Skip to Content

3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards & eSIMs in Argentina: Buying Guide

Argentina – known for the Tango, steak & Lionel Messi.

The country also has terrific wines, which sometimes puts port wine from Porto (Portugal) to shame.

But since I do not drink wine (yuck), I cannot say if that statement is true 🤪.

Anyway, being the 8th largest country in the world, Argentina has a lot to offer.

You could visit Aconcagua – the largest mountain in South America.

You can stroll through the city of Buenos Aires and even enjoy its nightlife.

And do not forget about exploring the stunning nature in the country, like Iguazú National Park.

Overall, there is no reason to be bored in Argentina.

With the economic disasters that have struck the country, traveling to Argentina has become cheap in recent years.

For example, the Argentine Peso has lost 97.5% of its value against the US Dollar since 2003, which is incredible… in a bad way.

But that does not mean you should not budget for your Argentina trip.

Especially if you decide not to roam in Argentina – international roaming can be expensive.

Luckily, you can get an Argentine SIM card to enjoy local rates.

And those rates are surprisingly low – you will never spend more than 3300 ARS (27.80 USD) for a data plan… with 40 GB of data.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Argentina?

You can get an Argentine SIM card for free if purchased in a Claro, Movistar, or Personal store. Else, 50 ARS (0.40 USD) from resellers, like kiosks. SIM cards are sold at Buenos Aires-Ministro Pistarini International Airport/Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).

Free SIM card or otherwise only spending about 0.50 USD? Incredible!

Do not tell the Canadians about this – they will cry with their criminal mobile data rates 😔. Anyway…

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

Buying a SIM Card in Argentina Guide (logos of Claro, Movistar & Claro)

Original publication: 9th of January 2020. Last updated: 5th of July 2022.


Table of Contents

In This Guide Show

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Argentina?

Everyone 18 years or older (previously 16 years or older) living in or visiting Argentina can buy an Argentine SIM card from the mobile network operators (Claro, Movistar & Personal) without restrictions.

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

  • Find out which countries have a SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
SIM Card Registration Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Argentina).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Argentina?

You can get an Argentine SIM card in Claro, Movistar & Personal stores. Resellers, like kiosks, also sell SIM cards. They are also sold at various airports, including Buenos Aires-Ministro Pistarini International Airport/Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).

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

  • Claro Argentina: free from official Claro stores, else 50 ARS from resellers
  • Movistar Argentina: free from official Movistar stores, else 50 ARS from resellers
  • Personal Argentina: free from official Personal stores, else 50 ARS from resellers

The following Argentina mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Claro Argentina: 2500 ARS
  • Personal Argentina: 800 ARS 1

1 until early 2022, Personal Argentina had a tourist SIM card, costing 800 ARS with 3 GB, unlimited WhatsApp data, 100 local minutes & 30 international minutes for 30 days sold at the two Buenos Aires Airports and two Personal stores in Buenos Aires. However, this offer vanished from its website. As I will not be in Argentina anytime soon, I cannot guarantee this offer is still available. But you can let me know if you have an answer!

For up-to-date ARS:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Can You Use Your Phone in Argentina?

Argentina uses GSM technology for mobile communications primarily. CDMA phones will not work in Argentina. However, almost all phones use GSM anyway.

You also need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

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

Argentina uses American frequencies, which are used in the Americas (North-, Central & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2).

Phones sold in the Americas typically have no issues when using their phone in other ITU Region 2 countries.

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

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

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Argentina.

If you bought 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, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Argentina or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Argentina (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Argentina

Argentina has three mobile network operators offering prepaid services:

  • Claro Argentina
  • Movistar Argentina
  • Personal Argentina

The following frequencies are used in Argentina:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Argentina, check out this page by Will My Phone Work.

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.

5G NR in Argentina

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Argentina since 2021. It is available on the Personal network. Prepaid users can use 5G NR as well. Claro and Movistar do not have 5G NR networks (yet).

Best SIM Card in Argentina

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Argentina, I recommend going with Personal. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Moreover, it is also the only mobile operator with a 5G NR network (also for prepaid). Consider Claro for more generous data plans (Gigantes & Tourist SIM card).

  • Find out about the best local SIM cards in every country (lookup tool)
Best SIM Cards Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Best eSIM in Argentina

Personal Argentina offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

While Claro Argentina and Movistar Argentina also have eSIMs, it is unknown whether they are offered to prepaid customers or not.

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Argentina without personal detail capturing, you can get the Argentina (Abrazo!) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data for 7 days or 3 GB of data for 30 days.

Argentina Abrazo! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Airalo Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Argentina eSIMs from Nomad.

Argentina eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

Nomad Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

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

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

If you plan on visiting other neighboring countries, or any nation globally, consider the Discover Global with 1 GB of data (7 days) in Argentina and these other countries:

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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 Argentina and eSIMs worldwide).

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Argentina

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Argentina, I recommend going with SimCorner's 6 GB Argentina Travel SIM card for 15 days. Consider SimCorner's International Travel SIM card with 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Argentina and 100+ countries, including neighboring Chile, Paraguay & Uruguay.

Argentina Travel SIM Card SimCorner
© SimCorner
SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
© SimCorner
SimCorner Travel SIM Card Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

You can use the Simcorner International Travel SIM card in the following countries:

Instead of spending between 5 USD to 15 USD for SIM cards in each country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Argentina

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Argentina.

  • Find out which countries have a SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
SIM Card Registration Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Suppose you buy your SIM card from the official stores of Claro, Movistar, or Personal.

In that case, the SIM card will be activated upon purchase (provided you bring your passport with you).

If purchased from a kiosk, you still have to visit a service center or contact the Facebook or Twitter pages of the operators.

To activate a SIM card through Facebook or Twitter, follow the following steps:

  • Contact the operator on Facebook or Twitter
  • Send a direct message with #NOMI
  • A service agent will connect with you (shortly)
  • Provided the required documentation (and have your passport ready)

Trying to activate your SIM card through *234# will only work for those with an Argentine ID or passport.

Those with a foreign passport will have to follow the registration steps mentioned above.

So you are better off visiting a Claro, Movistar, or Personal store.

Movistar Argentina SIM Card Activation
© Movistar Argentina

Argentina Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Argentina

Being redone.

Currency in Argentina

1000 Argentine Peso Bank Note
© Central Bank of the Argentine Republic/Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA)

Argentina uses the Argentine Peso with the symbol ARS (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just $ or AR$. For example, 25 ARS = AR$/$25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between ARS and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 ARS = 0.01 USD
  • 10 ARS = 0.10 USD
  • 100 ARS = 0.80 USD
  • 1000 ARS = 8.40 USD
  • 10 000 ARS = 83.70 USD

For up-to-date ARS:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.

Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Wise account FREE!

Wise Signup Banner

Argentine Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Claro Argentina, Movistar Argentina & Personal Argentina, 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 Argentina has to offer to us.


Claro Argentina

Claro Logo
© Claro

Claro Argentina, just Claro, is one of the mobile operators in Argentina.

While it used to be the largest by far, its competitors have caught up recently.

Now, it is unknown who is the largest mobile operator in Argentina, but it is the second-fastest (a bit behind Personal Argentina).

Claro, as a company, is active in Central America and South America.

Claro uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 1700 MHz (Band 4)
  • 5G NR: N/A – rollout not announced yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Claro:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Claro SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Claro Argentina

Claro has extensive coverage throughout Argentina.

4G/LTE is available in all urban areas and most towns and villages.

Below is Claro's 2G coverage map:

Then we have a Claro 3G coverage map:

Finally, we have Claro's 4G/LTE coverage map:

At last, we have a combined Claro coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Claro Argentina

You can get a Claro SIM card for free in Claro stores. If you buy it from a third party, like a kiosk, expect to pay at least 50 ARS. SIM cards are also sold at Buenos Aires-Ministro Pistarini International Airport/Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Claro Turista Chip – Claro's tourist offering.

For 2500 ARS, you get 25 GB of data, 500 MB for Free Fire, 500 MB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube individually (2 GB in total) & 1 GB/day for WhatsApp – all for 30 days.

Claro Argentina Tourist SIM Card
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

You may have to dial *746# to activate your Claro SIM card.

Claro has eSIMs, but it is unknown whether they are offered to prepaid customers.

In the meantime, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Argentina (Abrazo!) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB of data for 7 days & 3 GB of data for 30 days).

Argentina Abrazo! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Argentina eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days – they are more expensive than the Abrazo! eSIM, but they have much longer validity).

However, the higher price can be reduced by using code ADU123 (on the site or their apps), which will give you 3 USD off!

Argentina eSIMs Nomad

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in Argentina and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Note that Claro offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Claro SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Argentina

Claro top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Argentina.

To top up your Claro SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 444.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 444.

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 *611# or text balance to 611 to check your Claro balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mi Claro Argentina (My Claro Argentina) app (Android/iOS).

Claro Argentina Mi Claro App
© Claro Argentina

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Claro Argentina

Claro has three data-featured plans:

All Claro plans can be activated on the Mi Claro Argentina app.

I will list all the prices in ARS (Argentine Peso).

To convert ARS to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Signup Banner

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

Internet Plans – Claro Argentina

The Internet plans are, as the name suggests, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Internet plans can be activated on the Mi Claro Argentina app:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Validity
150 ARS10 GBVarious1 night (0:00-6:00)
300 ARS2 GBVarious3 days
400 ARS2 GBVarious 27 days
500 ARS3 GBVarious 27 days
550 ARS3 GBVarious10 days
600 ARS3 GBVarious20 days
650 ARS4 GBVarious 27 days
850 ARS4 GBVarious 230 days
1000 ARS6 GBVarious 230 days

1 for Free Fire: 500 MB, select social media apps: 500 MB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube individually (2 GB in total) & WhatsApp: 1 GB/day
2 +2 GB for Amazon Prime Video

Claro Argentina Internet Para Prepago Prepaid Internet Plans
Renovación Automática (Automatic Renewal) Plans – Claro Argentina

The Renovación Automática plans are, as the name suggests, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Renovación Automática can be activated on the Mi Claro Argentina app:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Validity
175 ARS1 GBN/A3 days
260 ARS1 GBN/A7 days
850 ARS4 GBVarious 230 days

1 1 GB/day for WhatsApp
2 +Free Fire: 500 MB & Social Media: 500 MB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube individually (2 GB in total)

Renovación Automática auto-renew. Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Mi Claro Argentina app.

Gigantes Plans – Claro Argentina

The Gigantes plans are, as the name suggests, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Gigantes can be activated on the Mi Claro Argentina app:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Validity
1200 ARS10 GBVarious30 days
2500 ARS25 GBVarious 230 days
3300 ARS40 GBVarious 260 days

1 for Free Fire: 500 MB, select social media apps: 500 MB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube individually (2 GB in total) & WhatsApp: 1 GB/day
2 +2 GB for Amazon Prime Video

Claro Argentina Gigantes Giants Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Argentina

  • Name: Movistar
  • APN: wap.gprs.unifon.com.ar
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Movistar Argentina

Movistar Logo New
© Movistar

Movistar Argentina, just Movistar, is one of the mobile operators in Argentina.

Movistar, as a brand, is active in Central America, South America & Spain.

Movistar uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1700MHz (Band 4) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: N/A – rollout not announced yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Movistar:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Movistar SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Movistar Argentina

Movistar has the worst coverage in Argentina.

However, 4G/LTE is available in all urban areas and many towns and villages.

Below is Movistar's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Movistar Argentina

You can get a Movistar SIM card for free in Movistar stores. If you buy it from a third party, like a kiosk, expect to pay at least 50 ARS. SIM cards are not sold at Buenos Aires-Ministro Pistarini International Airport/Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) or Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).

Movistar Argentina SIM Card
© Movistar Argentina
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

It is also possible to get a Movistar eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

To use a Movistar eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 3/4
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro /11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung S20 /S20 Plus/S20 Ultra
  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Note that Movistar offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Movistar SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Movistar Argentina

Movistar top-up vouchers are sold in Movistar stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Argentina.

The following (online) Movistar top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
20 ARS180 days 
30 ARS180 days 
40 ARS180 days 
50 ARS180 days 
100 ARS180 days 
200 ARS180 days 

You can multiply your credit with the Multiplicar Crédito option:

PriceCreditDataSocial Data 1, 2ValidityActivation Code
80 ARS160 ARSN/AUnlimited1 day2
180 ARS720 ARSN/A50 MB3 days4
250 ARS1500 ARSN/A100 MB5 days6
350 ARS2450 ARS350 MB500 MB7 days7
400 ARS3200 ARS500 MB650 MB10 days8
500 ARS4500 ARS1 GB1 GB20 days9

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, TikTok, Twitter & YouTube
2 +unlimited WhatsApp
3 for WhatsApp only

Text the Activation Code to 3456 to activate Multiplicar Crédito.

To top up your Movistar SIM card, dial *444 or *611# 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 *611# or text balance to 611 to check your Movistar balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mi Movistar Argentina (My Movistar Argentina) app (Android/iOS).

Movistar Argentina Mi Movistar App
© Movistar Argentina

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Movistar Argentina

Movistar has three data-featured plans:

All Movistar plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1234 or dialing *611#.

I will list all the prices in ARS (Argentine Peso).

To convert ARS to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Signup Banner

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

Combinados con WhatsApp Gratis (Combo with Free WhatsApp) Plans – Movistar Argentina

The Combinados con WhatsApp Gratis (Combo with Free WhatsApp) are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Combinados con WhatsApp Gratis can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1234:

PriceDataSocial Data 1, 2Local MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
420 ARS1.5 GBN/A60 minutesUnlimited7 daysSUPER1234
460 ARS2 GB1 GB80 minutesUnlimited7 daysULTRA1234
990 ARS2 GB1 GB100 minutesUnlimited30 daysMES1234

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, TikTok, Twitter & YouTube
2 +unlimited WhatsApp (also for the 420 ARS plan)

Armá tu Pack (Make Your Own Pack) – Movistar Argentina

Armá tu Pack (Make Your Own Pack) is a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data, how many minutes & if you want unlimited SMS.

You can select:

  • Data
  • Local minutes
  • Unlimited local SMS

You get a combo discount if you select data, minutes & SMS.

However, I will not mention those discounts in the tables below because it would be too time-consuming to calculate the discount for each combination 🥲 – but there is an example in the image below.

Movistar Argentina Armá tu Pack Make Your Own Packs
Armá tu Pack Data – Movistar Argentina

The data options for Armá tu Pack start from 190 ARS (1 GB for 1 day) to 900 ARS (5 GB for 30 days):

Price (ARS)1 day3 days 7 days 10 days 15 days 30 days
1 GB190210250285361475
2 GB230250340345437575
3 GB330363440510627800
5 GB410451533615770900
Armá tu Pack Minutes – Movistar Argentina

The local minutes options range from 170 ARS (100 local minutes for 1 day) to 425 ARS (100 local minutes for 30 days):

PriceLocal MinutesValidity
170 ARS100 minutes1 day
185 ARS100 minutes3 days
200 ARS100 minutes7 days
255 ARS100 minutes10 days
323 ARS100 minutes15 days
425 ARS100 minutes30 days
Armá tu Pack SMS – Movistar Argentina

The unlimited SMS options range from 110 ARS (1 day) to 275 ARS (30 days):

PriceLocal SMSValidity
110 ARSUnlimited1 day
120 ARSUnlimited3 days
160 ARSUnlimited7 days
190 ARSUnlimited10 days
220 ARSUnlimited15 days
275 ARSUnlimited30 days
Internet Con WhatsApp Gratis (Internet with Free WhatsApp) Plans – Movistar Argentina

The Internet Con WhatsApp Gratis (Internet with Free WhatsApp) plans are, as the name suggests, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Internet Con WhatsApp Gratis can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1234:

PriceDataSocial Data 1, 2ValidityActivation Code
70 ARS200 MBUnlimited 11 dayD1MB2345
180 ARS2 GBUnlimited 12 daysD2GB2345
250 ARS1 GBUnlimited 17 daysINTERNET2345
250 ARS2 GBUnlimited 23 daysD3GB2345
300 ARS2 GBUnlimited 25 daysD5GB2345
340 ARS2 GB1 GB 37 daysD7GB2345
510 ARS3 GB1 GB 310 days3GBD102345
800 ARS3 GB1 GB 330 days3GBD302345
990 ARS5 GB2 GB 330 days5GBD302345

1 for WhatsApp
2 for Spotify & WhatsApp
3 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube

APN/Internet Settings – Movistar Argentina

  • Name: Movistar
  • APN: wap.gprs.unifon.com.ar
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

Jump back to the Table of Contents.


Personal Argentina

Personal Argentina Logo
© Personal

Personal Argentina, just Personal, is one of the mobile operators in Argentina.

It is currently the best mobile operator in the country.

Personal is also active in Paraguay.

Personal uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 2600 MHz (n7)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Personal:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Personal SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Personal Argentina

Personal has the best coverage in Argentina.

This is also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Personal's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Personal Argentina

You can get a Personal SIM card for free in Personal stores. If you buy it from a third party, like a kiosk, expect to pay at least 50 ARS. SIM cards are not sold at Buenos Aires-Ministro Pistarini International Airport/Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) or Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

It is also possible to get a Personal eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

To use a Personal eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 2/2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3/3a/3a XL/3 XL
  • Google Pixel 4/4 XL
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Huawei P10/P20 Pro/P40 Pro+
  • Huawei Mate 40 5G/40 Pro 5G
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13/13 Mini/13 Pro/13 Pro Max
  • Motorola 2019 (5G)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G/S21 Plus 5G/S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip/Flip 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold/Fold 2/Fold 3
Personal Argentina eSIM
© Personal Argentina
  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Note that Personal offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Personal SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Personal Argentina

Personal top-up vouchers are sold in Personal stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Argentina.

You can multiply your credit with the Multiplicá tu Crédito option:

Top-UpCreditValidity
180 ARS400 ARS1 day
328 ARS1095 ARS3 days
544 ARS2420 ARS7 days

To top up your Personal SIM card, dial *150# or *151 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 *150# to check your Personal balance.

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

Personal Argentina Mi Personal App
© Personal Argentina

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Personal Argentina

Personal has four data-featured plans:

All Personal plans can be activated on the Mi Personal app (and you get 10% off when you buy plans on the app).

I will list all the prices in ARS (Argentine Peso).

To convert ARS to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Signup Banner

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

Nacionales Packs (National Packs) – Personal Argentina

The Nacionales Packs (National Packs) are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Nacionales Packs can be activated on the Mi Personal app:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
40 ARSN/AN/AUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
90 ARSN/AN/AUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
140 ARSN/AN/AUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
148 ARS1 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A1 days
160 ARS500 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
220 ARS1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
256 ARS2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
414 ARS2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
Personal Argentina Nacionales Packs National Packages
Mensual (Mensual) Plans – Personal Argentina

The Mensual (Mensual) plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

Mensual plans can be activated on the Mi Personal app:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataLocal MinutesValidity
500 ARS1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
900 ARS3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
Personal Argentina Mensual Monthly Plans
Gigas + Redes Sociales y Video Plans (Data + Social Networks and Video) Plans – Personal Argentina

The Gigas + Redes Sociales y Video (Data + Social Networks and Video) plans are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Gigas + Redes Sociales y Video can be activated on the Mi Personal app:

PriceDataVideo Data 1Validity
328 ARS2 GB2 GB3 days
454 ARS2 GB2 GB5 days
544 ARS2 GB2 GB7 days

1 for Amazon Prime, Flow, Netflix & YouTube

Personal Argentina Gigas + Redes Sociales y Video Data + Social Media & Video Data Plan
Gigas + Crédito (Data + Credit) Plans – Personal Argentina

The Gigas + Crédito (Data + Credit) plans are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

Gigas + Crédito can be activated on the Mi Personal app:

PriceCreditDataValidity
328 ARS365 ARS3 GB3 days
454 ARS505 ARS3 GB5 days
544 ARS605 ARS3 GB7 days
Personal Argentina Gigas + Crédito Data + Credit Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Personal Argentina

  • Name: PERSONAL DATOS
  • APN: datos.personal.com
  • Username: datos
  • Password: datos

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

Jump back to the Table of Contents.


Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Argentina

The cheapest way to get online in Argentina is to get a SIM card from one of the mobile operators.

However, that is not your only method of staying online.

Below are some other options to consider.

International Roaming

Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected.

You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.

However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.

Learn more about roaming.

International/Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers.

The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.

Get to know more about international and travel SIM cards.

Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local mobile 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.

Free WIFI Networks

Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option.

Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.

Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Argentina

Getting a SIM card from Personal would do you well when considering an Argentine SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other South American Countries

Planning on visiting other countries in South America? Check out my South America SIM card buying guide covering other South American destinations, such as:


Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

Support Phone Travel Wiz

It takes a lot of time to analyze, translate & review the SIM card options worldwide (especially to test them out).

Your support helps me keep producing impartial content by eliminating the need to recommend international SIM cards as the best local SIM card (but some of them CAN be useful).

Every Ko-Fi donation, one-time or monthly, helps me to spend more time creating local SIM card buying guides.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience

Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel!

Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises & accommodation.

Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling?

In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services & products I have for this site and my YouTube channel.

If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cardsinternational SIM cardsmobile hotspots, or roam internationally.

Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

Sign Up for the Phone Travel Wiz Newsletter

Get updates related to the newest guides, videos & recommended products and services.

Moreover, I send you many tips and tricks on saving money while traveling every now and then.

Let's Be Social

Did you know that I have a YouTube channel covering everything you need to know about traveling with your phone?

A lot of useful videos are uploaded multiple times a week, and you do not want to miss out on them!

Learn More About Who Adu Actually Is

Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!