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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Nicaragua: Buying Guide

Nicaragua – known for the large number of lakes, volcanoes & architecture.

When speaking of lakes, the country has Central America‘s largest lake, Lake Nicaragua (and it has freshwater too).

Beaches, watersport activities, and history – Nicaragua has it all.

You will certainly not be bored when exploring the country.

Before you start sharing all your Nicaragua experiences online, be aware of the potential bill shock you may experience when you roam internationally.

International roaming can be incredibly expensive. Most often, the costs are not worth the service you get.

Fortunately, you can get a local SIM card, like a Nicaraguan one, so that you can enjoy local rates.

Much cheaper, and you often have a better network experience too.

So, how expensive are SIM cards in Nicaragua?

You can get a Nicaraguan SIM card for 50 NIO (1.40 USD) from Claro and Tigo in their stores or resellers, like convenience stores. SIM cards are also sold at Managua-Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA).

Low rates, right? Some operators may charge you 2 USD per MB – not worth it!

Before you get all excited about these low rates, there are some things to be aware of when thinking of Nicaraguan SIM cards.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Nicaragua Guide (logos of Claro & Tigo)

Original publication: 10th of January 2020. Last updated: 15th of April 2022.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Nicaragua?

Anyone living in or visiting Nicaragua can buy a Nicaraguan SIM card from Claro or Tigo (formerly Movistar) in their stores with some restrictions.

Your phone has to support the frequencies used in Nicaragua.

Furthermore, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a Nicaraguan SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Nicaragua?

You can get a Nicaraguan SIM card in Claro and Tigo (formerly Movistar) stores. Resellers, like post offices, newsstands & grocery stores, also sell SIM cards. They are also sold at Managua-Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA).

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

  • Claro Nicaragua: 50 NIO
  • Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar): 50 NIO

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Can You Use Your Phone in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua, but there is about a 99% chance you have a GSM phone anyway.

Besides that, you need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Nicaragua 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.

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 Nicaragua.

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

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has three mobile operators:

  • Claro Nicaragua
  • Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar Nicaragua)
  • CooTel Nicaragua

The following frequencies are used in Nicaragua:

  • 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 Nicaragua, 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.

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A Note about CooTel Nicaragua

CooTel Logo
© CooTel Nicaragua

CooTel Nicaragua, not to be confused with Cootel in Cambodia, is Nicaragua's smallest mobile operator.

It is backed by Xinwei, a Chinese company, and launched in 2016.

CooTel uses a different system than Claro Nicaragua and Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar). You cannot get a CooTel SIM card.

Instead, you have to rent or buy a CooTel device, which then can connect to CooTel's 3G network (@ 1700 MHz).

CooTel's coverage is still limited, especially compared to Claro and Tigo.

Moreover, 4G/LTE is not available on the CooTel network, meaning that speeds are even slower than they have to be in the country.

In the first version of this guide (we are now at the third version – yes, I keep guides updated 😉), I included CooTel.

However, as this guide is about buying SIM cards and CooTel does not offer SIM cards, it has been removed from this guide.

Right now, there are no solid pros for going with CooTel, except for the fact that you can get an unlimited data plan for 20 USD… @ 1.5 Mbps.

Or because your phone does not support the frequencies used in Nicaragua.

For more information about CooTel, check out its website (in Spanish).

This wiki has some information in English (which may be outdated).

VoLTE & VoWiFi in Nicaragua

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are not offered by the mobile operators in Nicaragua (yet).

This means that when you make a call, your phone will downgrade to 3G (or 2G when 3G is not available) instead of staying connected to 4G/LTE.

This is also why you often cannot use mobile data while calling if not connected to WiFi.

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

5G NR in Nicaragua

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

Best SIM Card in Nicaragua

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Nicaragua, I recommend going with Tigo (formerly Movistar). It has the best coverage in the country. Claro can be faster in some locations, but you will still be better off with Tigo.

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Best eSIM in Nicaragua

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM (to prepaid customers) in Nicaragua yet.

However, you can get the Nicaragua (Nicarcell) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days.

Nicaragua Nicarcell eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Nicaragua eSIMs from Nomad.

Nicaragua eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps).

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

With these eSIMs, you can skip the queues in Nicaragua and use it immediately upon arriving in Nicaragua!

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Nicaragua and eSIMs worldwide).

If you plan on visiting other neighboring countries, or any nation globally, consider the Nomad Global eSIMs (three variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days) in Nicaragua and these other countries:

Remember to use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps).

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Nicaragua

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Nicaragua, I recommend going with SimCorner's 12 GB Nicaragua SIM card for 30 days. Consider SimCorner's South America Travel SIM card, also with 12 GB, valid for 30 days in Nicaragua and (Central+) South America, including Costa Rica & El Salvador.

South America Travel SIM Card SimCorner
© SimCorner

SimCorner's South America SIM card can, in addition to the aforementioned countries, also be used in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico & Uruguay.

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Nicaragua

SIM card registration, with the use of your personal information (such as your passport), is not required when buying a SIM card in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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Currency in Nicaragua

20 Nicaraguan Córdoba Bank Note
© Central Bank of Nicaragua/Banco de Central Nicaragua

Nicaragua uses the Nicaraguan Córdoba with the symbol NIO (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just or C$. For example, 25 NIO = C$25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between NIO and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 NIO = 0.02 USD
  • 10 NIO = 0.30 USD
  • 100 NIO = 2.85 USD
  • 1000 NIO = 28.65 USD

For up-to-date NIO:your currency (let's say USD – US Dollar) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

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Nicaraguan Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Claro Nicaragua & Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar), 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 Nicaragua has to offer to us.


Claro Nicaragua

Claro Logo
© Claro

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

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

Claro uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz/2100 MHz – AWS (Band 4)
  • VoLTE: No
  • 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 Nicaragua

Claro has extensive coverage throughout Nicaragua.

Below is Claro's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Claro Nicaragua

You can buy a Claro SIM card, called Mega Chip Claro, for 50 NIO 1 GB (2 days)/2 GB (7 days) and unlimited Facebook, Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp data (2 days/7 days) in Claro stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Claro SIM cards are also sold at Managua-Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA).

When you recharge 50 NIO or more when buying your Claro SIM card, your top-up amount will be quadrupled (4*), and you will get 150 MB of and 150 local SMS for 30 days.

Claro has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

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

Nicaragua Nicarcell eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Nicaragua eSIMs from Nomad.

Nicaragua eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps).

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

Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with Claro.

Text NUMERO to 686 to see your Claro phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Nicaragua

Claro top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Nicaragua.

To top up your Claro SIM card, dial *555# 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 *55# or *812 or text SALDO to 8100 to check your Claro balance.

You get five free inquiries a day. After that, you will be charged 0.11 NIO per request.

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

Claro Costa Rica El Salvador Honduras Guatemala Nicaragua App
© Claro

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Claro Nicaragua

Claro has three data-featured plans:

All Claro plans can be activated by dialing *555#.

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

Todo Incluido (All Inclusive) Plans – Claro Nicaragua

The Todo Incluido (All Inclusive) plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Todo Incluido can be activated by dialing *555#:

PricePlanDataSocial Media DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/International MinutesLocal SMSValidity
20 NIOTODO 7500 MBUnlimited 125 minutesShared with on-net call allowance 425 SMS1 day 
30 NIOTODO 8800 MBUnlimited 135 minutes 3Shared with on-net call allowance 435 SMS2 days 
50 NIOTODO 12.5 GBUnlimited 2100 minutes10 minutes 5100 SMS4 days 
70 NIOTODO 23.5 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited20 minutes 51000 SMS6 days 
100 NIOTODO 34.5 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited40 minutes 53000 SMS7 days 
200 NIOTODO 47 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited50 minutes 5Unlimited15 days 
300 NIOTODO 510 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited60 minutes 5Unlimited15 days 

1 for Twitter & WhatsApp
2 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp | 1 GB for Spotify & 2 GB for TikTok & YouTube
3 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter & WhatsApp | 3 GB for TikTok & YouTube
4 for off-net use and to Canada, Central America, Mexico & the United States
5 for off-net use and to Canada, Mexico & the United States

Claro Nicaragua Planes Prepago Todo Incluido All Inclusive Prepaid Plans
Paquetes Todo Voz (All Voice Packages) – Claro Nicaragua

The Paquetes Todo Voz (All Voice Packages) are combo plans with data and minutes.

Paquetes Todo Voz can be activated by dialing *555#:

PricePlanWhatsApp DataOn-Net MinutesValidity
30 NIOTodo VozUnlimitedUnlimited2 days
50 NIOTodo 6UnlimitedUnlimited4 days
Claro Nicaragua Paquetes Todo Voz
Planes Prepago de Internet (Internet Prepaid Plans) – Claro Nicaragua

The Planes Prepago de Internet (Internet Prepaid Plans) are, as the name implies, data plans.

Planes Prepago de Internet can be activated by dialing *555#:

PricePlanDataSocial Media DataValidity
10 NIO100 MB Internet-Datos100 MBUnlimited 11 day 
20 NIO250 MB Internet-Datos250 MBUnlimited 11 day 
30 NIO300 MB Internet-Datos300 MBUnlimited 12 days 
50 NIO1.8 GB Internet-Datos1.8 GBUnlimited 24 days 
80 NIO3 GB Internet-Datos3 GBUnlimited 35 days 
110 NIO4.5 GB Internet-Datos4.5 GBUnlimited 37 days
130 NIO6 GB Internet-Datos6 GBUnlimited 37 days
230 NIO7.5 GB Internet-Datos7.5 GBUnlimited 315 days
600 NIO15 GB Internet-Datos15 GBUnlimited 330 days

1 for Twitter & WhatsApp
2 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp | 1 GB for Spotify & 2 GB for TikTok & YouTube
3 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter & WhatsApp | 3 GB for TikTok & YouTube

Claro Nicaragua Planes Prepago de Internet Internet Prepaid Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Nicaragua

  • Name: Internet
  • APN: internet.ideasclaro
  • Username: default
  • Password: default

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

Tigo Logo Big
© Tigo

Tigo Nicaragua, just Tigo and formerly known as Movistar Nicaragua, is the other mobile operator in Nicaragua.

The mobile operator also has the fastest speeds.

Tigo, as a company, is active in various countries in Latin America and in Tanzania.

Tigo uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1900 MHz (Band 2)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Tigo:

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

Coverage – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

Tigo has the best coverage in Nicaragua.

Below is Tigo's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

You can buy a Tigo SIM card, called SuperChip, for 50 NIO with 375 MB of data and unlimited WhatsApp for 2 days (if you text SUPERCHIP to 7000) in Tigo stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Claro SIM cards may be sold at Managua-Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA).

When Tigo was still Movistar, it did sell SIM cards at the airport. I am not sure if this is still the case. If you know, let me know.

When you recharge 50 NIO or more upon purchasing your Tigo SIM card, your top-up amount will be quintupled (5*).

When you recharge 50 NIO or more when buying your Tigo SIM card, your top-up amount will be quintupled (5* – 250 NIO), and you will get 1 GB of data for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp for 1 day.

If you recharge 100 NIO or more when buying your Tigo SIM card, your top-up amount will be quintupled (5* – 500 NIO), and you will get 2 GB of data (7 days) & 1 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp (1 day).

You get these benefits every first top-up of the month for three months.

Tigo has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

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

Nicaragua Nicarcell eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Nicaragua eSIMs from Nomad.

Nicaragua eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps).

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

Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with Tigo.

Dial *686# or text num or numero to 2266 to see your Tigo phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

Tigo top-up vouchers are sold in Tigo stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Nicaragua.

The following top-up options are available:

  • 10 NIO
  • 20 NIO
  • 30 NIO
  • 50 NIO
  • 100 NIO
  • 150 NIO
  • 200 NIO
  • 300 NIO

To top up your Tigo SIM card, dial *123# 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 *72536# or *72536# or text SALDO to 611 to check your Tigo balance.

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

Tigo Nicaragua Mi Tigo App
© Tigo Nicaragua

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

Tigo has four data-featured plans:

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

Megapacks – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

The Megapacks are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Megapacks can be activated by dialing *123 or *123#:

PricePlanDataSocial Media DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 3Local SMSValidityActivation Code
20 NIOMega 1 450 MBUnlimited 1N/A20 minutes20 SMS1 dayMEGA1
30 NIOMega 2700 MBUnlimited 1N/A30 minutes30 SMS2 daysMEGA2
50 NIOMega 42.2 GBUnlimited 2N/A80 minutes80 SMS4 daysMEGA4
70 NIOMega 53 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited60 minutes60 SMS5 daysMEGA5
100 NIOMega 74 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited80 minutes80 SMS7 daysMEGA7
200 NIOMega 15 6.2 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited150 minutes150 SMS15 daysMEGA15

1 for WhatsApp
2 for Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter & WhatsApp
3 to Tigo Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Panama – not Belize; no Tigo there) & the United States

Tigo Nicaragua Megapacks Banner
© Tigo Nicaragua
Paquetigos Gamer (Gamer Packages) – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

The Paquetigos Gamer are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Paquetigos Gamer can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 7000 or dialing *123 or *123#:

PricePlanDataGame Data 1Social Media DataOn-Net MinutesInternational Minutes 4Local SMSValidityActivation Code
40 NIOGamer 2700 MBUnlimitedUnlimited 2N/A30 minutes30 SMS2 days GAMER2
80 NIOGamer 53 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited60 minutes60 SMS5 daysGAMER5
120 NIOGamer 74 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited80 minutes80 SMS7 daysGAMER7
Local SMS

1 for Brawl Stars, Call of Duty: Mobile, Candy Crush Saga, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Free Fire, Fortnite, League of Legends, Minecraft, Mortal Kombat, PUBG Mobile & Roblox
2 for WhatsApp
3 for Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter & WhatsApp
4 to Tigo Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Panama – not Belize; no Tigo there) & the United States

Tigo Nicaragua Paquetigos Gamer Games
© Tigo Nicaragua
Tigo Nicaragua Paquetigos Gamer Banner
© Tigo Nicaragua
Preplanes – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

The Preplanes are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Preplanes can be activated by dialing *134# and selecting option 1:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 2Local SMSValidity
70 NIOSemanal3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited20 minutes20 SMS7 days 
100 NIOSemanal Plus4 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 minutes30 SMS7 days 
200 NIOQuincenal6.2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited40 minutes40 SMS15 days
300 NIOQuincenal Plus9 GB UnlimitedUnlimited50 minutes50 SMS15 days

1 for Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 for off-net use, Tigo Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Panama – not Belize; no Tigo there) & the United States

Tigo Nicaragua Preplanes Banner
Bonos de Internet (Internet Bonuses) – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

The Bonos de Internet (Internet Bonuses) are, as the name suggest, data plans.

Text the Activation Code to 7000 or dial *123 or *123# to activate Bonos de Internet:

PricePlanDataSocial Media Data 1ValidityActivation Code
30 NIONochenav10 GBN/A1 night (20:00 – 6:00)Nochenav
40 NIOHoy10 GBN/AUntil midnight Hoy
50 NIONav41.5 GBUnlimited4 daysNav4
50 NIONavplus3 GBN/A3 days Navplus
100 NIOFinnav10 GBN/A1 weekend (Saturday 0:00 – Sunday 23:59)Finnav
110 NIONav73.7 GBUnlimited7 days Nav7
250 NIONav157.5 GBUnlimited15 days Nav15
600 NIONav3012 GBUnlimited30 days Nav30

1 for Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter & WhatsApp

Tigo Nicaragua Bonos de Internet Banner

APN/Internet Settings – Tigo Nicaragua (formerly Movistar)

  • Name: Tigo NI
  • APN: internet.tigo.ni
  • Username: tigoni
  • Password: tigoni

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Nicaragua

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

However, for some, getting a Nicaraguan 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 mobile operator.

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

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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.

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 Nicaragua

Getting a SIM card from Tigo would do you well when considering a Nicaraguan SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Central American Countries

Visiting other countries in Central America? Check out my Central America SIM card buying guide, covering other Central American nations, such as:

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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!