Although being a relatively small country in South America, there are plenty of things to do in Guyana. The capital, Georgetown, has a lovely cathedral called St. George's Cathedral. You can find amazing waterfalls in Lethem, and a remarkable mountain in Monte Roraima National Park. Guyana is certainly not a boring travel destination.
Many travels who go to South America buy local SIM cards, including Guyana, so that they can enjoy local rates instead of expensive roaming rates you get with roaming with your provider. In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Guyana. Let's go.
Telecom Providers in Guyana
Guyana has 2 telecom providers: GTT+ and Digicel Guyana. GTT+ is the only landline operator in the country. It also operates the submarine cables connecting Guyana to the internet. Digicel operates in multiple countries in the Americas and Oceania.
What SIM card should you buy when visiting Guyana? If you want to buy a SIM card in Guyana, I would recommend going with GTT+ because they have the best coverage and speeds, although speeds in Guyana are around 2 Mbit/s, even on 4G/LTE.
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2G and 3G can be used with both GTT+ and Digicel Guyana. Only GTT+ offers 4G/LTE. However, according to Open Signal, speeds on 3G averages around 2 Mbit/s, which is slow, but the standard in this region. You should not expect to be streaming 4K videos all day with these operators.
Coverage with both providers can be found around the coast of Guyana. You can barely connect to anything in inland Guyana.
Also, you do not have to register yourself when buying a SIM card, unlike other countries in South America.
With that out of the way, let’s see what GTT+ and Digicel Guyana has to offer to us.
GTT+ by GT&T
GTT+ is operated by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, which is mainly owned by a US-company called ATN International and partially by the government of Guyana. GTT+ is the only provider to operate a 4G/LTE, which can be found in New Amsterdam, Rossignol, Blairmont, Lusignan, Georgetown, and Great Diamond. Besides that, they have better coverage than Digicel Guyana.
GTT+ SIM cards are sold in GT&T stores and vendors. The SIM costs 2000 GYD ($9.60) and comes without credit. The following combo packs can be added. The minutes can be used for calling to Canada and the United States:
- 449 GYD: 300 MB, 15 minutes, and 30 SMS for 1 day
- 749 GYD: 500 MB, 25 minutes, and 50 SMS for 3 days
- 1499 GYD: 1.5 GB, 60 minutes, and 80 SMS for 7 days
- 3499 GYD: 4 GB, 100 minutes, and 200 SMS for 30 days
- 5199 GYD: 5 GB, 150 minutes, and 250 SMS for 30 days
Only interested in data? Check out GTT+’ data-only packs:
- 299 GYD: 150 MB for 1 day
- 399 GYD: 220 MB for 1 day
- 599 GYD: 350 MB for 3 days
- 1459 GYD: 1 GB for 7 days
- 2629 GYD: 2 GB for 30 days
Digicel Guyana, just Digicel, entered Guyana in 2006. Until this day, the network is not as great as GT&T’s. You cannot use 4G/LTE with Digicel because they do not have such a network.
Digicel SIM cards are sold for 2000 GYD in Digicel stores, vendors, and at Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
Digicel sells two kinds of data bundles. One for its 2G network and one for its 3G network. Do note, however, that the bundles for the 3G network are advertised as 4G. Digicel does the same thing in Suriname for some reason I do not understand. I will not list the 2G data bundles, as 2G speeds are annoyingly slow.
The following “4G” combo packs can be added:
- 370 GYD: 150 MB for 1 day
- 450 GYD: 250 MB and 10 minutes/SMS for 1 day
- 770 GYD: 550 MB and 20 minutes/SMS for 3 days
- 1600 GYD: 1.3 GB and 30 minutes/SMS for 7 days
- 3800 GYD: 3.5 GB and 80 minutes/SMS for 30 days
- 5500 GYD: 4.5 GB and 150 minutes/SMS for 30 days
You can add more data if you run out of it:
- 230 GYD for 50 MB
- 560 GYD for 200 MB
- 1200 GYD for 500 MB
- 1700 GYD for 1 GB
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