2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Curaçao: Buying Guide


Curaçao – known for its marvelous beaches, scuba diving spots, and the historic town of Willemstad.

Honestly, almost all of the Caribbean nations have fantastic beaches, but Curaçao's may be slightly better than the rest.

Not fond of beaches? Willemstad has plenty of non-water-based attractions. It also has a thriving nightlife scene for those who like to party.

Otrobanda has the Curaçao museum. And let's not forget about the Christoffel National Park.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored when exploring Curaçao. In fact, you should share your travel experience online with your friends and family to make them jealous! Or… just to show off – the reason does not matter 😉

But before you start uploading 3 GB worth of files on social media, be aware that international roaming can be expensive. So expensive that it may cost you more than your return ticket to and from Curaçao.

Luckily, the most affordable way to stay connected abroad is by using local prepaid SIM cards, like a prepaid SIM card from Flow/Chippie Curaçao or Digicel Curaçao.

Okay, but how much will a Curaçaoan SIM card cost you?

Both Digicel and Flow/Chippie sell SIM cards for 25 ANG (13.95 USD) in their stores. You can get a tourist SIM card starting from 15 USD. 1500 MB valid for 7 days is available from 16 ANG (8.90 USD).

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To many, this may sound expensive. Honestly, it is. But these prices are nothing compared to what your home operators will charge you for roaming in Curaçao.

And those from the Netherlands thinking they can roam for free because of the new European Union (EU) regulation – think again. Curaçao is not part of the EU, so you better get a SIM card too.

As you can see, there are quite some things to uncover about SIM cards in Curaçao.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Curaçao Guide (logos of Flow & Digicel)

Original publication: 13th of March 2020. Last updated: 30th of July 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Curaçao?

Everyone, including tourists, can buy a Curaçaoan SIM card without restrictions. Both Digicel and Flow/Chippie sell SIM cards to (short-term) visitors.

You do have to follow the SIM card registration regulations while in Curaçao. Additionally, your phone has to support the frequencies used in the country.

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Curaçao?

You can buy a Curaçaoan SIM card in Flow's/Chippie's and Digicel's official stores. They can also be purchased from authorized dealers. It is also possible to buy a SIM card at Curaçao/Hato International Airport (Hato Internationale Luchthaven).

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

  • Digicel Curaçao: 25 ANG
  • Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao): 25 ANG

The following operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Digicel Curaçao: 10 USD, 30 USD & 50 USD
  • Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao): 20 USD & 30 USD

Can You Use Your Phone in Curaçao?

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

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

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

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

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

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this fileOpens in a new tab. by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5Opens in a new tab.

Curaçao uses a mix of American Frequencies and European Frequencies for 3G, depending on the operator. 2G and 4G/LTE are exclusively on European Frequencies.

If you purchased your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with either Flow/Chippie Curaçao or Digicel Curaçao. They support traditional European Frequencies on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE. However, one of Flow/Chippie Curaçao's 3G frequencies (850 MHz) is a traditional American Frequency. Luckily, the other one (2100 MHz) is a traditional European Frequency.

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with Flow/Chippie Curaçao. It supports a traditional American Frequency on 3G. You will not be able to use 2G nor 4G/LTE.

Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with either Flow/Chippie Curaçao or Digicel Curaçao, as your phone will support both American Frequencies and European Frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Curaçao

Curaçao has two mobile operators:

  • Digicel Curaçao
  • Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)

The following frequencies are used in Curaçao:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 (Band 3)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

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To check whether your phone will work in Curaçao, check out this pageOpens in a new tab. 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.

5G in Curaçao

5G is not available in Curaçao as of 2021, and the Curaçaoan government has not made any indications of when they will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in Curaçao

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Curaçao, I recommend going with either Digicel or Flow (formerly UTS)/Chippie. Digicel has the fastest speeds and the best coverage. Chippie offers free data roaming in various Caribbean nations (Chippieland).

SIM Card Registration in Curaçao

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Curaçao. It will be done at the point of purchase.

EU Roaming in Curaçao

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Curaçao is a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands itself is part of the European Union (EU). Curaçao is not part of the EU nor the European Economic Area (EEA).

As a result, the EU/EEA Roam Like At Home roaming regulation does not apply in Curaçao. Therefore, you should not expect to roam for free if you have an EU/EEA SIM card while traveling in Curaçao.

This also means that you can not roam for free in the EU/EEA with a Curaçaoan SIM card.

Curaçao Speeds, Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Curaçao

When I initially wrote this guide in 2020, I said that mobile data was expensive in the Caribbean, especially in Curaçao. In fact, Curaçao was the 6th most expensive country for mobile data in the region. However, that has changed over the year.

Okay, Curaçao is now the 9th most expensive country for mobile data in the Caribbean. That sounds like a slight improvement. However, prices have dropped significantly – for real.

Does that mean that mobile data is (finally) cheap in Curaçao?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Curaçao is 6.47 USD, more than the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Compared to 2020's figures, the average cost of 1 GB of data in Curaçao has gone down by 41.5%. When looking at 2019's numbers, prices have gone down by 61.7% – quite an achievement, I would say!

Be advised, however, that many island nations worldwide have slower internet speeds than the world average.

This somewhat applies to the Caribbean too. Some Caribbean countries have (embarrassingly) slow speeds. However, a handful of Caribbean nations have insanely fast speeds (for Caribbean standards, at least) Curaçao is one of them.

In the Curaçao Speedtest Awards Fastest Mobile Network of 2018, it was found that Curaçao has an average download speed of 35.60 Mbps, with Digicel Curaçao on top of the list.

Those figures were from three years ago (at the time of writing), and I know things have only gotten better. Unfortunately, I do not know what the world average mobile speeds were back then. Currently, the average download speed is around 54 Mbps. In 2018, the global average was surely slower than 54 Mbps – it was about 30 Mbps in September 2019.

Speedtest has not done another Awards test since 2018, and not enough people do speed tests in CuraçaoOpens in a new tab. for Speedtest to process its results. For now, the figures will be a mystery (until I go to Curaçao again and conduct some tests myself).

Curaçao Speeds on the Speedtest Global Index
According to Speedtest, countries must have at least 300 unique user results for mobile or fixed broadband to be ranked in either category.

One thing to note is that Curaçaoan SIM cards are relatively expensive compared to other countries around the world and neighboring Caribbean nations. And that is when we are talking about regular SIM cards – the tourist SIM cards are even more expensive and not really worth it.

Even then, getting a Curaçaoan SIM card would still be cheaper than the standard roaming rates you would pay when roaming internationally on the island. Even if you purchase a tourist SIM card.

With SIM cards being readily accessible to travelers, fast speeds (for regional standards), somewhat expensive SIM cards, but extensive network coverage, you should have a smooth network experience when in Curaçao.

Currency in Curaçao

Netherlands Antillean Guilder Bank Notes (10, 25, 50 & 100 ANG)
© Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten/Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Curaçao uses the Netherlands Antillean Guilder with the symbol ANG (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as NAƒ, NAf, ƒ, or f. For example, 25 ANG is NAƒ/NAf/ƒ/f 25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between ANG and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 ANG = 0.55 USD
  • 10 ANG = 5.55 USD
  • 100 ANG = 55.75 USD
  • 1000 ANG = 557.30 USD

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

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Curaçaoan Prepaid SIM Cards (Videos)

Below, I will guide you through Digicel Curaçao and Flow/Chippie Curaçao, 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) 

Prefer to watch videos instead? Watch this complete Curaçao SIM card buying guide.

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With that being said, let’s see what Curaçao has to offer to us.

Digicel Curaçao

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel CuraçaoOpens in a new tab., just Digicel, is the fastest operator in Curaçao. It also has the fastest network in Curaçao. whether they are still larger than Flow/Chippie Curaçao. Digicel as a company is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America, and Oceania.

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

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

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

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Coverage – Digicel Curaçao

Digicel has the best coverage in Curaçao. It also won the Speedtest Awards Curaçao Best Mobile Coverage award of 2020.

Although almost all of Curaçao is covered by Digicel, you may have to deal with 3G, or even worse, 2G in some areas, especially up north and northwest.

Below is Digicel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digicel Curaçao

You can buy a Digicel SIM card for 25 ANG with 250 MB, 25 on-net minutes & 25 on-net SMS in Digicel stores and Authorized DealersOpens in a new tab.. You can also get a Digicel SIM card at Curaçao/Hato International Airport (Hato Internationale Luchthaven).

You may have to dial *146# to activate your Digicel SIM card if it has not been activated by a Digicel salesperson.

Dial *123# to access the Digicel menu.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel Curaçao

Digicel top-up vouchers, in values between 5 ANG to 50 ANG, are sold in Digicel storesOpens in a new tab. and many other stores in Curaçao, such as supermarkets, kiosks, electronic stores.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *125*VoucherCode#.

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

You can also use *123# to recharge. The same shortcode can be used to check your Digicel balance.

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

Recharging onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards is also an option.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Digicel app (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab.).

Digicel App
© Digicel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel Curaçao

Digicel has two types of data-featured bundles: Prime Bundles (combo) & LTE Data + Talk Bundles (combo).

All Digicel plans can be activated by dialing *123#.

Prime Bundles – Digicel Curaçao
Digicel Trinidad & Tobago Prime Bundles
© Digicel

Digicel introduced the new Prime Bundles. They are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS. Additionally, dedicated data allowances for select apps are given.

The following Prime Bundles are available, which you can activate by dialing *123#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
6 ANG1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 0.8 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
6 ANG1 Day Digicel Prime Data Bundle1.5 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBN/AN/A1 day
13 ANG3 Day Digicel Prime Data Bundle2 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBN/AN/A3 days 
16 ANG3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days 
25 ANG7 Day Digicel Prime Data Bundle5 GB 7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBN/AN/A7 days
45 ANG7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 5 GB 7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days 
60 ANG30 Da Digicel Prime Data Bundle5 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB N/AN/A30 days 

You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel AppOpens in a new tab.

Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel appOpens in a new tab. or by dialing *123#.

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

Digicel Prime Bundle Apps
© Digicel
LTE Data + Talk Bundles – Digicel Curaçao

The LTE Data + Talk Bundles is a combo plan with data, WhatsApp data, minutes, and SMS.

The following LTE Data +Talk Bundles are available, which you can activate by dialing *123#:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
5.99 ANG300 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 day 
14.99 ANG800 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3 days 
4 ANG2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
139 ANG10 GB UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days 

Dial *142*9# to check your data balance.

The LTE Data + Talk Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *135*9*81#.

Unused data will roll over when the plan auto-renews.

Digicel Curaçao Other Bundles – DISCONTINUED

Digicel used to have LTE Data Plans, which are data-only bundles for prepaid and postpaid customers. Most of these LTE Data Plans became postpaid-only bundles when the Prime Bundles got introduced.

Instead, prepaid users who do not want to subscribe to a Prime Bundle can get the LTE Data 30 Day Plan with 6 GB for 94 ANG or the Talk + Data Bundle with 10 GB for 139 ANG. These Bundles some with unlimited data rollover.

These bundles can be activated by dialing *123#.

You can check your Digicel data balance by dialing *142*9#. You can cancel auto-renewal by dialing *135*9*81#.

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Curaçao

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: web.digicelcuracao.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curacao – Chippie Curaçao)

Flow Logo
© Flow

Flow CuraçaoOpens in a new tab., formerly UTS Curaçao, with its mobile brand called Chippie, is the other operator in Curaçao. It is unknown whether Flow/Chippie has a larger market share than Digicel Curaçao. Flow as a company is active in various places in the Caribbean.

This is what you will learn about Chippie:

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

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

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Coverage – Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)

Chippie has extensive coverage in Curaçao.

Its 4G/LTE coverage, or general coverage for that matter, is not as extensive as Digicel Curaçao. There are quite some areas where 4G/LTE is unavailable and where you have to deal with 3G and 2G reception.

Below is Flow's/Chippie's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)

You can purchase a Chippie SIM card, called Preloaded SIM, for 25 ANG with 1.5 GB (valid for 7 days), “unlimited” Chippie minutes (3000 minutes – valid for 30 days) in Flow stores and Authorized DealersOpens in a new tab.. Curaçao/Hato International Airport (Hato Internationale Luchthaven).

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get a Chippie Tourist SIM card for 20 USD or 30 USD. The following two Chippie Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidity
20 USD1 GB100 minutes10 SMS30 days 
30 USD3 GB 300 minutes30 SMS 30 days 

Chippie Tourist SIM card prices are listed in USD, not ANG – that is not a mistake on my end.

Note: you cannot purchase regular bundles when you have a Chippie Tourist SIM card. When you are out of balance, you have to buy a new regular SIM card or a Tourist SIM card.

Chippie Curacao Tourist SIM 1
© Flow/Chippie
Chippie Curacao Tourist SIM 2
© Flow/Chippie

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)

Chippie top-up vouchers, in values between 5 ANG to 25 ANG, are sold in Flow storesOpens in a new tab. and many other stores in Curaçao, such as supermarkets, kiosks, electronic stores.

The following top up options are available:

  • 5 AND
  • 10 ANG
  • 25 ANG
Chippie Curacao Prepaid Cards
© Flow/Chippie

To top up your Chippie SIM card, dial *191*VoucherCode# or text the Voucher Code to 1111.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *191*123456# or text 123456 to 111.

Chippie Reload
© Flow/Chippie

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

Recharging onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards is also an option.

Dial #191# to see your Chippie balance.

You can also top up with the Topup Chippie app (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab.).

Top Up Chippie
© UTS/Chippie

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)

Chippie has two typed of data-featured bundles: Combo Bundles (combo) & Surf Bundles (data-only).

Combo Bundles – Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)
Chippie Curacao Combo Bundles
© Flow/Chippie

The Combo Bundle is a plan with data, minutes, and SMS. Your data allowance can also be used in Chippieland.

The following Combo Bundles are available, which you can activate by texting the Activation Code to 3434:

PricePlanDataLocal & Chippieland Minutes 1Local SMSValidityActivation Code
5 ANG1 Day Plan500 MB1000 minutes50 SMS1 daycombo1d
12 ANG3 Day Plan1 GB1000 minutes90 SMS3 dayscombo3d
24 ANG7 Day Plan2 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesUnlimited 7 days combo7d
135 ANG30 Day Plan10 GB “Unlimited”, 3000 minuteUnlimited 30 days combo30d

1 to Chippie, Chippieland, FlowOpens in a new tab. & (landline) UTS numbers – also out of Curaçao

Your unused data allowance will roll over as long as your plan has renewed automatically or within 24 hours after it expired.

To check your Combo Bundle balance, text COMBO VAL to 3434.

The Combo Bundles auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text combo stop to 3434.

Those with the 135 ANG 30 Day Combo Bundle can purchase an extra 1000 MB for 10 ANG by texting EXTRA DATA to 3434. This data add-on is exclusive to the 135 ANG 30-day Combo Bundle.

Surf Bundles – Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)
Chippie Surf Bundles
© Flow/Chippie

The Surf Bundle is a data-only bundle. Your data allowance can also be used in Chippieland.

The following Surf Bundles are available, which you can activate by texting the Activation Code to 3434:

PriceBundleDataValidityActivation Code
2.49 ANG1 Day Continuous70 MB1 daysurfd70
4 ANG1 Day Data Bundle250 MB1 daysurf1d
10 ANG3 Day Data Bundle800 MB3 daysurf3d
16 ANG7 Day Data Bundle1500 MB7 daysurf7d
35 ANG30 Day Data Bundle (Small)1000 MB30 daysurf30ds
59 ANG30 Day Data Bundle (Large) 4000 MB 30 daysurf30dl

To check your Surf Bundle balance, text SURF VAL to 3434.

The Surf Bundles auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text surf stop to 3434.

Chippie Curacao Combo Bundles Image
© Flow/Chippie

Chippieland Countries & Benefits

Those with a Chippie SIM card and an active plan can take advantage of Chippieland features, which include:

  • Make and receive calls at the local rate of the Chippieland destination you are visiting
  • You can be reached on your own mobile number
  • No roaming costs will be charged
  • Use the data in your active bundle at no additional costs when traveling within Chippieland
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The following countries are part of Chippieland:

Chippieland for Chippie Curacao
© Flow/Chippie

Note: St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy) used to be part of Chippieland as well. However, it seems to have been removed without notice (it is still part of Chippieland for other countries where Flow is active in). I have reached out to Flow/Chippie Curaçao for clarification.

APN/Internet Settings – Flow Curaçao (Formerly UTS Curaçao – Chippie Curaçao)

  • Name: UTS Curacao
  • APN: premium

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Curacao

Besides getting a local SIM card in Curaçao, there are other ways to get online while traveling on the island.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the two local operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Curaçao here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming. However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting. Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free. The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Trinidad and Tobago.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Curaçao

Getting a SIM card from either Digicel or Flow/Chippie would do you well when considering a Curaçaoan SIM card.

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Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 7 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region is Asia. In particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently is in the Netherlands.

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