Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Aruba Guide

Aruba is part of the ABC-islands in the Caribbean, where flamingos walk around on the beach.

To stay connected while in Aruba, you certainly want to get yourself an Aruban SIM card.

But how much do SIM cards cost in Aruba?

You can get an Aruban SIM card for as low as 26.50 AWG (14.70 USD). A data package with 1 GB of data can be purchased for 5 AWG (2.80 USD).

To some, this may sound reasonable. To others, this may seem expensive.

Whatever to what you are used to at home, getting a local SIM card is almost always cheaper than international roaming – the same applies to Aruba.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Aruba. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Aruba Guide (logos of SETAR & Digicel)

Original publication: 9th of November. Last updated: 13th of November.

Table of Contents

Can I Buy a SIM Card in Aruba?

Anyone living or visiting Aruba can buy an Aruban SIM card from the local operators (SETAR & Digicel) without restrictions.

You need a phone that supports Aruba's frequencies, and your device needs to be SIM-lock free (unlocked).

Can I Use My Phone in Aruba?

Aruba used GSM technology for mobile communications. Aruban frequencies are in line with what many operators use around the world (Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania – ITU Regions 1 & 3).

However, these frequencies are not used (much) in the Americas (North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2).

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this fileOpens in a new tab. by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5Opens in a new tab.

If you purchased your phone in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania – (ITU Regions 1 & 3) or have a high-end device, then you can generally use your cellphone in Aruba.

If you bought your phone in the Americas, including many other Caribbean nations, and it is not a high-end device that supports the frequencies used in Aruba, then you cannot use your phone in Aruba.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Aruba

Aruba has two mobile operators:

Aruba uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

Best SIM Card in Aruba

If you want to buy a SIM card in Arubua, then I recommend going with either SETAR or Digicel. SETAR has the fastest speeds in Aruba. Digicel offers interesting combo plans (Prime Bundles).

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SIM Card Registration in Aruba

SIM card registration, with the use of your personal information (such as your passport), is not required when buying a SIM card in Aruba.

Aruba Internet Prices & Insights

Aruba Flag

SIM cards in the Caribbean are expensive compared to many other countries around the world.

The same counts for mobile internet prices. Mobile data rates in the Caribbean are, on average, higher than the world average.

What can you expect to pay for mobile data in Aruba?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Aruba is 9.11 USD, which is below the Caribbean average of 7.19 USD. The world average is 5.03 USD.

That is all according to Cable.co.ukOpens in a new tab..

Aruba Mobile Data Rates Compared

So mobile data in Aruba is quite expensive. They are in the 10th place of most expensive Caribbean nations for mobile data. However, things could be even worse.

Currency in Aruba

Aruba uses the Aruban Florin with the symbol AWG (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as just Afl. For example, 25 AWG is Afl. 25.

AWG is pegged 1.79:1 to the US Dollar (USD), meaning that 1.79 AWG is 1 USD. 1 AWG is 0.56 USD. 10 AWG would be 5.56 USD.

Shops in Aruba generally accept USD as a payment form (at a slightly worse exchange rate). However, you would get change back in AWG.

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Aruba Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through the Aruban operators, SETAR & Digicel Aruba, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what Aruba has to offer to us.

SETAR

Setar Logo

SETAR is one of the two operators in Aruba. It is a local operator that operates only in Aruba.

This is what you will learn about SETAR:

* Coverage
* How to Get a SETAR SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Internet Packages
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to Digicel

SETAR Coverage

SETAR has extensive coverage in Aruba.

It is even reported that it has the best 4G/LTE coverage on the island.

Almost all of Aruba is covered by SETAR. Its coverage is similar to Digicel Aruba's.

SETAR Coverage Map

Getting a SETAR SIM Card

You can get a SETAR SIM card for 35 AWG in SETAR stores.

You can also get a Data SIM (aimed at tourists) in the following two variants:

PriceStarter KitDataCredit
30 USD1 Day Kit1 GB (1 day)5.70 USD
55 USD1 Week Kit4 GB (7 days) 5.70 USD

SETAR SIM cards can be purchased at Aruba International Airport (Queen Beatrix International Airport).

Topping-Up Your SETAR SIM Card

SETAR top-up cards are sold in values of 5 AWG to 50 AWG in SETAR stores, supermarkets, gas stations, and restaurants. You can also recharge onlineOpens in a new tab..

The following recharge values are available:

ValueValidity
5 AWG15 days 
10 AWG30 days
15 AWG30 days
25 AWG45 days 
35 AWG60 days 
50 AWG90 days 
Setar Aruba 15 AWG Top Up Card
Setar Aruba 25 AWG Top Up Card
Setar Aruba 50 AWG Top Up Card

To redeem your SETAR recharge card, dial *123#. The same shortcode can be used to check your balance.

SETAR Top Up Icon

SETAR Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

SETAR has two types of bundles that feature data – the Prepaid One Bundles and the Data Bundles.

Setar Aruba Prepaid Plans
SETAR Prepaid One Bundles

The Prepaid One Bundles are combo bundles with data, on-net minutes, and on-net SMS.

SETAR Aruba One Bundles

The following Prepaid One Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *123#.

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSFreebiesValidity
8 AWG1 GB1000 minutes100 SMSN/A1 day 
30 AWG4 GB1000 minutes100 SMSN/A7 days 
60 AWG9 GB 1000 minutes100 SMSWhatsApp, Facebook. Instagram, Snapchat & Pinterest30 days 

When purchasing the 30-day bundle, you will automatically receive a Freebees bundle. This bundle will allow you to continue using WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & Pinterest until the end of the 30 days, even if you have exhausted your data balance.

SETAR Data Bundles

The Data Bundles are standard data-only bundles.

SETAR Aruba Data Bundles

The following Data Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *123#.

PriceDataFreebeesValidity
5 AWG1 GBN/A1 day 
15 AWG3 GBN/A7 days
30 AWG6 GBN/A7 days 
49 AWG8 GB WhatsApp, Facebook. Instagram, Snapchat & Pinterest30 days 

When purchasing the 30-day bundle, you will automatically receive a Freebees bundle. This bundle will allow you to continue using WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & Pinterest until the end of the 30 days, even if you have exhausted your data balance.

SETAR APN Settings

  • Name: SETAR
  • APN: internet.setar.aw

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Digicel Aruba

Digicel Logo

Digicel Aruba, just Digicel, is one of the two operators in Aruba.

Digicel used to advertise its 3G network (HSPA+) as 4G for a long time before introducing real 4G/LTE. This was a misleading (but somehow legal) claim they used to make in many of Digicel's markets, especially in the Caribbean.

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Digicel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Internet Packages
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to SETAR

Digicel Aruba Coverage

Digicel has extensive coverage in Aruba.

Most of Aruba is covered by Digicel. Its coverage is on par with SETAR's coverage.

Digicel Aruba Coverage Map

Getting a Digicel Aruba SIM Card & Price

You can get a Digicel SIM card for 26.50 AWG in Digicel storesOpens in a new tab.. The SIM card includes 250 MB, 25 on-net minutes, and 25 on-net SMS.

You may have to dial 146 to activate your Digicel SIM card if the salesperson has not done that for you.

Digicel SIM cards can be purchased at Aruba International Airport (Queen Beatrix International Airport).

Topping-Up Your Digicel Aruba SIM Card

Digicel recharge cards are sold in denominations of 5 AWG to 50 AWG in Digicel stores, grocery stores, and electronic shops throughout Aruba. You can also recharge onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards.

To redeem your Digicel recharge voucher, dial *125#VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *125#123456#.

You can also top up with shortcode *141#.

To see your Digicel balance, dial *142# or *120#.

Digicel Aruba Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Digicel introduced the new Prime Bundles. They are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS. Additionally, dedicated data allowances for select apps are given.

Digicel Trinidad & Tobago Prime Bundles

The following Prime Bundles are available:

PriceBundleAny Use LTE DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataValidity
5.50 AWG1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 3 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 day
12 AWG7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle9 GB3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 7 days
22 AWG30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 21 GB 7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB30 days 

You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel AppOpens in a new tab.

Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel appOpens in a new tab. or by dialing *123#.

You can download any Prime Bundle app by visiting the links below:

Digicel Prime Bundle Apps

Digicel Aruba APN Settings

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: web.digicelaruba.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Aruba

Besides getting a local SIM card in Aruba, there are other ways to get online while traveling on the island.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the two local operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Aruba here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming. However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting. Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free. The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Aruba.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Aruba

Getting a SIM card from either SETAR or Digicel would do you well when considering an Aruban SIM card.

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