Mobile phone internet for travelers in Portugal
If you are planning to visit Portugal for not longer than a month, you can get a very good offer from Meo – the Portuguese brand name for telecommunications services provided by Portugal Telecom.
Meo sells a SIM card for €10 – that includes 10 GB of internet traffic and a €5 credit which can be used for phone calls and is valid for one month.
We found the offer in one of Meo‘s mobile phone and internet shops at Lisbon’s Armazens do Chiado shopping mall. There are three different providers to choose from – one was Vodafone, the other Optimus but Meo clearly won.
The super deal.
This start package was enough for our first four weeks in Portugal. Now, that we have decided to prolong our stay on Portuguese Madeira island, where no internet connection comes with our rented house (sigh), we just bought a new SIM card with the same offer for our other phone. We found a Meo shop in Ponta do Sol, the closest small village to our house on Madeira. But there are many more, especially in Madeira’s main city, Funchal.
Meo‘s alternative crappy deals. It was absolutely not worth it to get a contract and top up the same card. In the top left corner, the advertised special offer “gratis 1 mes”.
The shopping mall in Lisbon with all those internet providers and Meo is on Zona Pedonal… which is not a street name! So here is the location: Armazens do Chiado Shopping Centre, Rua do Carmo, 2 in the Chiado district, Lisbon.
I am standing right next to the building in the picture. It was actually the largest shop in 1894 and reopened in 1999. There is not much grandeur left but a food court at the top with views over the city… and them mobile providers.
Happy surfin’ in Portugal!