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3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in the British Virgin Islands (BVI): Buying Guide

The British Virgin Islands – often referred to just as BVI or just Virgin Islands, is frequently confused with the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

That is quite understandable because the territories are close neighbors.

The British Virgin Islands is mostly known for watersport activities, like sailing, yachting & (casual) swimming.

If you have big bucks to spend, you can head to the private luxury resort Necker Islands.

The Callwood Rum Distillery may be something for you if you are into rum.

Or the Little Fort National Park if parks are more for you.

One thing you are probably aware of is that the British Virgin Islands is an expensive travel destination.

So any way to save some cash is always appreciated.

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

SIM cards in the British Virgin Islands are not cheap, but not crazy expensive either – like on the Falkland Islands.

You can get a British Virgin Island SIM card for 10 USD from Digicel or 20 USD from Flow and CCT (Wireless) in their official stores. They are not sold at Tortola-Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS – formerly Beef Island Airport).

As to be expected as well, mobile data rates in the British Virgin Islands are high too – the third-highest in the region.

Even then, most international roaming plans will charge you at least 10x than what Digicel, Flow & CCT (Wireless) will charge you.

So yeah, still get a local SIM card.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the British Virgin Islands. Let's get started.

Buying a SIM Card in the British Virgin Islands Guide (logos of Digicel, Flow & CCT Wireless)

Original publication: 21st of March 2020. Last updated: 12th of April 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in the British Virgin Islands?

You can buy a British Virgin Islands SIM card from Digicel, Flow & CCT (Wireless) as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in the British Virgin Islands.

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

Moreover, your phone has to support the frequencies used in the British Virgin Islands.

Finally, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a British Virgin Islands SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in the British Virgin Islands?

You can get a British Virgin Islands SIM card in the official stores of Digicel, Flow & CCT (Wireless). They are not available at Tortola-Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS – formerly Beef Island Airport).

You can expect to pay the following for British Virgin Islands SIM cards:

  • Digicel BVI: 10 USD
  • Flow BVI: 20 USD
  • CCT BVI (CCT Wireless): 20 USD
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Can You Use Your Phone in the British Virgin Islands?

The British Virgin Islands use GSM for their cellular communications, meaning that you need a GSM-capable phone to use your phone in the country. Fortunately, there is about a 99% chance your phone supports GSM.

Besides that, you need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Although there are 3 ITU regions, you only need to know these two terms: American frequencies and European frequencies.

Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3) typically use European frequencies, meaning phones bought in those regions can be used in countries using European frequencies without issues.

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

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

The British Virgin Islands use a mix of American frequencies and European frequencies for 4G/LTE, depending on the mobile operator. 2G and 3G are exclusively on American frequencies.

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you can go with any mobile operator.

However, 4G/LTE reception with CCT (Wireless) sometimes lack.

If you purchased your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, you want to go with CCT (Wireless).

It supports a traditional European frequency on 4G/LTE (900 MHz on Band 8).

However, your 4G/LTE speeds may be slower than if you had a phone that supported American 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 the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Digicel BVI
  • Flow BVI
  • CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

The following frequencies are used in the British Virgin Islands:

  • 2G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12 & Band 13), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1700 MHz (Band 4) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in the British Virgin Islands, check out this page by Will My Phone Work.

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in the British Virgin Islands

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 the British Virgin Islands (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 the British Virgin Islands

5G NR is not available in the British Virgin Islands as of 2022, and the British Virgin Islands government has not made any indications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

Best SIM Card in the British Virgin Islands

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

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Best eSIM in the British Virgin Islands

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

However, you can get the British Virgin Islands (Jost Mobile) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB valid for 7 days.

British Virgin Islands Jost Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With this eSIM, the mobile data costs can be lower than Digicel BVI, Flow BVI & CCT (Wireless) themselves, and you can use them immediately upon arriving in the British Virgin Islands!

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 the British Virgin Islands and eSIMs worldwide).

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

Island Hopper Caribbean eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

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 the British Virgin Islands and eSIMs worldwide).

SIM Card Registration in the British Virgin Islands

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in the British Virgin Islands. It will be done at the point of sale.

British Virgin Islands Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of the British Virgin Islands

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

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

As mentioned in the introduction, mobile data rates are high in the British Virgin Islands.

The average price for 1 GB of data in the British Virgin Islands is 9.54 USD, way above the Caribbean average of 4.44 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Compared to 2019's numbers, the average cost of 1 GB of data decreased by 48.6%.

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

Flow BVI claims the maximum achievable speed you can get on their network is 35 Mbps.

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

With expensive SIM cards, close to excellent nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and high mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in the British Virgin Islands.

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Currency in the British Virgin Islands

10 US Dollar Note
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The British Virgin Islands use the US Dollar with the symbol USD (which will be used throughout this guide).

Prices in the British Virgin Islands are listed in just $.

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British Virgin Islands Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digicel BVI, Flow BVI & CCT BVI, 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 the British Virgin Islands have to offer to us.


Digicel British Virgin Islands (Digicel BVI)

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel British Virgin Islands, just Digicel but also known as Digicel BVI, is the largest mobile operator in the British Virgin Islands.

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

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13) & 1700 MHz (Band 4)

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

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

Coverage – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Digicel has extensive coverage throughout the British Virgin Islands.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere in the British Virgin Islands.

Below is Digicel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI)

You can buy a Digicel SIM card for 10 USD in Digicel stores. They are not sold at Tortola-Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS – formerly Beef Island Airport).

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

Dial *129# to see your Digicel phone number.

Dial *284# to access the Digicel menu.

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI)

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

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

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *125*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *284# to check your Digicel balance.

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

Digicel App
© Digicel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI)

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

All Digicel plans can be activated by dialing *284#.

Prepaid Digicel Prime Bundles – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI)

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

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

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *284#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 1On-Net SMSValidity
6 USD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimited10 minutesUnlimited1 day
15 USD3 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB1 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GBUnlimited30 minutesUnlimited3 days
35 USD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle6 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimited80 minutesUnlimited7 days
50 USD14 Day Digicel Prime Bundle8 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited14 days
85 USD30 Day Digicel Prime Bundle15 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimited250 minutesUnlimited30 days

1 to Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom (fixed only), the United States & the U.S. Virgin Islands + Digicel Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago & the Turks and Caicos Islands

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

Prepaid Prime Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *284#.

Digicel British Virgin Islands Prepaid Digicel Prime Bundles
Prepaid Digicel Prime Plus Bundles – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI)

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

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

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

The following Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *284#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataTikTok DataYouTube DataLocal MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 1On-Net SMSValidity
6.50 USD1 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimited10 minutesUnlimited1 day
16 USD3 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle2 GB1 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GBUnlimited30 minutesUnlimited3 days
36 USD7 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle6 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimited80 minutesUnlimited7 days
55 USD14 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle8 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GB10 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited14 days
90 USD30 Day Digicel Prime Plus Bundle15 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimited250 minutesUnlimited30 days

1 to Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom (fixed only), the United States & the U.S. Virgin Islands

Prepaid Prime Plus Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *284#.

Digicel British Virgin Islands Prepaid Digicel Prime Plus Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI)

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: internet.vg

Note: do not use APN “web” unless you want to be restricted to 2G and 3G. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow British Virgin Islands (Flow BVI)

Flow Logo
© Flow

Flow British Virgin Islands, just Flow but also known as Flow BVI, is the second-largest mobile operator in the British Virgin Islands.

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

Flow uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)

This is what you will learn about Flow:

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

Coverage – Flow British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Flow has the best (4G/LTE) coverage throughout the British Virgin Islands.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere in the British Virgin Islands.

Below is Flow's 4G/LTE coverage maps on the four main islands:

Below is Flow's 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Flow British Virgin Islands (BVI)

You can buy a Flow SIM card for 20 USD in the Flow Main Office in Road Town on Tortola. They are not sold at Tortola-Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS – formerly Beef Island Airport).

Dial *129# to access the Flow menu.

Dial *555# to see your Flow phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Flow British Virgin Islands (BVI)

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

To top up your Flow SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode# or dial *120# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*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 *120# to check your Flow balance.

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

Flow App
© Flow

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Flow British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Flow has two data-featured plans: Always On Plans (combo) & Prepaid Data Plans (data).

Always On Plans – Flow British Virgin Islands (BVI)

The Always On Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

The following Always On Plans are available:

PriceDataSWIFT Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
5 USD1 GB500 MB25 minutes25 SMS1 day*244*0#
12 USD1 GB500 MB200 minutes200 SMS3 days*244*1#
28 USD3 GB1 GB350 minutes350 SMS7 days*244*2#
85 USD10 GB3 GB1000 minutes1000 SMS30 days*244*3#

1 for Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Flow British Virgin Islands Always On Plans
Prepaid Data Plans – Flow British Virgin Islands (BVI)

The Prepaid Data Plans are data-only bundles.

Dial *129# to activate Prepaid Data Plans:

PriceDataValidity
2.99 USD100 MB1 day 
10 USD500 MB3 days 
20 USD2 GB7 days 
32 USD1.5 GB30 days 
50 USD 4 GB 30 days 
Flow British Virgin Islands Prepaid Data Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Flow British Virgin Islands (BVI)

  • Name: Flow Internet
  • APN: ppinternet

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

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CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

CCT Wireless British Virgin Islands Logo
© CCT Wireless

CCT BVI, just CCT but also known as CCT Wireless, is the smallest mobile operator in the British Virgin Islands.

Unlike its competitors, CCT is a local mobile operator.

CCT uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8) & 1900 MHz (Band 2)

This is what you will learn about CCT:

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

Coverage – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

CCT has extensive coverage throughout the British Virgin Islands.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere in the British Virgin Islands.

Below is CCT's 4G/LTE coverage maps on the four main islands:

Below is CCT's 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE coverage map:

SIM Card Price – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

You can get a CCT SIM card for 20 USD in CCT stores. They are not sold at Tortola-Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS – formerly Beef Island Airport).

Dial *611# to access the CCT menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

CCT top-up vouchers are sold in CCT stores and from Recharge Partners, including kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your CCT SIM card, dial *611# and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *611# to check your CCT balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

CCT has three data-featured plans:

All CCT plans can be activated by dialing *611#.

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

Build Your Own Plan – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

Build Your Own Plans is, as the name suggests, a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data and how many (international) minutes you want.

With every combination, you get 100 local SMS for free.

You can select:

You can Build Your Own Plan by dialing *611#.

Build Your Own Plan Data – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

The data options for Build Your Own Plan start from 2.49 USD (100 MB) to 20 USD (2 GB):

PriceDataValidity
2.49 USD100 MB1 day
10 USD500 MB7 days
20 USD2 GB30 days
Build Your Own Plan BVI Talk – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

The on-net minutes (BVI Talk) options for Build Your Own Plan start from 5 USD (60 minutes) to 20 USD (300 minutes):

PriceLocal MinutesValidity
5 USD60 minutes1 day
10 USD120 minutes7 days
20 USD300 minutes30 days
Build Your Own Plan DR Talk – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

The Dominican Republic minutes (DR Talk) options for Build Your Own Plan start from 8 USD (60 minutes) to 30 USD (300 minutes):

PriceDominican Republic MinutesValidity
8 USD60 minutes1 day
14 USD120 minutes7 days
30 USD300 minutes30 days
Build Your Own Plan USA Talk – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

The Puerto Rico, United States & U.S. Virgin Islands minutes (USA Talk) options for Build Your Own Plan start from 7 USD (60 minutes) to 25 USD (300 minutes):

PricePuerto Rico, United States & U.S. Virgin Islands MinutesValidity
7 USD60 minutes1 day
12 USD120 minutes7 days
25 USD300 minutes30 days
CCT British Virgin Islands Build Your Own Plan
© CCT Wireless
Hero Plans – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

The Hero Plans are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Dial *611# to activate Hero Plans:

PricePlanDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local/International SMSValidity
5 USDSidekick300 MB50 minutesUnlimited1 day
30 USDHero Plans2 GB300 minutesUnlimited7 days
70 USDSuperhero4 GB750 minutesUnlimited30 days

1 to Puerto Rico, the United States & the U.S. Virgin Islands

CCT British Virgin Islands Hero Plans
© CCT Wireless
Prepaid Data Plans – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

The Prepaid Data Plans are data-only bundles.

Dial *611# to activate Prepaid Data Plans:

PriceDataValidity
2.49 USD100 MB1 day
10 USD500 MB7 days
20 USD2 GB30 days
CCT British Virgin Islands Data Plans
© CCT Wireless

APN/Internet Settings – CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

  • Name: CCT BVI
  • APN: cctmobilenet.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in the British Virgin Islands

I would highly encourage anyone visiting the British Virgin Islands to get themselves a British Virgin Islands SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a British Virgin Islands SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your mobile operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in the British Virgin Islands, but they may not be cheap.

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

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for the British Virgin Islands here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind.

Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local mobile operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in the British Virgin Islands.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in the British Virgin Islands

Getting a SIM card from Digicel or Flow would do you well when considering a British Virgin Islands SIM card.

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