Is there a way to get a swedish mobile phone number while in Sweden without having a personnummer? I will be moving there soon and I was going to send some of my stuff with Eurosender, but apparently they also need a local phone number to do the delivery. The only telephone companies I have found are Telenor Sverige and Telia. Are there any other major carriers?
The major carriers are:
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While in Sweden you can get a prepaid SIM from any of them (except Tele2 but including Comviq) at for example Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven but I'm afraid none of the carriers ship SIMs abroad. Registering a personnummer can be done later with the carrier for some extra benefits but is optional.
Topping up online probably require a Nordic or even Swedish debit/credit card, but you can buy top up vouchers in shops.
You could buy and use a SIM card meant for a tourist.
This article at toomanyadapters.com reports that the author — presumably not a Swedish citizen, and thus without a Swedish personnumer - was able to buy a SIM card at a cellphone shop without presenting ID. The article also mentions obtaining a SIM card overseas (i.e., before traveling to Sweden), so you have the card when you enter Sweden.
I don't know if there are restrictions on how long such a card might be used, although the article notes that the card can be topped up online.
I was able to get a SIM card from Telia without a personnummer, but I cannot call/text numbers outside of Sweden using it. I can receive international calls, I just can't make them. I don't know if this is a Telia restriction, or if this is a national policy that all the carriers must follow.
I can top it up online with no problems, since it's registered with my email address.