SIM cards can be expensive in the Caribbean, depending on what you are used to – this also applies to Anguilla.
However, getting yourself an Anguillian SIM card will be much cheaper than international roaming.
What should you expect to pay when buying a SIM card in Anguilla?
Both Flow and Digicel sell SIM cards for 25 XCD (9.25 USD) in Flow and Digicel stores in The Valley. You can get a combo plan for as low as 5 XCD (1.85 USD).
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If you have been to other Caribbean nations, this may sound cheap. To others, this will sound expensive. Even then, you will save a lot of money on international roaming fees.
In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Anguilla. Let's do this.
Original publication: 9th of March 2020. Last updated: 10th of February 2021.
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Can I Buy a SIM Card in Anguilla?
Everybody can buy a SIM card in Anguilla, including tourists and short-term travelers, without additional limitations compared to Anguillian residents.
Oh, and your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use an Anguillian SIM card.
Can I Use My Phone in Anguilla?
GSM technology is used for mobile communications in Anguilla. The 4G/LTE frequencies used in Anguilla are used mainly in the Americas (North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2).
However, these frequencies are not used in other regions in the world (Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania – ITU Regions 1 & 3).
If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) or have a high-end phone, then you can generally use your cellphone in Anguilla.
If you purchased your phone in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3) and it is not a high-end device, then you may only be able to use Digicel Anguilla's 2G network, which uses a frequency mostly used in ITU Regions 1 & 3 (900 Mhz) .
Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Anguilla
Anguilla has two mobile operators:
Anguilla uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 850 MHz & 900 MHz
- 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)
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 Anguilla
If you want to buy a SIM card in Anguilla, I would recommend going with either Flow or Digicel. Both operators have extensive network coverage, although Flow has a reportedly faster network. Digicel offers more choices in types of packages.
SIM Card Registration in Anguilla
SIM card registration with your passport information is required in Anguilla. It will be done at the point of sale.
Anguilla Internet Prices & Insights
SIM card prices are sometimes tied to how much mobile data costs in a country, but that is not necessarily the case.
The cost of a SIM card is relatively high in Anguilla (25 XCD – 9.25 USD). Still, the price is about or slightly above the Caribbean average.
Mobile internet on islands is often expensive due to the lack of infrastructure. A notable example is the Falkland Islands, which is also an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
How expensive is mobile data in Anguilla?
The average price for 1 GB of data in Anguilla is 5.92 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.uk.
So mobile data rates in Anguilla are quite average.
In combination with high speeds and extensive coverage, that should result in a good mobile experience while in Anguilla.
Currency in Anguilla
Anguilla uses the East Caribbean Dollar with the symbol XCD (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as ECD, EC$ or $. For example, 25 ECD is ECD/EC$/$ 25.
XCD is pegged 2.70:1 to the Us Dollar (USD), meaning that 2.70 XCD is 1 USD. 27.10 XCD would be 10 USD. 270 is 100 USD, etc. 1 XCD is 0.37 USD, 10 XCD is 3.70 USD – you know the drill.
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Anguilla Prepaid SIM Cards
- 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 Anguilla has to offer to us.
Flow Anguilla Coverage
Flow has extensive coverage in Anguilla.
It is unknown whether Flow has the best coverage on the island because there is no coverage map of Digicel Anguilla available.
Flow has a coverage map for its 4G/LTE network, which is quite useful.
Speedtest with its Network Coverage checker tool that shows you the island-wide coverage of Flow.
Getting a Flow Anguilla SIM Card & Price
You can purchase a Flow SIM card for 25 XCD in the Flow store in The Valley.
Flow only has one store in Anguilla.
If you have forgotten your Flow phone number, dial *120# to retrieve it.
Topping-Up Your Flow Anguilla SIM Card
Flow recharge cards are sold in values from 5 XCD to 200 XCD in the Flow store and Top Up Vendors/Recharge Partners, including supermarkets, restaurants, and electronic stores. Online top-ups with (international) debit and credit cards are possible too.
To redeem your Flow recharge voucher, dial *121#VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121#123456#.
To see your Flow balance, dial *120#.
Flow Anguilla Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers
Flow has the Always On Prepaid Plans, which are combo bundles with data, local minutes, and local SMS. You also get unlimited social media messaging, also known as SWIFT (standing for Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter).
The following Always On Prepaid Plans are available:
|Price||Plan||Data||Unlimited Social Media Messaging (SWIFT)||Local Anywhere Minutes||Local Anywhere SMS||Validity||Activation Code|
|5 XCD||Prepaid 1 Day Plan||1 GB||Yes||25 minutes||25 SMS||1 day||*244*0#|
|16 XCD||Prepaid 3 Days Plan||1 GB||Yes||200 minutes||200 SMS||3 days||*244*1#|
|40 XCD||Prepaid 7 Days Plan||3 GB||Yes||350 minutes||350 minutes||7 days||*244*2#|
|120 XCD||Prepaid 30 Days Plan||10 GB||Yes||1000 minutes||1000 minutes||30 days||*244*3#|
Unused data, minutes, and SMS allowances rollover if you activate another plan before the plan auto-renews. If you let your plan auto-renew on its own, then only unused data will rollover.
Flow Anguilla APN Settings
- Name: FLOW Anguilla
- APN: ppinternet
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.
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Digicel Anguilla Coverage
Digicel has extensive coverage in Anguilla.
Unfortunately, there is no reliable coverage map of Digicel. However, as Anguilla is not the largest island out there and Flow Anguilla covers almost all of Anguilla, it can be assumed that Digicel does the same.
Getting a Digicel Anguilla SIM Card & Price
Digicel SIM cards can be bought for 25 XCD in the Digicel Flagship Store in the Valley.
You may have to dial *122# to activate your Digicel SIM card if the salesperson has not done that for you.
Topping-Up Your Digicel Anguilla SIM Card
Digicel recharge vouchers are sold in denominations of 5 XCD to 200 XCD in the Digicel Flagship Store and other retailers, such as grocery stores, post offices, and electronic stores. You can recharge online 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#.
To see your Digicel balance, dial *120#.
Digicel Anguilla Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers
Digicel offers several times of bundles and plans, which are:
- Prime Bundles (combo bundles)
- Quick Pick Bundles (combo/data-only/call & SMS-only bundles)
- Freedom Plans (combo plans)
Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.
Digicel Anguilla Prime Bundles
Digicel has the new Prime Bundles, which are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS. Additionally, dedicated data allowances for select apps are given.
The following Prime Bundles are available:
|Price||Bundle||Any Use LTE Data||Listen More (Music) Data||Listen More (Radio) Data||Watch More Data||Play More Data||Share More Data||Know More Data||Store More Data||Minutes||SMS||Validity|
|6 XCD||1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle||2 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB||1000 minutes||1000 SMS||1 day|
|32 XCD||7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle||6 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||300 minutes||300 SMS||7 days|
|130 XCD||30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle||12 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||1000 minutes||1000 SMS||30 days|
You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel App
Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel app or by dialing *246#.
You can download any Prime Bundle app by visiting the links below:
- Listen More (Music) with D'Music
- Listen More (Radio) with GoLoud
- Watch More with PlayGo
- Play More with Sports Max
- Share More with Bip
- Know More with Loop
- Store More with Billo
Digicel Anguilla Quick Pick Bundles
The Quick Pick Bundles are combo bundles, data-only, or call/SMS-only bundles available as Pick Talk, Pick Data, and Pick Data & Talk.
The following Quick Pick Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *141#:
|Price||Bundle||Data||Unlimited WhatsApp Messaging?||On-Net Minutes||On-Net SMS||Validity|
|5 XCD||Pick Talk||N/A||No||Unlimited||Unlimited||1 day|
|5 XCD||Pick Data||100 MB||Yes||N/A||N/A||1 day|
|7 XCD||Pick Data & Talk||100 MB||Yes||Unlimited||Unlimited||1 day|
|28 XCD||Pick Talk||N/A||No||Unlimited||Unlimited||7 days|
|28 XCD||Pick Data||500 MB||Yes||N/A||N/A||7 days|
|35 XCD||Pick Data & Talk||700 MB||Yes||Unlimited||Unlimited||7 days|
|90 XCD||Pick Talk||N/A||No||Unlimited||Unlimited||30 days|
|90 XCD||Pick Data||3 GB||Yes||N/A||N/A||30 days|
|105 XCD||Pick Data & Talk||3 GB||Yes||Unlimited||Unlimited||30 days|
Unlimited on-net minutes has a daily Fair Use limit of 8 hours a day.
Unused data will roll over when you let your Quick Pick Bundle auto-renew or if you purchase another Quick Pick Bundle before it expires.
To check your Quick Pick Bundle call balance, dial *120*2#. To check your data balance, dial *120*131#.
Digicel Anguilla Freedom Plans
The Freedom Plans are combo plans with data and minutes.
The following Freedom Plans are available, which can be purchased by dialing *141#:
|4.99 XCD||1 Day Freedom Bundle||300 MB||20 minutes||1 day|
|15.99 XCD||3 Day Freedom Bundle||1 GB||200 minutes||3 days|
|34.99 XCD||7 Day Freedom Bundle||2.5 GB||300 minutes||7 days|
|119.99 XCD||30 Day Freedom Bundle||8 GB||1000 minutes||30 days|
Unused data and minutes will roll over when you let your Freedom Plan auto-renew or if you purchase another Freedom Plan before it expires.
To check your Freedom Plan balance, dial *141#.
Digicel Anguilla APN Settings
- Name: Digicel
- APN: internet
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Anguilla
However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the two local operators.
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 Anguilla 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.
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.
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 Anguilla.
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 Anguilla
Getting a SIM card from either Flow or Digicel would do you well when considering an Anguillan SIM card.
Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Caribbean Countries
Visiting other countries in the Caribbean? Check out my Caribbean SIM card buying guide, covering other Caribbean nations, such as:
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