The Caribbean has many beautiful destinations – St Kitts & Nevis is one of these lovely places. However, things are not cheap here, but that can be said about the Caribbean in general.
Even then, there are many actions you can take to make your stay in St Kitts & Nevis more affordable, such as getting a local SIM card.
International roaming is expensive – not just in St Kitts & Nevis but in general. However, it is even more expensive here.
Luckily, you can get a St Kittian and Nevisian SIM card when visiting this country without restrictions – and you can even get one for free.
You can get a Flow SIM for free in St Kitts & Nevis. Digicel sells SIM cards for 23.40 XCD. A combo plan with 15 GB of data and local minutes and SMS will set you back 150 XCD (55.50) with Flow and 130 XCD (48.10 USD) with Digicel.
Now, that may not sound affordable to some at all. And I agree. There are 163 countries and territories with lower data costs than St Kitts & Nevis in 2021.
However, international roaming will be way more expensive than getting a local package. Plus, the average cost of data has gone down significantly in St Kitts & Nevis over the years. It is worth the investment – especially if you want to stay connected.
In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in St Kitts & Nevis. Let's go.
Original publication: 12th of March 2020. Last updated: 30th of July 2021.
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Can You Buy a SIM Card in St Kitts & Nevis?
You can purchase a St Kittian & Nevisian SIM card regardless of your residence or visitor status, meaning that tourists can also buy a SIM card in St Kitts & Nevis.
Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in St Kitts & Nevis?
You can get a St Kittian & Nevisian SIM card in the official stores of Flow and Digicel.
Here is a list of what to expect to pay for a SIM card in St Kitts & Nevis:
- Flow St Kitts & Nevis (Flow St Kitts): Free!
- Digicel St Kitts & Nevis: 23.40 XCD
Can You Use Your Phone in St Kitts & Nevis?
St Kitts & Nevis uses GSM for its cellular communications, meaning that you need a GSM-capable phone to use your phone in the country. Fortunately, there is about a 99% chance your phone supports GSM compared to CDMA (unless you are from the US (Verizon/Sprint), Japan, South Korea, or Russia).
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, and 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.
St Kitts & Nevis uses a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 2G and 3G, depending on the operator. 4G/LTE is 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 would want to go with Flow St Kitts & Nevis. They support traditional American frequencies on 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE, meaning that you can take full advantage of their network.
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 would want to go with Digicel St Kitts & Nevis. They support traditional European frequencies on 2G and 3G, but you will not be able to use their 4G/LTE network.
Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with either Flow St Kitts & Nevis or Digicel St Kitts & Nevis, as your phone will support both American and European frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.
Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in St Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts & Nevis has two mobile network operators:
- Flow St Kitts & Nevis (Flow St Kitts)
- Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
The following frequencies are used in St Kitts & Nevis:
- 2G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
- 3G: 850 MHz, 1900 MHz & 2100 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)
To check whether your phone will work in St Kitts & Nevis, check out this page by Will My Phone Work.
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.
Best SIM Card St Kitts & Nevis
If you want to buy a SIM card in St Kitts & Nevis, I recommend going with either Flow or Digicel. Both operators have great coverage in the country and have similar pricing. Flow hands out SIM cards for free, while Digicel's Prime Bundles offers generous data allowances for Prime apps.
SIM Card Registration in St Kitts & Nevis
SIM card registration with your passport information is required in St Kitts & Nevis. It will be done at the point of sale.
St Kitts & Nevis Prices & Insights
I used to say that mobile data is expensive in the Caribbean. To some extent, that is still true. However, cellular rates have gone down significantly over the years – Especially when comparing 2021 rates to 2020 and even more than 2019.
So how expensive, or cheap for that matter, is mobile data in St Kitts and Nevis?
The average price for 1 GB of data in St Kitts & Nevis is 3.70 USD in 2021, which is less than the annual Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The 2021 world average is 4.09 USD.
Compared to 2020 figures, with the 1 GB average of 11.07 USD, the Flow and Digicel St Kitts & Nevis managed to bring down the average cost of 1 GB by 67%. Now, St Kitts & Nevis is the 14th cheapest Caribbean country to buy mobile data (of the 28 Caribbean nations and territories).
In 2020, they were the 5th most expensive nation to buy mobile data (or the 24th “cheapest”), so this is great news to anyone wanting to use mobile data in the country – for the locals and travelers.
Moreover, mobile coverage is quite extensive in St Kitts & Nevis, and mobile data speeds are acceptable (but not the fastest in the region – that is Trinidad & Tobago).
With all of this said, you should have a smooth network experience when in St Kitts & Nevis, and it will not break the bank (like in Bermuda).
Currency in St Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts & Nevis uses the East Caribbean Dollar with the symbol XCD (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as ECD, EC$, or $. For example, 25 ECD is ECD/EC$/$ 25.
XCD is pegged 2.70:1 to the Us Dollar (USD), meaning that 2.70 XCD is 1 USD. 27.10 XCD would be 10 USD. 270 is 100 USD, etc. 1 XCD is 0.37 USD, 10 XCD is 3.70 USD, 100 XCD is 37 USD – you know the drill.
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St Kitts & Nevis Prepaid SIM Cards
- 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 St Kitts & Nevis have to offer to us.
Flow St Kitts & Nevis
Flow St Kitts & Nevis, known as simply Flow St Kitts but will be referred to as Flow, is the incumbent operator in the dual island nation. They have a market share of about 50% because many St Kittians and Nevisians have SIM cards from both Flow and Digicel St Kitts & Nevis.
This is the norm in many countries and territories in the Caribbean.
Flow uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
- 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)
Coverage – Flow St Kitts & Nevis
Flow has extensive coverage in St Kitts & Nevis and has the best 4G/LTE availability in the country.
Mobile reception up in Mount Liamuiga (St Kitts) can be poor to non-existent at times. The same counts for when you are at Nevis Peak and around Gingerland.
4G/LTE coverage is the strongest in Central, South, and Southwest St Kitts. East Nevis also has strong 4G/LTE reception.
Overall, coverage should not be an issue in St Kitts & Nevis, as shown in the coverage map below.
SIM Card Price – Flow St Kitts & Nevis
You can get a Flow SIM card for free in Flow stores.
Top-Up & Recharge – Flow St Kitts & Nevis
Flow top-up cards can be obtained in values starting from 5 XCD to 200 XCD in Flow stores, supermarkets, gas stations, and convenience stores. Online recharge with (international) debit and credit cards is available too.
To top-up your Flow SIM card, access the Flow menu by dialing *129# and follow the instructions. You can check your balance by dialing *120#.
Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Flow St Kitts & Nevis
Flow has one type of combo plan, which is its Always On Prepaid Plan. Those plans feature data, unlimited social messaging for SWIFT apps (Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter), local anywhere minutes, and local anywhere SMS.
The following Always On Prepaid Plans are available:
|Price||Plan||Data||Social Messaging (SWIFT)||Local Anywhere Minutes||Local Anywhere SMS||Validity||Activation Code|
|5 XCD||Prepaid 1 Day Plan||1 GB||Unlimited||25 minutes||25 SMS||1 day||*244*0#|
|15 XCD||Prepaid 3 Days Plan||1 GB||Unlimited||200 minutes||200 SMS||3 days||*244*1#|
|35 XCD||Prepaid 7 Days Plan||3 GB||Unlimited||350 minutes||350 SMS||7 days||*244*2#|
|100 XCD||Prepaid 30 Days Plan||10 GB||Unlimited||1000 minutes||1000 SMS||30 days||*244*3#|
|150 XCD||Prepaid 30 Days Plan||15 GB||Unlimited||1500 minutes||15000 SMS||30 days||*244*4#|
APN/Internet Settings – Flow St Kitts & Nevis
- Name: Flow Internet
- APN: ppinternet
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.
Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
Digicel St Kitts & Nevis, just Digicel, is the other operator in St Kitts & Nevis. They entered the market in early 2000 to end Flow's monopoly position in St Kitts & Nevis and many other English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean. Now, they have about a 50% market share in this dual island nation.
Digicel uses the following frequencies:
- 2G: 8900 MHz & 1800 MHz
- 3G: 2100 MHz
- 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)
Coverage – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
Digicel has extensive coverage in St Kitts & Nevis.
Its coverage is slightly worse than Flow's, where only 2G or 3G reception is available, while Flow will have 4G availability.
Besides that, Digicel's coverage is almost on par with Flow's.
SIM Card Price – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
You can purchase a Digicel SIM card for 23.40 XCD in Digicel stores.
You may have to dial *122# to activate your SIM card if your SIM card does not work upon purchase.
Top-Up & Recharge – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
Digicel recharge cards are sold in denominations of 5 XCD to 200 XCD in Digicel stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores. Online recharge with (international) debit and credit cards is possible as well. in value of 25.67 XCD to 270.67 XCD (charged in USD or EUR).
To redeem a Digicel top-up card, dial *125*VoucherCode#.
For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *125*123456#.
Dial *140# or *141# to check your credit balance.
Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
Digicel has the Prime Bundles, which are combo bundles with data, data for select Digicel Apps (Prime Apps), and minutes for local and international use.
The following Prime Bundles are available:
|Price||Bundle||Any Use Data||Listen More (Music) Data||Listen More (Radio) Data||Watch More Data||Play More Data||Share More Data||Know More Data||Store More Data||Local Minutes||International Minutes||Validity|
|12 XCD||3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle||2 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||100 minutes||N/A||3 days|
|50 XCD||14 Day Digicel Prime Bundle||6 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||1000 minutes||N/A||14 days|
|130 XCD||30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle||15 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||30 GB||1200 minutes||500 minutes||30 days|
You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel App
Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel app or by dialing *141#.
You can download any Prime Bundle app by visiting the links below:
- Listen More (Music) with D'Music
- Listen More (Radio) with GoLoud
- Watch More with PlayGo
- Play More with Sports Max
- Share More with Bip
- Know More with Loop
- Store More with Billo
APN/Internet Settings – Digicel St Kitts & Nevis
- Name: Digicel
- APN: web
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in St Kitts & Nevis
I would highly encourage anyone visiting St Kitts & Nevis to get themselves a St Kittian and Nevisian SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.
However, for some, getting a St Kittian and Nevisian 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 operator.
There are other ways to stay online while in St Kitts & Nevis, but they may not be cheap.
However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the two local operators.
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 St Kitts & Nevis 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.
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.
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 St Kitts & Nevis.
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 St Kitts & Nevis
Getting a SIM card from Flow would do you well when considering a St Kittian and Nevisian SIM card.
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