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 up to 3 PAB (3 USD) from +móvil (Cable & Wireless), Claro, Digicel & Tigo (formerly Movistar) in their stores and from resellers. Claro even hands out SIM cards for free at times (mostly in malls). Daily unlimited data plans are available for as little as 1 PAB (1 USD).

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How to Buy a SIM Card in Panama video

Cannot see the video above? Watch it hereOpens in a new tab. or on YouTubeOpens in a new tab..

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: 22nd of July 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Panama?

Everyone living in or visiting Panama, for whatever purpose, can get a Panamanian SIM card from +móvil (Cable & Wireless), Claro, Digicel, or Tigo (formerly Movistar) in their stores or from resellers without any restrictions.

Be aware that you need a phone that supports the frequenciesOpens in a new tab. used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Panama).

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Panama?

You can get a Panamanian SIM card in the official stores of +móvil (Cable & Wireless), Claro, Digicel & Tigo, and also from authorized dealers, including corner stores (chinos). It is also possible to buy SIM cards at Panama-Tocumen International Airport at self-service machines.

Should You Buy SIM Cards at Airports? video

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

  • +móvil (Cable & Wireless): Up to 15 PAB
  • Claro Panama: free up to 3 PAB
  • Digicel Panama: Up to 3 PAB
  • Tigo Panama: Up to 3 PAB

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.

You also need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Although there are three ITU regions, you only need to know these two terms: American Frequencies and European Frequencies.

Panama uses American Frequencies, which are used in the Americas (North-, Central, and 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, and 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 fileOpens in a new tab. by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5Opens in a new tab.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Panama. Do note that Panama uses Band 28 for frequency spectrum 700 MHz. This band for 700 MHz is more common in Latin America but not at all in North America.

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, you want to go with Digicel Panama. It supports traditional European frequencies on 2G. However, 2G is too slow for modern data browsing.

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can go with any operator because your phone will support both American and European frequencies – also 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.

Will Your Phone Work Abroad? Mobile Frequencies & ITU Regions Explained video

Cannot see the video above? Watch it hereOpens in a new tab. or on YouTubeOpens in a new tab..

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.Opens in a new tab.

To check whether your phone will work in Panama, check out this pageOpens in a new tab. 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 Panama

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

The 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 won an award for being the fastest mobile network. Consider Claro (and Digicel) for plans with unlimited LTE data.

SIM Card Registration in Panama

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

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 whether he needed to register his SIM card, 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.

Panama Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Panama

Mobile data rates in Latin America are quite affordable, especially when looking at it from a global perspective.

Central America, for that matter, also has low mobile dates rates.

But how cheap is mobile data in Panama?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Panama is 4.49 USD, above the Central American average of 2.40 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

This makes Panama the Central American country with the highest mobile data rates in the region.

Even then, the Panamanian average is around the global average, so it could be worse.

But do you get faster speeds by paying more for data plans? Not at all.

Panama's average mobile download speed is around 20 Mbps, less than half the global average.

To make things worse, Panama has the slowest average download speeds in Central America. Costa Rica represents the region with an average download speed of 33 Mbps, but that is still not around or higher than the global average.

What makes this even more surprising is that fixed broadband speeds are crazy high in the country, especially compared to mobile speeds.

In fact, Panama is in the top 40 countriesOpens in a new tab. with the fastest broadband download speeds worldwide, with speeds reaching 125 Mbps.

To me, this was a surprising revelation because fixed broadband speeds hover around 100 Mbps, placing Panama in the top 40 fastest countries worldwideOpens in a new tab..

When speaking about mobile coverage, it is decent – for regional standards. 4G/LTE coverage is fine but not excellent. This can be an issue because some operators offer unlimited data with their plans, as long as you are connected to 4G/LTE.

If you are in an area where 4G/LTE is not available, data will be used from your 3G data allowance, which can be small.

Overall, you should have a decent network experience in Panama.

Currency in Panama

1 Panamanian Balboa Coin
By Selan 26 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

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Panama Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through, +móvil, Claro Panama, Digicel Panama & Tigo 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 logo
© +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

+móvilOpens in a new tab., also known as mas móvil, is the mobile brand of Cable & Wireless Panama. They are the largest operator in the country.

+móvil uses the following frequencies:

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

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

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

Jump to: Claro | Digicel | Tigo

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.

+móvil has a map showing its 4G/LTE towers:

Although it is nice to look at, it is rather useless. Below is the coverage map produced by Speedtest:

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

You can get a +móvil SIM card for up to 15 PAB in Cable & Wireless stores and other dealers (Distribuidores)Opens in a new tab.. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Panama-Tocumen International Airport.

The following two SIM cards are available:

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

1 WeChat & WhatsApp

You may have to dial *131# to activate 4G/LTE if you are in a 4G/LTE covered area and are limited to 2G or 3G.

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

+móvil top-up vouchers, in values between 2 PAB to 15 PAB, are sold in Cable & Wireless stores and other dealers (Distribuidores)Opens in a new tab., but also at other places like corner shops (chinos), grocery shops, pharmacies, and gas stations.

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

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 onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *165# to check your +móvil balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mi Más (My More) app (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab./Huawei AppGalleryOpens in a new tab.).

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

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

+móvil has two data-featured plans: Planes de Data Prepago/Prepaid Data Plans (combo) & Servicio de Datos Prepago/Prepaid Data Service (data-only).

Planes de Data Prepago (Prepaid Data Plans) – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

The Planes de Data Prepago (Prepaid Data Plans) are combo plans with data and minutes.

You can activate Planes de Data Prepago on the Mi Más app:

PricePlanDataSocial DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
3 PABPlan Redes Ilimitadas x 4 Días 400 MBUnlimited 1100 minutes10 minutes4 days
5 PABTodo, Todito x 7 Días UnlimitedN/AUnlimited20 minutes7 days
15 PABPlan Data Y Minutos x 30 Días 3 GBUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/A30 days

1 Facebook, Instagram, WeChat, WhatsApp & YouTube
2 WeChat & WhatsApp

Servicio de Datos Prepago (Prepaid Data Service) – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

The Servicio de Datos Prepago (Prepaid Data Service) are data-only plans.

The following Servicio de Datos Prepago plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *456#:

PriceDataValidity
0.99 PAB150 MB1 day 
1.99 PAB400 MB2 days 
2.99 PAB650 MB3 days 
4.99 PAB800 MB7 days
8.99 PAB1 GB15 days 
14.99 PAB 2 GB 30 days 

Planes Prepago (DISCONTINUED) – +móvil (Cable & Wireless Panama)

The Planes Prepago are combo plans with data, social data, and on-net minutes.

The following Planes Prepago are available, which can be activated by dialing *456#:

PricePlanDataSocial DataOn-Net MinutesValidity
3 PAB Redes Ilimitadas 3 Días400 MB Unlimited Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp & WeChat100 minutes3 days 
5 PAB Data Ilimitada 7 Días Unlimited*N/A Unlimited7 days 
10 PAB Plan Siempre 10 Días 1.5 GBFree WhatsApp & WeChat300 minutes30 days 
14 PABPlan Siempre 30 Días 2.5 GBFree WhatsApp & WeChatUnlimited30 days 
42 PAB Plan Siempre 30 DíasUnlimited*Free WhatsApp & WeChatUnlimited30 days 

* Speed is reduced to 1 Mbps after reaching 8 GB with Data Ilimitada 7 Días (5 PAB) and 30 GB with Plan Siempre 30 Días (42 PAB)

To check your plan's balance, dial *131#.

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

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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Claro Panama

Claro Logo
© Claro

Claro PanamaOpens in a new tab., just Claro, is the second-largest operator in Panama. Claro, as a company, is active throughout the entirety of Latin 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)

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

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

Jump to: +móvil (Cable & Wireless) | Digicel | Tigo

Coverage – Claro Panama

Claro has extensive coverage throughout Panama.

Coverage will be close to excellent in populated areas. 4G/LTE reception vanished in rural areas.

Below is Claro's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Claro Panama

You can buy a Claro SIM card for up to 3 PAB in Claro storesOpens in a new tab. and many third-party sellers, like chinos. It is possible to get SIM cards for free at Claro mall stands. Claro SIM cards are also available at Panama-Tocumen International Airport.

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).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Panama

Claro top-up vouchers are sold in denominations of 3 PAB, 5 PAB & 10 PAB in Claro storesOpens in a new tab., grocery stores, corner shops, and 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#.

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 onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *103# to check your Claro balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mi Claro (My Claro) app (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab.).

Mi Claro App
© Claro

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Claro Panama

Claro has two data-featured plans: Superpacks (combo) & Internet Móvil/Mobile Internet (data-only).

Superpacks – Claro Panama

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

You can activate Superpacks by texting the Activation Code to 456:

PlanDataSocial Data 2On-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 1On-Net SMSActivation Code
1 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 1UnlimitedUnlimited20 minutesN/AN/A1 dayPlan 1
3 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 3UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 minutesUnlimited4 daysPlan 3
5 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 5Unlimited5 GBUnlimited15 minutesUnlimited7 daysPlan 5
5 PABNuevo Superpack 52 GB3 GB 3Unlimited15 minutesUnlimited7 daysPAQ5
10 PABNuevo Superpack 103 GB5 GB 3Unlimited25 minutes50 SMS15 daysPAQ10
10 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 10UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 minutes50 SMS14 daysPlan 10
15 PABSuperpack Ilimitado 154 GB1 GB 4150 minutes150 minutes75 SMS28 daysPlan 15

1 to Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States & Venezuela
2 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp
3 30 days
4 only Facebook & WhatsApp

Internet Móvil (Mobile Internet) – Claro Panama

The Internet Móvil (Mobile Internet) plans are data-only bundles.

You have the following options, which can be activated on the Mi Claro app:

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

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Panama

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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Digicel Panama

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel PanamaOpens in a new tab., just Digicel, is one of Panama's mobile operators. It won the Panama Speedtest Fastest Mobile Network Award in 2018. However, things may have changed since then. Digicel as a company is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America, and Oceania.

A reader, who wishes 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 uses the following frequencies:

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

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

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

Jump to: +móvil (Cable & Wireless) | Claro | Tigo

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 coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digicel Panama

You can buy a Digicel SIM card in Digicel storesOpens in a new tab. and many third-party sellers. It is also possible to get them at Panama-Tocumen International Airport.

Dial *129# to see your Digicel phone number.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel Panama

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in Digicel storesOpens in a new tab., corner shops, gas stations, and grocery stores throughout Panama.

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

To top up your Claro 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 onlineOpens in a new tab. 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 (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab.).

Digicel App
© Digicel

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Digicel Panama

Digicel has two data-featured plans: Paquetes Prepago/Prepaid Packages (combo) & Planes LTE Pro Prepago/LTE Pro Prepaid Plans (combo)

Paquetes Prepago (Prepaid Packages) – Digicel Panama

The Paquetes Prepago (Prepaid Packages) are combo bundles with data and minutes.

You can activate Paquetes Prepago by dialing *111#:

PricePlan4G/LTE Data3G DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 2Validity
5 PABPlan Ilimitado 7 DíasUnlimited3 GBUnlimited25 minutes7 days
5 PABPlan Ilimitado 8 Días 3Unlimited3 GBUnlimited25 minutes8 days
10 PABPlan Ilimitado 14 DíasUnlimited6 GBUnlimited50 minutes14 days
20 PABPlan Ilimitado 28 DíasUnlimited12 GBUnlimited125 minutes28 days

1 Billo, BiP, D'Music & GoLoud
2 to China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico & United States
3 app activation only

Digicel has the Prepago Paquetes, which are combo plans with unlimited LTE data, limited 3G data, separate data allowances for select Digicel apps, and international minutes.

The following Prepago Paquetes are available:

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

Digicel Panama Apps
© Digicel Panama

Do note that if your device supports the 4G/LTE frequencies used by Digicel Pamana (700 MHz on Band 28 & 1900 MHz on Band 2), you will get unlimited LTE data (although subject to a fair use policyOpens in a new tab. – in Spanish). If not, the data allowance under the 3G data column applies.

Planes LTE Pro Prepago (LTE Pro Prepaid Plans) – Digicel Panama

The Planes LTE Pro Prepago (LTE Pro Prepaid Plans) are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS.

You can activate Planes LTE Pro Prepago by dialing *111#:

PricePlan4G/LTE Data3G DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 2Local SMSValidity
3 PABIlimitado 3 DíasUnlimitedUp to 12 GBUnlimited10 minutesUnlimited3 days
5 PABIlimitado 7 DíasUnlimitedUp to 12 GBUnlimited25 minutesUnlimited7 days
10 PABIlimitado 14 DíasUnlimitedUp to 12 GBUnlimited50 minutesUnlimited14 days
20 PABIlimitado 28 Días LiteUnlimitedUp to 12 GBUnlimited125 minutesUnlimited28 days
35 PABIlimitado 28 DíasUnlimitedUp to 12 GBUnlimited125 minutesUnlimited28 days

Do note that if your device supports the 4G/LTE frequencies used by Digicel Pamana (700 MHz on Band 28 & 1900 MHz on Band 2), you will get unlimited LTE data (although subject to a fair use policyOpens in a new tab. – in Spanish). If not, the data allowance under the 3G data column applies.

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Panama

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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Tigo Panama (Formerly Movistar Panama)

Tigo Logo
© Tigo

Tigo PanamaOpens in a new tab., just Tigo and formerly Movistar Panama, is another 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. The operator was Panama's second telco to offer 4G/LTE services in 2015. Tigo as a company is active in various countries in Latin America and also 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)

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

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

Jump to: +móvil (Cable & Wireless) | Claro | Digicel

Coverage – Tigo Panama (formerly Movistar Panama)

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 Panama)

You can get a Tigo SIM card for up to 3 PAB in Tigo storesOpens in a new tab. and many third-party resellers. It is also possible to get them at Panama-Tocumen.

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

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

Tigo top-up vouchers are sold in Tigo storesOpens in a new tab., grocery stores, corner shops, and electronics shops throughout Panama.

Tigo Panama Top Up
© Tigo Panama

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

To top up your Tigo SIM card, dial *312VoucherCode#.

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

It is also possible to recharge by dialing *888# -> option 4 -> option 4 -> option 1 and entering the Voucher Code.

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 onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *312# -> option 1 or *888# -> option 4 -> option 1 to check your Tigo balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mi Tigo Panamá (My Tigo Panama) app (AndroidOpens in a new tab./iOSOpens in a new tab.).

Mi Tigo Panama App
© Tigo Panama

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

Tigo has one data-featured plan, which is the Paquetes Prepago (Prepaid Packages) with data, minutes, and SMS.

The following Paquetes Prepago are available, which can be activated by dialing *888#:

PricePlan4G/LTE Data3G DataSocial DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidity
3 PABPaquete 4 DíasN/A525 MBUnlimited 1N/A10 minutesUnlimitedN/A4 days
5 PABPaquete 7 DíasN/A1.5 GBUnlimited 1, 2N/A20 minutesUnlimitedN/A7 days
5 PABData Ilimitada 7 DíasUnlimited6 GBN/AUnlimited25 minutes 3N/A25 SMS7 days
10 PABPaquete 15 DíasN/A2.5 GBN/AUnlimited25 minutesUnlimitedN/A15 days

1 WhatsApp for 30 days
2 WeChat for 30 days
3 also to Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador (Tigo), El Savlador (Tigo), Guatemala (Tigo), Hong Kong, Nicaragua (Tigo), Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States & Venezuela

If your phone does not support 4G/LTE on 700 MHz Band 28, you will get 6 GB instead of unlimited data with the Data Ilimitada 7 Días plan.

APN/Internet Settings – Tigo Panama (formerly Movistar Panama)

  • Name: Tigo
  • APN: internet.movistar.pa
  • Username: movistarpa
  • Password: movistarpa

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Panama

The cheapest way to get online in Panama is to get a SIM card from one of the four mobile operators. However, that is not your only method of staying online.

Below are some other options to consider.

International Roaming

Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected. You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.

However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.

Learn more about roaming.

International/Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers. The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.

Get to know more about international and travel SIM cards.

Mobile Hotspots (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.

Free WIFI Networks

Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option. Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.

Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Panama

Getting a SIM card from +móvil or Digicel 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:

Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation. Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling? In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services, and products I have for this site and my YouTube channel. If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cards, international SIM cards, mobile hotspots, or roam internationally. Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

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Sign up for my newsletter: Get an excel sheet of the best SIM cards of over 230+ destinations around the world! Moreover, I send you many tips and tricks on how to save money while traveling every now and then.

Let's Be Social

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!

Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 7 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region is Asia. In particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently is in the Netherlands.

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