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10 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Colombia: Buying Guide

Colombia – known for its landscapes, large variety of birds & coffee.

The country is also infamous for being the largest producer of a certain white substance that sounds close to Coca-Cola.

Besides that, it is a popular travel destination.

The country hosts majestic rainforests, like the Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

Or you can explore old cities from Indigenous Tribes, like the Lost City.

Perhaps snorkeling or sunbathing at an island, such as the Rosario Islands, is something for you.

Maybe you are into the nightlife scene? If so, Bogotá has plenty of clubs for you to enjoy.

As you can see, there is plenty of things to see and do in Colombia, which you probably want to share online.

Before you do so, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

That is why you are better off getting local prepaid SIM cards, like a Colombian one, so that you can take advantage of local rates.

Luckily for you, SIM cards and mobile data rates are low in Colombia.

You can get a Colombian SIM card for 3000 COP (0.80 USD) to 60 000 COP (16 USD – includes a plan) in the mobile operator stores. But SIM cards are often priced at 5000 COP – 7000 COP (1.30 USD – 1.90 USD). Only Claro sells SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

Those prices are not too bad at all! You will be even more surprised how cheap data-featured plans are (especially compared to Canada & the United States).

You have a lot of choices in Colombia, and it can be a challenge to find the best SIM card for your situation (especially if you do not speak Spanish).

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

Buying a SIM Card in Colombia Guide (logos of Movistar, Claro, Virgin Mobile, Tigo, WOM, Móvil Éxito, ETB, Kalley Móvil, Avantel & Buenofon)

Original publication: 2nd of March 2020. Last updated: 24th of October 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Colombia?

Anyone 18 years or older living in or visiting Colombia can buy an Colombian SIM card from the mobile network operators (Claro, Movistar, Tigo, Avantel & WOM) in their stores or from resellers (especially for the MVNOs – Buenofon, ETB, Kalley Móvil, Móvil Éxito & Virgin Mobile), 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 Colombia).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Colombia?

You can get a Colombian SIM card in Claro, Movistar, Tigo, Avantel, WOM, ETB, Éxito (for Móvil Éxito) Justo y Bueno (for Buenofon) & Virgin Mobile stores. Kalley Móvil SIM cards can be purchased at Alkosto Hiperahorro, Alkomprar & KTronix stores.

Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport (the Techport store) sells Claro SIM cards at inflated prices (only theirs).

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

  • Claro Colombia: 5000 COP
  • Movistar Colombia: 3000 COP
  • Tigo Colombia: 5000 COP, 10 000 COP & 20 000 COP (with plans)
  • Avantel Colombia: 5000 COP
  • WOM Colombia: 5000 COP, 20 000 COP & 60 000 COP (with plans)
  • Buenofon: 5000 COP
  • ETB Colombia: 5000 COP
  • Kalley Móvil: 7000 COP – 10 000 COP
  • Móvil Éxito: 5000 COP
  • Virgin Mobile Colombia: 12 000 COP, 20 000 COP, 32 000 COP & 40 000 COP
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Can You Use Your Phone in Colombia?

Colombia 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 Colombia, 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.

Colombia 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 Colombia.

Do note that Colombia 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 Colombia 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 Colombia (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Colombia

Colombia has three Main Operators, two 4G/LTE-only mobile operators (with national roaming options) & six Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services:

  • Claro Colombia
  • Movistar Colombia
  • Tigo Colombia
  • Avantel Colombia (WOM Colombia will absorb Avantel soon)
  • WOM Colombia (merging with Avantel Colombia soon)
  • Buenofon (Movistar Colombia MVNO)
  • ETB Colombia (Tigo Colombia MVNO)
  • Kalley Móvil (Suma Móvil MVNO using Tigo Colombia)
  • Móvil Éxito (Tigo Colombia MVNO)
  • Virgin Mobile Colombia (Movistar Colombia MVNO)

The following frequencies are used in Colombia:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 850 MHz (Band 5), 1700 MHz (Band 4), 1900 MHz (Band 2) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Colombia, 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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A Note about Various MVNOs in Colombia

In addition to the 10 recommended SIM cards in this guide, Colombia has nine other options you can choose from that offer prepaid services as well.

However, I only recommend mobile operators that sell SIM cards in physical you can easily visit because not everyone has the time to wait on a SIM card to be shipped to their ho(s)tel.

Especially when shipping can take up to several working days for it to be delivered.

MVNOs that sell their SIM cards in like one store per state/region have also been excluded (looking at you, Wings Mobile).

Below is a list of MVNOs that have been excluded and the reasoning:

  • Comunicamos Más: Triple Internet Service Provider. Only those who have a fixed broadband and television plan can opt-in for Comunicamos Más Móvil/Mobile
  • Conectame: announced it would launch back in 2017. It is the end of 2021 (at the time of writing), and there is no sign of life yet
  • Flash Mobile: can only be purchased from Brand Ambassadors (direct selling by individuals). It could be a challenge to find such an ambassador
  • HV Móvil: does not offer mobile services anymore
  • Scalet: just like Conectame, it announced it would launch back in 2017, but nothing has happened in over four years
  • SipMovil: for businesses only
  • Uff Móvil: shut down in 2018 for the failure of payment
  • Unicorn Mobile: SIM cards have to be ordered online. However, it may sell SIM cards through distributors soon
  • Wings Mobile: has about one store per (large) city and less than 20 stores nationwide

5G NR in Colombia

5G NR is not available in Colombia as of 2021. However, the Colombian government plans to auction 5G NR licenses (3500 MHz) by December 2021.

In early 2020, the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (MinTIC) awarded Claro Colombia, Movistar Colombia, Tigo Colombia & ETB Colombia temporary 5G NR licenses (3500 MHz), which all had successful trials.

Even if 5G NR licenses will be awarded at the end of 2021, do not expect nationwide coverage anytime soon.

With the latest 4G/LTE spectrum sale of 2019 (700 MHz on Band 28), the MitTIC applied rural coverage obligations.

While nationwide 4G/LTE coverage has improved over the years, it is still behind – even for regional standards. And the speeds are slow too.

Best SIM Card in Colombia

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Colombia, I recommend going with Claro or Tigo (Une). Claro has the best overall coverage (mostly 2G & 3G). Tigo (Une) is the best mobile operator overall with the fastest speeds, most extensive 4G/LTE coverage and availability & network performance.

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Best eSIM in Colombia

Movistar Colombia is the only mobile operator offering eSIM (to prepaid customers).

However, it is not one of the recommended mobile operators in Colombia.

Therefore, if you want to get an eSIM, I recommend getting the Colombia (Hartonet) from Airalo with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days.

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

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

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Colombia

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Colombia, I recommend going with SimCorner's 6 GB Colombia Travel SIM card for 15 days or 12 GB for 30 days variant. Consider SimCorner's South America Travel SIM card, also with 12 GB, valid for 30 days in Colombia and (Central+) South America, including Brazil, Chile & Costa Rica.

SimCorner's South America SIM card can, in addition to the aforementioned countries, also be used in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Peru & Uruguay.

You can also get the SimCorner International Travel SIM card with get 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Colombia and 100+ countries, including the ones mentioned above and Panama, Paraguay & Puerto Rico.

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

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Colombia

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

It is possible to buy SIM cards from (un)authorized resellers, like an unsuspecting small phone shop at the corner of the street.

These stores may sell you a SIM card without registration. Such SIM cards may be registered on someone (as a postpaid line) or not at all.

While this may seem convenient at the time, it may put you at a disadvantage.

The seller may cut your line off within hours or days if they suspect you will not visit their shop anymore, leaving you with a useless SIM card – even after paying for it.

As a result, I recommend getting SIM cards from the official stores of the mobile operators, such as a Claro store, or an authorized reseller, such as Alkosto Hiperahorro for Kalley Móvil SIM cards.

IMEI Registration in Colombia

As of 2016, anyone using mobile devices with Colombian SIM cards has to register their phone IMEI number.

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

But there are still some things to be aware of, though.

If you purchased your phone outside of Colombia, which is probably the case, you would need to bring proof of purchase to the mobile operator's store or a registration point as part of the registration.

TIP: do IMEI registration at the same place where you purchase your Colombian SIM card.

Moreover, your device type has to be on the approved phones list (Spanish). If it is not on the list, you are technically not allowed to use a Colombian SIM card (like most of my high-end devices, somehow).

Let's say your phone is not on the list or you did not bring proof of purchase with you on your trip, are you doomed?

No, depending on how long you plan on staying in Colombia or use a Colombian SIM card.

There is a 20-day grace period (30 days before March 2018) before your phone will be blocked from the Colombian networks.

So if you stay in the country for less than 20 days, you can use a Colombian SIM card and enjoy low local rates without being locked out from the network.

Otherwise, you may have to buy a new phone in Colombia or roam internationally in the country, which can be insanely expensive.

Do note that, because of registration, your Colombian SIM card can only be used on the device that has been registered with the mobile operator.

Trying to use anyone else's SIM card in your phone will not work.

Those using a dual-SIM phone and who want to use both SIM card slots have to register both SIM card trays.

There is no limitation on how many devices you can register on one name.

Colombia Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Colombia

Colombia may not be the cheapest travel destination in South America. However, it is still affordable compare to many other countries worldwide.

But does that mean that the cost of mobile data is also inexpensive?

Yes, but not for regional standards.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Colombia is 2.80 USD, around the South American average of 1.97 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

So yes, mobile data in Colombia is cheap when looking at the global average. But it is the nation with the third-most highest average cost for 1 GB of data in South America.

But what is going on in the Falkland Islands?

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.

So, let's talk about mobile data speeds in Colombia. Is it fast?

No, not at all.

Colombia's average mobile download speed is around 18 Mbps, about 1/3th the global average.

Right now, Suriname is the South American country with the fastest mobile download speeds (43 Mbps).

So, Colombia is not even close to the country with the best mobile download speeds.

But, in Colombia's defense – mobile download speeds are slow in South America.

Behind Suriname, only Uruguay (38 Mbps) and Brazil (34 Mbps) have faster average mobile download speeds higher than 30 Mbps.

So yeah, South America is not a place for blazing-fast speeds.

Okay, which mobile operator is the fastest?

That would be Tigo Colombia, with a speed score of 26.21. Followed by WOM Colombia (17.36), Claro Colombia (16.31) & Movistar Colombia (14).

The fastest mobile download speed can be found in Cartagena, with a median download speed of 22.78 Mbps. Followed by Barranquilla (22.25 Mbps).

Cali, Medellín & Bogotá have to deal with median download speeds of around 20 Mbps (21.59 Mbps, 19.75 Mbps & 18.24 Mbps).

As mentioned in the Best SIM Card in Colombia section, Tigo Colombia is the best mobile operator in all regards, except for the 4G coverage experience.

But, as I mentioned there as well, Claro Colombia has the best nationwide coverage.

And less than 50% of the Colombian population is covered by 4G/LTE – so keep your expectations low.

With low SIM card prices, mediocre nationwide coverage, slow mobile download speeds, and low mobile data rates, you should have a fair network experience in Colombia.

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Currency in Colombia

20 000 Colombian Peso Bank Note
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Colombia uses the Colombian Peso with the symbol COP (which will be used throughout this guide).

Prices in Colombia are listed in just $ or COL$. For example, 25 COP = $/COL$ 25.

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

  • 100 COP = 0.02 USD
  • 1000 COP = 0.25 USD
  • 10 000 COP = 2.65 USD
  • 100 000 COP = 26.50 USD

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

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).

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Colombian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Claro Colombia, Movistar Colombia, Tigo Colombia, Avantel Colombia, WOM Colombia, Buenofon, ETB Colombia, Kalley Móvil, Móvil Éxito & Virgin Mobile Colombia, 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 Colombia has to offer to us.


Claro Colombia

Claro Logo
© Claro

Claro Colombia, just Claro, is the largest mobile operator in Colombia.

In 2013, Claro merged with Comcel. This merger made the two companies become the largest mobile operator then, which is still the same.

While the Comcel brand has not been used for almost a decade, some still somehow refer to Claro as Comcel.

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), 1900 MHz (Band 2) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

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 Colombia

Claro has the best coverage in Colombia.

However, its 4G/LTE reception is behind Tigo Colombia's.

Many parts of the country are covered by 2G or 3G only… or not at all.

While Claro has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for checking its nationwide reception.

Below is Claro's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Claro Colombia

You can buy a Claro SIM card for 5000 COP with 1000 COP credit in Claro stores. It is possible to get a Claro SIM card at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport ( the Techport store) at inflated prices.

Claro SIM Card
© Claro

Dial *611# to access the Claro menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Colombia

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

The following top-ups with bonuses are available:

Claro Colombia Top Ups

To top up your Claro SIM card, you would dial *106*VoucherCode# or *611# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *106*123456#.

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

Dial *611# or #724 to check your Claro balance.

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

Claro Colombia My Claro App
© Claro Colombia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Claro Colombia

Claro has three data-featured plans:

All Claro plans can be activated by dialing *611#.

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

Paquetes Todo Includio (All Inclusive Packages) – Claro Colombia

The Paquetes Todo Includio (All Inclusive Packages) are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Paquetes Todo Includio can be activated by dialing *611#:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3000 COP400 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited2 days
6000 COP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited6 days
7000 COP1.3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
10 000 COP2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
10 000 COP5 GBN/AUnlimitedN/A7 days
20 000 COP4.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
20 000 COP10 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited15 days
30 000 COP9 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
30 000 COP12 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
40 000 COP12 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp

Claro Colombia Paquetes Todo Includio Combo Plans
Paquetes de Datos (Data Packages) – Claro Colombia

The Paquetes de Datos (Data Packages) are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

Paquetes Todo Includio can be activated by dialing *611# and selecting option 1:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Validity
1000 COP200 MBUnlimited 21 day
2000 COP400 MBUnlimited1 day
4000 COP800 MBUnlimited3 days
7000 COP2 GBUnlimited7 days

1 Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 WhatsApp only

Claro Colombia Paquetes de Datos Data Packages
Paquetes de Apps (App Packages) – Claro Colombia

The Paquetes de Apps (App Packages) are data-only plans for Instagram, Snapchat, Waze, WhatsApp & YouTube individually.

The following Paquetes de Apps (App Packages) are available:

PriceDataAppValidityActivation Code
1000 COPUnlimitedWaze24 hours*611# -> option 3
2500 COPUnlimitedInstagram24 hours*611# -> option 3
2500 COPUnlimitedSnapchat24 hours*611# -> option 3
3000 COPUnlimitedWaze7 days*611# -> option 3
3000 COPUnlimitedYouTube1 hour*611# -> option 3
9000 COPUnlimitedWhatsApp15 days*611# -> option 2 -> option 1
15 000 COPUnlimitedInstagram7 days*611# -> option 3
15 000 COPUnlimitedSnapchat7 days*611# -> option 3
18 000 COPUnlimitedWhatsApp30 days*611# -> option 2 -> option 1
Claro Colombia Paquetes de Apps Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Colombia

  • Name: Internet Claro
  • APN: internet.comcel.com.co

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Movistar Colombia

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

It purchased the state-owned Colombia Telecommunications way back in 2006.

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

Movistar uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 1700 MHz (Band 4), 1900 MHz (Band 2), 2600 MHz (Band 38)

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 Colombia

Movistar has decent coverage throughout Colombia.

Many parts of the country are covered by 2G or 3G only… or not at all.

While Movistar has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for checking its nationwide reception.

Below is Movistar's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Movistar Colombia

You can buy a Movistar SIM card for 3000 COP in Movistar stores. Movistar does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

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

Movistar Colombia eSIM
© Movistar Colombia

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

  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • iPhone XR/XS/XS Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20/Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G/S21+ 5G/S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Movistar Colombia

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

To top up your Movistar SIM card, you would dial *611# and follow the instructions. The same shortcode can be used to check your balance.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *106*123456#.

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

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

Movistar Colombia App Mi Movistar Colombia
© Movistar Colombia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Movistar Colombia

Movistar has four data-featured plans:

All Movistar plans can be activated by dialing *611#.

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

Combo – Movistar Colombia

The Combo plans are, as the name suggests, combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Combo plans can be activated by dialing *611#:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1On-Net MinutesLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 2Local SMSValidity
1000 COP10 MBUnlimited 4Unlimited20 minutesN/A3 SMS 31 day
3000 COP350 MBUnlimitedUnlimited40 minutesN/A5 SMS 33 days
6000 COP1.3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 minutes10 SMS 37 days
7000 COP1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited15 minutesUnlimited7 days
10 000 COP2.4 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited20 minutesUnlimited7 days
10 000 COP5 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 SMS 37 days
15 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited45 minutesUnlimited15 days
20 000 COP5 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimitedN/A20 SMS 315 days
20 000 COP7.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited50 minutesUnlimited20 days
25 000 COP7.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited60 minutes100 SMS30 days
30 000 COP10 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited80 minutesUnlimited30 days
34 999 COP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days
40 000 COP13.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutes100 SMS30 days
44 990 COP25 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited150 minutesUnlimited30 days
59 990 COP40 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited500 minutesUnlimited30 days

1 Facebook, Twitter, Waze & WhatsApp
2 to the United States & Venezuela
3 +unlimited on-net SMS
4 excluding Waze

Movistar Colombia Combo Plans
IlimiDatos (Unlimited) – Movistar Colombia

The IlimiDatos (Unlimited) plans are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

You can activate IlimiDatos by dialing *611#:

PriceDataSkype, Teams & Zoom DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5000 COPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
10 000 COPN/AUnlimitedN/AN/A3 days
11 500 COPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
15 000 COPN/AUnlimitedN/AN/A7 days
29 000 COPN/AUnlimitedN/AN/A15 days
Movistar Colombia IlimiDatos Unlimited Data Plans
Arma tu Paquete (Build Your Package) – Movistar Colombia

Arma tu Paquete (Build Your Package) is a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data and how many international minutes you want.

Unlimited data for Facebook, Twitter, Waze & WhatsApp, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local minutes are included in all configurations.

Due to how Movistar set up its pricing for Arma tu Paquete, it is a challenge to calculate how much each option cost.

Movistar Colombia Arma tu Paquete Make Your Own Plan Example
Example plan

The cheapest combination available (with 2.5 GB of data, unlimited data for Facebook, Twitter, Waze & WhatsApp, unlimited local minutes, 10 international minutes & unlimited local minutes) valid for 7 days costs 10 000 COP.

The most expensive combination available (with 10 GB of data, unlimited data for Facebook, Twitter, Waze & WhatsApp, unlimited local minutes, 50 international minutes & unlimited local minutes) valid for 30 days costs 66 000 COP.

I recommend heading to the Arma tu Paquete page so that you can get an idea of how much your preferred plan will cost.

You can also use the App Mi Movistar Colombia to set up Arma tu Paquete.

Navega (Navigate) – Movistar Colombia

The Navega (Navigate) plans are data-only bundles.

Navega plans can be activated by dialing *611#:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataValidity
1000 COPN/AUnlimited1 day
1700 COP100 MBN/A1 day
4900 COP500 MBUnlimited3 days
13 900 COP1.4 GBUnlimited7 days
40 000 COP5 GBUnlimited30 days
Movistar Colombia Navega Navigate WhatsApp Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Movistar Colombia

  • Name: Movistar Internet
  • APN: internet.movistar.com.co
  • Username: movistar
  • Password: movistar

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

Tigo Logo Big
© Tigo

Tigo Colombia, just Tigo but officially Colombia Móvil and formerly Tigo Une, is the third-largest mobile operator in Colombia.

Its actual name is Colombia Móvil, but it does business as Tigo (Colombia).

In 2014, Tigo and UNE merged into one company, becoming Tigo Une.

Tigo Une Logo
© Tigo

However, the Une part has been dropped from its branding since 2019.

Tigo uses the following frequencies:

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

This is what you will learn about Tigo:

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

Coverage – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

Tigo has decent coverage throughout Colombia.

It is one of the mobile operators with the best 4G/LTE coverage.

However, it is still not nationwide – many parts of the country are covered by 2G or 3G only… or not at all.

While Tigo has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for checking its nationwide reception.

Below is Tigo's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

You can buy a Tigo SIM card for 5000 COP, 10 000 COP & 20 000 COP in Tigo stores and from select resellers (ARA & Drogas La Rebaja). Tigo does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

Tigo Store

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
5000 COP500 MBUnlimited3 days
10 000 COP1 GBUnlimited7 days
20 000 COP2 GBUnlimited15 days
Tigo Colombia SIM Cards
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

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

With top-ups from 2000 COP, you get top-up bonuses with data, Facebook and WhatsApp data & local minutes.

The following top-up bonuses are available:

Top-UpDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesValidity
2000 COP – 2999 COP500 MBUnlimitedUnlimited5 days
3000 COP – 4999 COP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
5000 COP =>1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
Tigo Colombia Top-Up Bonuses
© Tigo Colombia

To top up your Tigo SIM card, you would dial *111# 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 *10# to check your Tigo balance.

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

Mi Tigo App
© Tigo Colombia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

Tigo has four data-featured plans:

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

Paquetigos de Corta Duración (Short Term Packages) – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

The Paquetigos de Corta Duración (Short Term Packages) are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS for one or two days.

The following Paquetigos de Corta Duración are available:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
2000 COP500 MBUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
3000 COP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited2 days
Paquetigos Con Reses Sociales Ilimitadas (Packages with Unlimited Social Media) – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

The Paquetigos Con Reses Sociales Ilimitadas (Packages with Unlimited Social Media) are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

The following Paquetigos Con Reses Sociales Ilimitadas are available:

PriceDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3000 COP350 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
6000 COP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited6 days
7000 COP1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
10 000 COP2.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
20 000 COP7.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
30 000 COP10 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
2×1 Plans – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

The 2×1 Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

You can choose one of the following 2×1 Plans:

PriceDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
10 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
20 000 COP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
30 000 COP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
Tigo Colombia 2x1 Plans
Paquetigos Cargados de Datos (Data Loaded Packages) – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

The Paquetigos Cargados de Datos (Data Loaded Packages) are, unlike the name suggests, combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

You can choose one of the following Paquetigos Cargados de Datos:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5000 COP2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
10 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
20 000 COP10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited15 days
30 000 COP12 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

APN/Internet Settings – Tigo Colombia (Formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)

  • Name: Tigo Web
  • APN: web.colombiamovil.com.co

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Avantel Colombia

Avantel Colombia Logo
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Avantel Colombia, just Avantel and not to be confused with the satellite communications company from India, is a 4G/LTE-only mobile operator in Colombia.

Well, not entirely – Avantel can use the Big Three's (Claro Colombia's, Movistar Colombia's & Tigo Colombia's) 2G and 3G networks because that was ordered by the Colombian regulator (Roaming Automático Nacional/Automatic National Roaming).

As a result, it is recommended to enable data roaming with an Avantel SIM card.

Avantel's native 4G/LTE coverage is restricted to large cities only (at the moment).

WOM Colombia has announced that it will/has merge(d) with Avantel (soon). Avantel has been in debt for years.

It is unknown whether the Avantel brand name will remain. For now, Avantel SIM cards will still be available.

Avantel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – access through Roaming Automático Nacional
  • 3G: N/A – access through Roaming Automático Nacional
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

This is what you will learn about Avantel:

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

Coverage – Avantel Colombia

Avantel has limited coverage throughout Colombia. However, through Roaming Automático Nacional (Automatic National Roaming), it has 2G and 3G access to the Big Three's networks (at restricted speeds).

Some bloggers and sites that claim that Avantel has the best coverage because of Roaming Automático Nacional.

While this is technically through (if you have data roaming enabled) because it has access to its own 4G/LTE network and the networks of three other mobile operators, always selecting the best one, it can be misleading without knowing the full story behind it.

Mobile internet speeds in Colombia are not fast already, and your speeds will be even slower when you use the Big Three's networks with an Avantel SIM card.

Avantel's speeds are decent in places with native coverage, the largest cities in Colombia. Its speeds will be sluggish on 2G and 3G.

As a result, Avantel should only be considered when staying in areas where it has native coverage.

Especially because it offers unlimited data plans, starting from 69 000 COP, on its 4G/LTE network.

While Avantel has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for checking its nationwide reception.

Moreover, you need to know the department, city, and the town/commune for the map to show you any results.

Below is Avantel’s coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Avantel Colombia

You can buy an Avantel SIM card for 5000 COP with 1000 COP credit in Avantel stores. Avantel does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

Avantel Colombia SIM Card
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Avantel Colombia

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

Avantel Colombia Top Up Locations
© Avantel Colombia

The following top-up options are available:

  • 5000 COP
  • 10 000 COP
  • 20 000 COP
  • 50 000 COP

Each top-up is valid for 60 days.

To top up your Avantel SIM card, you would dial *900*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *900*123456#.

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

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

Dial *901 to check your Avantel balance.

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

Avantel Colombia Mi Avantel Móvil App
© Avantel Colombia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Avantel Colombia

Avantel has one data-featured plan, without a name, with dedicated 2G/3G data allowances (when roaming on the Claro Colombia, Movistar Colombia & Tigo Colombia networks through Roaming Automático Nacional), 4G/LTE data on its own network & local minutes.

Be sure to enable data roaming to enjoy nationwide coverage OUTSIDE of Avantel's native coverage (in larger cities).

The plans can be activated on the Mi Avantel Móvil app:

Price2G/3G Data4G/LTE DataLocal MinutesValidity
45 000 COP1 GB10 GB200 minutes30 days
50 000 COP1 GB15 GB400 minutes30 days
60 000 COP1.5 GB20 GB1000 minutes30 days
65 000 COP1.7 GB25 GB1000 minutes30 days
69 000 COP1.7 GBUnlimited1000 minutes30 days
75 000 COP2.5 GBUnlimited1500 minutes30 days
90 000 COP3 GBUnlimited2000 minutes30 days
Avantel Colombia Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Avantel Colombia

  • Name: Avantel LTE
  • APN: lte.avantel.com.co

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WOM Colombia

WOM Logo
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WOM Colombia, just WOM, is a 4G/LTE-only mobile operator in Colombia.

To some extent, at least – WOM can use the Big Three's (Claro Colombia's, Movistar Colombia's & Tigo Colombia's) 2G and 3G networks because that was ordered by the Colombian regulator (Roaming Automático Nacional/Automatic National Roaming).

As a result, it is recommended to enable data roaming with a WOM SIM card.

WOM's native 4G/LTE coverage is restricted to large cities only (at the moment).

WOM Colombia has announced that it will/has merge(d) with Avantel (soon). Avantel has been in debt for years.

WOM uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – access through Roaming Automático Nacional
  • 3G: N/A – access through Roaming Automático Nacional
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)

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 Colombia

WOM has limited coverage throughout Colombia. However, through Roaming Automático Nacional (Automatic National Roaming), it has 2G and 3G access to the Big Three's networks (at restricted speeds).

With data roaming enabled, you will always connect to the best network available with WOM.

However, this may not be something you want to rely on.

Mobile internet speeds in Colombia are not fast already, and your speeds will be even slower when you use the Big Three's networks with a WOM SIM card.

WOM's speeds are decent in places with native coverage, the largest cities in Colombia. Its speeds will be sluggish on 2G and 3G.

As a result, WOM should only be considered when staying in areas where it has native coverage.

Below is WOM's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – WOM Colombia

You can buy a WOM SIM card for 5000 COP, 20 000 COP & 60 000 COP in WOM stores. WOM does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

WOM Colombia SIM Card

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5000 COP1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
20 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
60 000 COP18 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited90 days
WOM Colombia SIM Cards
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – WOM Colombia

You can top-up your WOM SIM card in WOM stores, at top-up locations (through eTopUp) or online. Top-up vouchers are not sold.

WOM Colombia Top Up Locations
© WOM Colombia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – WOM Colombia

WOM has two data-featured plans: Mixtos/Mixed (combo) & Datos (data).

Mixtos (Mixed) – WOM Colombia

The Mixtos (Mixed) are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

The following Mixtos plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *888:

PriceDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3000 COP500 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
5000 COP1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
20 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
60 000 COP18 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited90 days
WOM Colombia Mixtos Mixed Plans
Datos (Data) – WOM Colombia

The Datos (Data) are data-only plans.

The following Datos plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *888:

PriceDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataValidity
3000 COP500 MBUnlimited3 days
5000 COP1.5 GBUnlimited7 days
20 000 COP4 GBUnlimited30 days
WOM Colombia Datos Data Plans

APN/Internet Settings – WOM Colombia

  • Name: WOM
  • APN: internet.wom.co

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Buenofon

Buenofon Colombia Logo
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Buenofon is a Movistar Colombia MVNO.

It is the mobile brand by the supermarket chain Justo y Bueno.

To learn about Buenofon’s frequencies, jump back to Movistar Colombia’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Buenofon:

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

Coverage – Buenofon

Buenofon is a Movistar Colombia MVNO, meaning Buenofon uses the Movistar Colombia network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Buenofon, jump to the Movistar Colombia Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Buenofon

You can buy a Buenofon SIM card for 5000 COP with 1000 COP credit in Justo y Bueno stores. Buenofon does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

Buenofon Colombia SIM Card
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Buenofon

Buenofon eTopUps are sold in Justo y Bueno stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Colombia.

Buenofon Colombia Top Up Locations
© Buenofon

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

Each top-up is valid for 60 days.

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

Dial *611 and select option 1 or dial *611#, select option 1, and select option 1 again to check your Buenofon balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Buenofon

Buenofon has several data-featured plans with data, minutes & local SMS.

The following plans are available:

PricePlanDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
900 COPChévere100 MB35 MB15 minutesN/A3 days*600*101#
3000 COPChusco400 MB140 MB40 minutesN/A5 days*600*102#
4000 COPMegadatos650 MBN/AN/AN/A15 days*600*302#
5000 COPPispo600 MB250 MBUnlimitedUnlimited5 days*600*107#
6000 COPBacano750 MB250 MBUnlimitedUnlimited6 days*600*103#
10 000 COPGenial1.5 GB250 MBUnlimitedUnlimited8 days*600*104#
10 000 COPGiga Y Ñapa2 GBN/AN/AN/A30 days*600*301#
15 000 COPCalidoso2 GB600 MBUnlimitedUnlimited15 days*600*108#
25 000 COPMelo4 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*600*105#
40 000 COPSevero7.5 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*600*106#
65 000 COPTremendo14 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*600*109#
Buenofon Colombia Plans
© Buenofon

APN/Internet Settings – Buenofon

  • Name: buenofon
  • APN: data.megamovil

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ETB Colombia

ETB Colombia Logo
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ETB Colombia, just ETB, is a Tigo Colombia MVNO.

ETB is a local Internet Service Provider (ISP). It used to have a monopoly on the broadband internet market until privatization.

Now, it also offers mobile services with the help of Tigo Colombia.

To learn about ETB’s frequencies, jump back to Tigo Colombia’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about ETB:

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

Coverage – ETB Colombia

ETB is a Tigo Colombia MVNO, meaning ETB uses the Tigo Colombia network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with ETB, jump to the Tigo Colombia Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – ETB Colombia

You can buy an ETB SIM card for 5000 COP with 5000 COP credit in ETB stores. Avantel does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

ETB Colombia SIM Card
© ETB Colombia

Dial #62# to see your ETB phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – ETB Colombia

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

ETB Colombia Top Up Locations
© ETB Colombia

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 *701 to check your ETB balance.

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

ETB Colombia Mi ETB App
© ETB Colombia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – ETB Colombia

ETB has one data-featured plan, without a name, with a dedicated 3G data allowance, 4G/LTE data, local minutes & local SMS.

ETB plans get activated automatically by topping up the plan's corresponding price or on the Mi ETB app:

Price3G Data4G/LTE DataApp Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3000 COP100 MBUnlimited @ 5 MbpsN/AN/AN/A1 day
5000 COP0.25 GB1.75 GBUnlimited30 minutes100 SMS7 days
10 000 COP0.4 GB3.8 GBUnlimited60 minutes100 SMS15 days
12 000 COP600 MBUnlimited @ 5 Mbps100 SMSN/AN/A5 days
20 000 COP0.7 GB9.3 GBUnlimited90 minutes100 SMS30 days
40 000 COP1 GB24 GBUnlimited200 minutes100 SMS30 days
50 000 COP1.5 GB33.5 GBUnlimited300 minutes100 SMS30 days

1 Facebook, Twitter, Waze & WhatsApp

ETB Colombia Plans
© ETB Colombia

APN/Internet Settings – ETB Colombia

  • Name: ETB LTE
  • APN: internetmovil.etb.net.co

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Kalley Móvil

Kalley Móvil Colombia Logo
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Kalley Móvil is a Suma Móvil MVNO that used the Tigo Colombia network.

Kalley Móvil targets the youth, with no defined age upper limit.

However, it looks like anyone can get a Kalley Móvil SIM card if they want to.

To learn about Kalley Móvil’s frequencies, jump back to Tigo Colombia’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Kalley Móvil:

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

Coverage – Kalley Móvil

Kalley Móvil is a Suma Móvil MVNO using the Tigo Colombia network, meaning Kalley Móvil uses the Tigo Colombia network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

Unlike the Big Three, Suna Móvil is not a traditional mobile operator. Instead, it is an MVNO-enabler on the Tigo Colombia network.

Why Kalley Móvil did not go directly with Tigo Colombia, I cannot tell. But if it works, it works.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with ETB, jump to the Tigo Colombia Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Kalley Móvil

You can buy a Kalley Móvil SIM card for between 7000 COP to 10 000 COP, depending on the retailer, with 1 GB, unlimited Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp, 100 local minutes, 100 local SMS – all for 30 days, in Alkosto Hiperahorro, Alkomprar & KTronix stores.

Kalley Móvil SIM Card
© Kalley Móvil

Kalley Móvil does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

Kalley Móvil Retailers
© Kalley Móvil

You may have to dial *800 to activate your Kalley Móvil SIM card.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Kalley Móvil

Kalley Móvil top-up vouchers are sold in various stores, including grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Colombia.

Kalley Móvil Top Up Locations
© Kalley Móvil

To top up your Kalley Móvil SIM card, you would dial *733# and follow the instructions.

Each top-up is valid for 60 days.

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 *104# to check your Kalley Móvil balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mi Kalley Móvil/My Kalley Mobile app (Android – no iOS app… yet).

Kalley Móvil App
© Kalley Móvil

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Kalley Móvil

Kalley Móvil has three data-featured plans:

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

Paquetes Vívelo Full (Live It Full Packages) – Kalley Móvil

The Paquetes Vívelo Full (Live It Full Packages) are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

The following Paquetes Vívelo Full are available, which can be activated on the Kalley Móvil app:

PriceDataFacebook Messenger & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3500 COP400 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
6500 COP600 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited6 days
10 000 COP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
20 000 COP2.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
Kalley Móvil Paquetes Vívelo Full Life It Full Packages
Arma tu Paquete Prepago (Build Your Own Plan) – Kalley Móvil

The Arma tu Paquete Prepago (Build Your Own Plan) is a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data and how many minutes you want.

Kalley Móvil Colombia Arma Tu Paquete Prepago Build Your Own Plan Prepaid Banner
© Kalley Móvil

Unlike many build your own plans used by mobile operators around the world, some combinations are not possible with Arma tu Paquete Prepage (marked with N/A).

All configurations include unlimited Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp data & unlimited local SMS.

The following Arma tu Paquete Prepago are available, which can be activated on the Kalley Móvil app:

Data/Minutes500 MB1 GB3 GB5 GB7 GB10 GB
20 minutes3000 COPN/AN/A21 400 COPN/AN/A
70 minutesN/A6500 COP14 300COPN/A26 200 COPN/A
100 minutesN/A7000 COPN/A21 500 COP29 000 COP34 000 COP
200 minutesN/A7200 COPN/A23 000 COP30 500 COP35 500 COP
300 minutesN/AN/A16 500 COP24 500 COPN/A37 000 COP
500 minutesN/A11 000 COPN/A26 000 COPN/A39 000 COP
Unlimited minutesN/AN/A22 500 COP31 000 COPN/A44 000 COP

If you want 410 MB of data for Facebook, Instagram & WhatsApp for three days, it will cost you an additional 6000 COP.

For this add-on to be valid for 30 days with an allowance of 4 GB, Kalley Móvil will charge you 40 000 COP.

Kalley Móvil Arma tu Paquete Prepago Build Your Own Plan Prepaid
Arma tu Paquete Prepago – Datos (Build Your Own Plan – Data) – Kalley Móvil

With Arma tu Paquete Prepago, you can also decide to select only data or minutes.

As I focused on data-featured plans, the call options will not be discussed (but I will show them in the screenshot below anyway).

The following Arma tu Paquete Prepago Datos options are available, which include unlimited Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp data & unlimited local SMS as well:

PriceDataValidity
8000 COP1 GB30 days
17 000 COP3 GB30 days
37 500 COP7 GB30 days

The social media add-ons are available for the data-only and call-only options too.

Kalley Móvil Arma tu Paquete Prepago Build Your Own Plan Prepaid Data Only

APN/Internet Settings – Kalley Móvil

  • Name: suma
  • APN: suma.smovil.com

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Móvil Éxito

Movil Exito Colombia Logo
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Móvil Éxito is a Tigo Colombia MVNO.

It is the mobile group by the retail group Éxito.

To learn about Móvil Éxito’s frequencies, jump back to Tigo Colombia’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Móvil Éxito:

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

Coverage – Móvil Éxito

Móvil Éxito is a Tigo Colombia MVNO, meaning Móvil Éxito uses the Tigo Colombia network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Móvil Éxito, jump to the Tigo Colombia Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Móvil Éxito

You can buy a Móvil Éxito SIM card for 5000 COP with 200 MB, 40 minutes & 10 SMS for 7 days in Exito, Carulla, Surimax, Super Inter & SuperMayorista stores. Móvil Éxito does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

Dial *255*4# to see your Móvil Éxito phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Móvil Éxito

Móvil Éxito top-up vouchers are sold by Móvil Éxito retailers, including grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Colombia.

Movil Exito Colombia Top Up Locations
© Móvil Éxito

The following top-up options are available:

  • 1000 COP
  • 2000 COP
  • 5000 COP
  • 10 000 COP
  • 20 000 COP

To top up your Móvil Éxito SIM card, you would dial *999 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.

Dial *3333# to check your Móvil Éxito balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Móvil Éxito

Móvil Éxito has one data-featured plan, which is the Paquetes. It features data, minutes & SMS.

Paquetes can be activated by dialing *999:

PricePlanDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
2500 COPPaquete XS300 MBUnlimitedUnlimited5 SMS3 days
5000 COPPaquete S1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10SMS7 days
9900 COPPaquete M2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited15 SMS15 days
19 900 COPPaquete L3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited50 SMS30 days
24 900 COPPaquete Extra5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited40 SMS30 days
35 000 COPPaquete Extra15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited50 SMS30 days
Movil Exito Colombia Paquetes Packages

APN/Internet Settings – Móvil Éxito

  • Name: Movil Exito
  • APN: movilexito.net.co

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Virgin Mobile Colombia

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Virgin Mobile Colombia, just Virgin Mobile, is a Movistar Colombia MVNO.

It does have plans to become a Main Operator itself (using Roaming Automático Nacional – Automatic National Roaming), but it has yet to receive permission.

Virgin Mobile, as a brand, is active in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East & South America.

To learn about Virgin Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Movistar Colombia’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Virgin Mobile:

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

Coverage – Virgin Mobile Colombia

Virgin Mobile is a Movistar Colombia MVNO, meaning Virgin Mobile uses the Movistar Colombia network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Virgin Mobile, jump to the Movistar Colombia Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Virgin Mobile Colombia

You can buy a Virgin Mobile SIM card for between 12 000 COP to 40 000 COP in Virgin Mobile stores. Virgin Mobile does not sell SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport.

Virgin Mobile SIM card
© Virgin Mobile Colombia

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesValidity
12 000 COP750 MBUnlimited90 minutes30 days
20 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
32 000 COP12 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
40 000 COP22 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 Facebook & WhatsApp

You may have to activate your SIM card online.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Virgin Mobile Colombia

You can top-up your Virgin Mobile SIM card on the Virgin Mobile Colombia app (Android/iOS) or online – the same counts for checking your balance (or dial *10# or *111 and select option 5). Top-up vouchers are not sold.

Each top-up is valid for 60 days.

Virgin Mobile Colombia App
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Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Virgin Mobile Colombia

Virgin Mobile has five data-featured plans:

All Virgin Mobile plans can be activated by dialing *111# and selecting option 2.

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

Planes (Plans) – Virgin Mobile Colombia

The Planes (Plans) are combo bundles with data and minutes.

The following Planes are available:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesValidityActivation Code
1000 COP50 MBUnlimitedUnlimited1 day*201#
3000 COP500 MBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days*203#
5000 COP1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days*505#
10 000 COP1.2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 days*510#
12 000 COP750 MBUnlimited90 minutes 230 days*212#
15 000 COP2.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited15 days*515#
20 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*520#
32 000 COP14 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*232#
40 000 COP22 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*240#
65 000 COP32 GBUnlimited 3 ,4Unlimited30 days*265#
73 000 COP50 GBUnlimited 3 ,4Unlimited30 daysWeb only
90 000 COPUnlimitedN/AUnlimited30 daysWeb only

1 Facebook & WhatsApp
2 +unlimited on-net minutes
3 +unlimited Instagram, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter & Waze
4 +3 GB for YouTube

Virgin Mobile Colombia Plans
Bolsas de Voz (Voice Bags) – Virgin Mobile Colombia

The Bolsas de Voz (Voice Bags) are combo plans with Facebook data, WhatsApp data & local minutes.

The following Bolsas de Voz are available:

PriceFacebook DataWhatsApp DataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidityActivation Code
1000 COPN/AN/A10 minutes10 minutes1 day*101#
5000 COP150 MB20 MB40 minutes40 minutes7 days*105#
12 000 COP250 MB50 MBN/A90 minutes30 days*112#
Virgin Mobile Colombia Bolsas de Voz Voice Bags
Bolsas de Datos (Data Bags) – Virgin Mobile Colombia

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

The following Bolsas de Datos are available:

PriceDataFacebook DataValidityActivation Code
1000 COP100 MBN/A2 days*301#
3000 COP500 MBN/A3 days*303#
5000 COP300 MB150 MB7 days*305#
12 00 COP750 MB350 MB30 days*312#
22 00 COP1.5 GB600 MB 130 days*322#
40 00 COP4 GB 2Unlimited 130 days*340#

1 +unlimited WhatsApp data
2 +15 local minutes

Virgin Mobile Colombia Bolsas de Datos Data Bags
Bolsas Ilimitadas – WhatsApp (Unlimited Bags – WhatsApp) – Virgin Mobile Colombia

The Bolsas Ilimitadas (Unlimited Bags) are unlimited data plans for WhatsApp.

The following Bolsas Ilimitadas are available:

PriceWhatsApp DataValidityActivation Code
800 COPUnlimited1 day*800#
3000 COPUnlimited4 days*603#
5000 COPUnlimited 17 days*605#

1 +150 MB for Facebook

Virgin Mobile Colombia Bolsas Ilimitadas (WhatsApp) Unlimited Bags
Bolsas de Apps (App Bags) – Virgin Mobile Colombia

The Bolsas de Apps are data plans for Facebook, TikTok & WhatsApp individually.

The following Bolsas de Apps are available:

PriceDataAppValidityActivation Code
800 COPUnlimitedWhatsApp1 day *111# – option 2
3000 COPUnlimitedWhatsApp4 days*111# – option 2
5000 COP150 MB (FB)/Unlimited (WA)Facebook & WhatsApp7 days*705#
5000 COP400 MBFacebook15 days*111# – option 2
10 000 COP1.5 GBTikTok15 days*810#
15 000 COP3 GBTikTok30 days*815#
30 000 COPUnlimitdTikTok30 days*888#
Virgin Mobile Colombia Bolsas de Apps Bags

APN/Internet Settings – Virgin Mobile Colombia

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Colombia

The cheapest way to get online in Colombia 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 Colombia

Getting a SIM card from Claro or Tigo would do you well when considering a Colombian 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:

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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.

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