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


The British Virgin Islands, often referred to just as BVI, is often confused with the US Virgin Islands (USVI). That is quite understandable because the territories are neighbors.

The British Virgin Islands is known for being a beautiful travel destination in the Caribbean. In fact, most travelers have the urge to share their memorable experiences online.

Which is a good thing – I would do so too. However, I would not recommend roaming in the British Virgin Islands because internationally can be roaming, especially on island nations (or territories, in this case).

That is why I prefer and recommend buying local SIM cards, even in the British Virgin Islands.

You can get a SIM card for 10 USD (Digicel) or 20 USD (Flow & CCT) in the British Virgin Islands. SIM cards are available in the operators' stores. A plan with 1 GB of data will cost you at least 5 USD.

Does that sound expensive? Maybe – mobile data is expensive in the British Virgin Islands. However, those prices are nothing compared to the standard roaming rates your home operator will charge you when deciding to roam in the British Virgin Islands.

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)

Original publication: 21st of March 2020. Last updated: 22nd of January 2021.

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

Everyone is allowed to buy a SIM card in the British Virgin Islands, regardless of whether you are a resident, tourist, or visitor.

You do have to be aware of the following things before buying a SIM card in the British Virgin Islands or wanting to use your phone in general:

Can You Use Your Phone in the British Virgin Islands?

GSM technology is used for mobile communications in the British Virgin Islands. This means you need a GSM-compatible device to use your device in the British Virgin Islands.

Worry not – there is a 99% chance that your phone uses GSM.

In terms of telecommunications, the world is split into three different regions, also known as ITU regions. Countries in a particular region typically use the same base frequencies, also referred to as American and European frequencies.

The Americas (North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use different frequencies, American Frequencies, than the ones used in Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe, and Oceania (ITU Regions 1 and 3), European Frequencies.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this fileOpens in a new tab. by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5Opens in a new tab.

The operators in the British Virgin Islands use traditional American frequencies. However, some European frequencies are used in the territory as well.

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2), you can go with any operator in the British Virgin Islands and experience no connectivity issues because your phone will support the base (and additional) frequencies without any problem.

If you bought your phone in ITU Regions 1 or 3 and have a low-end/medium-end phone without Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you would want to go with CCT BVI because they support traditional European frequencies on 2G (900 MHz), while 4G/LTE is also on a frequency used a lot in Europe and Asia (900 MHz on Band 8).

Suppose you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support. In that case, you can go with either Digicel BVI, Flow BVI, or CCT BVI, as your phone will support both American and European frequencies.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands have three mobile operators:

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 pageOpens in a new tab. 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.

Best SIM Card British Virgin Islands

If you want to buy a SIM card in the British Virgin Islands, I recommend going with either Digicel or Flow. Both operators offer a lot of choice in packages and bundles, while offering fast speeds and great network coverage. CCT is a great option too, but their offering is not as diverse as Digicel and Flow.

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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 purchase.

British Virgin Islands Internet Prices & Insights

British Virgin Islands Flag

Mobile internet can be expensive on island nations, especially in the Caribbean.

Unfortunately, that is the case in the British Virgin Islands too.

The average price for 1 GB of data in the British Virgin Islands is 12.50 USD, which is much more than the Caribbean average of 7.19 USD. The world average is 5.03 USD.

In fact, the British Virgin Islands is in the top 5 of the most expensive places to buy 1 GB of data in the Caribbean.

From a global perspective, the British Virgin Islands is on position 21 of the 228 countries and territories Cable.co.ukOpens in a new tab. analyzed.

Although you will pay almost top-dollar for mobile internet in the British Virgin Islands, mobile speeds are relatively fast in the territory (by Caribbean standards). Furthermore, the network quality is excellent.

Currency in the British Virgin Islands

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

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British Virgin Islands Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through the operators in the British Virgin Islands, Digicel BVI, Flow BVI, CCT BVI, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

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 British Virgin IslandsOpens in a new tab., also known as Digicel BVI and will be referred to as just Digicel, has become the most popular operator in the British Virgin Islands. They entered the market in 2008 and managed to overtake Flow's top position within a couple of years.

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 & Bundles
* APN Settings

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

Jump to Flow | Jump to CCT

Digicel British Virgin Islands Coverage

Digicel has extensive coverage on the British Virgin Islands.

Coverage should be close to excellent with Digicel on the islands.

Unfortunately, Digicel does not have an official coverage map (anymore). Luckily, SpeedtestOpens in a new tab. was able to produce one, which is shown below.

Getting a Digicel British Virgin Islands SIM Card & Price

Digicel SIM cards can be purchased for 10 USD in Digicel storesOpens in a new tab..

You may have to dial *122# to activate your SIM card if it does not work upon purchase and if the Digicel salesperson has not done so for you.

Topping Up Your Digicel British Virgin Islands SIM Card

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in denominations starting from 5 USD to 100 USD in Digicel storesOpens in a new tab. and many other stores, including grocery stores, gas stations, and corner shops. You can also recharge onlineOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards.

To redeem your Digicel top-up voucher, dial *125#.

Dial *284# to check your Digicel balance.

Digicel British Virgin Islands Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Digicel has several types of bundles and plans, which are:

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

Digicel British Virgin Islands Prime Bundles

Digicel has the new Prime Bundles, which are bundles with Any Use Data, unlimited on-net minutes, off-net minutes, unlimited on-net SMS, and data allowances for select apps.

Digicel Trinidad & Tobago Prime Bundles

The following Prime Bundles are available:

PriceBundleAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net & International Minutes*On-Net SMSValidity
6 USD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB 1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimited10 minutes Unlimited1 day 
35 USD7 Day Digicel Brime Bundle 7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimited80 minutesUnlimited7 days 
85 USD30 Day Plus Digicel Prime Bundle 20 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB Unlimited250 minutesUnlimited30 days 

You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel AppOpens in a new tab.

Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel appOpens in a new tab. or by dialing *284#.

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

Digicel Prime Bundle Apps

Your international minutes can be used to call to select destinations:

  • calls to mobile and landline numbers in Canada, Puerto Rico, United States & the US Virgin Islands
  • calls to landline numbers in the United Kingdom
  • calls to Digicel Caribbean

Digicel Caribbean includes:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • French Guiana
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos  
Digicel British Virgin Islands Big Data Bundles

The Big Data Bundles are combo bundles featuring data, app data for PlayGo & D'Music, unlimited on-net minutes, cross-net minutes (off-net minutes), and unlimited on-net SMS.

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

PriceDataApp DataOn-Net MinutesCross-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
5 USD1 GBN/A UnlimitedN/A Unlimited1 day
15 USD1 GB 1 GBUnlimited15 cross-net minutes Unlimited3 days 
30 USD3 GB1.5 GBUnlimited150 cross-net minutesUnlimited7 days 
80 USD8 GB 3 GB Unlimited300 cross-net minutes Unlimited30 days 

The App Data allowance can be used for streaming with the PlayGoOpens in a new tab. and D'Music apps.

Unused allowances roll over when you renew your bundle. Big Data Bundles auto-renew.

Digicel British Virgin Islands SWIFT Add-Ons

The SWIFT Add-Ons are unlimited social media data add-ons exclusively for the Big Data Bundles. SWIFT, standing for Snapchat, WhatsApp (messaging only), Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. SWIFT Add-Ons cannot be purchased as standalone bundles.

The following SWIFT Add-Ons are available:

PriceBig Data Plan Eligibility
3 USD15 USD Big Data Plan
5 USD30 USD Big Data Plan 
15 USD80 USD Big Data Plan

Your SWIFT Add-On will expire when your Big Data Plan expires.

Digicel British Virgin Islands Pick Lite Bundles

The Pick Lite Bundles are combo bundles with data and Anywhere Minutes, which are local minutes, calls to Canada, and calls to the United States.

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

PriceBundleDataAnywhere MinutesValidity
3 USDPick Lite 1 Day50 MB5 minutes1 day 
17 USDPick Lite 7 Days500 MB35 minutes7 days
45 USD Pick Lite 30 Days 1.5 GB 150 minutes 30 days 

Digicel British Virgin Islands APN Settings

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: internet.vg

Note: APN “web” can also be used for 2G and 3G. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Flow British Virgin Islands (Flow BVI)

Flow Logo

Flow British Virgin IslandsOpens in a new tab., also known as Flow BVI and will be referred to as just “Flow,” is the second-largest operator in the British Virgin Islands. They used to be the only one until Digicel BVI and CCT BVI entered the market. Although they lost their monopoly and position and top spot, they still have a lot of customers.

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 & Bundles
* APN Settings

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

Jump to Digicel | Jump to CCT

Flow British Virgin Islands Coverage

Flow has extensive coverage throughout the British Virgin Islands.

Coverage will be great to excellent on the main islands, which can be seen on the coverage maps below.

Flow British Virgin Islands Coverage Maps
SourceOpens in a new tab.

Getting a Flow British Virgin Islands SIM Card & Price

You can buy a Flow SIM card for 20 USD in Flow storesOpens in a new tab. across the British Virgin Islands.

Topping Up Your Flow British Virgin Islands SIM Card

Flow top-up cards are sold in values of 5 USD to 100 USD in Flow storesOpens in a new tab. and at (Wholesale) Recharge PartnersOpens in a new tab., including bars, cafes, corner stores, grocery stores, and gas stations. You can also top-up onlineOpens in a new tab. with international debit and credit cards.

To redeem your Flow top-up card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*123456#.

Dial *120# to check your Flow credit balance.

Flow British Virgin Islands Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Flow has two types of plans: the Always On Prepaid Plans and the Prepaid Data Plans.

Flow British Virgin Islands Always On Prepaid Plans

Flow offers several Always On Prepaid Plans, which are their combo plans that come with unlimited social messaging (SWIFT – Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), minutes for local use and to select international destinations, and local anywhere minutes.

The following Always On Prepaid Plans are available:

PricePlanDataSocial Messaging (SWIFT)Minutes (Local, USA, USVI, PR, Canada, UK Landline & Flow Mobile Caribbean)Local Anywhere SMSValidityActivation Code
5 USDPrepaid 1 Day Plan1 GBUnlimited25 minutes25 SMS1 day *244*0#
12 USDPrepaid 3 Days Plan1 GBUnlimited200 minutes200 SMS3 days*244*1#
28 USDPrepaid 7 Days Plan 3 GBUnlimited350 minutes350 SMS7 days*244*2#
85 USD Prepaid 30 Days Plan10 GB Unlimited1000 minutes1000 SMS 30 days*244*3#

* USA = United States, USVI = US Virgin Islands PR = Puerto Rico, UK = United Kingdom
** Flow Caribbean consists of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago & Turks and Caicos Islands

To purchase an Always On Prepaid Plan, dial the Activation Code.

For example, if you want to buy the Prepaid 7 Days Plan, you would dial *244*2#.

Dial *120# to check your Always On Prepaid balance.

Flow British Virgin Islands Prepaid Data Plans

The Prepaid Data Plans are data-only plans.

The following Prepaid Data Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *129#:

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 

Dial *120# to check your Prepaid Data Plan balance.

Flow British Virgin Islands APN Settings

  • Name: Flow Internet
  • APN: ppinternet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

CCT BVI (CCT Wireless)

CCT BVI Logo (CCT Wireless)

CCT BVIOpens in a new tab., also known as just CCT, is, unlike Digicel and Flow, a local operator. They were the first operator to offer 4G/LTE in the British Virgin Islands. However, they are still the smallest operator in the territory.

This is what you will learn about CCT:

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

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

Jump to Digicel | Jump to Flow

CCT BVI Coverage

CCT has extensive coverage in the British Virgin Islands.

Below is CCT's official coverage map.

Getting a CCT BVI SIM Card & Price

CCT SIM cards are sold for 20 USD in CCT storesOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up Your CCT BVI SIM Card

CCT recharge vouchers are sold in CCT storesOpens in a new tab. and at top-up vendorsOpens in a new tab. across the British Virgin Islands, such as gas stations, cafes, grocery stores, newsstands, and more. You can also top-up onlineOpens in a new tab..

CCT BVI Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

CCT has two types of plans: the Hero Plans and the Data Plans.

CCT BVI Hero Plans

The Hero Plans are combo plans with data, minutes for local and international use, and international SMS.

The following Hero Plans can be purchased by dialing *611#:

PricePlanDataMinutes (BVI, USVI, USA & PR)Worldwide SMSValidity
5 USD Sidekick200 MB50 minutesUnlimited 1 day 
30 USDHero2 GB300 minutesUnlimited 7 days
70 USD Superhero4 GB 750 minutesUnlimited 30 days

* Minutes for local use in the British Virgin Islands (BVI – CCT, Digicel & Flow numbers), calls to the US Virgin Islands (USVI), calls to USA (United States), and calls to PR (Puerto Rico)

CCT BVI Data Plans

The Data Plans are data-only bundles.

You can purchase any of the Data Plans below by dialing *611# and selecting option 4:

PriceDataValidity
2.59 USD100 MB 1 day 
10 USD500 MB7 days
20 USD 2 GB 30 days 

CCT BVI APN Settings

  • 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 British Virgin Islands to get themselves a local SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a local SIM card is not an option. For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your 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 two local 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.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

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 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 either Digicel, Flow, or CCT BVI would do you well when considering a British Virgin Islands SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Caribbean Countries

Visiting other countries in the Caribbean? Check out my Caribbean SIM card buying guide, covering other Caribbean nations, such as:

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