Six months ago, when I passed through Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden), I burned through my global data plan while accessing maps and transit info. Like my visit to London a few days prior, I decided to grab a Danish SIM card, since my EE card’s roaming rates were higher than the global data plans from AT&T.
I walked into a few cell phone retail stores (Telia & 3) and inquired about prepaid plans. Their representatives quickly directed me to 7-11 (they’re literally everywhere). 7-11, however, had no nano SIM cards that fit iPhone 5, and the cards that they did have were expensive–data and minutes for over 30 USD.
So I returned to the Telia store, but this time with a local.
The gentlemen at Telia told me I could only get a micro SIM with a postpay account, and those were only available to EU citizens, which I am not. This is standard practice in Denmark.
Unlike my experiences in the UK, France, and Italy, options vary by local in Denmark. Just look for a good deal on a pre-paid SIM at 7-11, and accept that the fees will be needlessly expensive (but still cheaper than Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile‘s roaming fees). Any SIM card can be modified by cutting it down to size.
Also, if you decide to visit Sweden, which is just a few miles away, by train or ferry, you’ll need a new SIM card. There are few roaming agreements between the Scandinavian countries’ cellular operators, even though the same companies exist in both countries. Locals might be able to find a roaming carrier, but foreigners will need to buy and swap out several SIMs.