How to stay connected in Sri Lanka
The country code for Sri Lanka is 94. Remove the intercity prefix (0) before the world code when dialing internationally into the country (i.e., 0112 688 688 becomes +94 112 688 688) when dialing from abroad). the 2 next numbers after 94 represent the world code, they’re different for each district for more information see Telephone numbers in Sri Lanka.
The use of GSM cellphones is widespread and therefore the coverage is sweet.
Dialog and Mobitel are two operators that have sales offices at the airport inside the arrivals lounge. Dialog Mobile has the widest coverage within the country including rural areas and has the simplest quality GSM / 3G / HSPA /4G network. Mobitel also features a 3G/HSPA network. All the mobile operators are having same call rates thanks to floor rate tariffs. Therefore it’s advisable to travel to the network which offers you the simplest quality. All Mobile Operators offer cheap IDD Call rates.
If you would like to surf the internet, the best way is to shop for an HSPA dongle and a Mobile Broadband connection. Dialog Mobile, Mobitel, hutch, Etisalat and Airtel offers prepaid Mobile Broadband services which may be activated and used immediately.
Dialog is that the Vodafone Roaming Network in Sri Lanka and offers the simplest range of useful added services for Roamers and therefore the rates are cheaper. Etisalat and Airtel also provide cheap roaming rates especially to India.
Mobile Phones are cheaper and widely available.