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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Belize: Buying Guide

Belize – meaning muddy waters in Spanish, is known for its majestic beaches, the Belize Barrier Reef & various caves like the ATM cave.

There are also plenty of museums to visit, resorts to chill at & snorkeling and scuba diving locations – all instagrammable activities and locations!

Before you host a 1-hour live stream, you should know that social media apps consume a lot of data.

This is not an issue if you have a large data plan or, even better, an unlimited data plan; those allowances often do not apply when abroad.

And to make matters worse, international roaming rates are often insanely high, making it expensive.

If you do not watch out, you will come back home bankrupt.

Okay, roaming probably will not bankrupt you, but the costs are high.

So how to stay connected when traveling abroad in an affordable way? By using local SIM cards, like a Belizean one.

That way, you can enjoy local rates, which are almost always lower than international roaming.

So how much do SIM cards cost in Belize?

You can get a Belizean SIM card for 15 BZD (7.50 USD) from Smart or 22.50 BZD (11.25 USD) from Digi (formerly DigiCell) in their stores. Tourist SIM cards are sold from 20 BZD (10 USD) to 43 BZD (21.50 USD). SIM cards are not Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE).

Those prices are not too bad.

Sure, it can be cheaper in other places throughout the Americas, but it could also be much worse *cough* The Falkland Islands *cough*.

But there are quite some things to know before buying a SIM card in Belize.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Belize Guide (logos of Digi & Smart!)

Original publication: 29th of December 2019. Last updated: 15th of April 2022.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Belize?

Anyone 18 years old or older living in or visiting Belize can buy a Belizean SIM card from Digi (formerly DigiCell) and Smart! in their stores without any restrictions.

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

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 Belize).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Belize?

You can get a Belizean SIM card in Digi and Smart! stores. They are not sold at Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE).

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

  • Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell): 22.50 BZD
  • Smart! Belize: 15 BZD

The following Belizean mobile operators also have SIM cards targetting tourists:

  • Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell): 20 USD
  • Smart! Belize: 20 BZD & 45 BZD

TIP: Check out my SIM card prices lookup tool for a detailed overview of SIM card starter pack benefits (for Belizean SIM cards and SIM cards worldwide).

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Can You Use Your Phone in Belize?

Belize uses GSM for its cellular communications, meaning that you need a GSM-capable phone to use your phone in the country. CMDA-phones will not work in Belize, but there is about a 99% chance you have a GSM phone anyway.

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

Belize 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 Belize.

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 Belize 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 Belize (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Belize

Belize has two mobile operators:

  • Digi by Belize Telemedia Limited/BTL (formerly DigiCell)
  • Smart! by Speednet

The following frequencies are used in Belize:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Belize, 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 Belize

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 Belize (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 data 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 Belize

5G NR is not available in Belize as of 2022, and the Belizean government has not made any indications of when they will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in Belize

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Belize, I recommend going with Digi (formerly DigiCell) or Smart!. Digi has the best coverage and fastest speeds. If you do not mind sacrificing speed and coverage for lower prices, go with Smart!.

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Best eSIM in Belize

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM (to prepaid customers) in Belize yet.

However, you can get the Belize (Cho!) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days.

Belize Cho! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

SIM Card Registration in Belize

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Belize. This will be done at the point of purchase.

Belize Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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Currency in Belize

100 Belize Dollar Note
© Central Bank of Belize

Belize uses the Belize Dollar with the symbol BZD (which will be used throughout this guide).

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

BZD is officially pegged 2:1 to the US Dollar (USD), meaning that 2 BZD is 1 USD or 0.5 USD is 1 BZD. However, the exchange rate has been 1:1 for the past few years.

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

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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!

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Belizean Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell) & Smart! Belize, 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 Belize has to offer to us.


Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

Digi Belize Logo New 2022
© Digi Belize

Digi Belize, just Digi and formerly DigiCell Belize, not to be confused with Digi in Malaysia, is the largest mobile operator in Belize.

Digi used to have a monopoly until Smart! Belize entered the market.

While Digi is still more expensive than Smart!, it still has the fastest speeds in Belize.

Digi uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 17) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Digi:

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

Coverage – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

Digi has the best coverage in Belize.

However, reception may be lacking in rural areas. Sometimes, you will have no coverage at all.

Below is Digi's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

You can buy a Digi SIM card for 22.50 BZD with 10 BZD credit and 1 GB of data (valid for 10 days) in Digi stores. Digi SIM cards are not Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE).

Short-term visitors and travelers can also take advantage of the Digi Tourist SIM card.

It costs 20 USD (or 40 BZD) and features 5 BZD credit, 4 GB of data, 300 local minutes & 300 local SMS – all valid for 14 days. The SIM card itself gets deactivated after 21 days, and it cannot be extended.

The thing is… this offer vanished from the Digi website when I updated this guide in April 2022.

If you know this offer is still available or not, let me know.

It will be a while before I revisit Belize, so I cannot confirm this myself yet 🤐.

Dial *100# or call *100 to access the Digi menu.

Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with Digi.

Digi SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 3 months (no top-up for 3 months or no activity for 3 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

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

The following top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
5 BZD30 days 
10 BZD30 days 

To top up your Digi SIM card, dial *100# and follow the instructions.

If you use ePIN, dial *200 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 *201#, call 100, or text bal to 100 to check your Digi balance.

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

Digi Belize DigiGO App
© Digi Belize

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

Digi has five data-featured plans:

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

Digi After Dark Plan – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

The Digi After Dark plan is a combo bundle with 3 GB of data, unlimited on-net minutes & unlimited on-net SMS for 1 night (between 20:00 and 6:00), costing 1.99 BZD.

Dial *100# to activate Digi After Dark.

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
1.99 BZD3 GB UnlimitedUnlimited1 night (20:00 – 6:00)*100#
All In One Bundles – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

The All In One Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

You can activate All In One Bundles by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
6 BZDS-Bundle350 MB30 minutes“Unlimited”, 10 000 SMS3 days 
13 BZDM-Bundle750 MB60 minutes“Unlimited”, 10 000 SMS5 days
25 BZDL-Bundle1500 MB90 minutes“Unlimited”, 10 000 SMS10 days 
Digi Belize All in One Bundles
Be aware that the low prices (3/6/9 BZD) are promotional prices. You will normally be charged 6/13/25 BZD
Weekend Data Pass – Digi Belize (Formerly DigiCell)

The Weekend Data Pass is, as the name implies, a data plan giving you 1 GB of data from Saturday (0:00) to Sunday (23.59).

Dial *700# to activate Weekend Data Pass.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 BZD1 GB 1 weekend (Saturday 0:00 – Sunday 23:59) *700#
PrePaid Data Plans – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

The PrePaid Data Plans are, as the name suggests, data-only bundles.

The following PrePaid Data Plans can be purchased by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataValidity
1 BZDXS Plan130 MB6 hours 
2.50 BZDS Plan330 MB1 day
5 BZDM Plan680 MB3 days 
12 BZDL Plan1700 MB7 days 
20 BZDL+ Plan3000 MB15 days 
35 BZDXL Plan5500 MB30 days 
45 BZDXXL Plan 7500 MB30 days 
69 BZDWork From Home Data Plan 25 600 MB30 days 
Digi Belize PrePaid Data Plans
PrePaid Data Only Plans – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

The PrePaid Data Only Plans are, as the name implies, data-only bundles.

The following Prepaid Data Only Plans can (initially) only be activated in Digi stores:

PriceDataValidity
28.11 BZD4.5 GB1 month
44.99 BZD8 GB1 month
78.74 BZD15 GB1 month
Digi Belize PrePaid Data Only Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Digi Belize (formerly DigiCell)

  • Name: digi
  • APN: data

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Smart! Belize

Smart Belize Logo
© Smart!

Smart! Belize, just Smart, is the smaller mobile operator in Belize.

It entered the Belizean market to end Digi Belize's (formerly DigiCell) monopoly.

Smart! is popular among the Belizean youth because of its youth-specific postpaid plans.

Smart! uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had it
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Smart!:

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

Coverage – Smart! Belize

Smart! has good coverage throughout Belize.

Smart!'s 4G/LTE coverage is still lacking, but it has 3G reception in the more populated areas in Belize.

It is not recommended going with Smart! if you plan on visiting rural Belize.

Below is Smart!'s coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Smart! Belize

You can get a Smart! SIM card for 15 BZD in Smart! stores. During promotions, you sometimes get 10 BZD credit and 1 GB of data. Smart! SIM cards are not Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE).

Short-term visitors and travelers can also take advantage of the Smart! Tourist SIM card.

The following Smart! Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataLocal SMSValidity
20 BZD11 BZDUnlimited25 SMS24 hours
45 BZD35 BZDUnlimited130 SMS7 days

Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with Smart!.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Smart! Belize

Smart! top-up vouchers are sold in Smart stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Belize.

The following top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
5 BZD15 days 
10 BZD30 days 
20 BZD30 days 
50 BZD60 days 
100 BZD60 days 

The following online/eTopUp options are available:

Top-UpValidity
1 BZD – 9.99 BZD15 days 
10 BZD – 29.99 BZD30 days 
30 BZD – 49.99 BZD45 days 
50 BZD => 60 days 

To top up your Smart! SIM card, call 120 and enter your VoucherCode.

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.

Call 122 to check your Smart! balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Smart! Belize

Smart! has only one data-featured plan: Mobile Data. It is, as the name suggests, a data-only bundle.

You can activate Mobile Data plan by calling the Activation Code:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
1.25 BZD165 MB24 hours638
2 BZD340 MB24 hours638
4 BZD680 MB3 days 638
7 BZD1250 MB3 days 638
14 BZD2500 MB7 days 3282
25 BZD4500 MB15 days 3282
40 BZD7200 MB30 days 3282
60 BZD11 000 MB30 days 3282
110 BZD20 500 MB40 days 3282
160 BZD32 000 MB40 days 3282

APN/Internet Settings – Smart! Belize

  • Name: smart
  • APN: smart.com.bz

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Belize

I would highly encourage anyone visiting Belize to get themselves a Belizean SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Belizean SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your mobile operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in Belize, but they may not be cheap.

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 Belize 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 Belize.

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 Belize

Getting a SIM card from Digi or Smart! would do you well when considering a Belizean SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Central American Countries

Visiting other countries in Central America? Check out my Central America SIM card buying guide, covering other Central American nations, such as:

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