Skip to Content

South America: 22 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

South America – known for its stunning landmarks, terrific beaches & fantastic food.

The region is also home to three of the seven (or eight, depending who you ask) world wonders.

Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Chichén Itzá in Mexico & Machu Picchu in Peru.

Many travelers visit South America because it is a relatively affordable travel destination.

Especially compared to North America and the Caribbean.

And it may even be cheaper than Central America.

While your intention of visiting this region will differ from other travelers, you probably want to stay connected.

Else you would not have clicked on this guide 😏.

But as you probably know, international roaming can be expensive – also in South America.

That is why you should get a local SIM card per South American nation you visit to save the most money.

And unlike in North America and the Caribbean, you can get SIM cards for just 1 USD or 2 USD – aka pocket change.

Moreover, the cost of mobile data is low in South America too.

So, what are your options in South America? Which SIM card is the best? How much do they cost? And what plans are available?

This guide will answer all these questions for every individual South American country.

Yes, this is the ultimate guide to buying a SIM card in South America. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in South America Guide (logos of Movistar, Tuenti, Digicel, Bitel, Orange, Telesur, GGT, Entel, Sure Atlantic, WOM, Antel, SFR, TIM, Viva, Vivo, Oi, ETB, Tigo & Personal)

Original publication: 8th of October 2019. Last updated: 19th of October 2022.


Table of Contents

Best Prepaid SIM Cards in South America

With 14 different countries and territories in South America, it can be a challenge to summarize which SIM card is the best for a particular country.

However, I will do my best. Which SIM cards are the best in South America?

In Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay & Peru, go with Claro. Entel is the best in Bolivia. For Uruguay, go with Antel. Stick with Orange in French Guiana. For Guyana, Digicel & GTT are fine. In Suriname, pick Telesur. For the Falkland Islands, you can only choose Sure.

That is quite an impressive summary, right? And all within 300 characters 😎.

For your convenience, there is a table of the best SIM cards in all South American countries:

CountryRecommended SIM Card(s)
ArgentinaClaro Argentina & Personal Argentina
BoliviaEntel Bolivia & VIVA Bolivia (formerly Nuevatel)
BrazilClaro Brazil (includes former Nextel) & TIM Brazil
ChileClaro Chile & Entel Chile
ColombiaClaro Colombia & Tigo (Une) Colombia
EcuadorClaro Ecuador & CNT
Falkland IslandsSure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
French Guiana (Guyane)Orange French Guiana/Guyane
GuyanaDigicel Guyana & GTT
ParaguayClaro Paraguay & Tigo Paraguay
PeruClaro Peru & Movistar Peru
SurinameTelesur
UruguayAntel Uruguay & Movistar Uruguay
VenezuelaN/A – tourists cannot get Venezuelan SIM cards

Why are the mobile operators mentioned above the best in the stated countries?

You will have to read along to find out 😏.

SIM Card Prices in South America

Now you know which mobile operators are the best in South America.

But how much to SIM cards cost in this region?

It is hard to say because various currencies are used throughout South America.

But I will give it a try:

You can get a South American SIM card for between 0.40 USD (in Argentina (50 ARS)) to 37.80 USD (in the Falkland Islands (30 FKP)). However, you will often spend around 3.10 USD per SIM per country (but the average is 5.60 USD). Tourist SIM cards are available too, at inflated prices, for up to 50 USD.

So, why not convert everything into US Dollars/Euros/(British) Pound Sterling/*insert your currency here*?

Currencies fluctuate every day – even every 15 minutes. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to keep track of all currency changes.

Instead, I want to keep track of SIM card offerings worldwide 🤓.

Worry not, Wise has a nifty tool keeping track of currencies worldwide in real-time.

So if you want to know how much 3990 COP is in US Dollars, Euros, or (British) Pound Sterling, simply select the currencies on the Wise currency converter tool.

Moreover, if your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.

Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Wise account FREE!

Wise Signup Banner

With that out of the way, let's see how much SIM cards cost throughout South America:

By the way: mobile operators marked in bold are the recommended mobile operators for said country

CountryOperator 1SIM Card PriceOperator 2SIM Card PriceOperator 3SIM Card PriceOperator 4SIM Card PriceOperator 5SIM Card PriceOperator 6SIM Card PriceOperator 7SIM Card PriceOperator 8SIM Card PriceOperator 9SIM Card PriceOperator 10SIM Card Price
ArgentinaClaro ArgentinaFree (from Claro stores), else from 50 ARS from resellers | Tourist SIM card (Claro Turista Chip): 2500 ARS with 25 GB, 500 MB for Free Fire, 500 MB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube individually (2 GB in total) & 1 GB/day for WhatsApp – all for 30 days.Movistar ArgentinaFree (from Claro stores), else from 50 ARS from resellersPersonal ArgentinaFree (from Claro stores), else from 50 ARS from resellers
BoliviaEntel Bolivia10 BOBTigo Bolivia10 BOBVIVA Bolivia (formerly Nuevatel)10 BOB with 10 BOB credit (60 days)
BrazilVivo Brasil10 BRLClaro Brasil (includes former Nextel)10 BRLTIM Brasil10 BRLOi10 BRL
ChileEntel Chile3990 CLPMovistar Chile2000 CLP to 5000 CLP (individual retailers set the price)Claro Chile2000 CLP to 5000 CLP (individual retailers set the price)WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)500 CLP to 5000 CLP (individual retailers set the price) with 1 GB, unlimited WhatsApp data & 15 local minutes for 15 days
ColombiaClaro Colombia5000 COP with 1000 COP creditMovistar Colombia3000 COPTigo Colombia (formerly Tigo Une/Colombia Móvil)5000 COP with 500 MB and unlimited local minutes for 3 days | 10 000 COP with 1 GB and unlimited local minutes for 5 days | 20 000 COP with 2 GB and unlimited local minutes fur 15 daysAvantel Colombia5000 COP with 1000 COP creditWOM Colombia5000 COP with 1 GB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 7 days | 20 000 COP with 5 GB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 30 days | 60 000 COP with 10 GB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 90 daysBuenofon5000 COP with 1000 COP creditETB Colombia5000 COP with 1000 COPKalley Móvil7000 COP to 10 000 COP, depending on the retailer, with 1 GB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data, 100 local minutes & 100 local SMS for 30 daysMóvil Éxito5000 COP with 200 MB, 40 minutes & 10 SMS for 7 daysVirgin Mobile Colombia12 000 COP with 750 MB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data & 90 local minutes for 30 days | 20 000 COP, 5 GB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data & unlimited local minutes for 30 days | 32 000 COP, 12 GB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data & unlimited local minutes for 30 days | 40 000 COP with 22 GB, unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp data & unlimited local minutes for 30 days
EcuadorClaro Ecuador4.48 USD with 3 GB, unlimited Facebook Messenger data, unlimited WhatsApp data, unlimited on-net minutes, 30 off-net minutes & 30 local SMS – all for 3 days (if you text CLARO to 5000)Movistar Ecuador5 USDCNT Móvil3 USD with 3 GB of data, 1 FB for Facebook, 1 GB for Instagram, 1 GB for TikTok, 4 GB for WhatsApp, unlimited on-net minutes, 30 off-net minutes & 50 local SMS – all valid for 7 days Tuenti Ecuador5 USD with 5 GB, unlimited Spotify and WhatsApp data, unlimited on-net minutes, 50 off-net minutes & 50 local minutes for 30 days | 10 USD with 10 GB, unlimited Spotify and WhatsApp data, unlimited on-net minutes, 100 off-net minutes & 50 local minutes for 30 days | 20 USD with 15 GB, unlimited Spotify and WhatsApp data, unlimited on-net minutes, 50 off-net minutes & 50 local minutes for 30 days | 25 USD with 20 GB, unlimited Spotify and WhatsApp data, unlimited local minutes & 50 international minutes for for 30 days
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)Sure Falkland Islands (South Atlantic)30 FKP with 10 FKP
French GuianaDigicel French Guiana/Guyane10 EUR with 5 EUR creditOrange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe)15 EURSFR French Guiana/Guyane (SFR Caraïbe)15 EUR with 10 EUR creditLa Poste Caraïbe Mobile (French Guiana/Guyane)9.90 EUR
GuyanaDigicel Guyana2000 GYDGTT (formerly Cellink Plus)2000 GYD
ParaguayTigo Paraguay5000 PYG/10 000 PYGPersonal Paraguay10 000 PYG with 40 000 PYG creditClaro Paraguay 5000 PYG
PeruMovistar Perú10 PEN with 3 GB (10 days), unlimited Facebook, Instagram & Movistar Play data (10 days) & unlimited WhatsApp data (30 days)Claro Perú10 PENEntel Perú10 PEN with 4 GB, unlimited Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram & WhatsApp data, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 30 daysBitel (formerly Viettel Perú)10 PEN with Bifri 10 (1.5 GB, 1.5 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Waze, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 10 days
SurinameTelesur70 SRD with 10 on-net or local minutesDigicel Suriname70 SRD with 1.3 GB for 3 days
UruguayAntel Uruguay65 UYU with 200 call credit and unlimited WhatsApp dataMovistar Uruguay69 UYU with 250 MB & 25 local minutes for 7 days | 80 UYU with 200 MB, 200 on-net minutes, 5 off-net minutes, 200 on-net SMS & 5 off-net SMS for 7 days | 100 UYU with 250 MB, 250 on-net minutes, 8 off-net minutes, 250 on-net SMS & 8 off-net SMS for 7 days | 150 UYU with 450 MB, 450 on-net minutes, 10 off-net minutes, 450 on-net SMS & 10 off-net SMS for 15 days | 229 UYU with 1 GB and 100 local minutes for 30 days | 300 UYU with 1 GB, 1000 on-net minutes, 15 off-net minutes, 1000 on-net SMS & 15 SMS for 30 daysClaro Uruguay60 UYU
VenezuelaN/ATourists cannot buy Venezuelan SIM cards

Best eSIMs in South America

Some mobile operators in South America offer eSIMs to prepaid customers. However, most have no eSIMs at all, while some offer them only to postpaid customers.

These South American mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers:

  • Argentina: Personal Argentina – Claro Argentina & Movistar Argentina may offer eSIMs to prepaid too
  • Bolivia: N/A
  • Brazil: TIM Brazil
  • Chile: Entel Chile (maybe)
  • Colombia: Movistar Colombia
  • Ecuador: N/A
  • Falkland Islands: N/A
  • French Guiana (Guyane): N/A
  • Guyana: N/A
  • Paraguay: N/A
  • Peru: N/A
  • Suriname: N/A
  • Uruguay: N/A
  • Venezuela: N/A (tourists cannot get Venezuelan SIM cards)

In all South American nations with eSIMs offered to prepaid customers, except for Chile, SIM card registration is mandated by law.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for South America without personal detail capturing, you can get eSIMs from Airalo (most affordable) or Nomad (more data and longer validity in most countries in the region).

This way, you can avoid the bureaucratic hassle of obtaining a SIM card or eSIM and just purchase an eSIM on an app.

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Below are the eSIMs I recommend:

CountryLocal eSIMsAiralo eSIMsNomad eSIMs
ArgentinaPersonal Argentina | Registration IS requiredAbrazo! – 1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
BoliviaN/AWA Mobile – 1 GB/7 daysN/A
BrazilTIM Brazil | Registration IS requiredJoia – 1 GB/7 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
ChileEntel Chile | Registration is NOT requiredAltoque – 15 GB, 500 minutes & 500 SMS for 10 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
ColombiaMovistar Colombia (NOT recommended) | Registration IS requiredHartonet – 1 GB/7 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
EcuadorN/ABacanet – 1 GB/7 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
Falkland IslandsN/AGentoo Mobile – 1 GB/7 daysN/A
French Guiana (Guyane)N/AKAWCOM – 1 GB/7 daysN/A
GuyanaN/AGucom – 1 GB/7 daysN/A
ParaguayN/ATriple Communications – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
PeruN/AHabla Telefon – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
SurinameN/APondocom – 1 GB/7 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
UruguayN/ABallena! – 1 GB/7 daysTruphone – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days
VenezuelaN/AN/AN/A

Best International/Travel SIM Card for South America

There are travel or international SIM cards covering individual countries of Central America or multiple ones.

Unfortunately, not all countries are covered (unless you go for SIM cards costing 50 USD, giving you 10 MB for Belize, for example 🙄).

I recommend SimCorner's travel SIM cards.

It has four country-specific travel SIM cards for the following South American American countries:

You can also consider SimCorner's South America Travel SIM card, also with 12 GB for 30 days, to be used in the following Central American (CA) and South American (SA) countries:

  • Brazil (SA)
  • Chile (SA)
  • Colombia (SA)
  • Costa Rica (CA)
  • El Salvador (CA)
  • Guatemala (CA)
  • Nicaragua (CA)
  • Peru (CA)
  • Puerto Rico (Caribbean)
  • Uruguay (SA)
South America Travel SIM Card SimCorner
© SimCorner

For Paraguay, you can use SimCorner's International Travel SIM card with 6 GB of data valid for 15 days.

This travel SIM card can be used in all the Central American and South American countries mentioned so far and about 100+ more, including Canada, Mexico, the United States – and many more in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

South American Prepaid SIM Cards

I will be covering 14 countries in this guide.

While I would love it if you read this whole guide, it has more than 14k words.

Moreover, you may not even visit all these countries, so I do not blame you for just wanting to focus on the country you will go to.

Therefore, I created this index so that you can jump to the country you are interested in (instead of having to scroll for ages).

If you are done reading about a country and want to read another one, you can easily do so by jumping back to the index.

There will be a Jump back to the Index button at the end of each country section.

In this guide, I will:

  • introduce you to the mobile operators in each country
  • give my SIM card recommendation(s) for each country
  • give you eSIM recommendations
  • show you the coverage map(s) of the recommended mobile operator(s)
  • tell you how much SIM cards cost and where to get them
  • explain where to get top-up vouchers, how to top-up & how to check your balance
  • give you the recommended plan(s) by the recommended mobile operator(s)
  • provide a short recap of what you need to know about SIM cards in the country

With that being said, let's see what Central America has to offer to us


Argentina Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Argentina

In Argentina, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Claro Argentina
  • Movistar Argentina
  • Personal Argentina
Buying a SIM Card in Argentina Guide (logos of Claro, Movistar & Claro)

I recommend going with Personal Argentina. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Moreover, it is also the only mobile operator with a 5G NR network (also for prepaid). Consider Claro Argentina for more generous data plans (Gigantes & Tourist SIM card).

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Personal Argentina offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Personal Argentina eSIM
© Personal Argentina

While Claro Argentina and Movistar Argentina also have eSIMs, it is unknown whether they are offered to prepaid customers or not.

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Argentina without personal detail capturing, you can get the Argentina (Abrazo!) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days).

Argentina Abrazo! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Argentina eSIMs from Nomad.

Argentina eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Claro Argentina and Personal Argentina produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see Movistar Argentina's coverage map, head to my Argentina SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Argentina

You can get an Argentine SIM card for free if purchased in a Claro, Movistar, or Personal store. Else, 50 ARS (0.40 USD) from resellers, like kiosks. SIM cards are sold at Buenos Aires-Ministro Pistarini International Airport/Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).

For up-to-date ARS:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

1000 Argentine Peso Bank Note
© Central Bank of the Argentine Republic/Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA)
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Argentina

Claro Argentina and Personal Argentina top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores and Personal stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Claro SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 444.

For Personal, dial *150# or *151 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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Claro and Personal.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *611 or texting balance to 611 with Claro. For Personal, dial *150#.

Claro Argentina has three data-featured plans. But the Internet plans are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Daily/Weekly Bundles are available, which can be activated on the Mi Claro Argentina app:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Validity
150 ARS10 GBVarious1 night (0:00-6:00)
300 ARS2 GBVarious3 days
400 ARS2 GBVarious 27 days
500 ARS3 GBVarious 27 days
550 ARS3 GBVarious10 days
600 ARS3 GBVarious20 days
650 ARS4 GBVarious 27 days
850 ARS4 GBVarious 230 days
1000 ARS6 GBVarious 230 days

1 for Free Fire: 500 MB, select social media apps: 500 MB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube individually (2 GB in total) & WhatsApp: 1 GB/day
2 +2 GB for Amazon Prime Video

Claro Argentina Internet Para Prepago Prepaid Internet Plans

Personal Argentina has four data-featured plans. But the Gigas + Crédito (Data + Credit) plans are recommended.

They are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

The following Gigas + Crédito are available, which can be activated on the Mi Personal app:

PriceCreditDataValidity
328 ARS365 ARS3 GB3 days
454 ARS505 ARS3 GB5 days
544 ARS605 ARS3 GB7 days
Personal Argentina Gigas + Crédito Data + Credit Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Argentina

  • Both Claro Argentina and Personal Argentina are recommended
  • Argentine SIM cards are available for free if obtained from Claro, Movistar, or Personal directly. Else, expect to spend at least 50 ARS
  • SIM cards are also sold at Buenos Aires-Ministro Pistarini International Airport/Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP)
  • Topping up can be done in Claro and Personal stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Claro's Internet plans range from 150 ARS to 1000 ARS. Personal's Gigas + Crédito (data) range from 328 ARS to 544 ARS
  • Read my Argentina SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Argentine SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Bolivia Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Bolivia

In Bolivia, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Entel Bolivia (Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones)
  • Tigo Bolivia
  • VIVA Bolivia (formerly Nuevatel)
Buying a SIM Card in Bolivia Guide (logos of Entel, Tigo & VIVA)

I recommend going with Entel Bolivia or VIVA Bolivia. Entel is, overall, the best mobile operator in the country. VIVA has the largest variety in plans and is the fastest, but it is behind on (4G/LTE) coverage.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Bolivia (yet).

However, you can get the Bolivia eSIM (WA Mobile) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Bolivia WA Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Entel Bolivia and VIVA Bolivia produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see Tigo Bolivia's coverage map, head to my Bolivia SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Bolivia

You can get a Bolivian SIM card for 10 BOB in Entel, Tigo & VIVA (formerly Nuevatel) stores or other places, like electronic shops and pharmacies. It is possible to get SIM cards at Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI).

For up-to-date BOB:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

200 Bolivian Boliviano Bank Note
© Central Bank of Bolivia/Banco Central de Bolivia
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Bolivia

Entel Bolivia and VIVA Bolivia top-up vouchers are sold in Entel stores and VIVA stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Entel SIM card, dial *109*VoucherCode# or dial *109, select option 1, and follow the instructions.

For VIVA, dial *109*VoucherCode#.

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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for (1/2).

Note that you get 25% bonus credit when you top up online.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *105# with Entel. For VIVA, dial *105#.

Entel Bolivia has three data-featured plans. But the Hablador & Navegador Combos (Talker & Browser Combos) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following Hablador & Navegador Combos are available, which can be activated on the Entel app:

PricePlanDataWhatsApp DataLocal MinutesValidity
5 BOBHablador 10100 MBN/A12 minutes5 days
10 BOBHablador 15200 MBN/A18 minutes10 days
10 BOBNavegador 101 GBUnlimited2 minutes5 days
15 BOBHablador 30300 MBN/A38 minutes15 days
15 BOBNavegador 151.5 GBUnlimited4 minutes10 days
20 BOBHablador 50500 MBN/A65 minutes20 days
30 BOBHablador 1001000 MBN/A130 minutes30 days
30 BOBNavegador 303 GBUnlimited8 minutes15 days
50 BOBNavegador 506 GBUnlimited10 minutes20 days
100 BOBNavegador 10013 GBUnlimited15 minutes30 days
Entel Bolivia Combo Navegador Combo Plans

VIVA Bolivia has ten data-featured plans. But the Paquetes Wow Prepago (WOW Prepaid Packages) are recommended.

They are data bundles with data (without 5G NR access).

The following Bolsas Prepago (Prepaid Bags) are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 9101 or dialing *511#:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
70 BOB10 GB, then unlimited @ 512 Kbps7 daysWOW 10GBx7Dx70Bs
120 BOBUnlimited @ 3 Mbps 115 daysWOW 20GBx15Dx120Bs
200 BOB40 GB, then unlimited @ 512 Kbps28 daysWOW 40GBx28Dx200Bs

1 unlimited data does not apply to Amazon Prime Video, Facebook, Netflix, Instagram, Spotify, TikTok, Torrenting (P2P) & Twitter

Viva Bolivia WOW Prepago Prepaid Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Bolivia

  • Both Entel Bolivia and VIVA Bolivia are recommended
  • Bolivian SIM cards cost 10 BOP (Entel, Tigo Bolivia & VIVA)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI)
  • Topping up can be done in Entel and VIVA stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Entel's Hablador & Navegador Combos range from 5 BOB to 100 BOB. VIVA's Paquetes Wow Prepago (data) range from 70 BOB to 200 BOB
  • Read my Bolivia SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Bolivian SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Brazil Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Brazil

In Brazil, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Vivo Brazil (Vivo Brasil)
  • Claro Brazil (Claro Brasil – includes former Nextel)
  • TIM Brazil (TIM Brasil)
  • Oi

While I recognize Brazil has various regional mobile operators and many Mobile Virtual Network Operators, they will not be useful for travelers. You can read my note in my Buying a SIM Card in Brazil Guide

Buying a SIM Card in Brazil Guide (logos of TIM, Vivo, Claro & Oi)

I recommend going with Claro Brazil (includes former Nextel). It has one of the best coverage nationwide and has a large variety of plans (at average prices). TIM Brazil has the best 4G/LTE coverage, but it has only one prepaid plan.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

TIM Brazil is the only mobile operator offering eSIMs to prepaid customers.

TIM Brazil eSIM
© TIM Brazil

However, TIM has literally only one plan for prepaid customers.

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

Therefore, if you want to get an eSIM, I recommend getting the Brazil (Joia) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Brazil Joia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Brazil eSIMs from Nomad.

Brazil eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Claro Brazil (includes former Nextel) and TIM Brazil produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Brazil SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Brazil

You can get a Brazilian SIM card for 10 BRL (1.80 USD), but sometimes up to 15 BRL (2.60 USD), from Vivo Brazil, Claro Brazil, TIM Brazil & Oi in the official and partner stores or resellers, including kiosks and pharmacies. Airports, including both in São Paulo, sell SIM cards too.

You can buy a Brazillian SIM card in the following airports:

  • Belo Horizonte – Belo Horizonte/Confins – Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF)
  • Brasília – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB)
  • Rio de Janeiro – Galeão International Airport (GIG)
  • São Paulo – Congonhas Airport (CGH)
  • São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)

For up-to-date BRL:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

20 Brazilian Real Bank Note
© Central Bank of Brazil/Banco Central do Brasil
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Brazil

Claro Brazil and TIM Brazil top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores and TIM stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Claro SIM card, dial *577*VoucherCode# or dial *1052#, select option 2, and select option 2 again.

For TIM, dial *244 or *244# 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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Claro.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *544#, *555, or dialing *1052#, selecting option 2, and selecting option 1 with Claro. For TIM, dial *222#.

Claro Brazil has two data-featured plans. But the Claro Prezão are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Claro Prezão Bundles are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2006:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
1.99 BRL100 MBUnlimitedUnlimited10 minutesUnlimited15 SMS1 dayDIA
9.99 BRL2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited100 SMS7 daysSEMANA
29.99 BRL6 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited300 SMS30 daysMES
Claro Brazil Prezão Plans

TIM Brazil has only one prepaid plan (not just one data-featured plan – just literally one plan): TIM Pré Top.

TIM Brazil Pré Top Plan
© TIM Brazil

It is a combo bundle with 8 GB of data (without 5G NR access), 9 GB of nighttime data (between 0:00 and 6:00), unlimited Deezer Go, unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS – all valid for 15 days, costing 15 BRL.

TIM Pre Top can be activated by texting TOPMAIS to 4141.

PriceDataNighttime Data 1Deezer Go & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
15 BRL8 GB9 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited15 days

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Brazil

  • Both Claro Brazil and TIM Brazil are recommended
  • Brazilian SIM cards cost 15 BRL (Vivo, Claro, TIM & Oi)
  • SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including Belo Horizonte/Confins – Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF), Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB), Galeão International Airport (GIG), Congonhas Airport (CGH) & Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
  • Topping up can be done in Claro and TIM stores, through top-up partners & online (not for TIM)
  • Claro's Prezão plans (combo) range from 1.99 BRL to 29.99 BRL. TIM's Pré Top (combo) costs 15 BRL
  • Read my Brazil SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Brazilian SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Chile Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Chile

In Chile, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Entel Chile
  • Movistar Chile
  • Claro Chile
  • WOM Chile (formerly Nextel Chile)
Buying a SIM Card in Chile Guide (logos of Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM)

I recommend going with Entel Chile or Claro Chile. Entel is the best mobile operator in most regards. Claro has the fastest speeds.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

While Entel Chile offers eSIMs, it is unknown whether they are offered to prepaid customers.

However, you can get the Chile (Altoque) eSIM from Airalo with 15 GB of data, 500 local minutes & 500 local SMS valid for 10 days.

This is one of the few eSIMs to include call and text allowances on Airalo.

Chile Altoque eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Chile eSIMs from Nomad.

Chile eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Entel Chile and Claro Chile produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Chile SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Chile

You can get a Chilean SIM card for as low as 500 CLP (0.60 USD) to 5000 CLP (6 USD) in Entel, Movistar, Claro & WOM stores (although they all often solely deal with postpaid customers) or from supermarkets and grocery stores. Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) sells SIM cards too

For up-to-date CLP:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

20000 Chilean Peso Bank Note
© Central Bank of Chile/Banco Central de Chile
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Chile

Entel Chile and Claro Chile top-up vouchers are sold in Entel stores and Claro stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Entel SIM card, call 103 and follow the instructions.

For Claro, dial *103# 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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Entel and Claro.

However, only Chile-issued cards are accepted.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *103# with Entel.

However, only the first balance inquiry of the day will be free. All subsequent inquiries will cost you 100 CLP.

For Claro, dial *103#.

However, all inquiries will cost you 50 CLP.

Entel Chile has three data-featured plans. But the Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos (Prepaid Data and Minutes Bags) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos are available, which can be activated on the Entel app:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesValidity
500 CLP400 MBN/A20 minutes2 days
1000 CLP1 GBUnlimited50 minutes3 days
2000 CLP2 GBUnlimited100 minutes5 days
3000 CLP4 GBUnlimited150 minutes7 days
4000 CLP4 GBUnlimited150 minutes30 days
5000 CLP5 GBUnlimited200 minutes30 days
6000 CLP7 GBUnlimited400 minutes30 days
8000 CLP10 GBUnlimited500 minutes30 days

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter & WhatsApp

Entel Chile Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos Data and Minutes Plan

Claro Chile has four data-featured plans. But the Bolsas Prepago (Prepaid Bags) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following Bolsas Prepago (Prepaid Bags) are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2020:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesInternational MinutesValidityActivation Code
200 CLP100 MBN/AN/AN/A1 dayB100
500 CLPN/AN/A100 minutesN/A1 dayLIB1
500 CLP200 MBN/AN/AN/A1 dayIM500
890 CLPN/A2 GB 2N/AN/A3 daysBVID3
1000 CLPN/AN/A30 minutesN/A7 days30BMIN
1000 CLP750 MB2 GB100 minutesN/A3 daysP1000
1490 CLPUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 nights (23:00 – 7:59)BOLSANONCHE
1500 CLP1.5 GB2 GBN/AN/A3 daysIM1500
2000 CLPN/AN/AN/A10 minutes 415 days10LDI
2000 CLPN/AN/AN/A20 minutes 515 days20LDI
2000 CLPN/AN/A60 minutesN/A15 days60BMIN
2000 CLP2 GB2 GB200 minutesN/A7 daysP2000
2500 CLP2.5 GB2 GB 3N/AN/A7 daysIM2500
2500 CLP3 GB2 GB 3200 minutesN/A7 daysPGM
2990 CLPN/AN/A100 minutesN/A4 daysLIB4
2990 CLPN/A2 GB 6N/AN/A365 daysBA365
2990 CLP2 GB2 GB 3200 minutes10 minutes5 daysPLDI2
4000 CLPN/AN/A200 minutesN/A15 days200BMIN
4000 CLP3.5 GB2 GB 3N/AN/A15 daysIM4000
4000 CLP5 GB2 GB300 minutesN/A15 daysP4000
4890 CLPUnlimitedN/A100 minutesN/A7 daysLIB7
5000 CLP2 GB2 GB 3200 minutes20 minutes 515 daysPLDI7
5000 CLP5 GB2 GB400 minutesN/A30 daysP5000
7000 CLP8 GB2 GB 7500 minutesN/A30 daysP7000
10 000 CLP10 GB2 GB 7700 minutesN/A30 daysP10000

1 for Claro Música, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter & WhatsApp
2 for Netflix & YouTube only
3 excludes Telegram
4 to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay & Venezuela
5 to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru & Uruguay
6 for Claro Música, Facebook, Spotify & WhatsApp only
7 includes Waze

Claro Chile Bolsas Prepago Prepaid Bags Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Chile

  • Both Entel Chile and Claro Chile are recommended
  • Chilean SIM cards cost between 500 CLP to 5000 CLP (Entel, Movistar Chile, Claro & WOM Chile)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL)
  • Topping up can be done in Entel and Claro stores, through top-up partners & online (you need a Chile-issued debit or credit card for online top-ups)
  • Entel's Bolsas Prepago Datos y Minutos (combo) range from 500 CLP to 8000 CLP. Claro's Bolsas Prepago (combo) range from 200 CLP to 10 000 CLP
  • Read my Chile SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Chilean SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Colombia Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Colombia

In Colombia, you have three mobile network operators, two 4G/LTE-only mobile operators (with national roaming agreements) & six Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services:

  • Claro Colombia
  • Movistar Colombia
  • Tigo Colombia
  • Avantel Colombia (WOM Colombia will absorb Avantel soon)
  • WOM Colombia (merging with Avantel Colombia soon)
  • Buenofon (Movistar Colombia MVNO)
  • ETB Colombia (Tigo Colombia MVNO)
  • Kalley Móvil (Suma Móvil MVNO using Tigo Colombia)
  • Móvil Éxito (Tigo Colombia MVNO)
  • Virgin Mobile Colombia (Movistar Colombia MVNO)
Buying a SIM Card in Colombia Guide (logos of Movistar, Claro, Virgin Mobile, Tigo, WOM, Móvil Éxito, ETB, Kalley Móvil, Avantel & Buenofon)

I recommend going with Claro Colombia or Tigo (Une) Colombia. Claro has the best overall coverage (mostly 2G & 3G). Tigo (Une) is the best mobile operator overall with the fastest speeds, most extensive 4G/LTE coverage and availability & network performance.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Movistar Colombia is the only mobile operator offering eSIM to prepaid customers.

Movistar Colombia eSIM
© Movistar Colombia

However, it is not one of the Colombian mobile operators I recommend.

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

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Colombia without personal detail capturing, you can get the Colombia (Hartonet) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7days).

Colombia Hartonet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Colombia eSIMs from Nomad.

Colombia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Claro Colombia and Tigo Colombia produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Colombia SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Colombia

You can get a Colombian SIM card for 3000 COP to 60 000 COP (includes a plan) in the mobile operator stores. But SIM cards are often priced at 5000 COP – 7000 COP. Only Claro Colombia sells SIM cards at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport (BOG – between 35 000 COP and 150 000 COP – all with plans).

For up-to-date COP:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

20 000 Colombian Peso Bank Note
© Bank of the Republic (Colombia)/Banco de la República
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Colombia

Claro Colombia and Tigo Colombia top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores and Tigo stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Claro SIM card, dial *106*VoucherCode# or *611# and follow the instructions.

For Tigo, dial *111# 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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Tigo.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *611# or #724 with Claro. For Tigo, dial *10#.

Claro Colombia has three data-featured plans. But the Paquetes Todo Includio (All Inclusive Packages) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Paquetes Todo Includio are available, which can be activated by dialing *611#:

PriceDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
3000 COP400 MBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited2 days
6000 COP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited6 days
7000 COP1.3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
10 000 COP2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
10 000 COP5 GBN/AUnlimitedN/A7 days
20 000 COP4.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
20 000 COP10 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited15 days
30 000 COP9 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
30 000 COP12 GBN/AUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
40 000 COP12 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 for Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp

Claro Colombia Paquetes Todo Includio Combo Plans

Tigo Colombia has four data-featured plans. But the 2×1 Plans are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following 2×1 Plans are available, which can be activated on the Mi Tigo app:

PriceDataFacebook & WhatsApp DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
10 000 COP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
20 000 COP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
30 000 COP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
Tigo Colombia 2x1 Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Colombia

  • Both Claro Colombia and Tigo Colombia are recommended
  • Colombian SIM cards cost between 3000 COP and 60 000 COP. The more expensive the plan, the better starter benefits you get
  • SIM cards are also sold at Bogotá-El Dorado International Airport (BOG – Claro only)
  • Topping up can be done in Claro and Tigo stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Claro's Paquetes Todo Includio (combo) range from 3000 COP to 40 000 COP. Tigo's 2×1 Plans (combo) range from 10 000 COP to 30 000 COP
  • Read my Colombia SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Colombian SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Ecuador Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Ecuador

In Ecuador, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Claro Ecuador
  • Movistar Ecuador
  • CNT Ecuador (Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones)
  • Tuenti Ecuador (Movistar Ecuador MVNO)
Buying a SIM Card in Ecuador Guide (logos of Claro, Movistar, CNT & Tuenti)

I recommend going with Claro Ecuador or CNT. Claro has the best (4G/LTE) nationwide coverage. CNT is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Movistar Ecuador offers eSIMs, but they are not available to prepaid customers.

However, you can get the Ecuador (Bacanet) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Ecuador Bacanet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Ecuador eSIMs from Nomad.

Ecuador eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Claro Ecuador and CNT produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Ecuador SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Ecuador

You can get an Ecuadorian SIM card for 3 USD from CNT, 4.48 USD from Claro, 5 USD from Movistar & between 5 USD & 25 USD from Tuenti in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE).

CNT Ecuador New SIM Card Offer
© CNT Móvil

For up-to-date USD:your currency (let's say EUR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

10 US Dollar Note
© U.S. Currency Education Program
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Ecuador

Claro Ecuador and CNT top-up vouchers are sold in Claro stores and CNT stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Claro SIM card, dial *100*VoucherCode#.

Claro Ecuador Top Up Cards
© Claro Ecuador

For CNT, dial *111, select option 2, and enter your Voucher Code. The same can be done by dialing *611 and selecting option 1.

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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Claro.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *102# with Claro. For CNT, dial *611#.

Claro Ecuador has only one data-featured plan: Plan Ideal.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Plan Ideal are available, which can be activated by dialing *123#:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 2On-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
1 USDPaquete de Redes por 1 DíaUnlimited 1Unlimited 2N/AN/AN/A1 day
1 USD200 Megas + Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 1 Día200 MBUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 day
2 USD1 Giga + Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 2 Días1 GBUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimited2 days
2 USDPaquetes de Redes por 2 Días4.5 GB 3Unlimited 2N/AN/AN/A2 days
3 USD3 Gigas +  Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 3 Días3 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited30 minutesN/A3 days
4 USD2 Gigas + 2 Gigas Para la Noche por 10 Días2 GB + 2 GB 5Unlimited 4Unlimited40 minutesN/A10 days
5 USD1 Gigas + Llamadas Ilimitadas Por 15 Días2 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited 6100 minutesN/A15 days
6 USD3 Gigas + 3 Gigas Para la Noche por 15 Días3 GB + 3 GB 5Unlimited 4Unlimited60 minutesN/A15 days
7 USD3.5 Gigas + 3.5 Gigas Para la Noche por 15 Días3.5 GB + 3.5 GB 5Unlimited 4Unlimited 6150 minutesN/A20 days
10 USD10 Gigas por 30 Días + 2 Gigas Redes por 7 Días10 GB2 GB 7 (7 days)Unlimited 6200 minutesN/A30 days
12 USD12 Gigas por 30 Días + 2 Gigas Redes por 7 Días12 GB2 GB 7 (7 days)Unlimited 6240 minutesN/A30 days
15 USD15 Gigas por 30 Días + 5 Gigas Redes por 7 Días15 GB5 GB 7 (7 days)150 minutesShared with on-net call allowanceN/A30 days

1 for Facebook & Twitter
2 for Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp
3 for Facebook & Twitter + 4608 MB for Instagram & YouTube
4 for Facebook, Free Fire & Twitter
5 2/3/3.5 GB for any time use and 2/3/3.5 GB for between 23:00 and 6:59
6 to 5 Claro numbers
7 for Facebook, Instagram & TikTok for 7 days + unlimited Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for 30 days

Claro Ecuador Plan Ideal Plans

CNT has two data-featured plans. But the Nuevos Paquetes Prepago (New Prepaid Packages) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Nuevos Paquetes Prepago are available, which can be activated by texting COMBOS to 7000:

PriceDataSocial DataOn-Net MinutesOff- MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
1 USD300 MBVarious 115 minutesShared with on-net call allowanceN/AN/A1 day
3 USD4 GBVarious 2Unlimited35 minutesN/A50 SMS7 days
5 USD5 GBVarious 2Unlimited50 minutes30 minutes50 SMS30 days
10 USD15 GBVarious 2Unlimited200 minutes30 minutes50 SMS30 days
15 USD20 GBVarious 2Unlimited300 minutes30 minutes50 SMS30 days
20 USD25 GBVarious 2UnlimitedShared with on-net call allowance30 minutes50 SMS30 days

1 1 GB for Facebook & 1 GB for WhatsApp
2 1 GB for Facebook, 1 GB for Instagram, 1 GB for TikTok & 4 GB for WhatsApp

CNT Ecuador Planes Móvil Prepago Nuevos Paquetes Prepago New Prepaid Packages

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Ecuador

  • Both Claro Ecuador and CNT are recommended
  • Peruvian SIM cards cost 3 USD (CNT), 4.48 USD (Claro), 5 USD (Movistar Ecuador) & between 5 USD and 25 USD (Tuenti Ecuador)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Quito-Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) & Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE)
  • Topping up can be done in Claro and CNT stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Claro's Preplan (combo) range from 1 USD to 15 USD. CNT's Nuevos Paquetes Prepago (combo) range from 1 USD to 20 USD
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Falkland Islands Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of the Falkland Islands

In the Falkland Islands, you have only one mobile network operator offering prepaid services:

  • Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)
Buying a SIM Card in the Falkland Islands Guide (logo of Sure)

I recommend going with Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic)… because it is the only mobile operator in the territory.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic) does not offer eSIMs to prepaid customers in the Falkland Islands (yet).

However, you can get the Falkland Islands eSIM (Gentoo Mobile) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Falkland Islands Gentoo Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below is the coverage map of Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic) produced by Speedtest:

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in the Falkland Islands

You can get a Falkland Island SIM card for 30 FKP in the Sure store in Stanley (Ross Road). They are not sold at (Port) Stanley Airport (PSY – nor at RAF Mount Pleasant (MPN)).

For up-to-date FKP:your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in the Falkland Islands

Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic) top-up vouchers are sold in the Sure store in Stanley (Ross Road), kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Sure SIM card, dial *450*VoucherCode#.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *453# with Sure.

Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic) has only one data-featured plan: Boosters.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Boosters are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
6 FKP100 MB 7 Day Booster100 MB7 days*456*1#
10 FKP200 MB 14 Day Booster200 MB14 days*456*2#
15 FKP400 MB 30 Day Booster400 MB30 days*456*3#

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in the Falkland Islands

  • Sure Falkland Islands (Sure South Atlantic) is recommended… because it is your only option in the territory
  • Falkland Island SIM cards cost 30 FKP (Sure)
  • SIM cards are not sold at (Port) Stanley Airport (PSY – nor at RAF Mount Pleasant (MPN)
  • Topping up can be done in Sure stores and through top-up partners
  • Sure's Boosters (data) range from 6 FKP and 15 FKP
  • Read my Falkland Islands SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Falkland Island SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange



French Guiana (Guyane) Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of France and Overseas France

In French Guiana, you have four mobile network operators offering prepaid services:

  • Digicel French Guiana/Guyane
  • Orange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe)
  • SFR French Guiana/Guyane (SFR Caraïbe)
  • La Poste Caraïbe Mobile (French Guiana/Guyane)
Buying a SIM Card in French Guiana Guide (logos of Digicel, Orange, SFR & La Poste Mobile Caraïbe)

I recommend going with Orange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe). It has the fastest speeds in the territory. Moreover, it allows for free roaming in the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy & Saint Martin – called Zone Locale).

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in French Guiana (yet).

However, you can get the French Guiana eSIM (Kawcom) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

French Guiana KAWCOM eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below is the coverage map of Orange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe) produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my French Guiana SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in French Guiana (Guyane)

You can get a French Guianese SIM card for 10 EUR from Digicel French Guiana/Guyane and La Poste Caraïbe Mobile (French Guiana/Guyane) or 15 EUR from Orange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe) and SRF French Guiana/Guyane (SFR Caraïbe) in their stores and from resellers. SIM cards are not sold at Cayenne – Félix Eboubé Airport (CAY).

For up-to-date EUR:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in French Guiana (Guyane)

Orange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe) top-up vouchers are sold in Orange stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Orange SIM card, dial #124# 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.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing #123# with Orange.

Orange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe) has three data-featured plans. But the Les Recharges Classiques (Max Refills) are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Les Recharges Classiques are available:

PriceDataValidity
3 EUR500 MB10 days
5 EUR1 GB10 days
15 EUR3 GB30 days
50 EUR30 GB60 days
Orange Saint Barthélemy Les Recharges Internet Top-Ups

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in French Guiana (Guyane)

  • Orange French Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe) is recommended
  • French Guianese SIM cards cost 10 EUR (Digicel French Guiana/Guyane & La Poste Caraïbe Mobile (French Guiana/Guyane)) or 15 EUR (Orange and SFR Guiana/Guyane (Orange Caraïbe)
  • SIM cards are not sold at Cayenne – Félix Eboubé Airport (CAY)
  • Topping up can be done in Orange stores and through top-up partners
  • Orange's Les Recharges Classiques (data) range from 3 EUR to 50 EUR
  • Read my French Guiana SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about French Guianese SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Guyana Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Guyana

In Guyana, you have two mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Digicel Guyana
  • GTT(+) (formerly Cellink Plus)
Buying a SIM Card in Guyana Guide (logos of Digicel and GTT)

I recommend going with Digicel Guyana or GTT (formerly Cellink Plus). Digicel has (slightly) better (4G/LTE) coverage than GTT. GTT offers more plan choices than Digicel.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Guyana (yet).

However, you can get the Guyana eSIM (Gucom) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Guyana Gucom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Guyana eSIMs from Nomad.

Guyana eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Digicel Guyana and GTT (formerly Cellink Plus) produced by Speedtest:

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Guyana

You can get a Guyanese SIM card for 2000 GYD from Digicel and GTT in their stores or from SIM vendors, such as grocery stores, pharmacies & electronic shops. SIM cards are also available at Georgetown/Timehri-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO – Digicel only)

For up-to-date GYD:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

50 Guyanese Dollar Bank Note
© Bank of Guyana
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Guyana

Digicel Guyana and GTT (formerly Cellink Plus) top-up vouchers are sold in Digicel stores and GTT stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For GTT, dial *100# 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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Digicel and GTT.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *120# with Digicel. For GTT, dial *100# or text Menu to 6202428.

Digicel Guyana has only one data-featured plan: Digicel Prime Bundles.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *100#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
450 GYD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle500 MB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB10 minutes10 SMS1 day
750 GYD3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB20 minutes20 SMS3 days
1600 GYD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB30 minutes30 SMS7 days
3800 GYD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle4.5 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB80 minutes80 SMS30 days
5400 GYD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle6 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB150 minutes150 SMS30 days
Digicel Guyana Digicel Prime Bubdles

GTT (formerly Cellink Plus) has two data-featured plans. But the Pre-Paid Bundles are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Pre-Paid Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataLocal/Canada/USA MinutesLocal SMSValidity
410 GYDDaily+ Bundle300 MB15 minutes30 SMS1 day
680 GYD3 Days Bundle600 MB25 minutes50 SMS3 days
1370 GYDWeekly Bundle1.5 GB40 minutes80 SMS7 days
3380 GYDMonthly Bundle4 GB100 minutes200 SMS30 days
4840 GYDMonthly+ Bundle5 GB150 minutes250 SMS 30 days
7300 GYD10 GB Monthly Bundle10 GB300 minutes500 SMS 30 days
GTT Guyana Pre-Paid Bundles

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Guyana

  • Both Digicel Guyana and GTT (formerly Cellink Plus) are recommended
  • Guyanese SIM cards cost 2000 GYD (Digicel & GTT)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Georgetown/Timehri-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (Digicel only)
  • Topping up can be done in Digicel and GTT stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Digicel's Prime Bundles (combo) range from 450 GYD to 5400 GYD. GTT's Pre-Paid Bundles (combo) range from 410 GYD to 7300 GYD
  • Read my Guyana SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Guyanese SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange



Paraguay Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Paraguay

In Paraguay, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Tigo Paraguay
  • Personal Paraguay
  • Claro Paraguay
  • VOX Paraguay

You should avoid VOX at all costs. You can find out here in the A Note about VOX Paraguay (by Copaco) section.

Buying a SIM Card in Paraguay Guide (logos of Tigo, Personal & Claro)

I recommend going with Tigo Paraguay or Claro Paraguay. Tigo has the best coverage and, overall, the best network. Claro has the fastest speeds. However, its (4G/LTE) coverage is the weakest in the country.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Paraguay (yet).

However, you can get the Paraguay eSIM (Triple Communications) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Paraguay Triple Communications eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Tigo Paraguay and Claro Paraguay produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see Personal Paraguay's coverage map, head to my Paraguay SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Paraguay

You can get a Paraguayan SIM card for 5000 PYG from Claro Paraguay & 10 000 PYG from Personal Paraguay. Tigo Paraguay has two starter packs priced at 5000 PYG and 10 000 PYG. SIM cards are available at the official stores of the mobile operators and at Asunción/Lunque-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU).

For up-to-date PYG:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

50000 Paraguayan Guaraní Bank Note
© Central Bank of Paraguay/Banco Central del Paraguay
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Paraguay

Tigo Paraguay and Claro Paraguay top-up vouchers are sold in Tigo stores and Claro stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Tigo SIM card, *222# and follow the instructions.

For Claro, text the VoucherCode to 123.

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.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *162, *611# and selecting option 1, or texting S to 162 with Tigo.

Note that you can check your balance with S to 162 for free twice a day.

Each subsequent balance inquiry will cost you 50 PYG/check.

For Claro, dial *111#.

Tigo Paraguay has three data-featured plans. But the Extendidos (Extended) Packages are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following Extendidos are available, which can be activated by dialing *222#:

PriceDataWhatsApp DataLocal MinutesValidity
6000 PYG1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited2 days
7500 PYG1.5 GBUnlimitedN/A3 days
11 000 PYG2 GBUnlimitedN/A4 days
13 000 PYG2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited5 days
16 000 PYG3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
16 000 PYG4 GBUnlimitedN/A7 days
25 000 PYG4 GBUnlimitedN/A10 days
35 000 PYG4 GBUnlimitedN/A15 days
65 000 PYG5 GBUnlimitedN/A30 days
Tigo Paraguay Extendidos Extended Plans

Claro Paraguay has only one data-featured plan: Packs Ya.

They are data bundles with data (without 5G NR access).

The following Packs Ya are available, which can be activated by dialing *989#:

PriceDataSocial & Free Fire Data 1WhatsApp DataAuto-Renews?Validity
1500 PYG50 MBN/AUnlimitedYes1 day
2200 PYG200 MBN/AUnlimitedYes1 day
2750 PYG400 MBN/AUnlimitedYes1 day
3500 PYG400 MBN/AUnlimitedNo1 day
4000 PYG10 GBN/AUnlimitedNo1 night (0:00 – 6:00)
6000 PYG1 GBN/AUnlimitedYes2 days
6000 PYG1 GBN/AUnlimitedNo2 days
11 000 PYG2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo2 days
11 000 PYG2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes2 days
11 000 PYG1 GBN/AUnlimitedNo5 days
16 000 PYG3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo3 days
22 000 PYG2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7 days
25 000 PYG3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7 days
27 000 PYG3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes7 days
28 000 PYG1 GBN/AUnlimitedNo30 days
38 000 PYG2 GBN/AUnlimitedNo30 days
44 000 PYG3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo15 days
50 000 PYG4 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo30 days
50 000 PYG4 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes30 days
70 000 PYG6 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo30 days
99 000 PYG10 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo30 days
199 000 PYG25 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo30 days
299 000 PYG40 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedNo60 days

1 for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube

Claro Paraguay Ya Packs Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Paraguay

  • Both Tigo Paraguay and Claro Paraguay are recommended
  • Paraguayan SIM cards cost between 5000 GYD and 10 000 GYD (Tigo, Personal & Claro)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Asunción/Lunque-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU)
  • Topping up can be done in Tigo and Claro stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Tigo's Extendidos (combo) range from 6000 PYG to 65 000 PYG. Claro Packs Ya (combo) range from 1500 PYG to 299 000 PYG
  • Read my Paraguay SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Paraguayan SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Peru Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Peru

In Peru, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services that are easily accessible to tourists:

  • Movistar Perú
  • Claro Perú
  • Entel Perú
  • Bitel (formerly Viettel Perú)

While you also have Cuy Móvil & Inkacel (formerly Virgin Mobile Perú), getting them registered is quite a challenge as a tourist (most resellers do not know how to or simply refuse).

Cuy Móvil also owns PeruSIM. PeruSIM prices are up to triple the rates of Cuy Móvil, and those selling Cuy Móvil SIM cards will only sell you PeruSIM SIM cards – not worth it.

Buying a SIM Card in Peru Guide (logos of Movistar, Claro, Entel & Bitel)

I recommend going with Movistar Peru or Claro Peru. Movistar has the best coverage and 4G/LTE availability (the latter together with Entel Peru). Claro is the fastest option and has the best 4G/LTE coverage experience.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Peru (yet).

However, you can get the Peru (Habla Telecom) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Peru Habla Telefon eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Peru eSIMs from Nomad.

Peru eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Movistar Peru and Claro Peru produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Peru SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Peru

You can get a Peruvian SIM card for 10 PEN (2.50 USD | 20 PEN (5 USD) for Bitel) in the official and partner stores of Movistar Peru, Claro Peru, Entel Peru & Bitel, or from resellers, including kiosks and pharmacies. Claro sells SIM cards at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) for 50 USD.

For up-to-date PEN:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

200 Peruvian Sol Bank Note
© Central Reserve Bank of Peru/Banco Central de Reserva del Perú
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Peru

Movistar Peru and Claro Peru top-up vouchers are sold in Movistar stores and Claro stores (1/2), kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Movistar SIM card, dial *515# and follow the instructions.

For Claro, dial *788, select option 1, select option 8, and enter the VoucherCode.

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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Movistar and Claro.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *515# with Movistar. For Claro, dial *778.

Movistar Peru has five data-featured plans. But the Preplan are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Preplan are available:

PriceDataSocial Media DataYouTube Data 3Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5 PEN500 MBUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedUnlimited5 days
6 PEN600 MBUnlimited 1N/AUnlimitedUnlimited6 days
7 PEN700 MBUnlimited1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
8 PEN800 MBUnlimited1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited8 days
9 PEN900 MBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited9 days
10 PEN1 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
15 PEN1.5 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited15 days
20 PEN2 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited20 days
25 PEN2.5 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited25 days
30 PEN2.5 GBUnlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Movistar Play & WhatsApp (30 days)
2 without Instagram
3 on 4G/LTE (+4.5G) only

Movistar Peru Preplan

Claro Peru has three data-featured plans. But the Paquetes de Megas (Data Plans) are recommended.

They are data bundles (soon with 5G NR access).

The following Paquetes de Megas are available, which can be activated by dialing *799#:

PriceDataValidity
3 PEN200 MB2 days
5 PEN650 MB5 days
6 PENUnlimitedUntil midnight
10 PEN1.5 GB10 days
20 PEN3 GB20 days
30 PEN4.5 GB30 days
Claro Peru Paquetes de Megas Data Packages

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Peru

  • Both Movistar Peru and Claro Peru are recommended
  • Peruvian SIM cards cost 10 PEN (Movistar, Claro & Entel Peru) or 20 PEN (Bitel)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM- Claro only)
  • Topping up can be done in Movistar and Claro stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Movistar's Preplan (combo) range from 5 PEN to 30 PEN. Claro's Paquetes de Megas (data) range from 3 PEN to 30 PEN
  • Read my Peru SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Peruvian SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Suriname Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Suriname

In Suriname, you have two mobile network operators offering prepaid services:

  • Telesur
  • Digicel Suriname
Buying a SIM Card in Suriname Guide (logos of Telesur & Digicel)

I recommend going with Telesur. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds (more than double Digicel's). It currently offers 5G NR to prepaid customers too.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Suriname (yet).

However, you can get the Suriname eSIM (Pondocom) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Suriname Pondocom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Suriname eSIMs from Nomad.

Suriname eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below is Telesur's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see Digicel Suriname's coverage map, head to my Suriname SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Suriname

You can get a Surinamese SIM card for 70 SRD from Telesur and Digicel in their stores and from select resellers, including electronic shops and grocery stores. SIM cards are also available at Paramaribo-Zanderij/Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM).

For up-to-date SRD:your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

50 Surinamese Dollar Bank Note
© Central Bank of Suriname/Centrale Bank van Suriname
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Suriname

Telesur top-up vouchers are sold in Telesur stores (1/2), kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Telesur SIM card, dial *131*VoucherCode#.

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.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *132# with Telesur.

Telesur has only one data-featured plan: Internet op Mobiel (Internet on Mobile)

They are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

The following Internet op Mobiel are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 4040:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
16 SRD150 MB12 hoursNet 12
31 SRD1.5 GB1 dayNet 1D
62 SRD3 GB3 daysNet 3D
156 SRD7 GB7 daysNet 7D
469 SRD22.5 GB30 daysNet 30D
1870 SRD90 GB30 days50GB
Telesur Suriname Mobiel Internet Mobile Internet Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Suriname

  • Telesur is recommended
  • Surinamese SIM cards cost 70 SRD (Telesur & Digicel Suriname)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Paramaribo-Zanderij/Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM).
  • Topping up can be done in Telesur stores and through top-up partners
  • Telesur's Internet op Mobiel (data) range from 16 SRD to 1870 SRD
  • Read my Suriname SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Surinamese SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Uruguay Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Uruguay

In Uruguay, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Antel (Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones)
  • Movistar Uruguay
  • Claro Uruguay
Buying a SIM Card in Uruguay Guide (logos of Antel, Movistar & Claro)

I recommend going with Antel or Movistar Uruguay. Antel has the best coverage and has great network performance. Movistar is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Uruguay (yet).

However, you can get the Uruguay eSIM (Ballena!) from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Uruguay Ballena! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you need more data or a longer validity, you can get Uruguay eSIMs from Nomad.

Uruguay eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
Best Local & Travel eSIMs Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Below are the coverage maps of Antel and Movistar Uruguay produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see Claro Uruguay's coverage map, head to my Uruguay SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Uruguay

You can get an Uruguayan SIM card for 60 UYU from Movistar and Claro in their stores. Antel sells SIM cards for 65 UYU with starter perks. Montevideo-Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (MVD) sells SIM cards too.

For up-to-date UYU:your currency (let's say USD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

10 Uruguayan Peso Coin
© Central Bank of Uruguay/Banco Central del Uruguay
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz
Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Uruguay

Antel and Movistar Uruguay top-up vouchers are sold in Antel stores (1/2) and VIVA Movistar stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Antel SIM card, dial *77, select option 1, and enter the VoucherCode.

For Movistar, use the Mi Movistar Uruguay (My Movistar Uruguay app – Android/iOS)

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.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Antel and Movistar.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *611 or texting SALDO to 226 with Antel. For Movistar, text SALDO to 222.

Antel has five data-featured plans. But the Promocionales (Promotions) are recommended.

They are data bundles with data (without 5G NR access).

Although they are promotions, this limited promotion has been going on for more than a year.

However, it is subject to change at any time without notice, so be aware of that.

The following Promocionales are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 226:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
150 UYURecarga 50 GB50 GB5 days50GB
250 UYURecarga 70 GB70 GB10 days70GB
Antel Uruguay Promocionales Promotion Plans

Movistar Uruguay has two data-featured plans. But the Paquetes Dúo (Duo Packages) are recommended.

They are data bundles with data (without 5G NR access).

The following Paquetes Dúo are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 888:

PricePlanDataNighttime Data 3ValidityActivation Code
190 UYUDúo Semanal6 GB 112 GB7 daysALTA DUO 7
210 UYUDúo Música6 GB 212 GB7 daysApp only
220 UYUPaquete Dúo App10 GB26 GB7 daysApp only
290 UYUDúo XL15 GB30 GB7 daysDUO XL

1 +50 on-net minutes
2 +App Mi Movistar (Música)
3 for between 23:00 – 8:59

Movistar Uruguay Paquete Dúo Packages

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Uruguay

  • Both Antel and Movistar Uruguay are recommended
  • Uruguayan SIM cards cost 60 UYU (Movistar & Claro) or 65 UYU (Antel)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Montevideo-Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (MVD)
  • Topping up can be done in Antel and Movistar stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Antel's Promocionales (data) range from 150 UYU to 250 UYU. Movistar's Paquetes Dúo (data) range from 190 UYU to 290 UYU
  • Read my Uruguay SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Uruguayan SIM cards

Jump back to the Country Index. | Jump back to the Table of Contents.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Venezuela Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Venezuela

In Venezuela, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Movilnet by CANTV (Compañía Anónima Nacional de Teléfonos de Venezuela)
  • Movistar Venezuela
  • Digitel GSM

However, none of these mobile operators allow tourists to get their SIM cards currently – unfortunately.

So yeah, I have nothing more to add here 🥲.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange


Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

Support Phone Travel Wiz

It takes a lot of time to analyze, translate & review the SIM card options worldwide (especially to test them out).

Your support helps me keep producing impartial content by eliminating the need to recommend international SIM cards as the best local SIM card (but some of them CAN be useful).

Every Ko-Fi donation, one-time or monthly, helps me to spend more time creating local SIM card buying guides.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience

Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel!

Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises & accommodation.

Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling?

In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services & products I have for this site and my YouTube channel.

If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cardsinternational SIM cardsmobile hotspots, or roam internationally.

Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

Sign Up for the Phone Travel Wiz Newsletter

Get updates related to the newest guides, videos & recommended products and services.

Moreover, I send you many tips and tricks on saving money while traveling every now and then.

Let's Be Social

Did you know that I have a YouTube channel covering everything you need to know about traveling with your phone?

A lot of useful videos are uploaded multiple times a week, and you do not want to miss out on them!

Learn More About Who Adu Actually Is

Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!