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Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has 2 telecom providers: Digicel St. Vincent and Flow SVG. Both operators have 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks.
Best SIM Card Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
If you want to buy a SIM card in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, I would recommend going with either Flow or Digicel. Both operators have good coverage on Saint Vincent while the coverage in the Grenadines may be patchy at times. The main difference between the operators is the plans they offer.
SIM Card Registration in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Like most countries in the Caribbean, you have to show your passport when buying a SIM card in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Currency in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The East Caribbean Dollar, XCD, is pegged 2.70:1 to the US Dollar, meaning that 2:70 XCD is 1 USD (or 1 XCD is $0.37).
Digicel St. Vincent
Digicel St. Vincent, just Digicel, entered SVG in 2003 to end Flow’s monopoly, as they have done in various Caribbean markets. Since then, they have become the most popular provider with a market share of around 70%.
You can get a Digicel SIM card for 15 XCD in Digicel stores. Be sure to ask for a 4G/LTE SIM card if you plan on using 4G/LTE in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Top-up vouchers are sold in many stores across the country, but you can also top-up with a credit card online. To see your Digicel balance, dial *120#.
Digicel offers several combo plans, called Prepaid Freedom Bundles, ranging from 4 XCD for 1 day to 95 XCD for 30 days:
- 4 XCD: 1 GB and 30 minutes for 1 day
- 10 XCD: 1 GB and 200 minutes for 3 days
- 18 XCD: 1.5 GB, unlimited WhatsApp messaging, and 250 minutes for 5 days
- 25 XCD: 3 GB, unlimited WhatsApp messaging, and 350 minutes for 7 days
- 95 XCD: 10 GB, unlimited WhatsApp messaging, and 1000 minutes for 30 days
You can activate a Digicel Prepaid Freedom Bundle online or on the My Digicel App. All Prepaid Freedom Bundles auto-renew if there is enough credit.
Digicel offers upgrades to the Prepaid Freedom Bundles for extra data:
- Extra 1 XCD: 1.5 GB for 1 day
- Extra 2.50 XCD: 2 GB for 3 days
- Extra 3 XCD: 3 GB and unlimited WhatsApp messaging for 5 days
- Extra 5 XCD: 5 GB and unlimited WhatsApp messaging for 7 days
Remember, these are upgrades and can only be activated if you have an active Prepaid Freedom Bundle. These upgrades can be activated online or on the My Digicel App.
Flow SVG, just Flow, is the original telecom operator in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but they have lost their monopoly since Digicel entered the market. Since then, they have lost their majority share to Digicel, even though the coverage of both operators is almost identical.
As a result, Flow is offering SIM cards for free, as long as you top-up or activate a plan in-store. Later, top-up vouchers ranging from 5 XCD to 200 XCD are sold in many stores across the country, but you can also recharge online with a credit card. Dial *120# to check your Flow balance.
Flow offers Always On Prepaid Plans, which are their combo plans. They all come with unlimited social messaging, which are Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter:
- 4 XCD: 1 GB, 25 minutes, and 25 SMS for 1 day. Activation: dial *244*0#
- 9 XCD: 1 GB, 200 minutes, and 200 SMS for 3 days. Activation: dial *244*1#
- 24 XCD: 3 GB, 350 minutes, and 350 SMS for 7 days. Activation: dial *244*2#
- 90 XCD: 10 GB, 1000 minutes, and 1000 SMS for 30 days. Activation: dial *244*3#
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
I would highly encourage anyone visiting Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to get themselves a Saint Vincentian SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.
However, for some, getting a Saint Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Getting a SIM card from either Digicel or Flow would do you well when considering a Saint Vincentian SIM card.
Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Caribbean Countries
Visiting other countries in the Caribbean? Check out my Caribbean SIM card buying guide, covering other Caribbean nations, such as:
Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.
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