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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Chile: Buying Guide

Chile – known for its street art, street food & for having the tallest building in Latin America (Gran Torre) since 2011/2012.

It is also the longest and narrowest country worldwide, being 4270 km long and only 400 km wide.

But what to do in Chile?

The Torrel del Paine is a stunning hiking path.

The Marbel Caves (Cuevas de Mármol) are absolutely breathtaking.

And, if you can and have the time for it, the mysterious Easter Island should be visited as well with the Moai statues.

There is no reason to be bored in this long country.

But before you post your amazing Chile photos online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

That is why you should (almost) always buy local SIM cards to enjoy local rates, like a Chilean one.

Luckily for you, SIM cards are affordable in Chile, and the country has the lowest mobile data rates in South America.

You can get a Chilean SIM card for as low as 500 CLP (0.60 USD) to 5000 CLP (6 USD) in Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM stores (although they all often solely deal with postpaid customers) or from supermarkets and grocery stores. Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport sells SIM cards too.

Inexpensive, right? And most SIM cards include starter packs, so you do not just pay 6 USD for a SIM card (unlike some other countries… like Canada and the United States).

Of course, there is much more to know about Chilean SIM cards, so…

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

Buying a SIM Card in Chile Guide (logos of Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM)

Original publication: 2nd of March 2020. Last updated: 22nd of November 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Chile?

Anyone living in or visiting Chile can buy a Chilean SIM card from the mobile network operators (Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM (formerly Nextel) in their stores or from resellers (grocery stores, kiosks & pharmacies), with no restrictions.

However, you may be asked for a RUT (Registro Civil) number – the local ID number.

It is not required to give one when purchasing a SIM card and it is not needed for registering the SIM card.

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

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Chile?

You can get a Chilean SIM card in Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM (formerly Nextel) stores and third-party stores, including kiosks, pharmacies & grocery stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport at inflated prices.

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

  • Entel Chile: 3990 CLP
  • Movistar Chile: between 2000 CLP and 5000 CLP
  • Claro Chile: between 2000 CLP and 5000 CLP
  • WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile): between 500 CLP and 5000 CLP

Ranges are given due to individual retailers having different prices and starter packs.

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Can You Use Your Phone in Chile?

Chile 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 Chile, but there is about a 99% chance you have a GSM phone 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.

Chile uses American Frequencies, which are used in the Americas (North-, Central, and 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, and 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 Chile.

Do note that Chile uses Band 28 for frequency spectrum 700 MHz. This band for 700 MHz is more common in Latin America but not at all in North America.

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

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Chile

Chile has four mobile network operators:

  • Entel Chile
  • Movistar Chile
  • Claro Chile
  • WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

The following frequencies are used in Chile:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1700 MHz (Band 4 & Band 66) 1900 MHz (Band 2) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258) – trial phase/to be officially awarded, respectively

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Chile, 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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5G NR in Chile

Commercial 5G NR is not available in Chile yet. However, Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM have been awarded 5G spectrum for the 700 MHz, 3500 MHz & 26 GHz. It is unknown when public trials will be held and when 5G NR will officially launch.

Best SIM Card in Chile

If you want to buy a SIM card in Chile, I would recommend going with Entel or Claro. Entel is the best mobile operator in most regards. Claro has the fastest speeds.

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SIM Card Registration in Chile

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

You may be asked to provide a RUT (Registro Civil) number, which is the local ID number, when purchasing a SIM card.

This is optional, but not-so-optional for locals, and you do not have to give one (because you will not have one).

If the salesperson insists, just make one up wiht 9 digits.

IMEI Registration in Chile

As of 2017, anyone using mobile devices with Chilean SIM cards has to register their phone's IMEI number.

Unlike some countries that introduced an IMEI registration scheme, Chile's procedure is relatively quick (between one hour and 24 hours) and does not cost anything (looking at you, Turkey).

Distinct from Colombia, which also has an IMEI registration scheme, all phones that have not been stolen and reported to the Chilean authorities can be registered – it does not have to be an approved phone.

What is the same as Colombia is that if you purchased your phone outside of Chile, which is probably the case, you would need to bring proof of purchase as part of the registration.

If you do not have proof of purchase with you, there is another way to still proceed – more about that later.

Besides that, you need your passport, your phone's IMEI (dial *#06# to find it) & fill in a form at a certified company.

Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM (formerly Nextel) stores cannot do IMEI registration for you – only certifying companies.

You can register one device (one IMEI) per person per year for free. I am currently unsure if you can register multiple devices for a fee and how high this fee is.

Also, if you have a dual-SIM phone, you can only whitelist one SIM slot.

Registration can also be done online through Registratuimei (in English) for 9990 CLP (12.50 USD).

If you do not have proof of purchase anymore – do not fret. Registratuimei can still register your phone for 19 990 CLP instead (25 USD).

But… all of this may not even be necessary.

That is because you get a 30-day grace period for IMEI registration.

If you stay in Chile for less than 30 days, registration is not required.

Just know that if you plan on visiting Chile soon again, your phone will not be allowed on any network until it has been registered.

Of you have to go back with a new phone.

Finally, registration is not applicable when roaming internationally in Chile or when using an international SIM card or travel SIM card.

Chile Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Chile

Mobile data rates in South America are low, making local SIM cards an affordable way to stay connected in this region.

And if you remember from the introduction, I said that Chile has the lowest mobile data rates in South America.

So, how cheap is mobile data in Chile?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Chile is 0.39 USD, below the South American average of 1.97 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

In fact, Chile is the tenth-cheapest country for mobile data globally.

And if you compare 2021's numbers with 2019's, the average cost of data decreased by 79.1%.

But you might have noticed something weird in the image above… the Falkland Islands – what is going there?

Long story short for now (but you can learn more about it in the Falkland Islands SIM card buying guide), but anyone living there is being scammed by the local mobile operator.

If I included the Falkland Islands‘ figures in the South American average, the average cost of data would be 5.25 USD instead of 1.97 USD.

So yeah, I do not include it in the average.

Enough about prices. How are the network speeds?

Nothing exceptional, for sure.

Chile's mean mobile download speed is around 13 Mbps, about half the global average.

The speeds have basically been stagnant over the year, even though the four mobile operators have invested heavily in improving their networks.

But that was mostly to improve coverage in places where coverage was non-existent or inadequate, which is why that is not reflected in speed scores.

Okay, so which mobile operator is the fastest in Chile?

That would be Claro Chile, with a speed score of 24.44. Followed by Entel Chile (19.15), WOM Chile (18.15) & Movistar Chile (12.47).

The fastest mobile download speed can be found in Temuco, with a mean download speed of 23.08 Mbps. Closely followed by Valparasaíso (22.97 Mbps) and Viña del Mar (22.59 Mbps).

Santiago, the capital city, has a mean download speed of 19.55 Mbps. Antofagasta, a port city, has a mean download speed of 18.33 Mbps.

All other Chilean cities and towns have (much) slower mean download speeds.

Overall, the best mobile operators are Entel Chile and WOM Chile.

The performance of WOM Chile may be a surprise because it is still the smallest mobile operator in the country and used to use the networks of Movistar Chile and Claro Chile in the past.

It has invested a lot in building its network, which is not visible.

However, its coverage is still behind its competitors, so be aware that if you plan to visit rural Chile, the other mobile operators may be better.

With low SIM card prices, decent nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and incredible mobile data rates, you should have a decent network experience in Chile.

Currency in Chile

20000 Chilean Peso Bank Note
© Central Bank of Chile/Banco Central de Chile

Chile uses the Chilean Peso with the symbol CLP (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as $. For example, 25 CLP = $25.

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

  • 10 CLP = 0.01 USD
  • 100 CLP = 0.10 USD
  • 1000 CLP = 1.20 USD
  • 10 000 CLP = 12.10 USD

For up-to-date CLP:USD exchange rates, search CLP to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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Chilean Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Entel Chile, Movistar Chile, Claro Chile & WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile), 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 Chile has to offer to us.


Entel Chile

Entel Logo
© Entel

Entel Chile, just Entel, is the largest mobile operator in Chile.

Entel stands for Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones.

It used to be the national state-owned telecommunications company.

Although it has faced fierce competition since privatization, it is still the best mobile operator in all aspects.

Entel is also active in Peru. However, it has nothing to do with Entel in Bolivia.

Entel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1900 MHz (Band 2) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258) – trial phase/to be officially awarded, respectively

This is what you will learn about Entel:

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

Coverage – Entel Chile

Entel has the best coverage in Chile.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Although Entel has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for determining its nationwide coverage – only regional/city-wide coverage.

Below is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Entel Chile

You can get an Entel SIM card for 3990 CLP in Entel stores, supermarkets & pharmacies. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

Entel Chile SIM Card
© Entel Chile

For the first two months of purchasing/activating your Entel SIM card, you get 1 GB, unlimited Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter & WhatsApp data, and 30 local minutes – all for 7 days if you recharge at least 2000 CLP.

Entel Chile New SIM Card Bonus

Note that some Entel stores may turn you away when trying to buy prepaid SIM cards because they solely focus on postpaid (subscribers) customers.

Entel does sell eSIMs nowadays. However, it is unclear whether they are exclusive to postpaid customers or not.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Entel Chile

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

The following (online) top-up options are available:

Top-UpSocial Data 1, 2Credit ValiditySocial Data Validity
1000 CLP – 1999 CLPUnlimited90 days5 days
2000 CLP – 2999 CLPUnlimited90 days7 days
3000 CLP – 9999 CLPUnlimited90 days15 days
10 000 CLP =>Unlimited90 days30 days

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 unlimited WhatsApp is always valid for 30 days

You also have something called Recarga Mágica (Magic Reload).

Suppose you recharge 10 000 CLP online, on the Entel app, or by calling 103 and selecting option 3.

In that case, your 10 000 CLP top-up will be converted into 20 GB, 700 local minutes & unlimited Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter & WhatsApp data – all for 30 days.

Entel Chile Recarga Mágica Magic Recharge

To top up your Entel SIM card, you would call 103 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 debit and credit cards. However, only Chile-issued cards are accepted.

If your international debit or credit is somehow accepted, you will get a 30% credit bonus for each reload done online or through the Entel app.

Dial *103# to check your Entel balance.

However, only the first balance inquiry of the day will be free. All subsequent inquiries will cost you 100 CLP.

You can also use the Entel app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery) to check your balance for free.

Entel Chile App
© Entel Chile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Entel Chile

Entel has three data-featured plans:

All Entel plans can be activated on the Entel app.

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

Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos (Prepaid Data and Minutes Bags) – Entel Chile

The Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos (Prepaid Data and Minutes Bags) are combo plans with data and minutes.

These Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos are available:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesValidity
500 CLP400 MBN/A20 minutes2 days
1000 CLP1 GBUnlimited50 minutes3 days
2000 CLP2 GBUnlimited100 minutes5 days
3000 CLP4 GBUnlimited150 minutes7 days
4000 CLP4 GBUnlimited150 minutes30 days
5000 CLP5 GBUnlimited200 minutes30 days
6000 CLP7 GBUnlimited400 minutes30 days
8000 CLP10 GBUnlimited500 minutes30 days

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter & WhatsApp

Entel Chile Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos Data and Minutes Plan
Bolsas Prepago Entretenimiento (Prepaid Entertainment Bags) – Entel Chile

The Bolsas Prepago Entretenimiento (Prepaid Entertainment Bags) is a combo plan costing 1000 CLP with 500 MB, unlimited TikTok data & 60 local minutes – all for 3 days.

PriceDataTikTok DataLocal MinutesValidity
1000 CLP500 MBUnlimited60 minutes3 days
Entel Chile Bolsas Prepago Entretenimiento Entertainment Plan
Bolsas Prepago Ilimitadas (Unlimited Prepaid Bags) – Entel Chile

The Bolsas Prepago Ilimitadas (Unlimited Prepaid Bags) are combo plans with unlimited data and local minutes.

These Bolsas Prepago Ilimitadas are available:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesValidity
500 CLPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
890 CLPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 day
1500 CLPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited2 days
2000 CLPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited7 nights (23:00 – 7:00)
2000 CLPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
2490 CLPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited3 days
3000 CLPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited7 days
5290 CLPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited7 days
6990 CLPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited10 days

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Netflix, Spotify, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp & YouTube

Entel Chile Bolsas Prepago Ilimitadas Unlimited Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Entel Chile

  • Name: Entel APN
  • APN: bam.entelpcs.cl

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Movistar Chile

Movistar Logo New
© Movistar

Movistar Chile, just Movistar, is the second-largest mobile operator in Chile.

It is a combination of the former Telefónica Móvil and BellSouth.

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

Movistar uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258) – trial phase/to be officially awarded, respectively

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 Chile

Movistar has extensive coverage throughout Chile.

Although Movistar has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for determining its nationwide coverage – only regional/city-wide coverage.

Below is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Movistar Chile

You can get a Movistar SIM card for between 2000 CLP to 5000 CLP, depending on the retailer, in Movistar stores, supermarkets & pharmacies. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

Movistar SIM Card
© Movistar

Note that some Movistar stores may turn you away when trying to buy prepaid SIM cards because they solely focus on postpaid (subscribers) customers.

Dial *#62# to see your Movistar phone number.

Dial *303# to access the Movistar menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Movistar Chile

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

The following (online) top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
100 CLP – 4990 CLP30 days
5000 CLP – 7990 CLP60 days
8000 CLP – 20 000 CLP90 days

Each top-up of more than 1000 CLP gives you unlimited data for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp.

Below is an overview of your social media data validity:

Top-UpSocial Data 1Social Data Validity
1000 CLP – 2999 CLPUnlimited1 day
3000 CLP – 9999 CLPUnlimited3 days
10 000 CLP => Unlimited7 days

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp

Movistar Chile Vigencia Redes Sociales Unlimited Social Media Top-Up Bonuses

To top up your Movistar SIM card, call *303# 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 debit and credit cards. However, only Chile-issued cards are accepted.

Dial *303# to check your Movistar balance.

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

Movistar Chile Mi Movistar Chile App
© Movistar Chile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Movistar Chile

Movistar has five data-featured plans:

All Movistar plans can be activated by dialing *303#.

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

Bolsas Multimedia (Multimedia Bags) – Movistar Chile

The Bolsas Multimedia (Multimedia Bags) are combo plans with data and minutes.

Dial *303# and select option 3 to activate Bolsas Multimedia:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
250 CLP75 MBN/A1 day
490 CLP 1150 MB10 minutes1 day
990 CLP1.5 GB200 minutes3 days
3490 CLP2 GB100 minutes30 days
4490 CLP4 GB200 minutes30 days

1 double allowances when activated on the Mi Movistar app

Movistar Chile Bolsas Multimedia Bags Plans
Bolsas Libres GB y Min (Unlimited GB and Minutes Bags) – Movistar Chile

The Bolsas Libres GB y Min (Unlimited GB and Minutes Bags) are combo plans with unlimited data and local minutes.

You will get a 50% discount when you activate Bolsas Multimedia on the Mi Movistar app.

Dial *303# and select option 3 to activate Bolsas Multimedia:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
990 CLPUnlimited 1N/A12 months
1290 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
1590 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited2 days
2490 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
3990 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited5 days
4990 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
5990 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
7990 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited14 days

1 for WhatsApp only

Movistar Chile Bolsas Libres (GB y Min) Free Data and Minutes Bags Plans
Bolsa Duplica (Double Bag) – Movistar Chile

The Bolsa Duplica (Double Bag) is a combo plan with data and local minutes, giving you double the allowances.

Dial *303#, select option 2, and select option 3 to activate Bolsa Duplica:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesValidity
1990 CLP4 GBUnlimited400 minutes7 days
2990 CLP6 GBUnlimited600 minutes10 days
6990 CLP10 GBUnlimited500 minutes30 days

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp

Bolsa Duplica auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *303#, select option 2, and select option 4.

Movistar Chile Bolsa Duplica Double Bags Plans
Bolsa Libre Nocturna (Night Free Bag) – Movistar Chile

The Bolsa Libre Nocturna (Night Free Bag) is an unlimited data plan for nighttime use (between 23:00 and 7:00).

You will get a 50% discount when you activate Bolsa Libre Nocturna on the Mi Movistar app.

Dial *303# and select option 3 to activate Bolsa Libre Nocturna:

PriceDataValidity
990 CLPUnlimited7 nights (23:00 – 7:00)
1990 CLPUnlimited15 nights (23:00 – 7:00)
Movistar Chile Bolsa Libre Nocturna Night Free Bags Plans
Bolsas de Entretención (Entertainment Bags) – Movistar Chile

The Bolsas de Entretención (Entertainment Bags) are data-only plans for select game, music & video streaming apps, including Clash Royale, Roblox, Spotify, TikTok & YouTube

You will get a 50% discount when you activate Bolsas Multimedia on the Mi Movistar app (except for the 590 CLP plan).

These Bolsas Multimedia are available:

PricePlanDataValidity
590 CLPBolsa Libre VideoUnlimited 11 day
990 CLPBolsa Libre GamersUnlimited 25 days
990 CLPBolsa Libre MúsicaUnlimited 35 days
1990 CLPBolsa Libre GamersUnlimited 215 days
1990 CLPBolsa Libre MúsicaUnlimited 315 days
1990 CLPBolsa Libre VideoUnlimited 17 days

1 for Mplay, Netflix, TikTok, YouTube & YouTube Kids
2 for Brawl Stars, Clash Royale, Pokémon Go & Roblox
3 for Apple Music, Google Play Music (read: YouTube Music) & Spotify

Movistar Chile Bolsas de Entretención Entertainment Bags Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Movistar Chile

  • Name: Movistar Internet
  • APN: wap.tmovil.cl
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap
  • MMC: 730
  • MCN: 02

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Claro Chile

Claro Logo
© Claro

Claro Chile, just Claro, is the third-largest mobile operator in Chile.

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), 1900 MHz (Band 2) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258) – trial phase/to be officially awarded, respectively

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 Chile

Claro has extensive coverage throughout Chile.

Although Claro has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for determining its nationwide coverage – only regional/city-wide coverage.

Below is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Claro Chile

You can get a Claro SIM card for between 2000 CLP to 5000 CLP, depending on the retailer, in Claro stores, supermarkets & pharmacies. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

Claro SIM Card
© Claro

Note that some Claro stores may turn you away when trying to buy prepaid SIM cards because they solely focus on postpaid (subscribers) customers.

You may have to dial *103# to activate your Claro SIM card.

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).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Chile

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

The following (online) top-up options are available:

Top-UpSocial Data 1Credit ValiditySocial Data Validity
750 CLP – 1999  CLP2 GB7 days3 days
2000 CLP – 2499 CLP2 GB30 days7 days
2500 CLP – 3599 CLP2 GB30 days15 days
3600 CLP – 6999 CLP2 GB30 days15 days
7000 CLP => 2 GB60 days30 days

1 for Claro Música, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp

To top up your Claro SIM card, call *103# 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 debit and credit cards. However, only Chile-issued cards are accepted.

Call 103 to check your Claro balance.

However, all inquiries will cost you 50 CLP.

You can also use the Mi Claro Chile (My Claro Chile) app (Android/iOS) to check your balance for free.

Claro Chile Mi Claro Chile App
© Claro Chile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Claro Chile

Claro has four data-featured plans:

Note that although Claro advertises social media data as unlimited data, you actually get 2 GB of data for Claro Música, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp, regardless of the plan.

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

Bolsas Mixtas (Mixed Bags) – Claro Chile

The Bolsas Mixtas (Mixed Bags) are combo plans with data and minutes.

Dial *103# to activate Bolsas Mixtas:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesValidity
2000 CLP3 GB2 GB200 minutes7 days
4000 CLP6 GB2 GB300 minutes15 days
5000 CLP6 GB2 GB400 minutes30 days
7000 CLP9 GB2 GB500 minutes30 days
10 000 CLP11 GB2 GB700 minutes30 days

1 for Claro Música, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp

Claro Chile Bolsas Mixtas Mixed Bags Plans
Bolsas Prepago (Prepaid Bags) – Claro Chile

Text the Activation Code to 2020 to activate Bolsas Prepago:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesInternational MinutesValidityActivation Code
200 CLP100 MBN/AN/AN/A1 dayB100
500 CLPN/AN/A100 minutesN/A1 dayLIB1
500 CLP200 MBN/AN/AN/A1 dayIM500
890 CLPN/A2 GB 2N/AN/A3 daysBVID3
1000 CLPN/AN/A30 minutesN/A7 days30BMIN
1000 CLP750 MB2 GB100 minutesN/A3 daysP1000
1490 CLPUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 nights (23:00 – 7:59)BOLSANONCHE
1500 CLP1.5 GB2 GBN/AN/A3 daysIM1500
2000 CLPN/AN/AN/A10 minutes 415 days10LDI
2000 CLPN/AN/AN/A20 minutes 515 days20LDI
2000 CLPN/AN/A60 minutesN/A15 days60BMIN
2000 CLP2 GB2 GB200 minutesN/A7 daysP2000
2500 CLP2.5 GB2 GB 3N/AN/A7 daysIM2500
2500 CLP3 GB2 GB 3200 minutesN/A7 daysPGM
2990 CLPN/AN/A100 minutesN/A4 daysLIB4
2990 CLPN/A2 GB 6N/AN/A365 daysBA365
2990 CLP2 GB2 GB 3200 minutes10 minutes5 daysPLDI2
4000 CLPN/AN/A200 minutesN/A15 days200BMIN
4000 CLP3.5 GB2 GB 3N/AN/A15 daysIM4000
4000 CLP5 GB2 GB300 minutesN/A15 daysP4000
4890 CLPUnlimitedN/A100 minutesN/A7 daysLIB7
5000 CLP2 GB2 GB 3200 minutes20 minutes 515 daysPLDI7
5000 CLP5 GB2 GB400 minutesN/A30 daysP5000
7000 CLP8 GB2 GB 7500 minutesN/A30 daysP7000
10 000 CLP10 GB2 GB 7700 minutesN/A30 daysP10000

1 for Claro Música, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 for Netflix & YouTube only
3 excludes Telegram
4 to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay & Venezuela
5 to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru & Uruguay
6 for Claro Música, Facebook, Spotify & WhatsApp only
7 includes Waze

Claro Chile Bolsas Prepago Prepaid Bags Plans
Armu tu prepaGO! (Make Your Own Plan) – Claro Chile

Armu tu prepaGO! (Make Your Own Plan) is a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data and how many minutes you want.

There are no minimum data, call, or price requirements for Armu tu PrepaGO.

Claro Chile Arma tu PrepaGO Make Your Own Plan
Armu tu prepaGO! Data – Claro Chile

The data options for Armu tu prepaGO! start from 2 GB (1700 CLP – 7 days) to 8 GB (6500 CLP – 30 days.

You also get unlimited (2 GB) data for Claro Musica, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp for free only if you include data.

Below are your options:

PriceDataValidity
1700 CLP2 GB7 days
2300 CLP2 GB15 days
2500 CLP5 GB7 days
3400 CLP2 GB30 days
3500 CLP5 GB15 days
4500 CLP8 GB7 days
4500 CLP5 GB30 days
5000 CLP8 GB15 days
6500 CLP8 GB30 days
Armu tu prepaGO! Local Minutes – Claro Chile

The local minutes options for Armu tu prepaGO! start from 100 minutes (1500 CLP – 7 days) to 500 minutes (4500 CLP – 30 days).

Below are your options:

PriceLocal MinutesValidity
1500 CLP100 minutes7 days
2200 CLP100 minutes15 days
2900 CLP100 minutes30 days
3000 CLP500 minutes7 days
3700 CLP500 minutes15 days
4500 CLP500 minutes30 days
Larga Distancia Internacional (International Long Distance) – Claro Chile

The Larga Distancia Internacional (International Long Distance) is a combo plan with 2 GB of data, unlimited (2 GB) data for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp, 200 local minutes & 20 international minutes – all for 15 days.

It costs 5000 CLP and can be activated by dialing *103#.

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesInternational MinutesValidityActivation Code
5000 CLP2 GB2 GB200 minutes20 minutes15 days*103#

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp

Claro Chile Bolsas de Larga Distancia Long Distance Bag Plan

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Chile

  • Name: Claro Internet
  • APN: bam.clarochile.cl
  • Username: clarochile
  • Password: clarochile
  • MMC: 730
  • MNC: 03

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WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

WOM Logo
© WOM

WOM Chile, just WOM and formerly Nextel Chile, is the smallest mobile operator in Chile.

It used to have a 2G and 3G domestic roaming agreement with Movistar Chile and Claro Chile.

However, this agreement was suspended after WOM managed to build its own network.

WOM is also active in Colombia.

WOM uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had it
  • 3G: 1700 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 1700 MHz (Band 4 & Band 66)

This is what you will learn about WOM:

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

Coverage – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

WOM has extensive coverage throughout Chile.

It also has the best 4G/LTE availability and coverage in Chile.

Although WOM has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for determining its nationwide coverage – only regional/city-wide coverage.

Below is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

You can get a WOM SIM card for between 500 CLP to 5000 CLP, depending on the retailer, with 1 GB of data, unlimited WhatsApp data & 50 local minutes for 15 days, in WOM stores, supermarkets & pharmacies. It may be possible to get SIM cards at Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

WOM Chile Chip Prepago SIM Card
© WOM Chile

Unlike WOM's competitors, WOM stores are willing to help you with prepaid SIM cards.

You may have to call 103 to activate your WOM SIM card.

Dial *103# and select option 5 or call 103, select option 3, and option 1 to see your WOM phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

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

WOM Chile Top-Up Partners
© WOM Chile

The following (online) top-up options are available:

Top-UpBonus DataWhatsApp DataCredit ValidityBonus Data ValidityWhatsApp Data Validity
1000 CLP – 2999 CLP500 MBUnlimited180 days5 days30 days
3000 CLP – 4999 CLP1 GBUnlimited180 days10 days30 days
5000 CLP – 6999 CLP2 GBUnlimited180 days15 days30 days
7000 CLP =>4 GBUnlimited180 days30 days30 days

To top up your WOM SIM card, call *103# 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 debit and credit cards. However, only Chile-issued cards are accepted.

Dial *103# to check your WOM balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the WOM (Chile) app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

WOM Chile App
© WOM Chile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

WOM has five data-featured plans:

All WOM plans can be activated by dialing *103# and selecting option 1 or calling 103 and selecting option 1.

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

Bolsas Ilimitadas (Unlimited Bags) – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

The Bolsas Ilimitadas (Unlimited Bags) are combo plans with unlimited data and local minutes.

Dial *103# and select option 1 or call 103 and select option 1 to activate Bolsas Ilimitadas:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
890 CLPUnlimitedN/A5 nights (23:00 – 7:00)
1590 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited2 days
2990 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited4 days
4990 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
7990 CLPUnlimitedUnlimited12 days
WOM Chile Bolsas Ilimitadas Inlimited Bags Plans
Bolsas Mixtas (Mixed Bags) – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

The Bolsas Mixtas (Mixed Bags) are combo plans with data and minutes.

Dial *103# and select option 1 or call 103 and select option 1 to activate Bolsas Mixtas:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesValidity
1000 CLP1 GBUnlimited50 minutes3 days
2000 CLP2 GBUnlimited100 minutes7 days
3500 CLP3.5 GBUnlimited200 minutes15 days
4000 CLP4.5 GBUnlimited300 minutes30 days
6000 CLP6.5 GBUnlimited400 minutes30 days
8000 CLP9 GBUnlimited500 minutes30 days

1 for Deezer, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, SoundCloud, Spotify, Telegram, Tidal & Twitter

WOM Chile Bolsas Mixtas Mixed Bags Plans
Bolsas de Datos (Data Bags) – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

The Bolsas de Datos (Data Bags) are data-only plans.

Dial *103# and select option 1 or call 103 and select option 1 to activate Bolsas de Datos:

PriceDataValidity
250 CLP200 MB1 day
500 CLP400 MB3 days
1000 CLP800 MB7 days
2500 CLP2 GB15 days
3500 CLP3 GB30 days
5500 CLP5 GB30 days
WOM Chile Bolsas de Datos Data Bags Plans
Bolsas Ilimitadas de Video (Unlimited Video Bags) – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

The Bolsas Ilimitadas de Video (Unlimited Video Bags) are data-only plans with Netflix, TikTok & YouTube.

Dial *103# and select option 1 or call 103 and select option 1 to activate Bolsas Ilimitadas de Video:

PriceNetflix, TikTok & YouTube DataValidity
590 CLPUnlimited1 day
1490 CLPUnlimited5 days
WOM Chile Bolsas Ilimitadas de Video Unlimited Video Bag Plans
Bolsas Ilimitadas de Redes Sociales (Unlimited Social Media Bags) – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

The Bolsas Ilimitadas de Redes Sociales (Unlimited Social Media Bags) are data-only plans with Deezer, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, SoundCloud, Spotify, Telegram, Tidal, Twitter & WhatsApp.

Dial *103# and select option 1 or call 103 and select option 1 to activate Bolsas Ilimitadas de Redes Sociales:

PriceSocial DataValidity
690 CLPUnlimited 13 days
1000 CLPUnlimited 21 year
1590 CLPUnlimited 17 days

1 for Deezer, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, SoundCloud, Spotify, Telegram, Tidal & Twitter
2 for WhatsApp

WOM Chile Bolsas Ilimitadas de Redes Sociales Social Media Bags Plans

APN/Internet Settings – WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)

  • Name: Internet WOM
  • APN: internet

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Chile

The cheapest way to get online in Chile 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 in Chile

Getting a SIM card from Entel or Claro would do you well when considering a Chilean SIM card.

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