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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards & eSIMs in St Vincent & the Grenadines: Buying Guide

St Vincent and the Grenadines – the country whose names sound like a band name.

It is known for its beaches, islands & hiking trails.

St Vincent and the Grenadines is also great for boating and diving.

Moreover, the nature on the islands is simply stunning.

Just like many Caribbean nations, however, St Vincent and the Grenadines is an expensive travel destination.

So any way to save some cash is always appreciated.

One way to do so is by getting a local SIM card to enjoy local rates – international roaming can be expensive.

Fortunately, SIM cards are not too crazy expensive in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

You can get a St Vincent and the Grenadines SIM card for 15 XCD (5.55 USD) from Digicel and 25 XCD (9.25 USD) from Flow in their stores (and some resellers for Digicel). They are also sold at Saint Vincent-Argyle International Airport (SVD).

What is not too crazy expensive either are the mobile data rates.

They are below the Caribbean average.

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

Buying a SIM Card in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Guide (logos of Digicel & Flow)

Original publication: 12th of March 2020. Last updated: 13th of April 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in St Vincent & the Grenadines?

You can buy a St Vincentian SIM card from Digicel and Flow as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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

Moreover, your phone has to support the frequencies used in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Finally, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a St Vincentian SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in St Vincent & the Grenadines?

You can get a St Vincentian SIM card in the official stores of Digicel and Flow. Several resellers, like electronic, sell Digicel SIM cards too stores. They are also availavbe at Saint Vincent-Argyle International Airport (SVD).

You can expect to pay the following for St Vincentian SIM cards:

  • Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines: 15 XCD
  • Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines: 25 XCD
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Can You Use Your Phone in St Vincent & the Grenadines?

St Vincent and the Grenadines use GSM for their 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.

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 & 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.

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean), ITU Region 2, use American frequencies, which are different from the European frequencies.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

St Vincent and the Grenadines use a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 2G and 3G, depending on the mobile 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 want to go with Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines.

It supports traditional American frequencies on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE, meaning that you can take full advantage of its 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 want to go with Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines.

It supports traditional European frequencies on 2G and 3G, but you will not be able to use its 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 any mobile operator, as your phone will support both American frequencies and European frequencies, even on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in St Vincent & the Grenadines

St Vincent & the Grenadines have two mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines

The following frequencies are used in St Vincent & the Grenadines:

  • 2G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz, 1900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13 & Band 17)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in St Vincent & the Grenadines, 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.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in St Vincent & the Grenadines

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFI calling) are not offered by the mobile operators in St Vincent and the Grenadines (yet).

This means that when you make a call, your phone will downgrade to 3G (or 2G when 3G is not available) instead of staying connected to 4G/LTE.

This is also why you often cannot use mobile while calling if not connected to WiFi.

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in St Vincent & the Grenadines

5G NR is not available in St Vincent and the Grenadines as of 2022, and the St Vincentian government has not made any indications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card St Vincent & the Grenadines

If you want to buy the best SIM card in St Vincent and the Grenadines, I recommend going with Digicel or Flow. Both operators have great coverage, and the speeds are similar. Digicel has attractive plans (Prime Bundles) with dedicated data allowances for Prime apps, TikTok & YouTube (up to 30 GB per app).

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Best eSIM in St Vincent & the Grenadines

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM (to prepaid customers) in St Vincent and the Grenadines yet.

However, you can get the St Vincent and the Grenadines (Tobago) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days.

With this eSIM, you can skip St Vincent and the Grenadines' SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in St Vincent and the Grenadines!

If you plan on visiting other neighboring Caribbean nations, consider the Island Hopper eSIM with 1 GB of data (7 days) in St Vincent and the Grenadines and these other islands:

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 8 USD/country in the Caribbean!

SIM Card Registration in St Vincent & the Grenadines

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in St Vincent and the Grenadines. It will be done at the point of sale.

St Vincent & the Grenadines Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The Caribbean is not known for being a cheap travel region.

With many luxurious resorts and PRISTINE beaches, it is somewhat understandable why the region is a bit high-class (with some exceptions, like the Dominican Republic and Haiti).

But what about mobile data costs? Are they cheap in St Vincent and the Grenadines?

They are quite low (for regional standards).

The average price for 1 GB of data in St Vincent and the Grenadines is 2.41 USD, below the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

As you can see, mobile data rates have always been reasonable in St Vincent and the Grenadines compared to other Caribbean nations.

While there is not much information about mobile data speeds in the country because not many people do speed tests there, I can mention something about speeds.

Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines claims the maximum achievable speed you can get on their network is 35 Mbps.

But remember, this is the maximum speed – you will most likely get speeds ranging between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps.

With reasonably priced SIM cards, great nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and average mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Currency in St Vincent & the Grenadines

East Caribbean Dollar Notes (5, 10, 20, 50 & 100)
© Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

St Vincent and the Grenadines use the East Caribbean Dollar with the symbol XCD (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as ECD, EC$, or $. For example, 25 ECD = ECD/EC$/$ 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 Vincentian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines & Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines, 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 being said, let’s see what St Vincent and the Grenadines have to offer to us.


Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Digicel Logo

Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines, just Digicel, is one of the two mobile operators in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Digicel, as a company, is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America & Oceania.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 17)

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

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

Coverage – Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Digicel has extensive coverage throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines.

4G/LTE is available on all islands.

However, reception at La Soufrière (a volcano) will be poor.

Also, coverage Northwest of St Vincent is bad too.

Below is Digicel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

You can get a Digicel SIM card for 15 XCD in Digicel stores and from resellers. They are also sold at Saint Vincent-Argyle International Airport (SVD).

You may have to dial *122# to activate your Digicel SIM card if your SIM card does not work upon purchase.

Dial *129# to see your Digicel phone number.

Dial *140# to access the Digicel menu.

Digicel SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 120 days (no top-up for 120 days or no activity for 120 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in Digicel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *125*VoucherCode# or dial *141# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *125*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 *140# to check your Digicel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Digicel app (Android/iOS).

Digicel App
© Digicel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Digicel has two data-featured plans: Prepaid Prime Bundles (combo) & Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles (combo).

All Digicel plans can be activated by dialing *140#:

Prepaid Prime Bundles – Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines

The Prepaid Prime Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo & Go Loud)
© Digicel

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *140#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
5 XCD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB30 minutes10 minutes1 day
13 XCD3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB200 minutes50 minutes3 days
30 XCD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle5 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB350 minutes150 minutes7 days
100 XCD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle12 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB1000 minutes400 minutes30 days

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

Prepaid Prime Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *140#.

Digicel Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prepaid Digicel Prime Bundles
Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles – Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines

The Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Unlike the Prepaid Prime Bundles, Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles include TikTok and YouTube data allowances as well.

Digicel Prime Bundles Apps (logos of  D'Music, PlayGo, SportsMax, BiP, Loop, Billo, Go Loud, TikTok &  YouTube)
© Digicel

The following Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *140#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataTikTok DataYouTube DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
6 XCD1 Day Prime Plus Bundle2 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimitedN/A1 day
15 XCD3 Day Prime Plus Bundle4 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
35 XCD7 Day Prime Plus Bundle7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
115 XCD30 Day Prime Plus Bundle15 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *140#.

Digicel Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Plus Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: web.digiceloecs.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Flow Logo

Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines, just Flow, is one of the two mobile operators in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Flow is a brand by Cable & Wireless used throughout the Caribbean.

Flow uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13)

This is what you will learn about Flow:

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

Coverage – Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Flow has extensive coverage throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines.

4G/LTE is available on all islands.

However, reception at La Soufrière (a volcano) will be poor.

Also, coverage Northwest of St Vincent is bad too.

Below is Flow's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

You can get a Flow SIM card for 25 XCD in Flow stores. They are also sold at Saint Vincent-Argyle International Airport (SVD).

Dial *129# to access the Flow menu.

Dial *555# to see your Flow phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Flow top-up vouchers are sold in Flow stores, including grocery stores, gas stations & bars.

To top up your Flow SIM card, dial *129# 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 *120# or *3733 to check your Flow balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Flow app (Android/iOS).

Flow App
© Flow

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

Flow has one type of data-featured plan: the Always On Plans. It includes data, minutes & SMS.

The following Always On Plans are available:

PricePlanDataSWIFT Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSActivation Code
5 XCD1-Day Plan1 GBUnlimited25 minutes25 SMS*244*0#
10 XCD3-Day Plan1 GBUnlimited200 minutes200 SMS*244*1#
25 XCD7-Day Plan3 GBUnlimited350 minutes350 SMS*244*2#
95 XCD30-Day Plan12 GBUnlimited1000 minutes1000 SMS*244*3#

1 for Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Flow Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Always On Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Flow St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG)

  • Name: Flow Internet
  • APN: ppinternet

Note: do not use just “internet” as a prepaid customer. That APN is reserved for postpaid customers. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in St Vincent & the Grenadines

I would highly encourage anyone visiting St 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 other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your mobile operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in St Vincent and the Grenadines, but they may not be cheap.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local mobile operators.

International Roaming

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.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for St 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.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (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.

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 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 St Vincent & the Grenadines

Getting a SIM card from Digicel or Flow would do you well when considering a Saint Vincentian SIM card.

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