Montserrat – mostly known for the volcano eruption of 1997.
Since then, the country's Southern and Western half have been off-limits.
Still, there are many beautiful beaches to enjoy, like Rendezvous Beach and Woodlands Beach.
The Montserrat Volcano Observatory needs to be seen too when you visit this nation.
Besides these things… there is not really that much more to do in Montserrat.
What you certainly do not want to do is to roam internationally in Montserrat.
International roaming can be expensive.
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 Montserrat?
You can get an eSIM for Montserrat for 9 USD from Airalo (Carr's Telecom).
I will also introduce you to a few global eSIMs that can be used in Montserrat and 110+ other countries, including Montserrat's (indirect) neighbors, for competitive rates.
Original publication: 19th of January 2023. Last updated: 18th of October 2023.
Table of Contents
In a Hurry? A Quick Introduction
I will write about two eSIM options in Montserrat (and explain why they are included).
But if you want to quickly check out what the best eSIMs are for Montserrat without my analysis and explanations, here is an overview of the eSIMs covered in this guide:
- Airalo Montserrat Carr's Telecom eSIM with one 1 GB option
- Airalo Island Hopper eSIM with one 1 GB option (covers 24 Caribbean countries at higher prices and just 1 GB of data)
The eSIM providers are in alphabetical order per grouping (Montserrat-only, regional & global) – not in order of preference (you would have to read the complete guide to find out which eSIMs I love the most for Montserrat 😜).
Let's truly get started, shall we?
Airalo Carr's Telecom eSIM for Montserrat
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 Montserrat or the Caribbean in general, but let's not get ahead of ourselves 😏.
Anyway, the Airalo eSIM for Montserrat is called Carr's Telecom and uses the Flow Montserrat network (on 3G – no 5G NR because there is no 5G NR in Montserrat yet 🗿).
Wait… why does the Carr's Telecom eSIM use the Flow Montserrat network?
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 Carr's Telecom 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 Montserrat.
- Montserrat/Carr's Telecom 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9 USD
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 Carr's Telecom eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.
So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Carr's Telecom 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 Montserrat soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.
Be aware: most travel eSIMs, including Airalo's Montserrat Carr's Telecom 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 Carr's Telecom eSIM is the cheapest eSIM mentioned in this guide.
The main issue with the Carr's Telecom eSIM is that it has only one option: 1 GB for 7 days.
But you can make unlimited top-ups with the Carr's Telecom eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.
So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Carr's Telecom 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 Montserrat 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 Montserratian 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)).
- Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
Anyway, the Airalo Montserrat Carr's Telecom eSIM is an affordable option to stay connected in the country.
International eSIM for Montserrat & More Caribbean Countries
Okay, I went over the Montserrat travel eSIM options offered by Airalo.
As expected, these eSIMs can only be used in Montserrat and not in neighboring Antigua & Barbuda, Guadeloupe, or Saint Kitts and Nevis.
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 Montserrat 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 Montserrat 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 Montserrat and other countries, including Montserrat's neighbors.
Airalo Island Hopper eSIM for Montserrat
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:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- French Guiana 1
- Grenada 2
- Montserrat 2
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Turks & Caicos Islands
1 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
2 on 3G only
Like the Lucnet eSIM, top-ups are available if you need more data.
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 Saint Lucia because the Lucnet 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 :).
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Montserrat (Airalo)
I introduced you to various travel eSIMs that can be used in Montserrat.
While I have already informed you which eSIM(s) I recommend the most, I will list them once more for you
- Airalo Montserrat Carr's Telecom eSIM
- Airalo Island Hopper eSIM (covers 24 Caribbean countries at higher prices and just 1 GB of data)
Buying a SIM Card in Montserrat
Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?
Consider getting a Montserrat SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.
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