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Antigua & Barbuda: 3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

Antigua and Barbuda – one of six countries with and in their names.

The dual-island nation is primarily known for its beaches, resorts & lovely weather.

Located in the Lesser Antilles, you will not be missing out on sunshine while in Antigua and Barbuda.

Sure, you can spend all your time on the beach while in this country, but there are plenty of other things you can do there.

You can visit Nelson's Dockyard – a naval heritage site.

Perhaps visiting Fort James may be fun too.

Or see the Shirley Heights – an old military lookout point with incredible views of the English Harbor and Falmouth Harbor. Also regarded as the best view in Antigua.

But before you post these incredible photos online, you should know that international roaming can be expensive.

That is why you should get a local SIM card to enjoy local rates.

Fortunately, SIM cards are not crazy expensive in Antigua and Barbuda.

You can get an Antiguan and Barbudan SIM card for 20 XCD from Digicel and Flow or for 25 XCD from APUA inet Mobile in their stores. They are not available at Antigua-V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) nor Barbuda Codrington Airport (BBQ).

Those prices are normal for this region, so you will not break the bank (unlike Bermuda, for example).

But that is just the SIM card. You probably want to use it and not just stare at it after purchase. So…

In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Antigua and Barbuda. Let's get started.

Buying a SIM Card in Antigua & Barbuda Guide (logos of Digicel, Flow & APUA inet)

Original publication: 10th of March 2020. Last updated: 25th of October 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Antigua and Barbuda?

You can buy an Antiguan SIM card from Digicel, Flow & APUA inet Mobile as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in Antigua and Barbuda.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, your phone has to support the frequencies used in Antigua and Barbuda.

Finally, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use an Antiguan SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Antigua and Barbuda?

You can get an Antiguan SIM card in the official stores of Digicel, Flow & APUA inet. They are not available at Antigua-V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) nor Barbuda Codrington Airport (BBQ).

You can expect to pay the following for Antiguan SIM cards:

  • Digicel Antigua and Barbuda: 20 XCD
  • Flow Antigua (and Barbuda): 20 XCD
  • APUA inet Mobile: 25 XCD
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Can You Use Your Phone in Antigua and Barbuda?

Antigua and Barbuda use GSM for their cellular communications, meaning that you need a GSM-capable phone to use your phone in the country. Fortunately, there is about a 99% chance your phone supports GSM.

Besides that, you need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Although there are 3 ITU regions, you only need to know these two terms: American frequencies and European frequencies.

Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3) typically use European frequencies, meaning phones bought in those regions can be used in countries using European frequencies without issues.

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean), ITU Region 2, use American frequencies, which are different from the European frequencies.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

Antigua and Barbuda use a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 2G and 3G, depending on the mobile operator. 4G/LTE is exclusively on American frequencies.

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with Flow Antigua (and Barbuda).

It supports traditional American frequencies on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE, meaning that you can take full advantage of its network.

If you purchased your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with Digicel Antigua and Barbuda.

It supports traditional European frequencies on 2G and 3G, but you will not be able to use its 4G/LTE network.

Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with any mobile operator, as your phone will support both American frequencies and European frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda has three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Digicel Antigua and Barbuda
  • Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)
  • APUA inet Mobile

The following frequencies are used in Antigua and Barbuda:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 17) & 1700 MHz (Band 4)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Antigua and Barbuda, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

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.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Antigua and Barbuda

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFI calling) are not offered by the mobile operators in Antigua and Barbuda (yet).

This means that when you make a call, your phone will downgrade to 3G (or 2G when 3G is not available) instead of staying connected to 4G/LTE.

This is also why you often cannot use mobile while calling if not connected to WiFi.

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Antigua and Barbuda

5G NR is not available in Antigua and Barbuda as of 2022, and the Antiguan and Barbudan government has not made any indications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in Antigua and Barbuda

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Antigua and Barbuda, I recommend going with Digicel or Flow. Flow has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Digicel has attractive plans that include high data allowances for select apps, including TikTok and YouTube.

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Best eSIM in Antigua and Barbuda

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Antigua & Barbuda yet.

Note that the Antiguan and Barbudan mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Antigua and Barbuda (without personal detail capturing), you can get the Antigua and Barbuda (17 Miles) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data for 7 days.

Antigua & Barbuda 17 Miles eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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 Bermy Mobile eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Bermy Mobile 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 Bermuda soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.

For Airalo eSIMs, the links will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is unnecessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Antigua and Barbuda 17 Miles eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide.

Or you can get Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs from Holafly.

You have these three options:

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No unlimited data for Antigua and Barbuda (yet)

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

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide.

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With this eSIM, you can skip Antigua and Barbuda's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Antigua and Barbuda!

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TIP: check out my Best Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Bermuda, including ones not mentioned above.

Airalo has an eSIM for the Caribbean: Island Hopper. The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in 24 Caribbean countries.

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe & Latamlink for Latin America) because you only have one variant: 1 GB for 7 days, but top-ups are available (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 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

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in Latin America!

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link so that it offers you better value.

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

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Antigua and Barbuda and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Antigua and Barbuda.

SIM Card Registration in Antigua and Barbuda

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Antigua and Barbuda. It will be done at the point of sale.

Antigua and Barbuda Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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The Caribbean is not known for being a cheap travel region.

With many luxurious resorts and PRISTINE beaches, it is somewhat understandable why the region is a bit high-class (with some exceptions, like the Dominican Republic and Haiti).

But what about mobile data costs? Are they cheap in Antigua and Barbuda?

They are not cheap, but they are not expensive either.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Antigua and Barbuda is 4.44 USD, precisely the same as the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Antigua and Barbuda are literally average in terms of mobile data costs in the Caribbean.

There are quite some countries where the average cost of 1 GB of data is cheaper than Antigua and Barbuda.

Still, the country could be doing much worse (looking at you, the Cayman Islands).

Even then, compared to 2019, the costs have gone down by 65%.

While there is not much information about mobile data speeds in the country because not many people do speed tests there, I can mention something about speeds.

In the Caribbean, you can expect your speeds to range between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps.

With reasonably priced SIM cards, close to excellent nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and average mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Antigua and Barbuda.

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Currency in Antigua and Barbuda

East Caribbean Dollar Notes (5, 10, 20, 50 & 100)
© Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

Antigua and Barbuda use the East Caribbean Dollar with the symbol XCD (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as ECD, EC$, or $. For example, 25 XCD = ECD/EC$/$ 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, 100 XCD is 37 USD – you know the drill.

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Antiguan and Barbudan Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digicel Antigua and Barbuda & Flow Antigua (and Barbuda) & APUA inet Mobile, and go through:

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

With that being said, let's see what Antigua and Barbuda have to offer to us.


Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel Antigua and Barbuda, just Digicel, is one of the mobile operators in Antigua and Barbuda.

It is unknown whether Digicel is larger than Flow Antigua (and Barbuda).

Digicel, as a company, is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America & Oceania.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 17)

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

Coverage – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

Digicel has the best coverage in Antigua and Barbuda.

However, its 4G/LTE reception is lacking compared to its competitors.

Note that coverage in Barbuda is not as extensive as in Antigua.

Below is Digicel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

You can buy a Digicel SIM Card for 20 XCD in Digicel stores. They are not sold at Antigua-V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) nor Barbuda Codrington Airport (BBQ).

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Digicel has no eSIMs.

Note that the Antiguan and Barbudan mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Antigua and Barbuda (without personal detail capturing), you can get the Antigua and Barbuda (17 Miles) eSIM from Airalo with (1 GB of data for 7 daystop-ups are available).

Antigua & Barbuda 17 Miles eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is unnecessary.

Or you can get Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs from Holafly.

You have these three options:

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
No unlimited data for Antigua and Barbuda (yet)

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

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide.

Airalo has an eSIM for the Caribbean: Island Hopper. The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in 24 Caribbean countries.

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe & Latamlink for Latin America) because you only have one variant: 1 GB for 7 days, but top-ups are available (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 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

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in Latin America!

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link so that it offers you better value.

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

TIP: check out my Best Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Bermuda, including ones not mentioned above.

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You may have to dial *122# to activate your Digicel SIM card if your SIM card does not work upon purchase.

Dial *141# to access the Digicel menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in Digicel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *125*VoucherCode# or dial *141# and follow the instructions.

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

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *120# or *141# to check your Digicel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Digicel app (Android/iOS).

Digicel App
© Digicel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

Digicel has three data-featured plans:

All Digicel plans can be activated by dialing *141#.

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

Pick Lite Bundles – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

The Pick Lite Bundles are combo plans with data and minutes.

Pick Lite Bundles can be activated by dialing *141#:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesValidity
4 XCDPick Lite 1 Day50 MB10 minutes1 day
20 XCDPick Lite 7 Day350 MB70 minutes7 days
70 XCDPick Lite 30 Day1.5 GB300 minutes30 days

Pick Lite Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *141#.

Digicel Prepaid Prime Bundles – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

The Prepaid Prime Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo & Go Loud)
© Digicel

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *141#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSLocal SMSValidity
8 XCD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimited25 minutesUnlimitedN/A1 day
20 XCD3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimited75 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
40 XCD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle5 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimited400 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
110 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle12 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimited1000 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

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

Prepaid Prime Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *141#.

Digicel Antigua & Barbuda Prime Bundles
Digicel Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

The Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Unlike the Prepaid Prime Bundles, Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles includes TikTok and YouTube data allowances as well.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo, Go Loud, TikTok &  YouTube)
© Digicel

The following Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *141#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataTikTok DataYouTube DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
10 XCD1 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle2 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
25 XCD3 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle5 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
45 XCD7 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
120 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle12 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *141#.

Digicel Digicel Antigua & Barbuda Prime Plus Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: web

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)

Flow Logo

Flow Antigua (and Barbuda), just Flow, is one of the mobile operators in Antigua and Barbuda.

Flow is a brand by Cable & Wireless used throughout the Caribbean.

Flow uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4)

This is what you will learn about Flow:

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

Coverage – Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)

Flow has the best 4G/LTE coverage throughout Antigua and Barbuda.

Note that coverage in Barbuda is not as extensive as in Antigua.

Below is Flow's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)

You can buy a Flow SIM card for 20 XCD with Prepaid 3 Days Always On Plan (3 GB, unlimited data for SWIFT apps – Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter), unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS in Flow stores. They are not sold at Antigua-V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) nor Barbuda Codrington Airport (BBQ).

Flow Antigua & Barbuda SIM Card Price
© Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)
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They are also available at the Flow Mobile Store Van that drives around Antigua and Barbuda.

Flow Mobile Store Van
© Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)

Flow has no eSIMs.

Note that the Antiguan and Barbudan mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Antigua and Barbuda (without personal detail capturing), you can get the Antigua and Barbuda (17 Miles) eSIM from Airalo with (1 GB of data for 7 daystop-ups are available).

Antigua & Barbuda 17 Miles eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is unnecessary.

Or you can get Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs from Holafly.

You have these three options:

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
No unlimited data for Antigua and Barbuda (yet)

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

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide.

Airalo has an eSIM for the Caribbean: Island Hopper. The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in 24 Caribbean countries.

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe & Latamlink for Latin America) because you only have one variant: 1 GB for 7 days, but top-ups are available (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 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

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in Latin America!

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link so that it offers you better value.

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

TIP: check out my Best Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Bermuda, including ones not mentioned above.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, local travel eSIMs & regional travel eSIMs for every country (lookup tool)
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Dial *129# to access the Flow menu.

Dial *555# to see your Flow phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)

Flow top-up vouchers are sold in Flow stores and Top Up Vendors, including grocery stores, gas stations & bars.

To top up your Flow SIM card, dial *129# and follow the instructions. For EPIN, call 121 and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *120# or *129# to check your Flow balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Flow app (Android/iOS).

Flow App
© Flow

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)

Flow has one data-featured plan, which is the Always On Prepaid Plan. It features data, minutes & SMS.

These Always On Prepaid Plans are available:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
8.50 XCDPrepaid 1 Day Plan2 GBUnlimited50 minutes50 SMS1 day*244*0#
20 XCDPrepaid 3 Days Plan3 GBUnlimited200 minutes200 SMS3 days*244*1#
40 XCDPrepaid 7 Days Plan5 GBUnlimited500 minutes500 SMS7 days*244*2#
100 XCDPrepaid 30 Days Plan8 GBUnlimited800 minutes800 SMS30 days*244*3#
120 XCDPrepaid 30 Days Plan12 GBUnlimited1200 minutes1200 SMS30 days*244*4#

1 SWIFT data: Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Always On Prepaid Plans auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *363*1# or 787#.

Flow Antigua & Barbuda Always On Prepaid Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Flow Antigua (and Barbuda)

  • Name: Flow Internet
  • APN: ppinternet

Note: do not use just “internet” as a prepaid customer. That APN is reserved for postpaid customers. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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APUA inet Mobile

APUA inet Antigua & Barbuda Logo
© APUA inet Mobile

APUA inet Mobile, mostly known as just inet, is the smallest mobile operator in Antigua and Barbuda.

It is the mobile division of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

It used to only have a 2G network for a long time, without data, making them an awful option.

Nowadays, it is (somewhat) competitive with proper 3G and 4G/LTE networks.

APUA inet Mobile uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHZ
  • 4G/LTE: unknown (probably 700 MHz on Band 13 or 1700 MHz on Band 4)

This is what you will learn about APUA inet Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get an APUA inet Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Internet Packages
* APN Settings

Coverage – APUA inet Mobile

APUA inet Mobile has extensive coverage throughout Antigua and Barbuda.

It even has better 4G/LTE coverage in the country due to some shady practices by the Antiguan and Barbudan government (remember – APUA inet is state-owned).

Below is APUA inet Mobile's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – APUA inet Mobile

You can buy an APUA inet Mobile SIM Card for 25 XCD in APUA inet stores. They are not sold at Antigua-V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) nor Barbuda Codrington Airport (BBQ).

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APUA inet Mobile has no eSIMs.

Note that the Antiguan and Barbudan mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Antigua and Barbuda (without personal detail capturing), you can get the Antigua and Barbuda (17 Miles) eSIM from Airalo with (1 GB of data for 7 daystop-ups are available).

Antigua & Barbuda 17 Miles eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is unnecessary.

Or you can get Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs from Holafly.

You have these three options:

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No unlimited data for Antigua and Barbuda (yet)

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

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide.

Airalo has an eSIM for the Caribbean: Island Hopper. The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in 24 Caribbean countries.

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe & Latamlink for Latin America) because you only have one variant: 1 GB for 7 days, but top-ups are available (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 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

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in Latin America!

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link so that it offers you better value.

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

TIP: check out my Best Antigua and Barbuda eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Bermuda, including ones not mentioned above.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, local travel eSIMs & regional travel eSIMs for every country (lookup tool)
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Dial *121# to access the APUA inet Mobile menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – APUA inet Mobile

APUA inet Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in APUA stores and Top Up Vendors, including grocery stores, gas stations & bars.

To top up your APUA inet Mobile SIM card, dial *121# and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *121# to check your APUA inet Mobile balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyInet app (Android/iOS).

APUA inet Antigua & Barbuda MyInet App
© APUA inet Mobile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – APUA inet Mobile

APUA inet Mobile has three data-featured plans:

All APUA inet Mobile plans can be activated by dialing *121#.

Be aware that you can rollover up to 50 GB and 5000 local minutes with all APUA inet Mobile plans.

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

Talk & Data – APUA inet Mobile

The Talk & Data Plans are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Talk & Data Plans can be activated by dialing *121#:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
6.95 XCDitalk n surf 700700 MB50 minutesUnlimited1 day
20 XCDitalk n surf 2G2 GB200 minutesUnlimited3 days
39.95 XCDitalk n surf 4G4 GB500 minutesUnlimited7 days
89.95 XCDitalk n surf 8G8 GB800 minutesUnlimited30 days
109.95 XCDitalk n surf 10G10 GB1200 minutesUnlimited30 days

Talk & Data Plans auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *121#.

APUA inet Mobile Antigua & Barbuda Talk & Data Plans
My Data Plans – APUA inet Mobile

My Data Plans are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

My Data Plans can be activated by dialing *121#:

PricePlanDataValidity
5 XCDMy Data 250250 MB1 day
25 XCDMy Data 750750 MB7 days
34 XCDMy Data 1G1 GB7 days
79 XCDMy Data 3G3 GB30 days
99 XCDMy Data 5G5 GB30 days

My Data Plans auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *121#.

APUA inet Mobile Antigua & Barbuda Data-Only Plans
Data Add-Ons – APUA inet Mobile

The Data Add-Ons are, as the name implies, data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Data Add-Ons can be activated by dialing *121#:

PricePlanDataValidity
3 XCDData Plus 100100 MB5 days
8 XCDData Plus 300300 MB5 days
10 XCDData Plus 512512 MB5 days
19 XCDData Plus 10241 GB5 days

Data Add-Ons auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, dial *121#.

APUA inet Mobile Antigua & Barbuda Data Add Ons

APN/Internet Settings – APUA inet Mobile

  • Name: APUA
  • APN: net

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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