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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Montserrat: Buying Guide

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

Original publication: 13th of March 2020. Last updated: 2nd of December 2020.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Montserrat?

Everyone can buy a SIM card in Montserrat, whether you live in Montserrat for an extended period of visit the territory for a short-term stay.

Just be aware of the SIM card registration requirements, the frequencies used in Montserrat, and you need an unlocked phone (SIM-lock free).

Can You Use Your Phone in Montserrat?

Your phone needs to support GSM technology to use your phone in Montserrat.

Fewer than 20 mobile network operators around the world still use CDMA, the other leading cellular communications technology.

So there is a 95%+ chance (probably higher) that your phone supports GSM. But that is not all you need to be aware of – the frequencies used in Montserrat determine whether you can use your phone.

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

Montserrat uses traditional American Frequencies for its mobile network communications, meaning that those who purchased their phones in ITU Region 2 will experience no issues in Montserrat.

However, 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), there is a big chance you cannot use your phone (properly) in Montserrat.

If you bought a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, then you can use your phone in Montserrat. However, you may be limited to just 2G and 3G.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Montserrat 

Montserrat has two mobile network operators:

  • Flow Montserrat
  • Digicel Montserrat

The following frequencies are used in Montserrat:

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

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Montserrat, 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.

Best SIM Card Montserrat

If you want to buy a SIM card in Montserrat, I recommend going with either Flow or Digicel. Flow's coverage is slightly better than the one of Digicel. However, Digicel offers much more choice and variety in plans and packages, which include international minutes to select destinations.

SIM Card Registration Montserrat

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

Montserrat Internet Prices & Insights

Montserrat Flag

Compared to any other nation or territory in the Caribbean, Montserrat is unique due to the fact half of its land is off-limits because of the volcano eruption.

As a result, goods and services are, on average, more expensive in Montserrat compared to other places in the Caribbean.

That, in combination with the fact that Montserrat is an island territory, mobile data is more expensive than places on land.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Montserrat is 8.33 USD, which is less than the Caribbean average of 7.19 USD. The world average is 5.03 USD.

Montserrat Mobile Data Prices Compared
Source

In fact, Montserrat is the 11th most expensive place to get 1 GB of data in the Caribbean, according to Cable.co.uk.

Even though mobile data rates are slightly high in Montserrat, you can expect good coverage in the populated areas and decent speeds.

Currency in Montserrat

Montserrat 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 $. For example, 25 ECD is ECD/EC$/$ 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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Montserrat Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through the Montserratian operators, Flow Montserrat & Digicel Montserrat, 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 Montserrar has to offer to us.

Flow Montserrat

Flow Logo

Flow Montserrat, just Flow, is the original operator in Montserrat. Before Digicel entered the Montserratian market, Flow held a monopoly on the island nation. Since then, it has lost some of their market share, but Flow is still the most popular operator on the island.

This is what you will learn about Flow:

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

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

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Flow Montserrat Coverage

Flow has good coverage in the populated areas of Montserrat.

Because of the 1997 volcano eruption (Soufrière Hills), most of Southern Montserrat is off-limits to this day (without a licensed government-approved guide).

As a result, expect no coverage in southern Montserrat, including the capital city Plymouth, which is now a ghost town.

Coverage in and around Brades is good to excellent. The same can somewhat be said for Salem. Smaller towns in the north may have spotty to no coverage, especially high up in the mountains.

Now you know all of that, the coverage map shown below does not seem to shocking.

Getting a Flow Montserrat SIM Card & Price

Flow SIM cards are sold for 25 XCD in the Flow store on Sweeneys Road.

Topping Up Your Flow Montserrat SIM Card

Top-up vouchers are sold from 5 XCD to 200 XCD in various stores like supermarkets and gas stations, but you can also top-up online with a credit card. To check your Flow balance, dial *120# or use the Flow app.

Flow Montserrat Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

PricePlanDataSocial Messaging (SWIFT)Local Anywhere MinutesLocal Anywhere SMSValidityActivation Code
5 XCDPrepaid 1 Day Plan2 GBUnlimited25 minutes25 SMS1 day *244*0#
16 XCDPrepaid 3 Days Plan2 GBUnlimited200 minutes200 SMS3 days*244*1#
35 XCDPrepaid 7 Days Plan 6 GBUnlimited350 minutes350 SMS7 days*244*2#
120 XCDPrepaid 30 Days Plan20 GB Unlimited1000 minutes1000 SMS 30 days*244*3#

Flow Montserrat APN Settings

  • Name:
  • APN:

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

RELATED GUIDES:

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Digicel Montserrat

Digicel Logo

Digicel Montserrat, just Digicel, entered the Montserratian market to compete with Flow. Digicel has entered almost all Caribbean markets where Flow held a monopoly since 2000.

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

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

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

Jump to Flow

Digicel Montserrat Coverage

Digicel has good coverage in the populated areas of Montserrat.

Unfortunately, Digicel has no (official) coverage map (anymore), nor could a reputable map be found.

Digicel's coverage is on par with Flow's, so you can check Flow's coverage map to get an idea of what to expect with Montserrat in Dominica.

Getting a Digicel Montserrat SIM Card & Price

You can buy a Digicel SIM card for 20 XCD in their store in Brades (#7 Farara Plaza).

Topping Up Your Digicel Montserrat SIM Card

Digicel reload cards are sold in many stores across the island, but you can also top-up online with a credit card. To check your Digicel balance, dial *120#.

Digicel Montserrat Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Digicel Montserrat Prime Bundles

Digicel has the new Prime Bundles, which are bundles with Any Use Data, on-net minutes, off-net minutes, on-net SMS, and data allowances for select apps.

Digicel Trinidad & Tobago Prime Bundles

The following Prime Bundles are available:

PriceBundleAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
6 XCD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB 1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB25 on-net minutes25 off-net minutesN/A 1 day 
35 XCD7 Day Digicel Brime Bundle 5 GB 7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB350 on-net minutesN/A Unlimited7 days 
120 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle 12 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 1000 on-net minutesN/A Unlimited30 days 

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

Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel app or by dialing *644#.

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

Digicel Prime Bundle Apps
Digicel Montserrat Pick Lite Bundles
PricePlanDataAnywhere Minutes (local, Canada & USA)Validity3 XCDPick Lite 1 Day 50 MB4 anywhere minutes1 day15 XCDPick Lite 7 Days250 MB20 anywhere minutes7 days 50 XCDPick Lite 30 Days 1 GB70 anywhere minutes30 days 
Digicel Montserrat Quick Pick Plans
PriceDataLocal MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
5 XCD100 MB10 minutesUnlimited1 day
25 XCD1 GB70 minutesUnlimited7 days 
90 XCD4 GB 200 minutesUnlimited30 days 

Digicel Montserrat APN Settings

  • Name:
  • APN:

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Montserrat

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

However, for some, getting a Montserratian 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 Montserrat, 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 Montserrat 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 Montserrat.

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 Montserrat

Getting a SIM card from Flow would do you well when considering a Montserratian 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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