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Jamaica: 5 Best eSIMs Compared + Discounts (2023)

Jamaica – the home of Reggae music, known for Usain Bolt, and, to some, the tasty Jamaican rum.

The island is also known for its stunning beaches, thrilling nightlife & majestic waterfalls.

Montego Bay has plenty of beach resorts. Negril is famous for its nightlife. And Kingston has the Bob Marley Museum.

If you are into history, you may want to visit the Cathedrals in Spanish Town.

Overall, there is no reason to be bored when in Jamaica, and you probably want to share your experiences online.

Which you should do! But, you should know that international roaming can be expensive. In most cases, roaming is not worth it.

That is why you can be better off with a travel eSIM to save on data costs abroad.

How much will you pay for a travel eSIM for Jamaica?

You can get an eSIM for Jamaica for as little as 9.50 USD to 54 USD from Airalo (Jamcomm) and Holafly.

I will also introduce you to a few global eSIMs that be used in Jamaica and 110+ other countries, including Jamaica's (indirect) neighbors, for competitive rates.

Buying an eSIM for Jamaica Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly & Jamcomm)

Original publication: 31st of December 2022. Last updated: 31st of December 2022.


Table of Contents

Airalo Jamcomm eSIM for Jamaica

Airalo Logo
© Airalo

If you have looked for travel eSIMs before, you have undoubtedly read or heard of Airalo – the largest, oldest & most popular eSIM platform out there, covering around 190 countries (more than any other eSIM platform out there).

Airalo is so popular and loved, even by myself, because Airalo's eSIMs are often the most affordable while using (one of) the best local networks while also offering plenty of data options so that you can pick the one that suits your needs.

The latter does not really apply to Jamaica or the Caribbean in general, but let's not get ahead of ourselves 😏.

Anyway, the Airalo eSIM for Jamaica is called Jamcomm and uses the Digicel Jamaica network (on 4G/LTE – no 5G NR because there is no 5G NR in Jamaica yet 🗿).

Jamaica Jamcomm eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Wait… why does the Jamcomm eSIM use the Digicel Jamaica network?

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Travel eSIM providers like Airalo set up roaming agreements with local mobile operators.

And that is not an Airalo-specific thing – basically all mobile operators do, allowing their customers can still stay connected when abroad (at high prices).

Otherwise, they would need to build their own networks in 190 countries, which is $$$.

For example, 2degrees in New Zealand claims it spent more than a billion (New Zealand) dollars on its network, and New Zealand is not even that big.

Imagine how much it would cost to build your own network in every country out there 😳.

Anyway, you may have been distracted by the term roaming because you may have read stories of travelers going back home facing a 7000 USD roaming bill or something.

Worry not; that will not happen when you use the Jamcomm eSIM (or any other travel eSIM mentioned in this guide), as long as you make sure to turn data roaming off on your main SIM card.

Okay, that is enough background information – let's check what Airalo's options are in Jamaica.

  1. Jamaica/Jamcomm 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
Jamaica Jamcomm eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.

Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Jamcomm eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Jamcomm 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Jamaica soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.

Be aware: most travel eSIMs, including Airalo's Jamaica Jamcomm eSIM, are data-only eSIMs, so you cannot call or text with them (nor can you receive any calls or SMS).

Hopefully, that is not a dealbreaker because the Jamcomm eSIM is the cheapest eSIM mentioned in this guide.

The main issue with the Jamcomm eSIM is that it has only one option: 1 GB for 7 days.

But you can make unlimited top-ups with the Jamcomm eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Jamcomm 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Jamaica soon, but we have to be patient now.

And you know that I would purchase multiple top-ups because I use a lot of data when traveling and testing eSIMs 🤪.

But… do I not often say that local SIM cards or eSIMs are cheaper than any other option, including travel eSIMs?

Yep, that is true (and you have a good memory!) – but you will have to deal with Jamaican SIM card registration laws.

(Why does this matter? Because hackers can steal your (critical) personal data if the mobile operator does not secure your data properly, like what happened in Australia (10 million Optus customers were affected, where info, like passport numbers, were stolen (including mine – luckily not my passport number but my boyfriend was not as lucky) or Indonesia (1.3 billion SIM card-related data was hacked)).

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Anyway, the Airalo Jamaica Jamcomm eSIM is an affordable option to stay connected in the country.


Holafly eSIM for Jamaica

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

Holafly is one of the many travel eSIM resellers out there, but it is one of the few that I recommend.

It started with selling, in my opinion, overpriced travel SIM cards before entering the eSIM market with (reasonably priced) eSIMs.

But any resellers pop up every week trying to sell the same service for more cash for themselves while offering zero customer service (which is why you only see me recommend a handful of eSIM providers… ones I have tested myself).

So why do I recommend Holafly?

Mostly because it started offering unlimited data plans for popular travel destinations as of June 2022, giving it some uniqueness.

Those eSIMs can be used in various East– and Southeast Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.

Unfortunately, unlimited data eSIMs are not available in Jamaica.

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
No unlimited data for Jamaica

But Holafly did not cover Jamaica until recently…. so one step at a time 😜.

Unlike the Airalo Jamcomm eSIM, you have a few more options with Holafly for Jamaica, which I will list below:

Jamaica eSIMs Holafly

The Holafly Jamaica eSIM uses the Digicel Jamaica network – the best in the country.

As expected, you cannot use 5G NR (yet) with the Holafly Jamaica eSIM, nor can you call and text (it is a data-only eSIM).

Moreover, you cannot top up or extend the validity with the Holafly Jamaica eSIM – so you need to buy another eSIM when you are out of data, or the eSIM expires; you have to purchase a new one.

Holafly is working on top-ups, but it has been working on it for a while now… so keep your expectations low

On the other hand, you can use your phone as a hotspot with your Holafly Jamaica eSIM (which you cannot do in countries with unlimited data eSIMs).

On top of that, you can get 5% off each and any Holafly purchase (so it does not have to be the Jamaica eSIM) when you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ 😏.

Okay, but why did I rank Airalo higher than Holafly?

It is because if you use less than 7 GB of data, getting multiple top-ups for the Airalo Jamcomm eSIM is cheaper than getting a Holafly Jamaica eSIM.

Only if you use more than 7 GB of data will Holafly be cheaper.

However, you can use up to 500 MB of data per day with any Holafly Jamaica eSIM for some reason.

So if you want to use your data freely, the Airalo Jamcomm eSIM will be a better option.

But honestly, with the relatively slow data speeds in Jamaica, you have to try hard to hit your 500 MB limit in the country, lmao.

Anyway, use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for your Holafly Jamaica eSIM and get 5% off!

Holafly Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

International eSIM for Jamaica & More Caribbean Countries

Okay, I went over the Jamaica travel eSIM options offered by Airalo and Holafly.

As expected, these eSIMs can only be used in Jamaica and not in neighboring Cuba or Haiti.

So what if you plan on visiting any of those countries, or you are on a world tour and wish to use one eSIM in multiple countries – do you have any other options?

Yes, you do. Airalo, Holafly, Nomad, SimCorner & Simify have regional, global & international eSIMs covering at least 80 countries; some include Jamaica too.

If you see names that you do not recognize because they have not been mentioned in this guide, it is because they either do not cover Jamaica or the prices are criminal – I want you to save money, not get robbed 🗿

So let's see which multi-country eSIMs can be used in Jamaica and other countries, including Jamaica's neighbors.


Holafly Caribbean eSIM for Jamaica

Holafly recently introduced the Caribbean eSIM, covering 16 countries with 6 GB of data for 15 days, costing 54 USD/57 EUR/49 GBP/84 AUD/74 CAD.

Below is an overview of all the countries the Holafly Caribbean eSIM can be used:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
Caribbean eSIM Holafly

Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Holafly Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Airalo Island Hopper eSIM for Jamaica

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Airalo also has the Island Hopper eSIM covering 24 countries with 1 GB of data for 7 days, costing 15 USD.

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 Caribbean countries:

  • Aruba
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas (new!) 1
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana 2
  • Grenada 3
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat 3
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands

1 the Island Hopper eSIM included the Bahamas until February or March 2022, until it was mysteriously removed. But it was added back in October 2022
2 the Latamlink eSIM covers French Guiana too – it has better options than Island Hopper (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days) in Central- and South America. However, if you do not visit those regions and stay in the Caribbean only, then stick with the Island Hopper eSIM instead
3 on 3G only

Like the Jamcomm eSIM, top-ups are available if you need more data.

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe, Latamlink for Latin America & Menalink for the Middle East).

This is why I recommend the Holafly Caribbean eSIM over the Island Hopper one because you get much more data for the same money.

However, the Holafly eSIM does not cover as many countries as the Island Hopper eSIM.

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link eSIM so that it offers you better value (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

But do not get the Island Hopper eSIM just for Jamaica because the Jamcomm eSIM is more than half the price of Island Hopper.

For now, you still have an eSIM covering almost all of the Caribbean, which is neat :).


Nomad Global eSIM for Jamaica

The last global eSIM I want to introduce you to is Nomad's Global eSIM.

It covers more than 110 countries (including Jamaica) with three variants: 1 GB/7 days (20 USD/19 EUR/16.50 GBP/27.50 CAD), 3 GB/30 days (48 USD/45.50 EUR/39.50 GBP/66 CAD) & 5 GB/30 days (54 USD/51 EUR/44.50 GBP/74 CAD).

Global eSIMs Nomad

While this can be convenient for those who do not need a lot of data… you will still be charged top-dollar for Nomad Global eSIMs.

In fact, the Nomad Global eSIMs cost the same as the Nomad Jamaica eSIMs.

And that is why I did not mention the Nomad Jamaica eSIMs in this guide because they are simply too expensive (compared to the other options you have).

I am working with Nomad to drop the prices for the Global eSIM because there are way cheaper options out there, giving you more data for the same prices as Nomad.

Sad… I know 😩.

Anyway, the Nomad Global eSIM can be used in the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saint Lucia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

You can use code ADU123 for 3 USD/2.85 EUR/2.45 GBP/4.10 CAD off any Nomad eSIM (including the Jamaica and Global ones – first purchase only).

Nomad Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Overview of the Best eSIMs for Jamaica (Airalo vs. Holafly)

I introduced you to various travel eSIMs that can be used in Jamaica.

While I have already informed you which eSIM(s) I recommend the most, I will list them once more for you

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Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly eSIMs, and code ADU123 for Nomad eSIMs – a code is unnecessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.


Buying a SIM Card in Jamaica

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a Jamaican SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

Buying a SIM Card in Jamaica Guide (logos of Digicel & Flow)

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