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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Panama: Buying Guide

Panama – mostly known for the Panama Canal, for being the bridge between North– and South America, and being a tropical country.

You most likely will not be staring at the canal the whole time during your trip (or you may not visit it at all).

Worry not, there are more fascinating things to do and see in the country.

Panama City has the Colonial Casco Viejo.

If you are more interested in relaxing, Coiba Island is a nice spot away from the busy city life of Panama City. Do not forget about Barú Volcano.

You will most likely share your travel experiences online on social media to make your friends and family jealous – I am not judging ;)

But you should know that international roaming can be expensive.

So expensive that it could cost you more than your accommodation in Panama. Or even worse, your whole trip!

Luckily, using a local SIM card is a way to stay connected at low costs. Instead of paying your home operator a premium for the privilege of using your main SIM card, you can instead enjoy local rates.

And SIM cards are not too expensive in Panama.

You can buy a Panamanian SIM card for 5 PAB (5 USD) or 15 PAB (15 USD) from +móvil (Cable & Wireless). Claro, Digicel & Tigo (formerly Movistar) SIM cards are free if purchased together with a plan. SIM cards are also sold at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY – at inflated prices).

See – not too bad, huh?

But before you try to get yourself a free SIM card from Claro, you may want to know if Claro is any good. Or what type of packages all the operators have to offer.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Panama Guide (logos of +móvil, Claro, Digicel & Tigo)

Original publication: 10th of January 2020. Last updated: 5th of March 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Panama?

Anyone living in or visiting Panama can buy a Panamanian SIM card from +móvil (Cable & Wireless), Claro, Digicel & Tigo (formerly Movistar) in their stores with some restrictions.

Your phone has to support the frequencies used in Panama.

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Panama?

You can get a Panamanian SIM card in +móvil (Cable & Wireless), Claro, Digicel & Tigo (formerly Movistar) stores. Resellers, like post offices, newsstands & grocery stores, also sell SIM cards. They are also sold at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

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

  • +móvil (Cable & Wireless): 5 PAB & 15 PAB
  • Claro Panama: free when purchased with a plan. Else, up to 3 PAB
  • Digicel Panama: free when purchased with a plan. Else, up to 3 PAB
  • Tigo Panama: free when purchased with a plan. Else, up to 3 PAB

Note: you will spent 30 PAB to 50 PAB at the SIM card vending machines at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Unless you have money to burn, you better get your SIM card in town.

For up-to-date PAB:your currency (let's say EUR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Can You Use Your Phone in Panama?

Panama 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 Panama, 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.

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 & 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– & 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

Panama use a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 2G. 3G and 4G/LTE are 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 can go with any mobile operator.

They support traditional American frequencies on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE.

Do note that Panama uses Band 28 for frequency spectrum 700 MHz.

This band for 700 MHz is common in Latin America but not at all in North America.

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 want to go with Digicel Panama.

One of Digicel's 2G frequencies is an European frequency (1800 MHz).

However, you will not be able to use 3G or 4G/LTE, rending your phone useless for mobile data.

Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with any mobile operator, as your phone will support both American frequencies and European frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Panama

Panama has four mobile network operators:

  • +movil (Cable & Wireless Panama)
  • Claro Panama
  • Digicel Panama
  • Tigo Panama (formerly Movistar Panama)

The following frequencies are used in Panama:

  • 2G: 850 MHz, 1800 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Panama, 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 Digicel Panama & Claro Panama

In April 2022, Digicel Panama announced that it would withdraw from the Panamanian market.

Digicel stated that +móvil (Cable & Wireless) got permission to take over Claro Panama, resulting in a tripoly in the Panamanian telecommunications market (like in many countries worldwide, but mostly duopolies in Central America).

For now, Digicel SIM cards will still work for now, and it does not plan to change its offering before exiting Panama.

However, what will happen to current Digicel customers is unknown when it actually leaves.

Digicel's announcement also informed me that Claro will probably be no more soon because of +móvil's acquisition.

Just like with Digicel, Claro SIM cards will still work for now.

Current Claro customers may grandfather their current plans or have to eventually switch to +móvil's plans.

At least in Claro's case, its customers will just be absorbed by +móvil, and they should not experience any (significant) downtime when that happens.

5G NR in Panama

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

Best SIM Card in Panama

If you want to buy the best card in Panama, I recommend going with +móvil or Digicel. +móvil is regarded as the best mobile operator in Panama. Digicel has once won an award for being the fastest. Consider Claro (and Digicel) for plans with unlimited 4G/LTE data.

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Best eSIM in Panama

You can get the Panama (Pancell Digital) eSIMs from Airalo with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days or 3 GB of data valid for 30 days.

Panama Pancell Digital eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Panama eSIMs from Nomad.

Panama eSIMs Nomad

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

Nomad Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below 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 Panama and use it immediately upon arriving in Panama!

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If you plan on visiting the Caribbean, consider the Island Hopper eSIM with 1 GB of data (7 days) in Panama and these Caribbean islands:

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 8 USD/country in the Caribbean!

If you plan on visiting other neighboring countries, or any nation globally, consider the Discover Global with 1 GB of data (7 days) in Panama and these other countries:

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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 Panama and eSIMs worldwide).

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Panama

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

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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico & Uruguay.

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You can also get the SimCorner International Travel SIM card with get 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Panama and 100+ countries, including the ones mentioned above and Canada, Mexico & the United States.

SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
© SimCorner

You can use the Simcorner International Travel SIM card in the following countries:

Instead of spending between 5 USD to 15 USD for SIM cards in each country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Panama

SIM card registration with your passport information may be required in Panama.

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Together with Nicaragua, Panama used to be the only Central American country where SIM card registration was not mandatory. This may have been changed somewhere in 2019 or 2020.

I have asked my contacts in Panama for more information regarding SIM card registration, but none of them were aware of this new regulation.

I even asked a reader of Phone Travel Wiz whether he needed to register his SIM card during his recent visit (2021), but he did not.

He also asked around, but nobody knew.

So SIM card registration may still not be mandatory in Panama, but this could change at any time. Keep me posted.

It will be a while before I revisit Panama, which is why I cannot confirm this myself yet 🥲.

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Currency in Panama

1 Panamanian Balboa Coin
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Panama uses the Panamanian Balboa with the symbol PAB (which will be used throughout this guide) and the US Dollar (USD).

PAB is pegged 1:1 to the USD, meaning that 1 PAB = 1 USD.

10 US Dollar Note
© U.S. Currency Education Program

Both currencies are used interchangeably in the country, which means that you can pay USD without any issues.

If you pay in USD, you may get your change back in PAB in some situations.

For up-to-date PAB/USD:your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.

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

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Wise account FREE!

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Panamanian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through, +móvil (Cable & Wireless), Claro Panama, Digicel Panama & Tigo Panama (formerly Movistar Panama), 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 Panama has to offer.


+móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

+ móvil (mas móvil) Panama Logo
© +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

+móvil (Mas Móvil) by Cable & Wireless Panama is the largest mobile operator in Panama.

Cable & Wireless, using the Flow brand, is also active in the Caribbean.

+móvil uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about +móvil:

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

Coverage – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

+móvil has the best 4G/LTE coverage in Panama.

Coverage and reception will be fine in urban areas and most rural ones.

However, your reception will suffer out in the mountains.

Below is +móvil's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

You can buy a +móvil SIM card 5 PAB with 1 GB of data and unlimited on-net minutes for 7 days or 15 PAB with 3 GB of data, unlimited WeChat and WhatsApp & unlimited on-net minutes for 30 days in Cable & Wireless stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. +móvil SIM cards are also sold at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY – at inflated prices).

Below is an overview of the two +móvil SIM cards:

PriceSIM CardDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesValidity
5 PABChip Ilimitado Todo, Todito x 7 días1 GBN/AUnlimited7 days
15 PABChip Data & Minutos x 30 Días3 GBUnlimtedUnlimited30 days

1 for WeChat & WhatsApp

Cable & Wireless +movil Panama SIM Card Prices
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You may have to dial *131# to activate 4G/LTE.

+móvil has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with, you can go with the Panama (Pancell Digital) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days).

Panama Pancell Digital eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Panama 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.

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Note that +móvil offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

+móvil top-up vouchers are sold in Cable & Wireless stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Panama.

Remember, 7% sales tax will be deducted from each top-up.

Cable & Wireless +movil Panama Top-Up Locations

To top up your +móvil SIM card, dial *166*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *166*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 *165# or *555# to check your +móvil balance.

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

Cable & Wireless +movil Panama Mi Más App
© +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

+móvil has one data-featured plan: Planes de Data Prepago. It is a combo plan with data and minutes.

Planes de Data Prepago can be activated by dialing *456#:

PricePlanCreditDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
5 PABTodo, Todito x 7 Días 25 PABUnlimitedUnlimited20 minutes7 days
7 PABTodo, Todito x 10 Días 35 PABUnlimitedUnlimited25 minites10 days
10 PABTodo, Todito x 14 Días 50 PABUnlimitedUnlimited30 minutes14 days
Cable & Wireless +movil Panama Planes de Data Prepago Prepaid Data Plans

APN/Internet Settings – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

  • Name: Mas Movil Internet
  • APN: apn01.cwpanama.com.pa

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Claro Panama

Claro Logo
© Claro

Claro Panama, just Claro, is the second-largest operator in Panama.

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: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)
  • 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 Panama

Claro has extensive coverage throughout Panama.

Coverage will be close to excellent in populated areas.

However, 4G/LTE reception vanishes in rural areas.

Below is Claro's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Claro Panama

You can buy a Claro SIM card for free, but a plan purchase is required (1 PAB to 15 PAB), in Claro stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Claro often hands out SIM cards for free at mall stands (like the Multiplaza Mall). Claro SIM cards are also sold at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY – at inflated prices).

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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, you can go with the Panama (Pancell Digital) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days).

Panama Pancell Digital eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Panama 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.

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

Dial *123# to access the Claro menu.

Dial *555# to see your Claro phone number.

Claro SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 80 days (no top-up for 80 days or no activity for 80 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Panama

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

The following (online) top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
2 PAB – 2.99 PAB15 days
3 PAB – 4.99 PAB30 days
5 PAB – 9.99 PAB45 days
10 PAB – 14.99 PAB60 days
15 PAB – 29.99 PAB90 days
30 PAB – 50 PAB120 days

Remember, 7% sales tax will be deducted from each top-up.

To top up your Claro SIM card, dial *106*VoucherCode# or dial *123# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *106*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 *103# or *123# to check your Claro balance.

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

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Claro Panama

Claro has three data-featured plans:

Most Claro plans can be activated by dialing *123#.

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

Superpacks – Claro Panama

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

Text the Activation Code to 456 to activate Superpacks:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 4On-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
1 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 1UnlimitedUnlimited 120 minutesN/AN/A1 dayPlan 1
3 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 3UnlimitedUnlimited 1Unlimited10 minutesUnlimited4 daysPlan 3
5 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 5UnlimitedUnlimited 2Unlimited15 minutesUnlimited8 daysPlan 5
7 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 7UnlimitedUnlimited 2Unlimited20 minutesUnlimited11 daysPlan 7
10 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 10UnlimitedUnlimited 2Unlimited30 minutes50 SMS15 daysPlan 10
15 PABSuperpack 154 GB1 GB 3150 minutes150 minutes75 SMS28 daysPlan 15

1 for undisclosed social media apps – probably the ones listed below
2 for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp
3 for Facebook & WhatsApp
4 to Brazil, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States & Venezuela

Claro Panama Superpacks
Paquetes de datos Local (Local Data Packages) – Claro Panama

The Paquetes de datos Local (Local Data Packages) are, as the name suggests, data plans.

Dial *123# to activate Paquetes de datos Local:

PricePlanData
4.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 800 MB800 MB
5.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 1.5 GB1.5 GB
7.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 2 GB2 GB
12.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 5 GB5 GB
15.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 8 GB8 GB
19.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 10 GB10 GB
24.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 13 GB13 GB
29.99 PABPaquete de datos Local 17 GB17 GB
Claro Panama Paquete de datos Local Data Packages
Internet Móvil (Mobile Internet) Plans – Claro Panama

The Internet Móvil (Mobile Internet) plans are, as the name implies, data bundles.

Internet Móvil can be activated online:

PricePlanDataValidity
16 PABPlan Internet Móvil Plus B/.16.0020 GB1 month
20 PABPlan Internet Móvil Plus B/.20.0040 GB1 month
25 PABPlan Internet Móvil Plus B/.25.0060 GB1 month
Claro Panama Internet Móvil Mobile Internet Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Panama

  • Name: Claro
  • APN: web.claro.com.pa
  • Username: claroweb
  • Password: claroweb

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Digicel Panama

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel Panama, just Digicel, is the third-largest mobile operator in Panama.

It won the Panama Speedtest Fastest Mobile Network Award in 2018.

However, things have changed since then. Still, it is (often) the fastest mobile operator in Panama.

A reader, who wished to remain anonymous, was kind enough to send me a recent speed test done in 2021 – you can send me your speed tests too!

Digicel Panama Speedtest Result

Digicel, as a company, is active in the Caribbean nations, Central America & Oceania.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1800 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

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

Coverage – Digicel Panama

Digicel has extensive coverage in Panama.

Its 4G/LTE reception is great in urban areas, but it lacks in rural places.

Below is Digicel's 4G/LTE coverage map:

Digicel Panama 4G LTE Coverage Map
© Digicel Panama

Below is Digicel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Digicel Panama

You can get a Digicel SIM card for free, but a plan purchase is required (5 PAB, 10 PAB, or 20 PAB), in Digicel stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Digicel SIM cards are also sold at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY – at inflated prices).

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Digicel has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with, you can go with the Panama (Pancell Digital) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days).

Panama Pancell Digital eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Panama 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.

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Note that Digicel offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Dial *129# to see your Digicel phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel Panama

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

Remember, 7% sales tax will be deducted from each top-up.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*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 *120# 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 Panama

Digicel has one data-featured plan: Planes Prepago (Prepaid Plans). It is a combo plan with data and minutes.

Dial *111# to activate Planes Prepago:

PricePlan4G/LTE Data3G DataPrime Apps Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
5 PABPlan Ilimitado 7 DíasUnlimited3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited20 minutes7 days
10 PABPlan Ilimitado 14 DíasUnlimited6 GBUnlimited150 minutes50 minutes14 days
20 PABPlan Ilimitado 30 DíasUnlimited12 GBUnlimited120 minutesShared with on-net call allowance30 days

1 for Billo, BiP, D'Music & GoLoud

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

  • Listen More (Music) with D'Music
  • Listen More (Radio) with GoLoud
  • Share More with Bip
  • Store More with Billo
Digicel Panama Prime Bundle Apps
© Digicel Panama

Note that if your device supports the 4G/LTE frequency used by Digicel (700 MHz on Band 28), you will get unlimited LTE data (although subject to a fair use policy).

If not, the data allowance under the 3G data column applies.

Digicel Panama Planes Prepago Prepaid Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Panama

  • Name: Web Digicel
  • APN: web.digicelpanama.com

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Tigo Panama (formerly Movistar)

Tigo Logo Big
© Tigo

Tigo Panama, just Tigo and formerly Movistar Panama, is the smallest mobile operator in Panama.

Millicom, with the mobile brand Tigo, acquired Movistar Panama's (Telefonica Moviles Panama) operations in 2019 and phased out the Movistar brand.

Tigo was Panama's second mobile operator to offer 4G/LTE services back in 2015.

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

Tigo uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 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 Panama (formerly Movistar)

Tigo has extensive coverage in Panama. It has the second-best 4G/LTE coverage.

Below is Tigo's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Tigo Panama (formerly Movistar)

You can get a Tigo SIM card for free, but a plan purchase is required (3 PAB, 5 PAB, or 10 PAB), in Tigo stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Tigo SIM cards are also sold at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY – at inflated prices).

Tigo Panama SIM Card
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You may have to dial *312 to activate your Tigo SIM card.

Tigo has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with, you can go with the Panama (Pancell Digital) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days).

Panama Pancell Digital eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Panama 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.

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

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

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

Remember, 7% sales tax will be deducted from each top-up.

Tigo Panama Top-Up Locations

To top up your Tigo SIM card, dial *312VoucherCode# or dial *888#, select option 4, select option 4 again, select option 1, and enter the VoucherCode.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *312123456# – there is no * or # between 312 and the VoucherCode.

Tigo Panama Top Up
© Tigo Panama

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 *312# and select option 1, or dial *888#, select option 4, and select option 2 to check your Tigo balance.

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

Tigo Panama Mi Tigo Panama App
© Tigo Panama

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

Tigo has one data-featured plan: Paquetes Prepago (Prepaid Packages). It is a combo plan with data, minutes & SMS.

Dial *888# to activate Paquetes Prepago:

PricePlanData 1Social Media Data 1On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidity
3 PABPaquete 4 Días525 MBUnlimited  310 minutesShared with on-net call allowanceUnlimitedN/A4 days
5 PABPaquete 7 Días1.5 GBUnlimited 420 minutesShared with on-net call allowanceUnlimitedN/A7 days
5 PABData Ilimitada 7 Días6 GB 2N/AUnlimited25 minutes 5Unlimited25 SMS7 days
10 PABPaquete 15 Días2.5 GBUnlimited 4Unlimited25 minutesUnlimitedN/A15 days

1 @ 3G speeds
2 + unlimited data if using Tigo's 4G/LTE network on 700 MHz (Band 28) – 6 GB on its 3G network
3 for WhatsApp
4 for WeChat & WhatsApp
5 also to Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador (Tigo), El Salvador (Tigo), Guatemala (Tigo), Hong Kong, Nicaragua (Tigo), Puerto Rico, Taiwan, the United States & Venezuela

Tigo Panama Prepago Paquetes Prepaid Packages

APN/Internet Settings – Tigo Panama (formerly Movistar)

  • Name: Internet
  • APN: internet.tigo.pa

Note: APN “internet.movistar.pa” has been retired. Unlike Movistar's APN settings, Tigo does not require a username or password anymore (movistarpa) – so leave those fields empty. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Panama

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

However, for some, getting a Panamanian 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 Panama, 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 Panama 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 Panama.

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 Panama

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