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Ecuador: 4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2022)

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 get an Ecuadorian SIM card for 3 USD from CNT, 4.48 USD from Claro, 5 USD from Movistar & between 5 USD & 25 USD from Tuenti in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE).

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: 19th of September 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Ecuador?

Everyone living in or visiting Ecuador can buy an Ecuadorian SIM card from the mobile network operators (Claro, Movistar & CNT) or Tuenti without restrictions.

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

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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 (partner) stores. They are also sold at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE).

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

  • Claro Ecuador: 4.48 USD
  • Movistar Ecuador: 5 USD
  • CNT (Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones): 3 USD
  • Tuenti Ecuador: 5 USD, 10 USD, 20 USD & 25 USD

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Can You Use Your Phone in Ecuador?

Ecuador uses GSM technology for mobile communications primarily. CDMA phones will not work in Ecuador. However, almost all phones use GSM 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 & 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 & 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.

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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 and one Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) offering prepaid services:

  • Claro Ecuador
  • Movistar Ecuador
  • CNT Ecuador (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)
  • 5G NR: N/A – rollout not announced yet

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.

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.

VoLTE & VoWiFi in Ecuador

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is available in Ecuador, and it is offered by all mobile operators. However, VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) is not available.

This means that your phone does not have to downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Ecuador (unlike mobile operators that do not support VoLTE).

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE only in Ecuador:

  • Claro Ecuador
  • Movistar Ecuador
  • CNT Ecuador
  • Tuenti Ecuador (to be confirmed)

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

5G NR in Ecuador

5G NR is not available in Ecuador as of 2022, and the Ecuadorian government has not made any indications of when they will auction 5G licenses.

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 (4G/LTE) nationwide coverage. CNT is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

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Best eSIM in Ecuador

Movistar Ecuador offers eSIMs, but they are not available to prepaid customers.

Claro Ecuador, CNT Ecuador & Tuenti Ecuador do not offer eSIMs – not even to postpaid customers.

However, you can get travel eSIMs from Airalo and Nomad.

Airalo has the Bacanet eSIMs:

Ecuador Bacanet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have one option:

  1. Ecuador/Bacanet 1 GB eSIM for 7 days

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Ecuador Bacanet eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Ecuador eSIMs Compared guide.

You can also get Ecuador eSIMs from Nomad.

Ecuador eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Ecuador eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Ecuador eSIMs Compared guide.

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

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TIP: check out my Best Ecuador eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Ecuador.

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.

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Ecuador Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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Currency in Ecuador

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Ecuador uses the US Dollar with the symbol USD (which will be used throughout this guide).

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 Ecuador & 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

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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)
  • 5G NR: N/A – rollout not announced yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

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 (4G/LTE) 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 a Claro 3G coverage map:

Finally, we have Claro's 4G/LTE coverage map:

At last, we have a combined Claro coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Claro Ecuador

You can get a Claro SIM card for 4.48 USD with 3 GB of data, unlimited Facebook Messenger data, unlimited WhatsApp data, unlimited on-net minutes, 30 off-net minutes & 30 local SMS – all for 3 days (if you text CLARO to 5000) in Claro stores. Claro SIM cards are also sold at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE).

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© Claro Ecuador
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Claro has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Ecuador (Bacanet) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB of data for 7 days).

Ecuador Bacanet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Ecuador eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days – they are more expensive than the Bacanet eSIM, but they have much longer validity).

However, the higher price can be reduced by using code ADU123 (on the site or their apps), which will give you 3 USD off!

Ecuador eSIMs Nomad
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Note that Claro offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Ecuador

Claro top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores, grocery stores, corner shops & 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 Ecuador (My Claro Ecuador) app (Android/iOS).

Claro Ecuador Mi Claro Ecuador App
© Claro Ecuador

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.

I will list all the prices in USD (US Dollar).

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Plan Ideal can be activated by dialing *123#:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 2On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
1 USDPaquete de Redes por 1 DíaUnlimited 1Unlimited 2N/AN/AN/A1 day
1 USD200 Megas + Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 1 Día200 MBUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 day
2 USD1 Giga + Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 2 Días1 GBUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimited2 days
2 USDPaquetes de Redes por 2 Días4.5 GB 3Unlimited 2N/AN/AN/A2 days
3 USD3 Gigas +  Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 3 Días3 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited30 minutesN/A3 days
4 USD2 Gigas + 2 Gigas Para la Noche por 10 Días2 GB + 2 GB 5Unlimited 4Unlimited40 minutesN/A10 days
5 USD1 Gigas + Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 15 Días2 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited 6100 minutesN/A15 days
6 USD3 Gigas + 3 Gigas Para la Noche por 15 Días3 GB + 3 GB 5Unlimited 4Unlimited60 minutesN/A15 days
7 USD3.5 Gigas + 3.5 Gigas Para la Noche por 15 Días3.5 GB + 3.5 GB 5Unlimited 4Unlimited 6150 minutesN/A20 days
10 USD10 Gigas por 30 Días + 2 Gigas Redes por 7 Días10 GB2 GB 7 (7 days)Unlimited 6200 minutesN/A30 days
12 USD12 Gigas por 30 Días + 2 Gigas Redes por 7 Días12 GB2 GB 7 (7 days)Unlimited 6240 minutesN/A30 days
15 USD15 Gigas por 30 Días + 5 Gigas Redes por 7 Días15 GB5 GB 7 (7 days)150 minutesShared with on-net call allowanceN/A30 days

1 for Facebook & Twitter
2 for Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp
3 for Facebook & Twitter + 4608 MB for Instagram & YouTube
4 for Facebook, Free Fire & Twitter
5 2/3/3.5 GB for anytime use and 2/3/3.5 GB for between 23:00 and 6:59
6 to 5 Claro numbers
7 for Facebook, Instagram & TikTok for 7 days + unlimited Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for 30 days

Claro Ecuador Plan Ideal Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Ecuador

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

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Movistar Ecuador

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

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

Movistar uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1900 MHz (Band 2)
  • 5G NR: N/A – rollout not announced yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

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 extensive 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 get a Movistar SIM card for 5 USD in Movistar stores. Movistar SIM cards are also sold at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

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While Movistar does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Ecuador (Bacanet) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB of data for 7 days).

Ecuador Bacanet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Ecuador eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days – they are more expensive than the Bacanet eSIM, but they have much longer validity).

However, the higher price can be reduced by using code ADU123 (on the site or their apps), which will give you 3 USD off!

Ecuador eSIMs Nomad
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Note that Movistar offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Dial *100#, select Mi Linea, and select Mi Número Celular to see your Movistar phone number.

Dial *100# to access the Movistar menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Movistar Ecuador

Movistar top-up vouchers are sold in Movistar stores, grocery stores, corner shops & 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).

Movistar Ecuador Mi Movistar App
© Movistar Ecuador

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Movistar Ecuador

Movistar has three data-featured plans:

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

I will list all the prices in USD (US Dollar).

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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 (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

You can activate Combos by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataSocial DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
1 USDCombo $1250 MBUnlimited 1Unlimited10 minutes1 day
2 USDCombo $21 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited20 minutes3 days
3 USDCombo $31 GB1 GB 2Unlimited30 minutes7 days
4 USDCombo $42 GB1 GB 2Unlimited40 minutes10 days
5 USDCombo $52 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited100 minutes15 days
6 USDCombo $63 GB1 GB 2Unlimited100 minutes15 days
8 USDCombo $84 GB2 GB 2Unlimited100 minutes30 days
10 USDCombo $108 GB2 GB 2Unlimited120 minutes30 days
15 USDCombo $1512 GB3 GB 2Unlimited150 minutes30 days

1 for WhatsApp
2 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger & Instagram + unlimited WhatsApp

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
Más Gigas (More GB) Plans – Movistar Ecuador

The Más Gigas (More GB) plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

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
Bonos (Bonds) Add-Ons – Movistar Ecuador

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

You can activate Bonos by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesValidity
1 USDBono Redes Sociales1 GB 1N/A3 hours within 24 hours
1 USDBono YouTube Unlimited 2N/A1 day
2 USDBono Voz $2N/A40 minutes2 days
2 USDBono GPS1 GB 3N/A3 days
2 USDBono Música1 GB 4N/A1 day
2 USDBono VideoUnlimited 5N/A3 hours within 3 days
3 USDBono Voz $3N/AUnlimited3 days

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram & Twitter
2 for YouTube
3 for Cabify, Glovo, Google Maps, Rappi, Uber, Uber Eats & Waze
4 for Deezer & Spotify
5 for Netflix & YouTube

Movistar Ecuador Bono Add-Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Movistar Ecuador

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

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CNT Móvil (Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones)

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CNT Móvil (Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones) 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)
  • 5G NR: N/A – rollout not announced yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

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 extensive 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 3 USD with 3 GB of data, 1 FB for Facebook, 1 GB for Instagram, 1 GB for TikTok, 4 GB for WhatsApp, unlimited on-net minutes, 30 off-net minutes & 50 local SMS – all valid for 7 days in CNT stores. CNT SIM cards are also sold at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

CNT Ecuador New SIM Card Offer
© CNT Móvil
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CNT has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Ecuador (Bacanet) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB of data for 7 days).

Ecuador Bacanet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Ecuador eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days – they are more expensive than the Bacanet eSIM, but they have much longer validity).

However, the higher price can be reduced by using code ADU123 (on the site or their apps), which will give you 3 USD off!

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Note that CNT offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Dial *611# to access the CNT menu.


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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – CNT Móvil

CNT top-up vouchers are sold in CNT stores, grocery stores, corner shops & 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 Móvil

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – CNT Móvil

CNT has two data-featured plans: Nuevos Paquetes Prepago/New Prepaid Packages (combo) & Aplicaciones Prepago/Prepaid Applications (data).

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

I will list all the prices in USD (US Dollar).

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Nuevos Paquetes Prepago (New Prepaid Packages) – CNT Móvil

The Nuevos Paquetes Prepago (New Prepaid Packages) are combo plans with data (without 5G NR) and minutes.

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

PriceDataSocial DataOn-Net MinutesOff- MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
1 USD300 MBVarious 115 minutesShared with on-net call allowanceN/AN/A1 day
3 USD4 GBVarious 2Unlimited35 minutesN/A50 SMS7 days
5 USD5 GBVarious 2Unlimited50 minutes30 minutes50 SMS30 days
10 USD15 GBVarious 2Unlimited200 minutes30 minutes50 SMS30 days
15 USD20 GBVarious 2Unlimited300 minutes30 minutes50 SMS30 days
20 USD25 GBVarious 2UnlimitedShared with on-net call allowance30 minutes50 SMS30 days

1 1 GB for Facebook & 1 GB for WhatsApp
2 1 GB for Facebook, 1 GB for Instagram, 1 GB for TikTok & 4 GB for WhatsApp

CNT Ecuador Planes Móvil Prepago Nuevos Paquetes Prepago New Prepaid Packages
Aplicaciones Prepago (Prepaid Applications) Plans – CNT Móvil

The Aplicaciones Prepago (Prepaid Applications) plans are social media data bundles (without 5G NR access).

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

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Tuenti Ecuador

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Tuenti Ecuador, just Tuenti, is a Movistar Ecuador MVNO.

It is directly owned by Movistar Ecuador.

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 get a Tuenti SIM card for 5 USD, 10 USD, 20 USD, or 25 USD in Tuenti stores. SIM cards are also available at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE).

The following four Tuenti starter packs are available, also referred to as Combos Tuenti:

PriceDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5 USD5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited50 minutes50 SMS30 days
10 USD10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutes50 SMS30 days
20 USD15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited400 minutes50 SMS30 days
25 USD20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited 2N/A30 days

1 for Spotify & WhatsApp
2 +50 international minutes

Tuenti Ecuador New SIM Card Starter Packs

Dial *777 to activate your Tuenti SIM card.

Tuenti SIM Card
© Tuenti

Tuenti has no eSIMs.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Ecuador (Bacanet) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB of data for 7 days).

Ecuador Bacanet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Or get the Ecuador eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days – they are more expensive than the Bacanet eSIM, but they have much longer validity).

However, the higher price can be reduced by using code ADU123 (on the site or their apps), which will give you 3 USD off!

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Dial *777# to access the Tuenti menu.

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tuenti Ecuador

Tuenti top-up vouchers are sold in Tuenti stores and top-up locations, such as grocery stores, corner shops & 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).

Tuenti Ecuador App
© Tuenti

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Tuenti Ecuador

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

I will list all the prices in USD (US Dollars).

To convert USD to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Combos Tuenti – Tuenti Ecuador

The Combos Tuenti are, as the name implies, combo plans with data (without 5G NR), minutes & SMS.

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

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidity
7 USDCombo 5 Gigas5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited50 minutes50 SMS30 days
10 USDCombo 10 Gigas10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutes50 SMS30 days
20 USDCombo 15 Gigas15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited400 minutes50 SMS30 days
25 USDCombo 20 Gigas20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 2Shared with on-net call allowance50 SMS30 days

1 for Spotify & WhatsApp
2 +50 international minutes

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) Add-Ons – Tuenti Ecuador

The Combos Tuenti (Tuenti Wildcards) are add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

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

PricePlanDataValidity
1 USDComodín 200 Megas200 MB1 day
2 USDComodín 500 Megas500 MB30 days
4 USDComodín 1 Giga1 GB30 days
15 USDComodín Universitario30 GB30 days
Tuenti Ecuador Comodines Tuenti Wildcards Add Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Tuenti Ecuador

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

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