges, yet, there’s a better alternative – getting a local SIM card in Malta. So from saving on roaming charges to accessing essential services, here we’ll explore how to acquire one effortlessly during your stay.

Why get a local SIM card?

Save on roaming charges and data costs

First off, let’s talk savings. Depending on your plan, you could potentially end up facing hefty fees for making calls, sending texts and using mobile data when using your home country’s SIM card abroad. With a local SIM card, you’ll dodge those exorbitant roaming charges that can quickly turn your dream vacation into a financial nightmare. You’ll also enjoy local rates and avoid unnecessary expenses, allowing you to allocate your travel budget more wisely. Plus, with your own data, you won’t have to hunt for Wi-Fi every time you want to check your email or navigate your way to Malta’s must-see attractions.

Seamless data usage for navigation and convenience

Exploring a new country often involves navigating through unfamiliar streets, attractions and public transport systems. A local SIM card gives you access to local services and apps that can enrich your travel experience. Want to order food from a local restaurant? There’s an app for that. Need a ride to your next destination? Just use a local taxi app. All of these are at your fingertips with a local SIM card.

And of course, should you run into any issues, local customer service will be readily available to help.

How to get a local SIM card in Malta

Getting your hands on a local SIM is a straightforward and hassle-free process. Upon arrival, you can find SIM cards at retail outlets of telecommunication companies, as well as various local shops that serve as official resellers. Make sure before you settle on a provider to research their plans and coverage to determine which one suits your needs best.

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Why you should consider getting an eSIM

Imagine being able to set up your SIM card before you even set foot on the island. Wondering how that is possible? Enter the eSIM. Unlike traditional SIM cards which are removable and physically inserted into a device, an eSIM is a 5×5 mm chip embedded directly into a device’s circuitry and stores the same kind of information as a traditional SIM, like carrier information and device credentials. It can work with or without a physical SIM card, while if you add a physical SIM card to a device already embed with an eSIM, your smartphone automatically turns into a dual SIM device.

Below are some reasons why you should embrace this next-generation of mobile connectivity:

  • Enhanced Security: since eSIMs cannot be removed, it is harder to swap the SIM card and misuse the device should it get stolen. What’s more, eSIMs use encryption to protect data, making them more resistant to unauthorized access
  • Better reliability: eSIMs are not susceptible to physical wear and tear, which can affect traditional SIM cards over time and this enhanced durability ensures a more reliable and consistent mobile connection
  • Easy activation and management: activating an eSIM is typically a straightforward process. All you need to do is scan a QR code to set up your eSIM profile. This ease eliminates the need to visit a physical store, saving time and effort
  • Environmentally friendly: by eliminating the need for a physical SIM, there is less plastic waste generated from SIM card production and disposal
  • Perfect for travellers: with their unique ability to be activated and updated remotely, you can bid farewell to tiresome queues at outlets, while you can arrange everything ahead of time, ensuring your eSIM is ready to roll before you even touch down at your destination

Here is a detailed guide all about eSIMs, what they are and how they work.

Tourists in Mdina looking at their mobile

Save big with the right plan – Smart L

Wouldn’t it be great if you could explore the historic city of Valletta, capture every picturesque moment or share a live video as you sail across the dazzling blue waters of the Mediterranean, without worrying about data? An eSIM is only as good as the plan you select. So how do you go about doing that? Consider how much data you’ll need. Are you planning to stream music and upload high-quality photos? Do you just need data for navigation and occasional internet browsing? Will you be calling your loved ones back home often?

With our Smart L bundle, you won’t have to worry about a thing. From the moment you activate the plan, you’ll get to enjoy free unlimited 5G data for the first seven days, while for the first 28 days, you’ll also get an additional 10GB data, as well as 300 minutes, and 300 SMS absolutely free. Well also give you 50% off on your first six renewals.

So why wait? Embrace the freedom to explore Malta your way, without missing a beat with our eSIM and Smart L bundle. Keep sharing, keep exploring and most importantly, keep creating those unforgettable memories.

Find out more about getting a prepaid mobile number in Malta.