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SIM Cards in Paraguay: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Paraguay – known for its cheeses, for having the world's largest water reserver & for being one of the nations where old-school duels are still allowed.

But besides these (interesting) facts, Paraguay is also a fun travel destination.

The Monday Falls is probably the country's most famous waterfall.

Ybycuí National Park has several trails, waterfalls & locations you can stim in.

And the Misión Jesuística de la Santísima Trinidad is the remains of an old mission.

Oh, do not forget about Palacio de López – the presidential office

If you hate water, Paraguay may not fully be for you, but there are many non-water related activities in the country.

You may have read that staying in Paraguay may cost you three to ten million Paraguayan Guaraní, which sounds expensive.

But besides these nonsensical high currency numbers, Paraguay is one of the cheaper travel destinations in South America.

Luckily, SIM cards are inexpensive in Paraguay too.

You can get a Paraguayan SIM card for 5000 PYG (0.65 USD) from Claro & 10 000 PYG (1.35 USD) from Personal. Tigo has two starter packs priced at 5000 PYG and 10 000 PYG. SIM cards are available at the official stores of the mobile operators and at Asunción/Lunque-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU).

Those prices are not too bad, right?

And mobile data costs are reasonable too for global standards, but a bit high for regional ones.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Paraguay Guide (logos of Tigo, Personal & Claro)

Original publication: 2nd of January 2020. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Paraguay?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Paraguay, I recommend going with Tigo or Claro. Tigo has the best coverage and, overall, the best network. Claro has the fastest speeds. However, its (4G/LTE) coverage is the weakest in the country.

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So, who are all these mobile operators and what options are available for you?

Paraguay has three mobile operators offering prepaid services that are easily accessible to travelers:

  • Tigo Paraguay
  • Personal Paraguay
  • Claro Paraguay
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Anyone living in or visiting Paraguay can buy a Paraguayan SIM card without restrictions.

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Where Can You Buy a Paraguayan SIM Card (+Prices)?

You can get a Paraguayan SIM card in the official stores of Tigo, Personal & Claro. Some Paraguayan airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

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

  • Tigo Paraguay: 5000 PYG or 10 000 PYG
  • Personal Paraguay: 10 000 PYG
  • Claro Paraguay: 5000 PYG

Note that Paraguayan SIM cards can be more expensive than those listed above when purchased at an airport.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date PYG (Paraguayan Guaraní) to your currency (let's say USD – US Dollar) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between PEN and USD (US Dollars):

  • 100 PYG = 0.015 USD
  • 1000 PYG = 0.15 USD
  • 10 000 PYG = 1.35 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Paraguay

In recent years, (travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

As a result, the adoption of eSIM technology by mobile operators worldwide rose impressively quickly.

Currently, no Paraguayan mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

In my Paraguay eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Buying an eSIM for Paraguay Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Latamlink, Discover+, Triple Communication, Alosim & Airalo)

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than a Paraguayan SIM card or eSIM in specific scenarios.

Moreover, Latin (Central- and South) America-wide and global eSIM options are also available at competitive prices (without having to deal with expensive international roaming rates).

In this Paraguay SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my Paraguay eSIM buying guide for more information about travel eSIMs covering the country.

But here is a quick overview already + applicable discount codes if you are interested in purchasing a travel eSIM for Paraguay:

  • Airalo: Triple Communications (Paraguay only), Latamlink (19 countries in Latin (Central- and South) America) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Paraguay
  • Holafly: Paraguay & South America (14 countries in Central- and South America) – options include unlimited data
  • Nomad: Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

Once again, check out my Paraguay eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Paraguay Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Latamlink, Discover+, Triple Communication, Alosim & Airalo)

The eSIM guide is as comprehensive as this SIM card buying guide, but it solely focuses on travel eSIMs (while the guide you are reading focuses on local SIM cards and eSIMs for prepaid users (where applicable).

Paraguayan Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Tigo Paraguay, Personal Paraguay & Claro Paraguay, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that said, let's see what Paraguay offers us.


Tigo Paraguay

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Tigo Paraguay, just Tigo, is the largest mobile operator in Paraguay.

It has a market share of a little more than 40%.

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
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4)

This is what you will learn about Tigo:

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

Coverage – Tigo Paraguay

Tigo has the best coverage in Paraguay.

4G/LTE reception is strong in Southeastern Paraguay (Asunción region).

Northwestern Paraguay consists of mostly swampland, forests & jungles with 2G, 3G, or weak 4G/LTE coverage.

Below is Tigo's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Tigo Paraguay

You can get a Tigo SIM card for 5000 PYG and 10 000 PYG (two starter packs) in Tigo stores. They are also available at Asunción/Lunque-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.

Dial *222# to access the Tigo menu.

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The following two Tigo SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataWhatsApp DataLocal Minutes
5000 PYG30 000 PYG (10 days)3 GB (7 days)Unlimited (7 days)Unlimited (7 days)
10 000 PYG50 000 PYG (15 days)5 GB (10 days)Unlimited (10 days)Unlimited (10 days)

Tigo has no eSIMs.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tigo Paraguay

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

To top up your Tigo SIM card, dial *222# 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.

Dial *162, *611# and select option 1, or text S to 162 to check your Tigo balance.

Note that you can check your balance with S to 162 for free twice a day. Each subsequent balance inquiry will cost you 50 PYG/check.

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

Tigo Paraguay Mi Tigo Paraguay App
© Tigo Paraguay

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tigo Paraguay

Tigo has three data-featured prepaid plans:

All Tigo plans can be activated by dialing *222#.

I will list all the prices in PYG (Paraguay Guarani).

To convert PYG to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Extendidos (Extended) Packages – Tigo Paraguay

The Extendidos (Extended) Packages are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

Dial *222# to activate Extendidos:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataLocal MinutesValidity
8000 PYG1 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited2 days
12 000 PYG2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
18 000 PYG2.5 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited5 days
22 000 PYG3 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited7 days
30 000 PYG4 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
50 000 PYG5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
70 000 PYG5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 for unlimited navitagation from 22:00 – 6:00

Tigo Paraguay Extendidos Plan
Diarios (Daily) Packages – Tigo Paraguay

The Diarios Package are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Dial *222# to activate Diarios:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataValidity
2750 PYG120 MBUnlimited24 hours
2750 PYG 220 MBUnlimited24 hours
3300 PYG250 MBUnlimited24 hours
3300 PYG450 MBUnlimited24 hours
4500 PYGUnlimitedN/A1 night (22:00 – 6:00)
5000 PYG1 GBUnlimited24 hours
6000 PYGUnlimitedN/A2 nights (22:00 – 6:00)
Tigo Paraguay Diarios Plan
Juegos Y Redes Sociales (Game & Social Network) – Tigo Paraguay

The Juegos Y Redes Sociales (Game & Social Network) are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Dial *222# to activate Juegos Y Redes Sociales:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Game Data 2WhatsApp DataValidity
8000 PYG1 GBN/AShared with data allowanceUnlimited2 days
8000 PYG1 GBShared with data allowanceN/AUnlimited2 days
12 000 PYG1 GBShared with data allowanceN/AUnlimited3 days
15 000 PYG2 GBShared with data allowanceN/AUnlimited4 days

1 for Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, TikTok & WhatsApp.

2 for 8Ball, Call of Duty Mobile, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, Dream League Soccer, Free Fire, PUBG & Roblox.

Tigo Paraguay Juegos Y Redes Sociales Plan

APN/Internet Settings – Tigo Paraguay

  • Name: Internet TIGO
  • APN: internet.tigo.py

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Personal Paraguay

Personal Paraguay Logo
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Personal Paraguay, just Personal, is the second-largest mobile operator in Paraguay.

It is the local branch by Telecom Argentina, also with the Personal brand.

Personal uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MH
  • 4G/LTE: 1900 MHz (Band 2)

This is what you will learn about Personal:

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

Coverage – Personal Paraguay

Personal has extensive coverage in Paraguay.

4G/LTE reception is strong in Southeastern Paraguay (Asunción region).

Northwestern Paraguay consists of mostly swampland, forests & jungles with 2G, 3G, or weak 4G/LTE coverage.

Below is Personal's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Personal Paraguay

You can get a Personal SIM card for 10 000 PYG with 40 000 PYG credit (7 days) in Personal stores. They are also available at Asunción/Lunque-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.

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Personal has no eSIMs.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Personal Paraguay

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

To top up your Personal SIM card, dial *222VoucherCode.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text *222123456 (without a * or # between 222 and 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.

Dial *121# or text SALDO to 121 to check your Personal balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Tienda Personal – Paraguay (Personal Store – Paraguay) app (Android/iOS).

Personal Paraguay Tienda Personal - Paraguay App
© Personal Paraguay

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Personal Paraguay

Personal has seven data-featured prepaid plans:

All Personal plans can be activated by dialing *111, *454# and selecting option 4, or by texting INT to 454.

I will list all the prices in PYG (Paraguay Guarani).

To convert PYG to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Packs Combo – Personal Paraguay

The Packs Combo are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Dial *111, *454# and select option 4, or text INT to 454 to activate Packs Combo:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataLocal MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
8000 PYG1 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited48 hours
12 000 PYG2 GB UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
18 000 PYG2.5 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited5 days
22 000 PYG3 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days

1 for between 22:00 and 6:00

Personal Paraguay Packs Combo Plan
Pack De Suscripción (Subscription Package) – Personal Paraguay

The Pack De Suscripción (Subscription Package) are data plans (without 5G NR access).

The following Pack De Suscripción are available:

PricePlanDataWhatsApp DataValidity
1000 PYGWhatApp ATR X24Hs x mil’iUnlimitedUnlimited24 hours
1850 PYGMega Pack 50Mb50 MBUnlimited24 hours
2750 PYGMega Pack 220Mb220 MBUnlimited24 hours
3300 PYGMega Pack 450Mb450 MBUnlimited24 hours
5000 PYGMega Pack 1 GB1 GBUnlimited24 hours
11 000 PYGMega Pack 2 GB2 GB Unlimited2 days
13 000 PYGMega Pack 3 GB3 GBUnlimited3 days
Personal Paraguay Pack de Suscripción Plan
Packs Ahorro (Savings Packs) – Personal Paraguay

The Packs Ahorro (Savings Packs) are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Dial *111, *454# and select option 4, or text INT to 454 to activate Packs Ahorro:

PricePlanDataWhatsApp DataValidity
1850 PYGAhorro 75MB75 MBUnlimited12:00 – 00:00
2750 PYGAhorro 120MB120 MBUnlimited24 hours
3300 PYGAhorro 200MB200 MBUnlimited24 hours
5000 PYGAhorro 1GB1 GBUnlimited24 hours
8500 PYGAhorro 1.5GB1.5 GBUnlimited3 days
11 000 PYGAhorro 2 GB2 GB Unlimited4 days
20 000 PYGAhorro 4GB4 GBUnlimited7 days
Personal Paraguay Pack Ahorro Plan
Pack Internet Ilimitado (Unlimited Internet Package) – Personal Paraguay

The Pack internet ilimitado (Unlimited internet package) are data plans (without 5G NR access).

The following Pack internet ilimitado are available:

PricePlanDataValidity
4500 PYGUnlimited Internet (nightly)Unlimited1 night from 22:00 – to 06:00
6000 PYGUnlimited Internet (nightly) x 2 daysUnlimited2 nights from 22:00 – 06:00
Packs Internet + Juegos (Internet + Games Packs) – Personal Paraguay

The Packs Internet + Juegos (Internet + Games Packs) are data plans (without 5G NR access).

The following Packs Internet + Juegos are available:

PricePlanDataGame Data 1WhatsAppValidity
8000 PYGPack 1GB + 5GB for Games1 GB5 GBUnlimited2 days
9500 PYGPack 1GB + 5GB for Games1 GB5 GBUnlimited3 days
12 000 PYGPack 1GB + 10GB for Games1 GB10 GBUnlimited4 days

1 for 8Ball Pool, Call of Duty Mobile, Candy Crush Saga, Clash of Clones, Dream League Soccer, Free Fire, PUBG & Roblox.

Personal Paraguay Packs Internet + Juegos Plan
Packs Internet + Redes Sociales (Internet + Social Networks Packs) – Personal Paraguay

The Packs Internet + Redes Sociales (Internet + Social Networks Packs) are data plans (without 5G NR access).

The following Packs Internet + Redes Sociales are available:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1Validity
8000 PYGPack 1GB + Redes Sociales1 GBUnlimited2 days
11 000 PYGPack 1GB + Redes Sociales1 GBUnlimited3 days
14 000 PYGPack 1GB + Redes Sociales1 GBUnlimited4 days

1 for Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter & WhatsApp

Personal Paraguay Packs Internet + Redes Sociales
Pack de alto valor (High Value Pack) – Personal Paraguay

The Pack de alto valor (High Value Pack) are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Dial *111, *454# and select option 4, or text INT to 454 to activate Pack de alto valor:

PricePlanDataWhatsApp DataValidity
30 000 PYGPack 4Gb4 GBUnlimited10 days
50 000 PYGPack 5Gb5 GBUnlimited20 days
70 000 PYGPack 5Gb5 GBUnlimited30 days
Personal Paraguay Pack De Alto Valor Plan

APN/Internet Settings – Personal Paraguay

  • Name: Internet Personal
  • APN: internet
  • Username: Personal
  • Password: Personal

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Claro Paraguay

Claro Logo New
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Claro Paraguay, just Claro, is the third-largest mobile operator in Paraguay.

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

Claro uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4)

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 Paraguay

Claro has extensive coverage throughout Paraguay.

4G/LTE reception is strong in Southeastern Paraguay (Asunción region).

Northwestern Paraguay consists of mostly swampland, forests & jungles with 2G, 3G, or weak 4G/LTE coverage.

Below is Claro's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Claro Paraguay

You can get a Claro SIM card for 5000 PYG in Claro stores. They are also available at Asunción/Lunque-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.

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If you recharge 5000 PYG, you will get 2 GB and unlimited WhatsApp for 7 days.

Claro Paraguay New SIM Card Bonuses
© Claro Paraguay

Claro has no eSIMs.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Paraguay

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

To top up your Claro SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 123.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 123.

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.

Dial *111# to check your Claro balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Claro Paraguay

Claro Paraguay Packs Ya Plans
© Claro Paraguay

Claro has only one data-featured prepaid plan: Packs Todos/All Packs (combo). It includes data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

I will list all the prices in PYG (Paraguay Guarani).

To convert PYG to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Packs Ya can be activated by dialing *989#:

PriceDataSocial DataWhatsApp DataLocal MinutesValidity
4500 PYG10 GBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedN/A1 night (00:00 – 06:00)
5000 PYG 3500 MBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedN/A2 days
6000 PYG1 GBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedN/A2 days
6000 PYG 31 GBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedN/A2 days
8000 PYG1 GBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedN/A3 days
8000 PYG1 GBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
10 000 PYG 31 GBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedN/A5 days
13 000 PYG3 GB500 MB 1,2UnlimitedN/A3 days
14 000 PYG2 GB500 MB 1UnlimitedUnlimited5 days
18 000 PYG4 GB500 MB 1UnlimitedN/A7 days
20 000 PYG4 GB500 MB 1UnlimitedUnlimited7 days
25 000 PYG5 GB500 MB 1UnlimitedN/A10 days
35 000 PYG2 GB500 MB 1,2UnlimitedN/A30 days
50 000 PYG10 GB500 MB 1,2UnlimitedN/A30 days
199 000 PYG25 GB500 MB 1,2UnlimitedN/A30 days
299 000 PYG40 GB500 MB 1,2UnlimitedN/A60 days

1 for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube
2 for Free Life
3 auto-renews

Claro Paraguay Packs Todos Plan

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Paraguay

  • Name: ClaroPY
  • APN: igprs.claro.com.py

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Paraguay

Getting a SIM card from Tigo or Claro would do you well when considering a Paraguayan SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? You should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations worldwide.