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

Samoa – often grouped or confused with American Samoa – used to be known as Western Samoa until 1997. Before that, the country was under New Zealand rule until (Western) Samoa declared independence.

Samoa is probably the country with the most generous visa policy – no visa is needed to enter the country. Anyone from any nationality can stay in the country visa-free for 60 days (except for US nationals living in American Samoa – they need to apply first). Those from the European Union (or European Economic Area) can stay visa-free for 90 days (in any 180-day period).

Like most Pacific nation islands, Samoa has a lot of stunning nature to see and explore. Fantastic resorts and beaches. And, of course, clear waters – I bet you will share you experiences on Instagram with #GoodLife (at least, I know I would).

The thing is, browsing and posting on Instagram can consume a lot of data, especially if you use the app a lot. This is usually not a concern if you have a reasonable data plan. However, international roaming is not included in most regular plans. Moreover, international roaming can be expensive.

If you are not careful, you could get a roaming bill in the hundreds, thousands, or even millions (depending on your currency, of course), which is certainly not worth it.

That is why you should get a local prepaid SIM card, like a Samoan one, so that you can take advantage of local rates. Luckily for you, you are in for a treat in Samoa.

You can get a Samoan SIM card for free as a tourist or traveler from Vodafone or Digicel. However, you will be encouraged to buy a plan costing at least 20 WST (7.30 USD). Regular SIM cards are available for 5 WST (1.80 USD) or 10 WST (3.65 USD). A data plan with 7 GB will cost you at least 11 WST (36.70.05 USD).

Those are genuinely affordable prices, especially compared to the rest of the region. Moreover, Samoa is one of the 20 countries with the lowest mobile data rates. Additionally, coverage and speeds have significantly improved over the years.

So you better grab yourself a Samoan SIM card to stay connected at affordable prices.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Samoa. Let's get started, shall we?

Buying a SIM Card in Samoa Guide (logos of Vodafone & Digicel)

Original publication: 19th of January 2020. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Samoa?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Samoa, I recommend going with either Vodafone or Digicel. Vodafone has the most extensive coverage and more variety in plans. Digicel has the widest 4G/LTE range and is the cheapest. It also has attractive plans (Prime Bundles) if you use certain apps.

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Samoa has two mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Vodafone Samoa (formerly Bluesky Samoa)
  • Digicel Samoa
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Anyone, including tourists and visitors, can buy a Samoan SIM card with some restrictions.

Regarding the registration requirements, you must show your passport at the point of purchase.

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

You can get a Samoan SIM card in the official stores of Vodafone and Digicel. Some airports may sell (tourist) SIM cards (at higher prices).

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

  • Vodafone Samoa: 10 WST (with 5 WST credit)
  • Digicel Samoa: “Free” (“SEKI SIM+” if top-up is => 5 WST) or 5 WST

Be aware that SIM cards sold at airports can be more expensive than the prices mentioned earlier.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date WST (Samoan Tālā) to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) exchange rates.

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

  • 1 WST = 0.35 USD
  • 10 WST = 3.65 USD
  • 100 WST = 36 USD

For any other currency, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Samoa

The use of (travel) eSIMs has exploded in recent years.

Not only do more phones have eSIM capability (some US-sold iPhones are eSIM-only), but the number of providers adopting technology has proliferated as well.

This includes local mobile operators offering eSIM and platforms selling eSIMs (travel eSIMs).

If you want a local Samoan eSIM, you are out of luck because the mobile operators do not sell them (to prepaid customers).

If you do not wish to deal with registration for whatever reason, like privacy, consider getting a travel eSIM for Samoa.

Many eSIM providers have eSIMs for Samoa and even global eSIMs, which I discuss in my Samoa eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Samoa Guide (Airalo, Holafly, Simcorner & Faaf Mobile)

Here is a quick introduction to your Samoa travel eSIM options:

  • Airalo: Faaf Mobile (Samoa only) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)

Use this discount code when getting this travel eSIM:

  • 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)

If you want to know about all the prices, data options & covered countries (for the regional and global eSIMs), check out my Samoa eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Samoa Guide (Airalo, Holafly, Simcorner & Faaf Mobile)

Samoan Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Vodafone Samoa & Digicel Samoa, 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) 

Let's see what Samoan mobile operators can offer us.


Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

Vodafone Logo
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Vodafone Samoa, just Vodafone, but used to be known as Bluesky Samoa, is the largest operator in Samoa. It is, however, unknown how far ahead they are of Digicel Samoa, which decided to enter the Samoan market in 2006.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

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

Coverage – Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout Samoa (Upolu and Savai'i).

Coverage can only be found on the two main islands, which are Upolu and Savai'i. Upolu is the most populated island. Which, in turn, makes it have better coverage than Savai'i.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Vodafone's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

Vodafone SIM cards can be purchased for 10 WST with 5 WST credit in Vodafone stores.

You can check your Vodafone phone number by dialing *888#.

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get a Vodafone Tourist SIM card sold at Faleolo International Airport (Samoa International Airport).

Vodafone Samoa Tourist SIM Card
© Vodafone Samoa

Although the Tourist SIM card itself is free, you will be highly encouraged to select the Tourist Package. The following one Tourist Package is available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational Minutes 1On-Net SMSValidity
49 WSTTourist SIM20 GBUnlimited50 minutes100 minutesUnlimited15 days 

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

You can top-up your Vodafone SIM card in many stores throughout Samoa. This can be done in Vodafone stores and other stores, including grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores.

To top-up, 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 with values between 1 WST to 100 WST.

Dial *888# to check your balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

Vodafone has two data-featured prepaid plans: All In One Bundles (combo) & Data Bundles.

All Vodafone plans can be activated by dialing *888#.

I will list all the prices in WST (Samoan Tala).

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

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All In One Bundles – Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

The All In One Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following All In One Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *888#:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational Minutes 1On-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidity 
3 WSTFiafia Tele 31 GB30 minutesN/AN/A30 SMSN/A1 day
3 WSTMalo+ 32 GBUnlimited10 minutesN/AUnlimitedUnlimited24 hours
5 WSTFiafia Tele 52 GB50 minutesN/AN/A50 SMSN/A1 day
7 WSTFiafia Tele 73 GB70 minutesN/AN/A70 SMSN/A2 days
10 WSTFiafia Tele 104 GB100 minutesN/AN/A100 SMSN/A4 days
10 WSTMalo+ 104 GBUnlimited15 minutes10 minutesUnlimited15 SMS4 days
13 WSTFiafia Tele 137 GB130 minutesN/AN/A130 SMSN/A7 days
13 WSTMalo+ 137 GBUnlimited30 minutes20 minutesUnlimited30 SMS7 days
15 WSTFiafia Tele 1513 GB150 minutesN/AN/A150 SMSN/A7 days
15 WSTMalo+ 1513 GBUnlimited40 minutes30 minutesUnlimited50 SMS7 days
18 WSTMalo+ 1818 GBUnlimited50 minutes30 minutesUnlimited50 SMS7 days
21 WSTFiafia Tele 2121 GB210 minutesN/AN/A210 SMSN/A7 days
21 WSTMalo+ 2121 GBUnlimited60 minutes60 minutesUnlimited60 SMS7 days
29 WSTFiafia Tele 2929 GB290 minutesN/AN/A290 SMSN/A28 days
29 WSTMalo+ 2929 GBUnlimited60 minutes60 minutesUnlimited60 SMS7 days
50 WSTMalo+ 5050 GBUnlimited70 minutes70 minutesUnlimited70 SMS14 days
79 WSTMalo+ 7979 GBUnlimited79 minutes79 minutesUnlimited79 SMS28 days
100 WSTMalo+ 100100 GBUnlimited200 minutes100 minutesUnlimited200 SMS28 days

1 for Australia & New Zealand

Vodafone Samoa All In One Bundles Plan
Data Bundles – Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

The Data Bundles are, as the name implies, data plans (without 5G NR access).

The following Data Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *888#:

PricePlanDataValidity
1 WSTUnlimited 1Unlimited1 hour
2 WSTUnlimited 2Unlimited2 hours
3 WSTUnlimited 3Unlimited3 hours
3 WSTSuper Data $31 GB1 day 
5 WSTSuper Data $52 GB2 days 
6 WSTSuper Data $63 GB3 days 
10 WSTSuper Data $105 GB4 days
13 WSTSuper Data $137 GB7 days 
15 WSTSuper Data $1513 GB7 days 
21 WSTSuper Data $2117 GB7 days 
30 WSTSuper Data $3050 GB7 days 
50 WSTSuper Data $5070 GB10 days 
60 WSTSuper Data $6060 GB28 days 
99 WSTSuper Data $9999 GB28 days 
Vodafone Samoa Data Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Samoa (Formerly Bluesky Samoa)

  • Name: Vodafone
  • APN: 4g.vodafone

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Digicel Samoa

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel Samoa, just Digicel, is the other operator in Samoa. Before Digicel entered the Samoan market in 2006, Vodafone Samoa (which was called Bluesky back then) used to monopolize the telecom market in Samoa. Digicel's competition, and other factors, forced Vodafone Samoa to lower its prices to stay competitive.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

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

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 Samoa

Digicel has extensive coverage throughout Samoa (Upolu and Savai'i).

There will not be any coverage on the other Samoan islands (Apolima, Manono, and the Aleipata Islands (Fanuatapu, Namua, Nu'ulua & Nu'utele).

Since September 2020, all of Digicel's towers are 4G/LTE compatible. Digicel managed to do that faster than Vodafone Samoa. However, that does not mean that your phone will not fall back to 2G or 3G – it will happen but not as often anymore.

Below is Digicel's coverage map produced by Speedtest.

SIM Card Price – Digicel Samoa

You can get a Digicel SIM card for free in the Digicel store. You can also get the free SEKI SIM+ Offer. However, you need to recharge at least 5 WST to take advantage of the New SEKI SIM+ offer.

Digicel Samoa Seki SIM +
© Digicel Samoa

Visitors and tourists can get the Digicel Visitor SIM for free at Faleolo International Airport (Samoa International Airport) or the Digicel store. You need to show your boarding pass and passport to get your free Tourist SIM. You can only add Tourist Plans to the Digicel Visitor SIM.

Digicel Samoa Visitor SIM
© Digicel Samoa
SEKI SIM+ Offer – Digicel Samoa

The SEKI SIM+ offer is an offer giving you free data (up to 4 GB), minutes (50 minutes), and SMS (up to 400 SMS) when you top up at least 5 WST for four months in a row.

Below is an overview of all the SEKI SIM+ Offer benefits:

MonthTop-UpFree DataFree Local MinutesFree Local SMSBenefits Validity
1st month=> 5 WST1 GB50 minutes100 SMS24 hours
2nd month=> 5 WST2 GB50 minutes200 SMS24 hours
3rd month=> 5 WST3 GB50 minutes300 SMS24 hours
4th month=> 5 WST4 GB50 minutes400 SMS24 hours

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel Samoa

You can top-up your Digicel SIM card in many stores throughout Samoa. This can be done in the Digicel store and other stores, including grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores.

To top-up, 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.

You can check your balance by dialing *120# and check the validity of your airtime by dialing *124#.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel Samoa

Digicel has four data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in WST (Samoan Tala).

To convert WST 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.

Prime Cheehoo Bundles – Digicel Samoa

The Prime Cheehoo Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Prime Cheehoo are available, which you can activate by dialing the *123#:

PricePlanDataSocial data 1On-Net MinutesInternationl MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3 WST1 Day Prime Cheehoo1 GB1 GB30 minutesN/A30 minutes1 day
5 WST1 Day Prime Cheehoo2 GB1 GB50 minutesN/A50 minutes1 day
7 WST3 Day Prime Cheehoo3 GB2 GB70 minutesN/A70 minutes3 days
11 WST7 Day Prime Cheehoo4 GB3 GB110 minutesN/A110 minutes7 days
13 WST7 Day Prime Cheehoo8 GB5 GBUnlimited15 minutesUnlimited7 days
15 WST7 Day Prime Cheehoo12 GB5 GBUnlimited20 minutesUnlimited7 days
21 WST7 Day Prime Cheehoo21 GB5 GBUnlimited30 minutesUnlimited7 days
60 WST28 Day Prime Cheehoo60 GB10 GB Unlimited60 minutesUnlimited28 days

1 for BiP, DigicelTV, GoLoud & Loop (so you would have the said data allowance per app, aka 1 GB for BiP, 1 GB for GoLoud, 1 GB for Loop, etc., if the data allowance says “1 GB/app”)

Digicel Samoa Prime Cheehoo Bundles Plans
Unlimited Data Plans – Digicel Samoa

The Unlimited Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Unlimited Data Plans are available, which you can activate by dialing *123#:

PriceDataValidity
1 WSTUnlimited1 hour
2 WSTUnlimited2 hours
3 WSTUnlimited3 hours
5 WSTUnlimited12:00am – 6:00am
Digicel Samoa Unlimited Data Plans
Supa Seki Data Plans – Digicel Samoa

The Supa Seki Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Supa Seki Data Plans are available, which you can activate by dialing *123#:

PriceDataValidity
3 WST1 GB1 day
5 WST2 GB2 days
7 WST3 GB3 days
11 WST5 GB5 days
21 WST15 GB7 days
60 WST60 GB28 days
Digicel Samoa Supa Seki Data Plans
Big On Data Plans – Digicel Samoa

The Big On Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Big On Data Plans are available, which you can activate by dialing *123#:

PricePlanDataValidity
5 WSTBig On Data 1 Day5 GB1 day
10 WSTBig On Data 3 Day10 GB 3 days
15 WSTBig On Data 5 Day15 GB5 days
20 WSTBig On Data 7 Day20 GB7 days
50 WSTBig On Data 14 Day50 GB14 days
Digicel Samoa Big On Data Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Samoa

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: web.digicelsamoa.ws

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Samoa

Getting a SIM card from Vodafone or Digicel would do you well when considering a Samoan SIM card.

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