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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Ecuador: Buying Guide

Ecuador – the orchid capital of the world. It is also one of the oldest civilizations in South America.

It has plenty of ancient pyramids, the Gálapagos Islands, and snow-capped tips on top of the Andres Mountains.

In the East of the country, you have dense rainforests with barely any roads going through them.

But, what can you do in Ecuador?

You can look at the tortoises and iguanas on the Gálapagos Islands.

Perhaps you fancy seeing colonial churches in Cuenca.

Or enjoy crystal-clear waters at beaches on the East Coast.

Overall, there is plenty to see and do in Ecuador.

Before posting your beach-life pictures online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

In most cases, you are better off buying local SIM cards to enjoy local rates like an Ecuadorian one.

And SIM cards are pretty affordable in Ecuador.

You can buy an Ecuadorian SIM card for as low as 4.48 USD (Claro). Movistar will sell them for 5 USD, and CNT will do so for 5.60 USD. Tuenti hands out SIM cards for free, but you will have to buy a plan (at least 5 USD) to get your SIM. Quito-Mariscal & Guayaquil-José airports sell SIM cards too.

See, those prices are not too bad, right?

Yes, I know there are South American nations out there where SIM card costs are much lower.

But they do have higher mobile data rates – Ecuador has one of the lowest mobile data prices in South America!

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

Buying a SIM Card in Ecuador Guide (logos of Claro, Movistar, CNT & Tuenti)

Original publication: 9th of January 2020. Last updated: 27th of September 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Ecuador?

Anyone living in or visiting Ecuador can buy an Ecuadorian SIM card from the mobile network operators (Claro, Movistar, CNT & Tuenti) in their stores or from resellers 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 Ecuador).

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Ecuador?

You can get an Ecuadorian SIM card in Claro, Movistar, CNT & Tuenti (affiliated) stores. It is also possible to buy SIM cards at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

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

  • Claro Ecuador: 4.48 USD
  • Movistar Ecuador: 5 USD
  • CNT: 5.60 USD
  • Tuenti Ecuador: free, but has to be purchased with a plan (min. 5 USD)

Can You Use Your Phone in Ecuador?

Ecuador 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 Ecuador, 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.

Ecuador 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 Ecuador.

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

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Ecuador

Ecuador has three mobile network operators (Main Operators) and one Virtual Network Operator:

  • Claro Ecuador (Conecel)
  • Movistar Ecuador (Otecel)
  • CNT (Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones)
  • Tuenti Ecuador (Movistar Ecuador MVNO)

The following frequencies are used in Ecuador:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Ecuador, 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.

5G NR in Ecuador

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

However, both Claro Ecuador and CNT have held 5G NR trials.

Best SIM Card in Ecuador

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Ecuador, I recommend going with Claro or CNT. Claro has the best nationwide coverage, including 4G/LTE reception. However, CNT is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

SIM Card Registration in Ecuador

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

Ecuador Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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South America is a relatively affordable travel destination.

At least, that is if you are coming from a region where the cost of living is much higher, of course.

But the cost of mobile data in this region is one of the lowest in the world (behind Asia).

And the same can be said about Ecuador specifically. Mobile data rates are low here.

But how low?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Ecuador is 1.06 USD, around the South American average of 1.97 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

When looking at 2019's figures, the average cost of mobile data has decreased by 84.7%.

Oh, and what is going on in the Falkland Islands?

Long story 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 you can see why I like to exclude it.

Okay, so what about speeds? Is mobile internet fast in Ecuador?

Ecuador's average mobile download speed is around 25 Mbps, about half the global average.

Right now, Uruguay is the South American country with the fastest mobile download speeds (34 Mbps).

So yes, Ecuador is still slow, but you will not get much better in South America (looking at you, the Falkland Islands and Venezuela).

Which mobile operator is the fastest in Ecuador? That would be CNT, with a Speed Score of 38.11. Followed by Movistar Ecuador (27.57) and Claro Ecuador (22.43).

With good nationwide coverage, reasonably priced SIM card prices, low mobile data costs, and fair speeds, you should have a good network experience.

Currency in Ecuador

10 US Dollar Note
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Ecuador uses the US Dollar with the symbol USD (which will be used throughout this article). Prices in Ecuador are listed in just $.

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Ecuadorian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Claro Ecuador, Movistar Ecuador, CNT & Tuenti Ecuador, 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 Ecuador has to offer.


Claro Ecuador

Claro Logo
© Claro

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

Claro, as a company, is active in Central America and South America.

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4)

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 Ecuador

Claro has the best coverage in Ecuador.

Coverage can be found almost everywhere, except for in the rainforests in the East of the country.

4G/LTE is mostly concentrated around urban areas.

Below is Claro's 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G map:

Finally, the 4G/LTE coverage map:

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – Claro Ecuador

You can buy a Claro SIM card for 4.48 USD in Claro stores. It features 1.5 GB of data, unlimited Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp data, unlimited on-net minutes & 30 off-net minutes – all for 3 days if you text CLARO to 5000).

Claro Ecuador New SIM Card Benefits
© Claro Ecuador

Claro SIM cards are also available at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

Claro Chip SIM Card
© Claro

Claro SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 90 days (no top-up for 90 days or no activity for 90 days).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Ecuador

Claro top-up vouchers are sold in denominations between 1 USD to 30 USD in Claro stores, grocery stores, corner shops, and electronics shops throughout Ecuador.

Claro Ecuador Top Up Cards
© Claro Ecuador

To top up your Claro SIM card, you would dial *100*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *100*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 *102# to check your Claro balance.

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

Mi Claro App
© Claro

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Claro Ecuador

Claro has one type of data-featured plan, which is the Plan Ideal. It is a combo bundle with data, minutes & SMS.

Claro Ecuador Plan Ideal Info
© Claro Ecuador

Plan Ideal can be activated by dialing *123# ot texting the Activation Code to 5000:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
1 USDFacebook y TwitterUnlimited 1N/AN/AN/A1 dayREDES
1 USDLlamadas Ilimitadas Por 1 Día200 MBUnlimitedN/A200 SMS1 dayPAQUETE
2 USDLlamadas Ilimitadas Por 2 Días600 MBUnlimitedN/A600 SMS2 daysPAQUETE
2 USD4.5 Gigas Para YouTube & Instagram + Facebook4.5 GB 2N/AN/AN/A2 daysREDES
3 USD1.5 Gigas + 1.5 Gigas Por 3 Días3 GBUnlimited30 minutesN/A3 daysPAQUETE
5 USD1 Gigas + 1 Gigas Por 15 Días2 GBUnlimited 3100 minutesN/A15 daysPAQUETE
6 USD3 Gigas + 3 Gigas Por 7 Días6 GBUnlimited60 minutesN/A7 daysPAQUETE
10 USD12 Gigas + Llamadas Por 30 Días“10 GB” 4Unlimited 3200 minutesN/A30 daysPAQUETE
15 USD20 Gigas + Llamadas Por 30 Días15 GB 5N/A150 minutesN/A30 daysPAQUETE

1 for Facebook & Twitter only
2 for Facebook & Twitter + 4608 MB for Instagram & YouTube only
3 to 5 Claro numbers
4 10 GB any use data  + 1 GB for Facebook & Instagram (7 days) + 1 GB TikTok (7 days)
5 + 2.5 GB for Facebook & Instagram (7 days) + 2.5 GB for TikTok

Claro Ecuador Plan Ideal Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Ecuador

  • Name: Internet Claro
  • APN: internet.claro.com.ec

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Movistar Ecuador

Movistar Logo New
© Movistar

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

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

Movistar uses the following frequencies:

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

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 Ecuador

Movistar has good coverage throughout Ecuador.

The mobile operator has nationwide coverage, excluding the rainforests in the East of the country.

But, 4G/LTE is mostly concentrated around urban areas.

Below is Movistar's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Movistar Ecuador

You can buy a Movistar SIM card for 5 USD in Movistar stores. SIM cards are also available at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

Dial *100#, select Mi Linea, and select Mi Número Celular.

Dial *100# to access the Movistar menu.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Movistar Ecuador

Movistar top-up vouchers are sold in denominations between 2 USD to 30 USD in Movistar stores, grocery stores, corner shops, and electronics shops throughout Ecuador.

To top up your Movistar SIM card, dial *100# 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 *100# to check your Movistar balance.

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

My Movistar Ecuador App
© Movistar Ecuador

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Movistar Ecuador

Movistar has three data-featured plans:

All Movistar plans can be activated by dialing *100#.

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

Combos – Movistar Ecuador

The Combos are, as the name implies, combo plans with data and minutes.

Movistar Ecuador Combo Plans Banner
© Movistar Ecuador

You can activate Combos by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1, 2On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
1 USDCombo $1100 MBN/AUnlimited10 minutes1 day
2 USDCombo $21 GBN/AUnlimited20 minutes3 days
3 USDCombo $31 GB1 GBUnlimited30 minutes7 days
5 USDCombo $52 GBN/AUnlimited100 minutes15 days
7 USDCombo $73 GB1 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
10 USDCombo $108 GB2 GBUnlimited120 minutes30 days
15 USDCombo $1512 GB3 GBUnlimited150 minutes30 days

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger & Instagram + Movistar Play streaming
2 unlimited WhatsApp (even when it says N/A)

Unused data will roll over to the next billing cycle.

Your data allowance will be doubled when you enable auto-renewal and auto-renew your plan at least once.

Movistar Ecuador Combo Plans
© Movistar Ecuador
Más Gigas (More GB) – Movistar Ecuador

The Más Gigas (More GB) are data-only plans.

You can activate Más Gigas by dialing *100#:

PriceDataValidity
3 USD2 GB7 days
5 USD4 GB15 days
10 USD10 GB30 days

Unused data will roll over to the next billing cycle.

Movistar Ecuador Mas Gigas Data Plans
© Movistar Ecuador
Bonos (Bonds) – Movistar Ecuador

The Bonos (Bonds) are social media data add-ons.

You can activate Bonos by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataAppsOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidity
1 USDBono Redes Sociales1 GBFacebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram & TwitterN/AN/A3 hours within 24 hours
1 USDBono YouTube UnlimitedYouTubeN/AN/A1 day
2 USDBono Voz $2N/AN/AUnlimited40 minutes2 days
2 USDBono GPS1 GBCabify, Glovo, Google Maps, Rappi, Uber, Uber Eats & WazeN/AN/A3 days
2 USDBono Música1 GBDeezer & SpotifyN/AN/A1 day
2 USDBono VideoUnlimitedNetflix & YouTubeN/AN/A3 hours within 3 days
3 USDBono Voz $3N/AN/AN/AUnlimited3 days
Movistar Ecuador Bono Add-Ons
© Movistar Ecuador

APN/Internet Settings – Movistar Ecuador

Most phones will automatically retrieve the correct APN settings when inserting a SIM card – the same counts for Movistar Ecuador SIM cards.

If that does not automatically happen, you can text DATOS to 682 to download the APN settings.

If that does not work, you will have to add the settings manually by filling in these fields:

  • Name: Movistar Internet
  • APN: internet.movistar.com.ec

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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CNT Móvil

CNT Ecuador Logo
© CNT

CNT, officially Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones and sometimes known as CNT Móvil, is the smallest mobile operator in Ecuador.

The company primarily focuses on broadband internet (ADSL & Fiber) and landline phone connections.

However, it has invested a lot in its mobile division over the years, and its coverage has significantly improved.

It was also the first mobile operator to introduce 4G/LTE in Ecuador.

CNT is the fastest mobile network operator in the country.

CNT uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4)

This is what you will learn about CNT:

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

Coverage – CNT Móvil

CNT has good coverage throughout Ecuador.

The mobile operator has nationwide coverage, excluding the rainforests in the East of the country.

However, CNT has the worst 4G/LTE availability.

Below is CNT's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – CNT Móvil

You can buy a CNT SIM card for 5.60 USD in CNT stores. It features 1.5 GB of data, 1 FB for Facebook, 1 GB for WhatsApp, 30 local minutes & 30 local SMS – all valid for 7 days.

CNT Ecuador New SIM Card Offer
© CNT

Dial *611# to access the CNT menu.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – CNT Móvil

CNT top-up vouchers are sold in denominations of 3 USD, 6 USD, 10 USD & 15 USD in CNT stores, grocery stores, corner shops, and electronics shops throughout Ecuador.

CNT Ecuador Top Up Locations

The following top-up options are available:

Top UpValidity
3 USDNo expiry
6 USDNo expiry
10 USDNo expiry
15 USDNo expiry

To top up your CNT SIM card, dial *111, select option 2, and enter your Voucher Code. The same can be done by dialing *611 and selecting option 1.

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# to check your CNT balance.

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

CNT Ecuador CNT Móvil App
© CNT

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – CNT Móvil

CNT has six data-featured plans:

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

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

Nuevos Paquetes Prepago (New Prepaid Packages) – CNT Móvil

The Nuevos Paquetes Prepago (New Prepaid Packages) are combo plans with data and minutes.

CNT Ecuador Planes Móvil Prepago Nuevos Paquetes Prepago New Prepaid Packages Info
© CNT

Nuevos Paquetes Prepago can be activated by texting COMBOS to 7000:

PriceDataSocial Media DataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidity
1 USD100 MB1 GB 1N/A15 minutes1 day
2 USD400 MB2 GB 2Unlimited20 minutes2 days
3 USD2 GB3 GB 3Unlimited30 minutes3 days
6 USD3 GB3 GB 3Unlimited100 minutes10 days
10 USD4 GB3 GB 3Unlimited200 minutes30 days
15 USD15 GB3 GB 3Unlimited300 minutes30 days

1 Facebook
2 1 GB for Facebook & 1 GB for WhatsApp
3 1 GB for Facebook, 1 GB for Instagram & 1 GB for WhatsApp

CNT Ecuador Planes Móvil Prepago Nuevos Paquetes Prepago New Prepaid Packages
© CNT
Paquetes Más Megas (More Data Packages) – CNT Móvil

The Paquetes Más Megas (More Data Packages) are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Paquetes Más Megas can be activated by dialing *611:

PriceDataValidity
1 USD100 MBUntil plan expires
2 USD200 MBUntil plan expires
3 USD300 MBUntil plan expires
10 USD 11.5 GBUntil plan expires

1 can be made recurrent

Paquetes de Datos Adicionales (Data Add-Ons) – CNT Móvil

The Paquetes de Datos Adicionales are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

CNT Ecuador Planes Móvil Prepago Aplicaciones Prepago Prepaid Application Add-Ons Info
© CNT

Paquetes de Datos Adicionales can be activated by dialing *611:

Price (ex. IVA/VAT)DataValidity
10 USD500 MBUntil plan expires
15 USD1000 MBUntil plan expires
20 USD2000 MBUntil plan expires
Paquete Whatsapp y Facebook Semanal o Diario (Daily or Weekly WhatsApp & Facebook Packages) – CNT Móvil

The Paquete Whatsapp y Facebook Semanal o Diario (Daily or Weekly WhatsApp & Facebook Packages) are, as the name implies, daily or weekly data plans for Facebook & WhatsApp.

Paquete Whatsapp y Facebook Semanal o Diario can be activated by dialing *611:

Price (ex. IVA/VAT)Facebook & WhatsApp DataValidity
0.89 USD25 MB24 hours
3.99 USD200 MB7 days
Paquete Whatsapp, Facebook y Twitter (WhatsApp, Facebook & Twitter Package) – CNT Móvil

The Paquete Whatsapp, Facebook y Twitter (WhatsApp, Facebook & Twitter Package) is, as the name implies, an unlimited data plan (at 3G speeds) for Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp.

It costs 4.99 USD (IVA/VAT not included), is valid for 7 days, and can be activated by dialing *611.

Price (ex. IVA/VAT)Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp DataValidity
4.99 USDUnlimited @ 3G speeds7 days
Aplicaciones Prepago (Prepaid Applications) – CNT Móvil

The Aplicaciones Prepago (Prepaid Applications) are social media data plans.

Examples of apps that can be used with these plans are Instagram, TikTok & YouTube.

Aplicaciones Prepago can be activated by dialing *611:

PriceDataApp(s)Validity
1 USD1 GBGoogle & YouTube1 day
1 USD1 GBInstagram1 day
1 USD1 GBNetflix1 day
1 USD1 GBSpotify1 day
1 USD1 GBTikTok1 day
1 USD1 GBWaze1 day
5 USD5 GBTeams, Webex & Zoom5 days

APN/Internet Settings – CNT Móvil

  • Name: CNT 4G
  • APN: internet.cnt.net.ec

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Tuenti Ecuador

Tuenti Logo
© Tuenti

Tuenti Ecuador, just Tuenti, is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) directly owned by Telefónica (which owns Movistar).

Tuenti is active in Argentina, Peru & Spain.

To learn about Tuenti's frequencies, jump back to Movistar Ecuador's frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Tuenti:

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

Coverage – Tuenti Ecuador

Tuenti is a Movistar Ecuador MVNO, meaning Tuenti uses the Movistar Ecuador and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Tuenti, jump to the Movistar Ecuador's Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Tuenti Ecuador

You can buy a Tuenti SIM card in Tuenti stores or online. SIM cards are also available at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

Tuenti SIM Card
© Tuenti

When you order a Tuenti SIM card online, you can get it for free and delivered at no cost.

When you buy your SIM card in Tuenti (affiliated) stores, it has to be purchased together with a plan (starting from 5 USD).

Tuenti New SIM Card Plans
© Tuenti

Dial *777 to activate your Tuenti SIM card.

If you are a tourist or traveler without an Ecuadorian national ID, which you most likely will not have, you can activate your SIM card in Tuenti (affiliated) stores.

However, that is not always possible. Instead, Tuenti recommends reaching out to them on Facebook or Twitter.

There, they will give you instructions on how to register your SIM card.

Dial *777# and select option 3 to see your Tuenti phone number.

Dial *777# to access the Tuenti menu.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tuenti Ecuador

Tuenti top-up vouchers are sold in denominations 5 USD, 10 USD & 20 USD in Tuenti stores and top-up locations, such as grocery stores, corner shops, and electronics shops throughout Ecuador.

Tuenti Ecuador Top Up Locations
© Tuenti Ecuador

To top up your Tuenti SIM card, you would dial *777# and select option 1.

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 *777# and select option 3 to check your Tuenti balance.

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

App Tuenti App
© Tuenti

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Tuenti Ecuador

Tuenti has two data-featured plans: Combo Tuenti (combo) & Comodines Tuenti/Tuenti Wildcards (add-ons).

Combos Tuenti – Tuenti Ecuador

The Combos Tuenti are, as the name implies, combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Combo Tuenti can be activated by dialing *777# and selecting option 2.

PriceDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5 USD2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 minutesN/A50 SMS30 days
10 USD10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutesN/A50 SMS30 days
20 USD15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited400 minutesN/A50 SMS30 days
25 USD20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited50 minutesN/A30 days

1 Spotify & WhatsApp

Unused data will roll over to the next billing cycle.

Combo Tuenti auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *777# and select option 2.

Tuenti Ecuador Combos Tuenti Plans
Comodines Tuenti (Tuenti Wildcards) – Tuenti Ecuador

The Combos Tuenti (Tuenti Wildcards) are add-ons.

Tuenti Ecuador Comodines Tuenti 4 USD 1 GB Wildcard Add On
© Tuenti Ecuador

Combos Tuenti can be activated by dialing *777#, selecting option 2, and selecting option 2 again:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
1 USDN/A10 minutes1 day
1 USD200 MBN/A1 day
2 USD500 MBN/A30 days
4 USD1 GBN/A30 days
15 USD30 GBN/A30 days
Tuenti Ecuador Comodines Tuenti Wildcards Add Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Tuenti Ecuador

  • Name: Tuenti Internet
  • APN: internet.tuenti.ec

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Ecuador

The cheapest way to get online in Ecuador is to get a SIM card from one of the localmobile 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 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 Ecuador

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Your support helps me keep producing impartial content by eliminating the need to recommend international SIM cards as the best local SIM card (but some of them CAN be useful)

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Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel!

Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation.

Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling?

In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services, and products I have for this site and my YouTube channel.

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 cards, international SIM cards, mobile hotspots, or roam internationally.

Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

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Did you know that I have a YouTube channel covering everything you need to know about traveling with your phone? A lot of useful videos are uploaded multiple times a week, and you do not want to miss out on them!

Learn More About Who Adu Actually Is

Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!