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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Dominica: Buying Guide

Dominica, sometimes confused with the Dominican Republic, is known for its beaches, thrilling nightlife & the highest peak in the Caribbean (Morne Diablotins).

You can visit the Boiling Lake – a lake heated by lava (just look at it – do not jump in it).

The Trafalgar Falls probably is Dominica's most impressive waterfall.

Or you can swim in the Emerald Pool with a waterfall and crystal clear waters.

Of course, there are plenty of hiking trails throughout Dominica too.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored in Dominica.

Unlike most Caribbean nations, travel in Dominica is quite inexpensive (for regional standards, at least).

But compared to many other nations around the world, it can still be a pricey country.

So any way to save some cash is always appreciated.

One way to do so is by getting a local SIM card to enjoy local rates – international roaming can be expensive.

Fortunately, SIM cards are not too expensive in Dominica.

You can get a Dominican SIM card for 20 XCD (7.40 USD) in Digicel, Flow & Fone Shack (for Digicel SIM cards only) stores. They are not sold at Roseau-Canefield Airport (DCF) nor Marigot-Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM – formerly Melville Hall Airport).

Not too pricey, huh? The same counts for mobile data rates in the country.

They are the fourth-cheapest in the Caribbean – amazing!

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

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

Original publication: 11th of March 2020. Last updated: 12th of April 2022.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Dominica?

You can buy a Dominican SIM card from Digicel and Flow as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in Dominica.

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

Moreover, your phone has to support the frequencies used in Dominica.

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Dominica?

You can get a Dominican SIM card in the official stores of Digicel and Flow. Resellers, like Fone Shack, sell Digicel SIM cards too. They are not available at Roseau-Canefield Airport (DCF) nor Marigot-Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM – formerly Melville Hall Airport).

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

  • Digicel Dominica: 20 XCD
  • Flow Dominica: 20 XCD
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Can You Use Your Phone in Dominica?

Dominica uses GSM for their 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 & 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– & 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 file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

Dominica uses a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 2G and 3G, depending on the mobile operator. 4G/LTE is exclusively on American frequencies.

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 Dominica.

It supports traditional American frequencies on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE, meaning that you can take full advantage of its network.

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 Digicel Dominica.

It supports traditional European frequencies on 2G and 3G, but you will not be able to use its 4G/LTE network.

Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with any mobile operator, as your phone will support both American frequencies and European frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Dominica

Dominica has two mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Digicel Dominica
  • Flow Dominica

The following frequencies are used in Dominica:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

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

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Dominica

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are not offered by the mobile operators in Dominica (yet).

This means that when you make a call, your phone will downgrade to 3G (or 2G when 3G is not available) instead of staying connected to 4G/LTE.

This is also why you often cannot use mobile while calling if not connected to WiFi.

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Dominica

5G NR is not available in Dominica as of 2022, and the Dominican government has not made any andications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in Dominica

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Dominica, I recommend going with Digicel or Flow. Both operators have great coverage throughout the country (not in the mountains), and the speeds are similar. Digicel has attractive plans (Prime Bundles) with dedicated data allowances for Prime apps, TikTok & YouTube (up to 30 GB/app).

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Best eSIM in Dominica

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

However, you can get the Dominica (Vaina Communications) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days.

Dominica Vaina Communications eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Dominica and eSIMs worldwide).

If you plan on visiting other neighboring Caribbean nations, consider the Island Hopper eSIM with 1 GB of data (7 days) in Dominica and these other islands:

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 8 USD/country in the Caribbean!

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Dominica and eSIMs worldwide).

SIM Card Registration in Dominica

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in Dominica. It will be done at the point of sale.

Dominica Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Dominica

The Caribbean is not known for being a cheap travel region.

With many luxurious resorts and PRISTINE beaches, it is somewhat understandable why the region is a bit high-class (with some exceptions, like the Dominican Republic and Haiti).

As mentioned in the introduction, Dominica is quite cheap too, so are mobile data rates.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Dominica is 1.76 USD, below the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Compared to 2019's numbers, the average cost of 1 GB of data decreased by 87.9%.

While there is not much information about mobile data speeds in the country because not many people do speed tests there, I can mention something about speeds.

Flow Dominica claims the maximum achievable speed you can get on their network is 35 Mbps.

But remember, this is the maximum speed – you will most likely get speeds ranging between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps.

With reasonably priced SIM cards, great nationwide coverage (except on and around Morne Diablotins), decent mobile download speeds, and low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Dominica.

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Currency in Dominica

East Caribbean Dollar Notes (5, 10, 20, 50 & 100)
© Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

Dominica uses the East Caribbean Dollar with the symbol XCD (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as ECD, EC$, or $. For example, 25 ECD = ECD/EC$/$ 25.

XCD is pegged 2.70:1 to the US Dollar (USD), meaning that 2.70 XCD is 1 USD. 27.10 XCD would be 10 USD. 270 is 100 USD, etc.

1 XCD is 0.37 USD, 10 XCD is 3.70 USD, 100 XCD is 37 USD – you know the drill.

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Dominican Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digicel Dominica & Flow Dominica, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs) 

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


Digicel Dominica

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel Dominica, just Digicel, is one of the two mobile operators in Dominica.

Digicel, as a company, is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America & Oceania.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 17)

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

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

Coverage – Digicel Dominica

Digicel has good coverage in Dominica.

4G/LTE reception is strong around the costs – it can be weak and poor around mountains.

Below is Digicel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digicel Dominica

You can get a Digicel SIM card for 20 XCD in Digicel stores and from resellers like Fone Shack. They are not available at Roseau-Canefield Airport (DCF) nor Marigot-Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM – formerly Melville Hall Airport).

You may have to dial *122# to activate your Digicel SIM card if your SIM card does not work upon purchase.

Dial *129# to see your Digicel phone number.

Dial *141# to access the Digicel menu.

Digicel SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 120 days (no top-up for 120 days or no activity for 120 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel Dominica

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in Digicel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *125# 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 *140# to check your Digicel balance.

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

Digicel App
© Digicel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel Dominica

Digicel has two data-featured plans: Prepaid Prime Bundles (combo) & Prime Jumbo Bundles (combo).

All Digicel plans can be activated by dialing *140#:

Prepaid Prime Bundles – Digicel Dominica

The Prepaid Prime Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo & Go Loud)
© Digicel

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *140#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
6 XCD1 Day Prime Bundle2 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimited25 minutes1 day
16 XCD3 Day Prime Bundle6 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimited175 minutes3 days
32 XCD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle10 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimited525 minutes7 days
85 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle20 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimited1000 minutes30 days

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

Prepaid Prime Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *140#.

Digicel Dominica Prepaid Prime Bundles
Prime Jumbo Bundles – Digicel Dominica

The Prime Jumbo Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Unlike the Prepaid Prime Bundles, Prime Jumbo Bundles include TikTok and YouTube data allowances as well.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo, Go Loud, TikTok &  YouTube)
© Digicel

The following Prime Jumbo Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *140#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataTikTok DataYouTube DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
7 XCD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
16 XCD3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle4 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
35 XCD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle10 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
100 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 2525 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
120 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 3535 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
160 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 5050 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GB35 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

Prime Jumbo Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *140#.

Digicel Dominica Prepaid Prime Jumbo Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Dominica

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow Dominica

Flow Logo
© Flow

Flow Dominica, just Flow, is one of the two mobile operators in Dominica.

Flow is a brand by Cable & Wireless used throughout the Caribbean.

Flow uses the following frequencies:

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

This is what you will learn about Flow:

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

Coverage – Flow Dominica

Flow has good coverage in Dominica.

4G/LTE reception is strong around the costs – it can be weak and poor around mountains.

Below is Digicel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Flow Dominica

You can get a Flow SIM card for 20 XCD from the Flow Old St Retail Store in Roseau. They are not available at Roseau-Canefield Airport (DCF) nor Marigot-Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM – formerly Melville Hall Airport).

Dial *129# to access the Flow menu.

Dial *555# to see your Flow phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Flow Dominica

Flow top-up vouchers are sold in the Flow Old St Retail Store in Roseau, grocery stores, gas stations & bars.

To top up your Flow SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode# or dial *129# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*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 *120# to check your Flow balance.

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

Flow App
© Flow

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Flow Dominica

Flow has one type of data-featured plan: the Always On Plans. It includes data, minutes & SMS.

The following Always On Plans are available, which you can activate by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataSWIFT Data 1On-Net MinutesLocal/International Minutes 2Local SMSActivation Code
12 XCDAlways On 3 Day Plan4 GBUnlimitedUnlimited150 minutesUnlimited*244*1#
30 XCDAlways On 7 Day Plan8 GBUnlimitedUnlimited500 minutesUnlimited*244*2#
75 XCDAlways On 30 Day Plan16 GBUnlimitedUnlimited800 minutesUnlimited*244*3#

1 for Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter
2 to Canada, the United Kingdom (fixed only) & the United States + Flow Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago & the Turks and Caicos Islands)

Flow Dominica Always On Plan

APN/Internet Settings – Flow Dominica

  • Name: Flow Internet
  • APN: ppinternet

Note: do not use just “internet” as a prepaid customer. That APN is reserved for postpaid customers. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Dominica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Dominica.

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 Dominica

Getting a SIM card from Digicel or Flow would be your only when considering a Dominican SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Caribbean Countries

Visiting other countries in the Caribbean? Check out my Caribbean SIM card buying guide, covering other Caribbean nations, such as:

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