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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Grenada: Buying Guide

Grenada – also known as the Spice Island because it is home to a wide variety of spices and herbs. It is sometimes also known for its name being similar to the word grenade.

Home to various stunning beaches, there is a big chance you will be spending most of your time on the beach. A good reason to post cocktail photos on the Gram!

But before you get excited by the idea of making your followers jealous of you, you should know that international roaming, using your home SIM card abroad, can be super expensive.

That boomerang of you toasting with your colorful cocktail can cost you more than the cocktail itself.

That is why you should use a local SIM card when abroad, like a Grenadian one, so that you can enjoy local rates and not break the bank when using your phone abroad.

Better than your hard-earned money in travel experience instead of roaming bills.

But how expensive are SIM cards in Grenada?

You can purchase a SIM card for as little as 15 XCD (5.55 USD) in Grenada. This SIM card includes 1 GB, unlimited social messaging, 200 local minutes, and 200 local SMS – all for 3 days. A combo plan with 5 GB of data valid for 7 days will cost you 25 XCD (9.25 USD).

Compared to many neighboring islands, those are generous and affordable deals. It can be much more expensive in the area.

But there are quite some things you should know before getting yourself a Grenadian SIM card.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Grenada Guide

Original publication: 10th of March 2020. Last updated: 25th of October 2021.

Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Grenada?

You can purchase a Grenadian SIM card regardless of your residence or visitor status, meaning that tourists are also allowed to buy a SIM card in Grenada.

You do need to ensure your SIM card is registered in your name, have a phone that supports Grenada's frequencies, and have an unlocked device (SIM-lock-free).

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Grenada?

You can get a Grenadian SIM card in the official stores of Digicel and Flow.

It is not possible to buy a SIM card at Maurice Bishop International Airport/St. George's Airport.

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

  • Digicel Grenada: 25 XCD
  • Flow Grenada: 15 XCD

Can You Use Your Phone in Grenada?

Grenada 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 file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

Grenada uses a mix of American Frequencies and European Frequencies for 2G and 3G, depending on the 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 would want to go with Flow Grenada. It supports traditional American Frequencies on 2G, 3G, and 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 would want to go with Digicel Grenada. 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 either Flow Grenada or Digicel Grenada, as your phone will support both American Frequencies and European Frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Grenada

Grenada has two mobile network operators:

  • Digicel Grenada
  • Flow Grenada

The following frequencies are used in Grenada:

  • 2G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz, 1900 MHz & 2100 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 Grenada, 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 Grenada

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

Best SIM Card in Grenada

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Grenada, I recommend going with Digicel. They have fast speeds and the best coverage in the country. Moreover, they have more choices and variety in packages and plans than Flow.

SIM Card Registration Grenada

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

Grenada Internet Prices & Insights

Grenada Flag

The Caribbean used to be a super expensive region for mobile data. However, that has changed over the year.

But has this change positively impacted Grenada too? How expensive is mobile data there?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Grenada is 2.44 USD, below 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 has gone down by 54.6%. Compared to 2019, it has gone down by a staggering 79.7%.

In combination with relatively generous plans and extensive coverage throughout the country, these low prices should ensure that you have a smooth network experience in Grenada.

Currency in Grenada

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

Grenada 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 $. For example, 25 XCD = ECD/EC$/$ 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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Grenada Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digicel Grenada & Flow Grenada, 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 Grenada has to offer to us.

Digicel Grenada

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel Grenada, just Digicel, ended Flow’s monopoly back in 2003. Since then, they managed to become the preferred operator in Grenada. Digicel as a company is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America, and Oceania.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 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 Grenada

Digicel has the best coverage in Grenada.

It even won the Speedtest Grenada Fastest Mobile Network of 2020.

Below is Digicel's general availability and 4G availability concluded by the Speedtest Best Mobile Coverage Grenada Awards of 2020:

Below is the Digicel coverage map produced by the Speedtest app:

SIM Card Price – Digicel Grenada

You can get a Digicel SIM card for 25 XCD in Digicel stores.

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

Dial *140# to access the Digicel menu.

Topping Up & Recharging – Digicel Grenada

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in denominations of 5 XCD to 250 XCD in Digicel stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and 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 #120# or *140# to check your Digicel balance.

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

Digicel App
© Digicel

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Digicel Grenada

Digicel has several two types of data-featured plans: Prime Bundles & Freedom Plus LTE Plans.

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

Digicel has the new Prime Bundles, which are bundles with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes, and SMS.

The following Prime Bundles are available, which you can activate by dialing *140#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidity
6 XCD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB 1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB75 minutes25 minutesN/A1 day 
25 XCD7 Day Digicel Brime Bundle 5 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB450 minutes150 minutes25 minutes7 days 
95 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 12 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 1000 minutes400 minutes100 minutes 30 days 

You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel App

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

Digicel Prime Bundle Apps
© Digicel
Freedom Plus LTE Plans – Digicel Grenada

The Freedom Plus LTE Plans are combo plans with data and minutes.

The following Freedom Plus LTE Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *140#:

PricePlanDataMinutesInternational MinutesValidity
6 XCDFreedom Bundle 1 Day 1 GB 30 minutesN/A1 day 
7 XCDFreedom Plus Upgrade 1 Day1 GB 60 minutesN/A1 day 
15 XCDFreedom Bundle 3 Days 1 GB 200 minutesN/A3 days 
20 XCDFreedom Plus Upgrade Days 2 GB350 minutesN/A 3 days 
28 XCDFreedom Bundle 7 Days 3 GB 350 minutesN/A7 days 
35 XCDFreedom Plus Upgrade 7 Days 4 GB450 minutes25 minutes7 days 
100 XCDFredom Plus Upgrade 30 days 10 GB 1000 minutes100 minutes30 days 

Unused allowances roll over when you renew your bundle.

Freedom Plus LTE Plans auto-renew. Auto-renewal can be disabled by dialing *129#.

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Grenada

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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow Grenada

Flow Logo
© Flow

Flow Grenada, just Flow, is the other operator in Grenada. It used to have a monopoly until Digicel entered the market. Since then, they have been set back to the second spot. Flow as a company is active in many English-speaking countries in the Caribbean.

Flow uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 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
* Plan & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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

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Coverage – Flow Grenada

Flow has extensive coverage in Grenada.

Its 4G/LTE coverage is not on par as with Digicel Grenada. Although general coverage, including 2G and 3G, is extensive with Flow.

Below is Flow's general availability and 4G availability concluded by the Speedtest Best Mobile Coverage Grenada Awards of 2020:

Below is the Flow coverage map produced by the Speedtest app:

SIM Card Price – Flow Grenada

You can get a Flow SIM card for 15 XCD in Flow stores. The SIM card features the Prepaid 3 Days plan with 1 GB, unlimited social messaging (SWIFT), 200 local minutes, and 200 local SMS – all valid for 3 days and worth 12 XCD.

Flow Grenada SIM Card Price
© Flow

You can check your Flow phone number by dialing *555#.

Dial *129# to access the Flow menu.

Topping Up & Recharging – Flow Grenada

Flow top-up vouchers, available in values between 5 XCD to 200 XCD, are sold in Flow stores and Mobile Recharge Partners throughout Grenada, including grocery stores, gas stations, and bars.

To top up your Flow, dial *129# 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 #120# or *3733 to check your Flow balance.

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

Flow App
© Flow

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Flow Grenada

Flow has one type of data-featured plan, which is its Always On Prepaid Plan. That plans feature data, unlimited social messaging for SWIFT apps (Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter), minutes, and SMS.

The following Always On Prepaid Plans are available:

PricePlanDataSocial Messaging (SWIFT) 1Local Anywhere MinutesLocal Anywhere SMSValidityActivation Code
5 XCD1-Day Plan1 GBUnlimited25 minutes25 SMS1 day *244*0#
12 XCD3-Day Plan1 GBUnlimited200 minutes200 SMS3 days *244*1#
25 XCD7-Day Plan3 GBUnlimited350 minutes350 SMS7 days *244*2#
100 XCD30-Day Plan 10 GB Unlimited1000 minutes1000 SMS30 days *244*3#

1 Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

To check your Flow data balance, dial *146*0.

To check your overall balance, jump back to the top-up section.

APN/Internet Settings – Flow Grenada

  • Name: Flow Internet
  • APN: ppinternet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Grenada

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

However, for some, getting a Grenadian SIM card is not an option. For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your operator.

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

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 Grenada 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 Grenada.

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 Grenada

Getting a SIM card from Digicel would do you well when considering a Grenadian 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:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

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