Suriname was a fun destination for me because I could just speak Dutch there. Besides the lovely colorful houses in Paramaribo, you should visit the Central Suriname Natural Reserve or the open-air museums in New Amsterdam.
What you could be confused about is the high roaming bill you will get after roaming with your provider. Roaming can be expensive in Suriname, which is why a lot of travelers buy a local SIM card in Suriname. That way, they can still stay connected while enjoying local rates. In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Suriname. Let's go.
Telecom Providers in Suriname
Suriname has 2 telecom providers: Telesur and Digicel Suriname. Telesur is a state-owned company, while Digicel is an operator operating in the Americas. Coverage throughout the country is poor unless you are staying in populated areas.
What SIM card should you buy when visiting Suriname? If you want to buy a SIM card in Suriname, I would recommend going with Telesur. They have the best coverage in Suriname and also a 4G/LTE network. Digicel’s coverage is decent, but they falsely advertise that they have a 4G/LTE network while it actually uses the 3G network.
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Speeds throughout Suriname may not be as high as in other countries in the region – just be aware of that.
Also, you do not have to show your passport when buying a SIM card, unlike other countries in South America.
There is not much more to say about operators in Suriname, so let’s gets straight into it.
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Telesur runs 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks throughout the country. 4G/LTE can be found in Paramaribo and Commewijne. Telesur may be advertised as TeleG, so do not be confused when you see TeleG instead of Telesur – there are only two operators in Suriname.
Telesur SIM cards can be bought for 20 SRD ($2.70) in Telesur shops. Top-up vouchers are sold from 5 SRD to 100 SRD, but also in US dollars from $5 to $50. The Surinamese Dollar is pegged to the US Dollar. 1 SRD is 0.13 USD, which is why they accept the USD throughout the country.
The following Telesur smartphone data packs can be added. They can be combined with social media packs, which will be discussed later:
- 10 SRD: 700 MB for 1 day
- 20 SRD: 1.28 GB for 3 days
- 50 SRD: 2.56 GB for 7 days
- 90 SRD: 3.5 GB for 14 days
- 150 SRD: 7.1 GB for 30 days
You can also add Telesur social media packs, which is for Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and LinkedIn:
- 12 SRD: 512 MB for 3 days
- 24 SRD: 1 GB for 7 days
- 53 SRD: 3 GB for 30 days
Finally, you can get Telesur data-only packs, which cannot be combined with the social media packs:
- 18 SRD: 2 GB for 1 day
- 75 SRD: 4 GB for 7 days
- 170 SRD: 10 GB for 30 days
Digicel Suriname is part of the Digicel group that is active in Central America and Oceania (or Asia-Pacific). They started in Suriname since 2007. They have a 2G and 3G network, although they falsely advertise that they run a 4G network. This 4G network actually runs on HSPA+ (also referred to as 3.75G), which is supposed to get you speeds up to 42 Mbit/s, but you will only get around 2 Mbit/s with Digicel.
Digicel Suriname, just Digicel, SIM cards are sold for 20 SRD and can be bought in Digicel stores. Recharge cards can be bought in many stores from 5 SRD to 50 SRD. The following data packs can be added:
- 11.14 SRD: 600 MB for 1 day
- 21.11 SRD: 1 GB for 3 days
- 31.78 SRD: 500 MB for 7 days
- 55.12 SRD: 2 GB for 7 days
- 63.56 SRD: 3.5 GB for 7 days
- 63.56 SRD: 500 MB for 30 days
- 123.12 SRD: 1.5 GB for 30 days
- 152.54 SRD: 6.1 GB for 30 days
Those are some very precise prices, as you can see.
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