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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Peru: Buying Guide

Peru – known for one of the seven World Wonders (Machu Picchu), plenty of ancient ruins, and its impressive culture.

While many wish to see Machu Picchu, there are many things to do in this wonderful country.

Many ruins and canyons can be visited, including the Sacred Valley, Colca Canyon & the Nazca Lines.

Plazas such as Plaza de Armas de Lime or Plaza de Armas.

Or its nature, including the Gocta Waterfall, the Taquile Island & its plenty of beaches.

And of course, the nightlife is thrilling in Peru.

As you can see, there is no need to be bored in Peru.

Before you post your Peru-life photos online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

That is why local SIM cards, such as Peruvian ones, are recommended because they are almost always the cheapest way to stay connected when abroad.

Luckily, SIM cards are affordable in Peru.

You can get a Peruvian SIM card for 10 PEN (2.50 USD) in the official and partner stores of Movistar, Claro & Bitel – Entel sells them for 20 PEN (5 USD), or resellers, including kiosks and pharmacies. Claro sells SIM cards at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport for 50 USD.

Yeah, you better not get that SIM card at the airport unless you like to waste money.

But as you can see, SIM cards are affordable in Peru, except for at the airport. And the cost of mobile data is low too.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Peru Guide (logos of Movistar, Claro, Entel & Bitel)

Original publication: 2nd of March 2020. Last updated: 6th of November 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Peru?

Anyone living in or visiting Peru can buy a Peruvian SIM card from the mobile network operators (Movistar, Claro, Entel & Bitel) in their stores or from resellers (grocery stores, kiosks & pharmacies), with some restrictions.

Officially, your biometrics (fingerprints) need to match the one(s) recorded in the national ID register of RENIEC (Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil).

This means that your fingerprint(s) will be checked when purchasing a Peruvian SIM card.

As a tourist, your fingerprint will not be in the said database, obviously.

Fortunately, travelers are allowed to solely use their passports when purchasing a local SIM card.

Resellers, such as kiosks, are unlikely able to do that or do not even know about this exception to the rule.

Therefore, you should visit the official (partner) stores to get yourself a Peruvian SIM card.

But be aware – stores in rural Peru may also not know about this rule.

And even some stores in urban Peru may refuse to sell you a SIM card because of this regulation (as heavy fines have been levied for failing to check biometrics in the past) – even when tourists are exempt.

Besides that (potential) restriction, you are free to use Peruvian SIM cards.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Peru).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Peru?

You can get a Peruvian SIM card in Movistar, Claro, Entel & Bitel stores and third-party stores, including kiosks, pharmacies & grocery stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport (Claro only) at an inflated price.

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

  • Movistar Perú: 10 PEN
  • Claro Perú: 10 PEN
  • Entel Perú: 20 PEN
  • Bitel (formerly Viettel Perú): 10 PEN
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Can You Use Your Phone in Peru?

Peru 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 Peru, 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.

Peru 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 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 Peru.

Do note that Peru 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, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Peru 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 Peru (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Peru

Peru has four Main Operators offering prepaid services that are easily accessible to tourists:

  • Movistar Perú
  • Claro Perú
  • Entel Perú
  • Bitel (formerly Viettel Perú)

The following frequencies are used in Peru:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – fixed-wireless only (for now)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Peru, 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 Inkacel (formerly Virgin Mobile Perú) & Cuy Móvil

Peru is home to two Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) called Inkacel (formerly known as Virgin Mobile Perú) and Cuy Móvil.

Inkacel is a Movistar Perú MVNO, while Cuy Móvil is a Claro Perú MVNO.

Inkacel Peru Logo
© Inkacel

Inkacel SIM cards are hard to get because most dealers do not know how to register the SIM card without a national ID.

Even if you manage to get an Inkacel SIM card legally, the effort may not be worth it because the difference in prices and plans compared to the other mobile operators is minimal.

Cuy Móvil Peru Logo
© Cuy Móvil

Cuy Móvil is a youth-focused MVNO primarily operated through its apps.

While Cuy Móvil SIM cards can be registered much easier as a tourist than Inkacel SIM cards, you may still not be able to do so.

The mobile operator has a side project called PeruSIM.

It allows you to order a SIM card while still abroad and be delivered to your home.

Or it can be delivered to the place of stay in Peru.

The issue is that PeruSIM is at least double, sometimes triple, the regular prices charged by the mobile operators.

And if you visit a Cuy Móvil store as a tourist, they may refuse to sell a regular Cuy Móvil SIM card and insist you get a PeruSIM SIM card.

As a result, both Inkacel and Cuy Móvil will not be covered in this guide.

5G NR in Peru

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Peru since March 2021. It is available on the Claro Perú and Entel Perú networks. However, it is only available for fixed-wireless customers. Mobile broadband users cannot use 5G NR (yet).

Claro Perú has already pledged that prepaid customers can use it once 5G NR is available to mobile broadband customers without additional costs.

Best SIM Card in Peru

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Peru, I recommend going with Movistar or Claro. Movistar has the best coverage and 4G/LTE availability (the latter together with Entel). Claro is the fastest option and has the best 4G/LTE coverage experience.

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SIM Card Registration in Peru

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Peru. This will be done at the point of sale.

Your biometrics (fingerprints) taken at the point of sale will be checked and verified against the fingerprint(s) in the national ID register of RENIEC (Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil).

Every Peruvian citizen or resident will have their fingerprints in the said database.

And this can cause issues when you try to buy a Peruvian SIM card.

While travelers are exempt from this regulation because their fingerprints are not in the database, some stores are unaware that foreigners can use their passport (number) to register their SIM cards.

This is especially the case in rural Peru or when you try to buy a SIM card from a reseller, such as kiosks and grocery stores.

It is recommended to visit the official stores of the mobile operators (Movistar Perú, Claro Perú, Entel Perú, or Bitel (formerly Viettel Perú) stores) instead of third-party stores.

Unlike third-party stores, these employees are more likely aware of how to register SIM cards with a passport.

Even then, be prepared to be rejected when trying to buy a SIM card at any mobile operator store or hear that they do not sell prepaid SIM cards there.

Simply go to another store, preferably in a touristy area, and you will be fine.

Getting top-up cards or recharging through eTopUp can be done at third-party stores without any issues.

While the Claro employees at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport know how to register SIM cards without the biometrics match, I would highly discourage you from purchasing a SIM card at the airport.

You will pay 19 times more (2.50 USD vs. 50 USD) for a SIM card sold at an airport than anywhere else.

Peru Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Peru

Mobile data rates in South America are low, making local SIM cards an affordable way to stay connected in this region.

But if you ask the locals, they will say things are still too expensive… so do not say it to them ;)

Anyway, how cheap is mobile data in Peru?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Peru is 1.15 USD, below the South American average of 1.97 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

In fact, Peru is the fourth-cheapest country for mobile data in South America.

But you might have noticed something weird in the image above… the Falkland Islands – what is going there?

Long story short for now (but you can learn more about it in the Falkland Islands SIM card buying guide), but anyone living there is being scammed by the local mobile operator.

If I included the Falkland Islands‘ figures in the South American average, the average cost of data would be 5.25 USD instead of 1.97 USD.

So yeah, I do not include it in the average.

Enough about prices – let's talk about mobile data speeds in Peru. Is it fast?

No, but it is useable.

Peru's average mobile download speed is around 25 Mbps, less than half the global average.

Peru's neighbors, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia & Ecuador, have slower average mobile download speeds than Peru.

Brazil is an exception – they have faster speeds than Peru. Unless you have a prepaid SIM card – prepaid customers are actively throttled in Brazil.

So yeah, Peru is the best in this sub-region, unintentionally.

Alright, which mobile operator is the fastest in Peru?

That would be Claro Perú, with a speed score of 34.05. Followed by Entel Perú (27.40), Movistar Perú (22.31) & Bitel (10.20).

Overall, the best mobile operators are Movistar Perú and Entel Perú.

Yeah, it looks like Bitel should be avoided at all costs.

Even though Bitel is, on average, the cheapest, the difference between Even though Bitel is the cheapest on average, the difference between Bitel and Claro, for example, is negligible.

With low SIM card prices, fair nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and low mobile data rates, you should have a decent network experience in Peru.

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Currency in Peru

200 Peruvian Sol Bank Note
© Central Reserve Bank of Peru/Banco Central de Reserva del Perú

Peru uses the Peruvian Sol with the symbol PEN (which will be used throughout this article).

However, prices are often listed as S/. For example, 25 PEN = S/ 25.

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

  • 1 PEN = 0.25 USD
  • 10 PEN = 2.50 USD
  • 100 PEN = 24.90 USD

For up-to-date PEN:USD exchange rates, search PEN to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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Peruvian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Movistar Perú, Claro Perú, Entel Perú & Bitel (formerly Viettel Perú), 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 Peru to offer to us.


Movistar Perú

Movistar Logo New
© Movistar

Movistar Perú, just Movistar, is the largest mobile operator in Peru.

It is a combination of the former Telefónica Móviles and BellSouth.

Movistar, as a brand, is active in Central America, South America & Spain.

Movistar uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)

This is what you will learn about Movistar:

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

Coverage – Movistar Perú

Movistar has the best network in Peru.

It also has the best 4G/LTE availability (together with Entel Perú).

Although Movistar has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for determining its nationwide coverage – only regional/city-wide coverage.

Below is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Movistar Perú

You can buy a Movistar SIM card for 10 PEN with 3 GB (10 days), unlimited Facebook, Instagram & Movistar Play (10 days) & unlimited WhatsApp (30 days) in Movistar stores. Resellers, including kiosks and pharmacies, sell SIM cards too.

Movistar Peru SIM Card
© Movistar Peru

It is not possible to get Movistar SIM cards at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport.

Dial *515# to access the Movistar menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Movistar Perú

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

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

  • 5 PEN
  • 7 PEN
  • 10 PEN
  • 15 PEN
  • 20 PEN
  • 30 PEN
  • 50 PEN

To top up your Movistar SIM card, you would dial *515# 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 *515# to check your Movistar balance.

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

Movistar Peru Mi Movistar Perú App
© Movistar Peru

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Movistar Perú

Movistar has five data-featured plans:

All Movistar plans can be activated by dialing *515#.

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

Llamadas + Megas Libres (Calls + Free Data) – Movistar Perú

The Llamadas + Megas Libres (Calls + Free Data) are combo plans with data and minutes.

The following Llamadas + Megas Libres are available:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesValidityActivation Code
3 PEN100 MBUnlimitedUnlimited2 daysPQ6
5 PEN500 MBUnlimited 2Unlimited5 daysPQ5
7 PEN700 MBUnlimitedUnlimited7 daysPQ7
10 PEN1000 MBUnlimitedUnlimited10 daysPQ10

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Movistar Play & WhatsApp
2 without Movistar Play

Movistar Peru Llamadas + Megas Libres Calls+ Data Plans
Preplan – Movistar Perú

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

The following Preplan are available:

PriceDataSocial Media DataYouTube Data 3Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5 PEN500 MBUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedUnlimited5 days
6 PEN600 MBUnlimited 1N/AUnlimitedUnlimited6 days
7 PEN700 MBUnlimited1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
8 PEN800 MBUnlimited1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited8 days
9 PEN900 MBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited9 days
10 PEN1 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
15 PEN1.5 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited15 days
20 PEN2 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
25 PEN2.5 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited25 days
30 PEN2.5 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Movistar Play & WhatsApp (30 days)
2 without Instagram
3 on 4G/LTE (+4.5G) only

Movistar Peru Preplan
Megas Libres (Free Data) – Movistar Perú

The Megas Libres (Free Data) plans are data-only bundles that, unlike the name implies, you have to pay for.

These Megas Libres are available:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataValidityActivation Code
1 PEN25 MBN/A4 daysA80
3 PEN200 MBUnlimited2 daysA81
3 PENUnlimitedN/A1 night (0:00 – 7:00)A81
5 PEN600 MBUnlimited4 daysA82
5 PENUnlimitedN/A1 dayA85
7 PEN1 GBUnlimited7 daysA83
10 PEN1.5 GBUnlimited7 daysA84
20 PEN1 GBUnlimited15 daysA20
30 PEN3 GBUnlimited30 daysA21
Movistar Peru Megas Libres Data Plans
Redes Sociales (Social Media) – Movistar Perú

The Social Media plans are data-only packages for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & WhatsApp.

These Redes Sociales are available:

PriceDataApp(s)ValidityActivation Code
1 PENUnlimitedFacebook1 dayA87
1 PENUnlimitedInstagram & Snapchat1 dayA90
1 PENUnlimitedWhatsApp1 dayA4
5 PENUnlimitedFacebook5 daysA89
Movistar Peru Redes Sociales Social Media Plans
Video o Música – Movistar Perú

The Video o Música are data-only plans for Movistar Play, Netflix, Spotify & YouTube individually.

These Video o Música are available:

PriceDataAppValidityActivation Code
1 PENUnlimitedSpotify1 dayA18
3 PEN1 GBYouTube1 dayA57
3 PEN2 GBMovistar Play1 dayA94
5 PEN1 GBNetflix1 dayA56
5 PEN4 GBMovistar Play3 daysA94
Movistar Peru Video o Música

APN/Internet Settings – Movistar Perú

  • Name: Movistar Internet
  • APN: movistar.pe
  • Username: movistar@datos
  • Password: movistar

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Claro Perú

Claro Logo
© Claro

Claro Perú, just Claro, is the second-largest mobile operator in Peru.

It used to be TIM Perú until Claro purchased the former company.

Now, it is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

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), 2600 MHz (Band 7) & 3500 MHz (Band 42)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – for fixed-wireless only (for now)

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 Perú

Claro has extensive coverage throughout Peru.

It does have the best 4G/LTE coverage experience.

Below is Claro's 2G coverage map:

Here is the 3G coverage map:

Followed by the 4G/LTE coverage map (700 MHz on Band 28):

Then we have the 4.5G map (faster speeds than regular 4G/LTE):

Additionally, we have the 5G NR coverage map of Lima and the cost of Cañete district:

Lastly, we have a coverage map of all technologies combined (2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR):

SIM Card Price – Claro Perú

You can buy a Claro SIM card for 10 PEN in Claro stores (1/2). Resellers, including kiosks and pharmacies, sell SIM cards too. Claro is also the only mobile operator selling SIM cards at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport (for a crazy 50 USD).

Claro Peru SIM Card
© Claro Brazil
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Claro Perú

Claro top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores (1/2), grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Peru.

Claro offers bonus data, minutes & SMS with each top-up.

The bonuses can be tripled (Triplica tu Recarga – Bono Mejorado) when you reply ACEPTA to a text message you receive from Claro when you recharge your SIM card.

Claro Peru Triplica tu Recarga Triple Your Top-Up

The following standard top-ups are available:

Top-UpCreditDataSocial Media DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3 PEN3 PEN50 MBUnlimited 1Unlimited500 SMS1 day
5 PEN5 PEN200 MBUnlimited 2, 3Unlimited500 SMS3 days
10 PEN10 PEN300 MBUnlimited 2, 3UnlimitedUnlimited7 days
15 PEN15 PEN300 MBUnlimited 2, 3UnlimitedUnlimited7 days

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 Claro Video (3 days), Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat (3 days), TikTok (3 days), Twitter & WhatsApp (30 days)
3 500 MB for YouTube (3 days)

These top-ups are available when you reply ACEPTA to a text message you receive from Claro:

Top-UpDataSocial Media DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3 PEN200 MBUnlimited 1Unlimited1000 SMS2 days
5 PEN650 MBUnlimited 2, 3Unlimited2000 SMS5 days
10 PEN1200 MBUnlimited 2, 3UnlimitedUnlimited10 days
15 PEN1.5 GBUnlimited 2, 3UnlimitedUnlimited15 days

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 Claro Video (3 days), Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Signal, Snapchat (3 days), Telegram, TikTok (3 days), Twitter, Waze (15 PEN top-up only) & WhatsApp (30 days)
3 500 MB for YouTube (3 days)

To top up your Claro SIM card, you would dial *788, select option 1, select option 8, and enter 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 online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *778 to check your Claro balance.

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

Claro Peru Mu Claro Perú Plan
© Claro Brazil

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Claro Perú

Claro has three data-featured plans:

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

Paquetes de Megas (Data Plans) – Claro Perú

The Paquetes de Megas (Data Plans) are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

The following Paquetes de Megas are available, which you can activate by dialing *799#:

PriceDataValidity
3 PEN200 MB2 days
5 PEN650 MB5 days
6 PENUnlimitedUntil midnight
10 PEN1.5 GB10 days
20 PEN3 GB20 days
30 PEN4.5 GB30 days
Claro Peru Paquetes de Megas Data Packages
Paquetes de Redes Sociales (Social Media Packages) – Claro Perú

The Paquetes de Redes Sociales (Social Media Packages) are data-only plans for Facebook and Instagram.

The following Paquetes de Redes Sociales are available, which you can activate by dialing *799#:

PriceDataAppValidity
1 PENUnlimitedFacebook1 day
1 PENUnlimitedInstagram1 day
5 PENUnlimitedFacebook6 days
20 PENUnlimitedFacebook30 days
Claro Peru Paquetes de Redes Sociales Social Media Packages
Paquetes de Redes Sociales y Video (Social Media and Video Packages) – Claro Perú

The Paquetes de Redes Sociales y Video (Social Media and Video Packages) are data-only plans for Snapchat and TikTok.

The following Paquetes de Redes Sociales y Video are available, which you can activate by dialing *799#:

PriceDataApp(s)Validity
3 PEN150 MBSnapchat1 day
3 PENUnlimitedSnapchat & TikTok3 hours
3 PENUnlimitedTikTok6 hours
5 PEN300 MBSnapchat2 days
5 PEN10 GBTikTok7 days
10 PEN750 MBSnapchat5 days
20 PENUnlimitedSnapchat12 days
30 PENUnlimitedSnapchat20 days
Claro Peru Paquetes de Redes Sociales y video Social Media and Video Packages

APN/Internet Settings – Claro Perú

  • Name: Claro Internet
  • APN: claro.pe
  • Username: claro
  • Password: claro

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Entel Perú

Entel Logo
© Entel

Entel Perú, just Entel, is the third-largest mobile operator in Peru.

It is the Peruvian brand by Entel from Chile.

It used to be known as Nextel Perú until 2013.

Entel Bolivia is not associated with Entel in Chile and Peru.

Entel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 2300 MHz (Band 40)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – for fixed-wireless only (for now)

This is what you will learn about Entel:

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

Coverage – Entel Perú

Entel has extensive coverage throughout Peru.

It also has the best 4G/LTE availability (together with Movistar Perú).

Although Entel has an official coverage map on its site, it is useless for determining its nationwide coverage – only regional/city-wide coverage.

Below is a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Entel Perú

You can buy an Entel SIM card for 10 PEN with 4 GB, unlimited data for select social media apps (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram & WhatsApp, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS – all for 30 days in Entel stores (1/2). Resellers, including kiosks and pharmacies, sell SIM cards too.

Entel Peru SIM Card
© Entel Peru

It is not possible to get Entel SIM cards at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Entel Perú

Entel top-up vouchers are sold in Entel stores (1/2), grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Peru.

Entel Peru Recharge Partners
© Entel Peru

Entel offers bonus data, minutes & SMS with each top-up.

The bonuses will apply when you reply to a text message you receive from Entel when you recharge your SIM card.

Entel Peru Regarca y Recarga POWER Top Ups

The following standard top-ups are available:

Top-UpDataGame & Social Data 1Social Media Data 2, 3Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3 PEN50 MBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited“Unlimited”, 500 SMS1 day
5 PEN200 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited“Unlimited”, 500 SMS3 days
7 PEN200 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited“Unlimited”, 500 SMS4 days
10 PEN300 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
15 PEN500 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
20 PEN500 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
29 PEN500 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days

1 Booyah!, Freefire, Freefire Max, Speed Drifters, TikTok & YouTube (360p) – all always for 3 days
2 Facebook, Instagram & Spotify
3 Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp – both always for 30 days

These Recarga POWER (power top-ups) are available when you reply to a text message you receive from Entel:

Top-UpDataGame & Social Data 1Social Media Data 2, 3Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3 PEN150 MBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited“Unlimited”, 500 SMS2 days
5 PEN650 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited“Unlimited”, 500 SMS5 days
7 PEN800 MBUnlimitedUnlimited 4Unlimited“Unlimited”, 500 SMS5 days
10 PEN1.2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 4UnlimitedUnlimited10 days
15 PEN1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 5UnlimitedUnlimited15 days
20 PEN2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 5UnlimitedUnlimited30 days
29 PEN3.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 5UnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 Booyah!, Freefire, Freefire Max, Speed Drifters, TikTok & YouTube (360p) – all always for 3 days
2 Facebook, Instagram & Spotify
3 Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp – both always for 30 days
4 +Signal & Telegram
5 +Signal, Telegram & Waze

To top up your Entel SIM card, you would dial *144# and select option 1.

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 *144# and select option 2 to check your Entel balance.

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

Entel Peru Mi Entel Preú App
© Entel Peru

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Entel Perú

Entel has three data-featured plans:

All Entel plans can be activated by dialing *144# and selecting option 3.

Be aware that Entel throttles (prepaid) speeds.

Below is a table of what type of speeds you can expect with Entel.

Entel Peru Minimum and Maximum Speeds
Power Bolsas (Power Bags) – Entel Perú

The Power Bolsas (Power Bags) are data-only plans.

Power Bolsas can be activated by dialing *144# and selecting option 3 or texting the Activation Code to 999:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1ValidityActivation Code
3 PEN150 MBUnlimited1 dayPOWER3
5 PEN600 MBUnlimited2 daysTRIPLICA5
10 PEN1.5 GBUnlimited5 daysTRIPLICA10
20 PEN1.8 GBUnlimited12 daysPOWER20
30 PEN3 GBUnlimited20 daysPOWER30

1 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify & WhatsApp

Entel Peru Power Bolsas Plans
Datos Bolsas (Data Bags) – Entel Perú

The Datos Bolsas (Data Bags) are data-only plans.

Datos Bolsas can be activated by dialing *144# and selecting option 3 or texting the Activation Code to 999:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 PENUnlimited1 dayILIMITADO
7 PEN1 GB3 days1GB7
10 PEN1300 MB5 daysDUPLICA5
10 PEN3 GB 110 daysDUPLICA10
20 PEN4 GB20 days4GB20
30 PEN6 GB 130 days6GB30
50 PEN10 GB30 days10GB30
100 PEN30 GB30 days30GB30
Entel Peru Datos Bolsas Plans
Redes Sociales (Social Media) – Entel Perú

The Redes Sociales (Social Media) are data-only plans for Facebook, Netflix, TikTok, WhatsApp & YouTube.

Redes Sociales can be activated by dialing *144# and selecting option 3 or texting the Activation Code to 999:

PriceSocial DataApp(s)ValidityActivation Code
1 PENUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp1 dayDUO
3 PENUnlimitedNetflix & YouTube (360p)3 hours within 1 dayVIDEO
3 PENUnlimitedTikTok1 dayTIKTOK3
5 PENUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp6 daysDUO5
5 PEN10 GBTikTok7 daysTIKTOK10
5 PENUnlimitedTikTok3 daysTIKTOK5
20 PENUnlimitedFacebook & WhatsApp30 daysDUO20
Entel Peru Redes Sociales Bolsas Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Entel Perú

  • Name: Entel Internet
  • APN: entel.pe

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Bitel (formerly Viettel Perú)

Bitel Peru Logo
© Bitel

Bitel is the smallest mobile operator in Peru.

It is owned by Viettel, which is directly owned by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense.

Bitel was Viettel's first foreign market where the country's GDP exceeded the one of Vietnam.

Bitel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had it
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8)

This is what you will learn about Bitel:

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

Coverage – Bitel

Bitel has the worst coverage throughout Peru.

Viettel, the company that owns Bitel, often focuses on building coverage in rural parts of the country first before concentrating on urban areas.

It does this because rural areas are often underserved (with no or barely any coverage).

This approach has been successful in almost all of the markets Viettel entered.

In Peru, however, it has worked somewhat, especially in the beginning.

Nowadays, its competitors have great (or even better coverage than Bitel) coverage, for Peruvian standards, in rural parts of the country too.

Below is Bitel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Bitel

You can get a Bitel SIM card for 10 PEN with the Bifri 10 plan (1.5 GB, 1.5 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Waze, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS – all for 10 days) in Bitel stores. Resellers, including kiosks and pharmacies, sell SIM cards too.

Bitel Peru SIM Card
© Bitel

It is not possible to get Bitel SIM cards at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport.

DIal *180# to see your Bitel phone num,ber.

Bitel SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 210 days (no top-up for 210 days or no activity for 210 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Bitel

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

To top up your Bitel SIM card, you would 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 *122# to check your Bitel balance.

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

Bitel Peru Mi Bitel App
© Bitel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Bitel

Bitel has one type of data-featured plan, which is the Bifri plan. It features data, minutes & SMS.

The following Bifri are available, which can be activated by dialing *9090#:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5 PEN650 MB1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited5 days
10 PEN1.5 GB1.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 days

1 Bitel Video, Facebook, Instagram, Line (30 days), Spotify, Twitter, & WhatsApp (30 days)

APN/Internet Settings – Bitel

  • Name: Bitel
  • APN: BITEL

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Peru

The cheapest way to get online in Peru is to get a SIM card from one of the 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 mobile 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 in Peru

Getting a SIM card from Movistar or Claro would do you well when considering a Peruvian SIM card.

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