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Sint Maarten: 2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

This guide is about the Dutch side of the island called Saint Martin (St. Martin). If you plan on visiting Saint Martin or other French Caribbean departments (French Guiana (Guyane), Guadeloupe, Martinique or Saint Barthélemy (St Bart(h)s), consider getting a SIM card in Saint Martin itself for free roaming in the French West Indies and the European Union.

Sint Maarten – a special municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, also referred to as a constituent country of the Kingdom.

It is often confused with Saint Martin, mostly because the island is called Saint Martin.

To make it even more confusing, the northern half of Saint Martin is simply called Saint Martin and is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic.

So you have a Dutch side, Sint Maarten, and the French side, Saint Martin.

What makes things even more interesting is that there are no formal border checks between Sint Maarten and Saint Martin.

So you may accidentally pass the border and end up at the other side.

But before you do so, you will most likely land at the Dutch side because the main international airport, Princess Juliana International Airport, is located there.

L'Espérance Airport/Grand Case Airport has only four airlines servicing it – Princess Juliana International Airport has 25 airlines servicing it.

Sint Maarten is known for its lovely weather, incredible beaches & thrilling nightlife.

Besides being a relaxing travel destination for mainly the Dutch, Americans & Canadians.

Moreover, many cruise ships stop at the island with passengers from countries worldwide.

The thing is – it is a given that you want to share your Sint Maarten experiences online.

I think it is an unwritten law somewhere.

But before you get too excited, you should know that international roaming can be expensive.

It could be so expensive that it could pay for a second holiday in Sint Maarten.

Why waste that money on a phone bill instead? And how to prevent such a bill shock? Get a local SIM card in Sint Maarten.

Not only are they relatively affordable, but they allow you to enjoy local rates when in Sint Maarten, which are significantly lower than standard roaming rates.

But how expensive are SIM cards in Sint Maarten?

You can get a Sint Maarten SIM card for 18 USD from Flow/Chippie (formerly UTS) or 20 USD from TelCell in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Sint Maarten-Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM – Flow/Chippie only).

And they say the Caribbean is criminally expensive. It actually is… but those prices are reasonable… it could be worse!

But before you go out and get yourself a Sint Maarten SIM card, there are still some things you should know about SIM cards in this place.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Sint Maarten. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Sint Maarten Guide (logos of Flow & TelCell/TelEm)

Original publication: 6th of June 2021. Last updated: 27th of October 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Sint Maarten?

You can buy a Sint Maarten SIM card from Flow/Chippie (formerly UTS) and TelCell (TelEm) as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in Sint Maarten.

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

Moreover, your phone has to support the frequencies used in Sint Maarten.

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

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Sint Maarten?

You can get a Sint Maarten SIM card in the official stores of Flow/Chippie (formerly UTS) and TelCell. They are also available at Sint Maarten-Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

You can expect to pay the following for SIM cards in Sint Maarten:

  • Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS Sint Maarten): 18 USD
  • TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm): 20 USD
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Can You Use Your Phone in Sint Maarten?

Sint Maarten uses 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

Sint Maarten uses a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 3G and 4G.

There is no 2G in Sint Maarten anymore.

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 can go with any mobile operator.

They support traditional American frequencies on 3G (850 MHz) and 4G/LTE (850 MHz on Band 5).

You will experience better 4G/LTE coverage, but your speeds will be slower than if your phone would also support American frequencies.

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 can go with any mobile operator.

They support traditional European frequencies on 3G (2100 MHz) and 4G/LTE (1800 MHz on Band 3 & 2100 MHz on Band 1).

You will experience much faster speeds, but your reception may be weaker than if your phone would also support European frequencies.

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 Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten has two mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS Sint Maarten)
  • TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

The following frequencies are used in Sint Maarten:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Sint Maarten, 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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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Sint Maarten

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 Sint Maarten (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 Sint Maarten

5G NR is not available in Sint Maarten as of 2022, and the Sint Maarten government has not made any indications of when they will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in Sint Maarten

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Sint Maarten, I recommend going with Flow/Chippie (formerly UTS). It has the best (4G/LTE) coverage, is the fastest, and allows for free roaming in Chippieland (neighboring territories with Flow/Chippie).

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Best eSIM in Sint Maarten

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Sint Maarten yet.

Note that the Sint Maarten mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Sint Maarten (without personal detail capturing), you can get the Sint Maarten (Lantana) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data for 7 days.

Sint Maarten Lantana eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.

Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Lantana eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Lantana 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Sint Maarten soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.

The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Sint Maarten Lantana eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Sint Marteen eSIMs Compared guide.

With this eSIM, you can skip Sint Maarten's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Sint Maarten!

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, local travel eSIMs & regional travel eSIMs for every country (lookup tool)
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TIP: check out my Best Sint Maarten eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Sint Maarten.

Airalo has an eSIM for the Caribbean: Island Hopper. The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in 24 Caribbean countries.

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe & Latamlink for Latin America) because you only have one variant: 1 GB for 7 days, but top-ups are available (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 countries:

  • Aruba
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas (new!) 1
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana 2
  • Grenada 3
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat 3
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands

1 the Island Hopper eSIM included the Bahamas until February or March 2022, until it was mysteriously removed. But it was added back in October 2022
2 the Latamlink eSIM covers French Guiana too – it has better options than Island Hopper (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days) in Central- and South America. However, if you do not visit those regions and stay in the Caribbean only, then stick with the Island Hopper eSIM instead
3 on 3G only

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in Latin America!

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link so that it offers you better value.

For now, you still have an eSIM covering almost all of the Caribbean, which is neat :).

As you can see, the Island Hopper eSIM cannot be used in Sint Maarten (yet).

However, as many who visit the Sint Maarten do not just stay in Sint Maarten (often go to Saint Barthélemy), you can consider it.

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Sint Maarten and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Sint Maarten eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Sint Maarten.

SIM Card Registration in Sint Maarten

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

EU Roaming in Sint Maarten

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Sint Maarten is a special municipality (bijzondere gemeente) in Caribbean Netherlands.

Caribbean Netherlands is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Netherlands itself is part of the European Union (EU).

However, Caribbean Netherlands is not part of the EU nor the European Economic Area (EEA).

As a result, the EU/EEA Roam Like At Home roaming regulation does not apply to Sint Maarten.

Therefore, you should not expect to roam for free if you have an EU/EEA SIM card while traveling in Sint Maarten.

This also means that you can not roam for free in the EU/EEA with a Sint Maarten SIM card.

Roaming in Saint Martin

Sint Maarten and Saint Martin
© Directorate of Intelligence, CIA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Sint Maarten, the Dutch side in the south, and Saint Martin, the French side in the north, share one island.

Sint Maarten has two mobile operators (Flow/Chippie (formerly UTS) & TelCell), while Saint Martin has four mobile operators (Dauphin Telecom, Digicel, Flow/Chippie & Orange).

Because of the mountainous nature of the island, it is not always possible for the mobile operators from each side to cover both sides of the island.

As a result, those with a Sint Maarten SIM card can roam for free in Saint Martin.

Flow/Chippie is active on both sides of the island and allows for free roaming through Chippieland.

TelCell Sint Maarten (+Saba & Sint Eustatius) roams on the Dauphin Telecom Saint Martin network for free.

Dauphin Telecom Saint Martin, Orange Saint Martin & SFR Saint Martin roam for free on the TelCell Sint Maarten Network.

If you get a Digicel Saint Martin (+Saint Barthélemy) SIM card, you are out of luck – its/their SIM card(s) do not allow for free roaming in Sint Maarten.

Long story short: you do not need to get a SIM card on both sides of the island to stay connected (unless you get a Digicel SIM card).

Roaming in Saba & Sint Eustatius

Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS) and TelCell Sint Maarten allow for free roaming in Saba and Sint Eustatius.

Flow/Chippie has Chippieland, allowing for free roaming in Saba, Sint Eustatius & Sint Maarten (+Bonaire, Curaçao & Saint Martin).

TelCell operates as a single network in Saba, Sint Eustatius & Sint Maarten, meaning you are technically not roaming when you are on any of those islands.

Note: Flow/Chippie SIM cards are slightly cheaper in Saba (17 USD) and Sint Eustatius (16.75 USD).

Do what you want with these insights 😏.

Sint Maarten Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Sint Maarten

The Caribbean is certainly not known for being a cheap travel destination.

Many of the Caribbean nations have many high-end resorts.

They are fun, but they are off-limits for your on-a-budget backpacker – if you get me.

So what about mobile data rates? Are they low in Sint Maarten?

The average price for 1 GB of data in Sint Maarten is 4.17 USD, around the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Just look at how expensive mobile data used to be in Sint Maarten – 21.64 USD/1 GB!

The average cost of 1 GB of data has decreased by 80.7%.

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

In the Caribbean, you can expect your speeds to range between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps.

With quite expensively priced SIM cards, good nationwide coverage (in populated areas), decent mobile download speeds, and average mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Sint Maarten.

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Currency in Sint Maarten

10 US Dollar Note
© U.S. Currency Education Program

Sint Maarten uses the US Dollar with the symbol USD (which will be used throughout this guide).

Prices in Sint Maarten are listed in just $.

The Netherlands Antillean Guilder with the symbol ANG (NAƒ/NAf/ƒ/f) is also used in Sint Maarten but not as much.

Netherlands Antillean Guilder Bank Notes (10, 25, 50 & 100 ANG)
© Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten/Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten

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Sint Maarten Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS) & TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm), 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 Sint Maarten has to offer to us.


Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

Flow Logo
© Flow

Flow Sint Maarten, just Flow and formerly UTS Sint Maarten – going by Chippie, is one of the two mobile operators in Sint Maarten.

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

Flow/Chippie uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)

This is what you will learn about Flow/Chippie:

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

Coverage – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

Flow/Chippie has great coverage throughout Sint Maarten.

However, you will often be dealing with 3G.

Below is Flow/Chippie's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

You can get a Flow/Chippie SIM card for 18 USD with 11 USD credit in Flow stores. They are also sold at Sint Maarten-Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

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Flow/Chippie has no eSIMs.

Note that the Sint Maarten mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Sint Maarten (without personal detail capturing), you can get the Sint Maarten (Lantana) eSIM from Airalo with (1 GB of data for 7 daystop-ups are available).

Sint Maarten Lantana eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Airalo has an eSIM for the Caribbean: Island Hopper. The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in 24 Caribbean countries.

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe & Latamlink for Latin America) because you only have one variant: 1 GB for 7 days, but top-ups are available (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 countries:

  • Aruba
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas (new!) 1
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana 2
  • Grenada 3
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat 3
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands

1 the Island Hopper eSIM included the Bahamas until February or March 2022, until it was mysteriously removed. But it was added back in October 2022
2 the Latamlink eSIM covers French Guiana too – it has better options than Island Hopper (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days) in Central- and South America. However, if you do not visit those regions and stay in the Caribbean only, then stick with the Island Hopper eSIM instead
3 on 3G only

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in Latin America!

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link so that it offers you better value.

For now, you still have an eSIM covering almost all of the Caribbean, which is neat :).

As you can see, the Island Hopper eSIM cannot be used in Sint Maarten (yet).

However, as many who visit the Sint Maarten do not just stay in Sint Maarten (often go to Saint Barthélemy), you can consider it.

TIP: check out my Best Sint Maarten eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Sint Maarten.

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Dial *91 or #191# to access the Flow/Chippie menu.

Dial *555# to see your Flow/Chippie phone number.

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Topping Up & Recharging – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

Flow/Chippie top-up vouchers, called Chippiecards, are sold in Flow stores, grocery stores, gas stations & bars.

The following top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
5 USD30 days
10 USD30 days
20 USD30 days

To top up your Flow/Chippie SIM card, dial *191*VoucherCode#; dial *91, select option 2, and enter the VoucherCode; or dial *444#, select option 1, select option 1 again, and enter the VoucherCode.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *191*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 #191# or dial *91 and select option 1 to check your Flow/Chippie balance.

You can also top up on the Topup Chippie app (Android/iOS).

Flow Chippie Topup Chippie App
© Flow/Chippie

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

Flow/Chippie has three data-featured plans:

All Flow/Chippie plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 3434.

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

Combo Bundles – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

The Combo Bundles are, as the name implies, combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Activate Combo Bundles by texting the Activation Code to 3434:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
3 USD1 Day Combo1.5 GB1000 minutes100 SMS1 daycombo1d
7 USD3 Day Combo2.5 GB1000 minutes200 SMS3 dayscombo3d
14 USD7 Day Combo7.5 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesUnlimited7 dayscombo7d
51 USD30 Day Combo10 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesUnlimited30 dayscombo30d
Flow Chippie Saba Combo Bundles
Data Bundles – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

The Data Bundles are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

Activate Data Bundles by texting the Activation Code to 3434:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
2.50 USD1 Day2 GB1 daydata1d
6 USD3 Days3 GB3 daysdata3d
12 USD7 Days4 GB7 daysdata7d
18 USD30 Days Small2 GB30 daysdata30ds
24 USD30 Days Large8 GB30 daysdata30ds
Flow Chippie Saba Data Bundles
Extra Data Add-On – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

The Extra Data is a data-only add-on exclusively for Combo Bundles. It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

For 6 USD, you get 1 GB on top of your existing data allowance.

The validity of your current Combo Bundle stays in place.

Text extra data to 3434 to activate Extra Data.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
6 USD1 GBUntil plan expiresextra data

Chippieland Countries & Benefits – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

Those with a Chippie SIM card and an active plan can take advantage of Chippieland features, which include:

  • Make and receive calls at the local rate of the Chippieland destination you are visiting
  • You can be reached on your own mobile number
  • No roaming costs will be charged
  • Use the data in your active bundle at no additional costs when traveling within Chippieland

The following countries are part of Chippieland:

Note: Saint Barthélemy (St Bart(h)s) is not part of Chippieland anymore since Flow left that market.

Flow Chippie Chippieland Countries Updated
© Flow/Chippie

APN/Internet Settings – Flow/Chippie Sint Maarten (formerly UTS)

  • Name: Flow Sint Maarten
  • APN: premium

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

TeleM-TelCell Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten & Saba Logo
© TelEm/TelCell

TelCell Sint Maarten, just TelCell but also known as TelEm, is one of the mobile operators in Sint Maarten.

It operates as one mobile operator network in Saba, Sint Eustatius & Sint Maarten.

This allows you to use your TelCell SIM card in the aforementioned territories without paying roaming fees.

TelCell uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)

This is what you will learn about TelCell:

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

Coverage – TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

TelCell has great coverage throughout Sint Maarten.

However, you will often be dealing with 3G.

Below is TelCell's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

You can get a TelCell SIM card for 20 USD with 10 USD credit in TelCell stores. They are not sold at Sint Maarten-Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

TelCell Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten & Saba SIM Card
© TelEm Group
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TellCell has no eSIMs.

Note that the Sint Maarten mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Sint Maarten (without personal detail capturing), you can get the Sint Maarten (Lantana) eSIM from Airalo with (1 GB of data for 7 daystop-ups are available).

Sint Maarten Lantana eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Airalo has an eSIM for the Caribbean: Island Hopper. The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in 24 Caribbean countries.

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Island Hopper eSIM is not as valuable as other Airalo regional eSIMs (like Asialink for Asia, Eurolink for Europe & Latamlink for Latin America) because you only have one variant: 1 GB for 7 days, but top-ups are available (the -link eSIMs have at least four variants, up to 100 GB of data for 180 days, making top-ups often unnecessary).

The Island Hopper eSIM can be used in the following 24 countries:

  • Aruba
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas (new!) 1
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana 2
  • Grenada 3
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat 3
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands

1 the Island Hopper eSIM included the Bahamas until February or March 2022, until it was mysteriously removed. But it was added back in October 2022
2 the Latamlink eSIM covers French Guiana too – it has better options than Island Hopper (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/15 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days) in Central- and South America. However, if you do not visit those regions and stay in the Caribbean only, then stick with the Island Hopper eSIM instead
3 on 3G only

With the Island Hopper eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit in Latin America!

I am working with Airalo to turn the Island Hopper into a -link so that it offers you better value.

For now, you still have an eSIM covering almost all of the Caribbean, which is neat :).

As you can see, the Island Hopper eSIM cannot be used in Sint Maarten (yet).

However, as many who visit the Sint Maarten do not just stay in Sint Maarten (often go to Saint Barthélemy), you can consider it.

TIP: check out my Best Sint Maarten eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Sint Maarten.

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Text number to 121 to see your TelCell phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

TelCell top-up vouchers are sold in TelCell stores and from Top Up Vendors, including grocery stores, gas stations & bars.

The following top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
1 USD – 2.99 USD2 days 
2 USD – 4.99 USD5 days 
5 USD – 9.99 USD10 days 
10 USD – 19.99 USD30 days 
20 USD – 59.99 USD60 days 
60 USD – 99.99 USD80 days 
100 USD – 200 USD100 days 
TelCell Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten & Saba Top-Ups

To top up your TelCell SIM card, dial *123*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *123*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 *124# to check your TelCell balance.

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

TelCell Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten & Saba TelCell Customer Selfcare App
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Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

TelCell has two data-featured plans: Mobile Prepaid Data Plans (as the name implies) & Smart Data (add-on).

Mobile Prepaid Data Plans – TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

The Mobile Prepaid Data Plans are, as the name suggests, data-only bundles.

The following Mobile Prepaid Data Plans are available, which you can activate by texting DATA ON to the corresponding number:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
2 USD750 MB1 dayDATA ON to 1001
3 USD1.5 GB1 dayDATA ON to 2001
7.50 USD4 GB1 dayDATA ON to 2004
10 USD1 GB30 daysDATA ON to 1007
10 USD5.25 GB7 daysDATA ON to 3001
20 USD3 GB30 daysDATA ON to 2030
30 USD5 GB30 daysDATA ON to 1030
35 USD7.5 GB30 daysDATA ON to 1035
40 USD10 GB30 daysDATA ON to 1040
TelCell Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten & Saba Prepaid Mobile Data Plans
Smart Data Add-On – TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

The Smart Data plan is a data-only add-on. It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

For 10 USD, you get 1 GB on top of your existing data allowance.

The validity of your current Mobile Prepaid Data Plan stays in place.

Text DATA ON to 3230 to activate Smart Data.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
10 USD1 GBUntil plan expiresDATA ON to 3230

APN/Internet Settings – TelCell (Sint Maarten – TelEm)

  • Name: TelCell
  • APN: internet.telcell.an
  • Authentication Type: PAP or CHAP

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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